Throwback Thursday: Projects Before I Started Costuming


Since I’ve spent most of the week away and don’t have any updates on my Steampunk Mad Hatter Costume yet (but you can read what I’ve done so far in part 1 and part 2), I thought I would do a post for Throwback Thursday, of the sewing projects I learnt to sew with, before I started making costumes. All of these were made in December and January of 2013 and 2014, some with patterns and some without. Most were skirts and dresses.

The first thing I ever sewed was a small ‘Tulip Skirt’, and a matching hair bow. My mother helped me a ton with this one – it was the first time I had touched a sewing machine since I was 12, so I was pretty overwhelmed. In the end, though, I think it turned out pretty nicely.

Tulip Skirt

The next thing I made was a 1960’s mod dress. Again, I got a fair bit of help, but this was the first project where I did most of the work, and actually understood why and how things worked. It took me about 2 days of work, doing about 3 or 4 hours a day.


After that I made two circle skirts, one of a purple satin and another of a polka-dotted cotton fabric. The satin one was an epic disaster. I had never worked with that type of fabric before, and it puckered, pulled, and was overall a mess. I managed to save it… sort of. Overall I probably wouldn’t wear this skirt in public – it sits in the back of my closet right now, because I don’t want to throw it out, but I also know it’s too messy to actually wear.


However, the other skirt is one of my favorites. It’s pretty and simple, and is comfortable to wear.

Circle Skirt

The next thing I made was a a day dress that could be converted from something you could wear as a swimming cover-up, to an actual dress. It was the first actually pattern I drafted.

Swim Dress  Day Dress

And that’s about it! After that, I started on my first costume, which was the forest sprite (found here). Next week I’ll hopefully have an update post up on the Steampunk Mad Hatter, which I have one more major piece to make for, and then I am just waiting on wigs and contacts to arrive so I can take the photos. Until then, thank you for reading!



One thought on “Throwback Thursday: Projects Before I Started Costuming

  1. thanks Inara – it’s really great to re-visit these – I especially like the dress you drafted yourself – it really suits you.

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