Sunday, August 21, 2011

A Little Self Promotion of a Different Kind

The little time I have these days for costuming, I've been squeezing in time for what I hope are improvements to my Steampunk outfits. June seemed to be all about hats. This month is awards, medals and other adornments. I'm thinking I'll promote myself to something like "inspector" or "detective lieutenant". After all, someone has to keep all these sky pirates and time bandits in check. :)

For my uniform, I made an epaulette on just one shoulder and an aiguillette-ish type thing, or braided rope on my right shoulder, with some gold cord I had picked up in a clearance bin at our hobby store. I used my macrame skills and tied a chain of square knots.

I also made three medals, so far. More accurately I should say that I reassembled these medals. All the parts were found secondhand. These are so easy to make out of all the junk jewelry parts I hoard. The metal parts were pendants and other found things. I'm even using old hat bands and ribbon scraps and some slightly used pin backs I found a bag of at a thrift store that someone evidently saved. (I love lucking out on little things like that!) I've got a few more medals just about finished. But, I think I've run out of room on my jacket. :)

The two upper ribbon/pin portions of the two on the right were found pretty much intact. The blue one in the middle was a high school band medal from Florida. I replaced the medal and attached a Boy Scout pin that reads, "Be Prepared", on the top. The far right medal was missing the lower metal pendant part. The ribbon colors of this particular one are similar to, but a reverse of, a Navy and Marine Corps Medal awarded for:

"Distinguishing oneself by heroism not involving actual conflict with an enemy. For acts of lifesaving, or attempted lifesaving, it is required that the action be performed at the risk of one's own life"

Yes, I was curious and looked up military awards for inspiration. I still haven't decided on the stories for how each medal I now have was earned. :)

If they look familiar, the "pips", or stars on my collar, are pins from Girl Scouts. I was a Brownie/Girl Scout for a short time when I was young. I lost my sashes and badges, but some how found these two stars in some old jewelry parts.

I also put together the above badge. It's pretty large being 3 and a half inches wide and slightly heavy. You can see me wearing it on the middle of my shirt in the pics below.

Still reworking the overskirt that matches this jacket. For now, I'm wearing this tan skirt instead. I'll post more about the jacket/skirt when I'm happier with the skirt.

We had a wonderful evening this past weekend at Marquis of Vaudeville's Musical Menagerie in Deep Ellum. Got to dress up in our fineries and listen to some great live music.

Until next post, have a crafty time!


Leah said...

You two look awesome! Thanks for sharing your Steampunk outfits with us. Very cool.

mieljolie said...

My Pleasure, Leah. Thanks for stopping by.


The Cardboard Crafter said...

Love it!

mieljolie said...

Thanks TCC!

Now that I'm just about satisfied with the jacket, I'm more motivated to get the skirt done. :)