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Steampunk Hot Air Balloon Skirt and Capelet

Yes, I know I should be working on my Gibson Girl dress, but as most crafters and costumers know, “Look oh shiny!” syndrome makes us easily distracted.

A while back I bought some fabric printed with hot air balloons from Spoonflower. I wasn’t sure what to do with it, but decided to do a quickie project to reduce the stash.

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The skirt is just a simple gathered one, with an elastic waist and serged seams. There are no pockets (or even a lining) so this was an extremely fast make.

The capelet was a little more fiddly because I had to piece it together from the scraps of the skirt. (I used 2 yards total for this whole project). The pearly thing in the middle is a jewelry clasp.

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The beautiful leather violin belt was a Christmas present from my husband. He bought it from Etsy. The blouse is vintage and the underskirt is a tiered cream cotton petticoat I made for my wedding a few years ago.

The capelet isn’t quite even so I need to make some minor tweaks.  Also, I still have to figure out what sort of hat or fascinator to make. I plan to wear the ensemble to a steampunk-themed lunch outing at a ice cream bar.