Steampunk with Sew Starly
When I signed up for Steampunk I could not get the previous outfit I made back in Craftingcon Season 2 for Dr Who Month out of my head. I did not want to do the same outfit but I loved it and I kept going back to it. Steampunk is very general and I needed to nail down more concrete inspiration, I decided instead of doing a similar outfit I would use Dr Who as inspiration… sooo much steampunk in Doctor Who and build a new character that would fit the bill.
Meet Senna Melenna! If she sounds like she was named by a 5 year old that’s because she was =) Senna Melenna is a good friend of the doctor. She travels around by air with her parasol hat jetback using her steam powered bubble blaster to blast aliens back to their home planet.
She’s wicked smart, and builds and maintains all of her own contraptions.
My husband had a case of rainbow umbrella hats. I decided he could live without one. I took off the rainbow fabric and replaced with something a little more Steampunk appropriate. The Jetpack part is a couple of empty water bottles with Solo cups taped to the end. I spraypainted them using Rust-Oleum Hammered Copper and attached them with zip ties. Replacing the fabric on the hat turned out to be quite an ordeal. The hat was cheap and constructed that way. It pretty much all fell apart when I removed the fabric. Playdough and Super Glue were used to get it back together. I hand stitched the fabric to the spindle thingys.
The jacket is the Free Lily Cropped Jacket from Pumpkin and Bunny. I downloaded it as soon as it released as I thought it would be the perfect topper for this outfit. I made it up using Black and Charcoal Double knit from Cali Fabrics.
For the skirt I used the Violette Fields Threads Vivienne. I used some antique style safety pins for the closure of the top skirt and hung a keyring filled with victorian keys. I used Dark Brown Distressed Leather Look from Cali Fabrics for the overskirt. This fabric turned out to be more of a faux suede so it’s very soft.
I modified the underskirt so it could be worn on its own. I used two back pattern pieces as the original pattern has a flat front. I added a knit waistband. The underskirt is this ruffle knit fabric from Stylish Fabric, but I turned the ruffles upside down so the cheetah print isn’t visible.
The top is a faux lace jegging fabric from Joann’s I bought last year. I used the Legends Top from Sew Straight and Gather. This top is so lovely, I can’t wait to make more!
The shoes are the same vintage shoes I got for the Dr Who challenge. They are actually her size now. I am going to be so sad to see her grow out of these. I think I will have to send them over to PenSebRox as I’m sure Pen will put them to good use in the future and I can still see photos of them 😛
The bubble blaster is an old one my daughter had. I spray painted it and to my surprise did not ruin it. Some fresh batteries brought it back to life.
Senna Melenna had a blast showing off this outfit! I loved putting it together. I love how all of the pieces are good basics that she can mix with brighter colors in her wardrobe.
Now, go back to your home planet aliens!