Steam Punk Refashion and Upcycle!


It’s time for our annual Kinetic Carnivale here in our little town of Willits. This year I designed a steam punk skirt using Lekala Pattern 5434 and the yoke from Lekala Pattern 5266.

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865_small_image_4286All of the materials and lace were purchased from the thrift.  It probably came to less than $10.00, but took hours to make.  I spent all day making the skirt and then hours finding a top that I could refashion to go with it.


The reason it took so long is that I decided to try some fabric manipulation. It really turned the plain muslin into something quite unique!  I sewed row after row of 1/2 inch pleats, then sewed horizontally across them, folding the pleats in opposite directions. I only had enough patience to do the front panel. I used the part I cut off from the front dip on the back yoke as kind of a faux bustle.


I think it ties the back and front together. I used the circular flounces from the pattern, adding more trim to the bottom of each. I went crazy with the lace, I’m sure it must have cost someone a fortune at one time, but I used it like it was endless and free!



For the top, I used a RTW top that I’ve had for a few years. It has a textured yoke with fabric swirls and lots of metallic do-dads. I chopped it off to meet up with the top of the skirt yoke. I didn’t want anything to cover that cute bustle in the back.


I also rummage through my purse making supplies and found a small piece of leather that I made into a pouch to wear on my belt. For the belts, I used one black belt and a few purse straps with metal hooks to go around my waist. I have this great pin that a friend gave me that represents sewing! I pinned that to my skirt.



Other accessories include: a headband with a flower and feathers, pearl beads, red bracelet, and silly sunglasses. I glued buttons around the rims!


I’m more than ready for tonight’s Kinetic Ball! Should be lots of fun!

I’m planning a random giveaway of few handmade items in appreciation for my bloggy readers when I reach 350 followers or when I write my 400th post, which ever comes first, so follow me if you don’t all ready!




About SeamQueen

Seamstress, Sewist, Artist, Fashionista, Quilter, Upcycler, Textile Obsessed!
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12 Responses to Steam Punk Refashion and Upcycle!

  1. Margaret says:

    How fun is that?! Great job on your outfit!

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  2. zibergirl says:

    Thank you for your compliment!


  3. francescamw says:

    What fun! I love the sunglasses. Kind of steampunk and new wave all at once.

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  4. zibergirl says:

    Thank you. I tried to emphasize that I am steam punk seamstress.


  5. I love the whole outfit, the work on the skirt is amazing, you do look very steampunky hehe. Great sunglasses too and the little pouch is adorable!

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  6. Wow, Barbara! That fabric manipulation is amazing. Have fun at the Carnivale!

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  7. Ebi Poweigha says:

    Great look, head to toe — and your skirt is truly a work of art. Thanks for sharing!


  8. zibergirl says:

    Thank you for the nice comment, Ebi.


  9. The skirt is gorgeous, and those sunglasses!! You look great 🙂


  10. elaineoc says:

    Looks like a lot of fun! hope you had a great time. Totally jealous of that awesome pin 🙂


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