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Dec. 21st, 2007

Forge Corset for RubyRuin


Mens Steampunk Corset

Just wanted to share a pic of my recent corset I made for an exhibition I was involved in last month......has a steampunk feel to it I think.
I really have a passion for recycling, and that generally helps in sourcing my costume supplies and it really helps in generating my creativity (nothing like lots of random stuff to excite my imagination with a challenge).

So this beast has parts of a boot, a jacket and old latex lion (discarded for new replacement ones from the roman soldier at work). Lots of studs, internal boning......sewing and plenty of sweat.....oh yes it was alot of fun.

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Dec. 10th, 2007

Purple People Eater


Time to make some noise. :-)

So... it's been rather quiet over here of late. As a discussion point, there's been talk amongst some of organizing a yearly costume event (or events in various locations) with a theme everyone knows a year in advance, so we all have heaps of time to plan and make fabulous costumes. That's about as far as it got, I think.

Any ideas on this? (Theme, when, where, what activities etc...?)

I'm keen to do anything from historical stuff to steam-punk, to sci-fi (I'm jut a costume slut, really!) and would be happy to do organizer-stuff for an event in Christchurch (Although I may draw the line at a furry con. Nothing against, just not my kink. It'd be a challenge though...) :-)

There's been talk of a Regency picnic - I'm quite keen on this one. Thoughts?

Sep. 17th, 2007

Purple People Eater


Random silly costume stuff :-)

I shamelessly grabbed this off steamfashion, a really rather fun steampunk costumers' community. I just thought it was brilliant...


Pretend to be a Time Traveler Day

You must spend the entire day in costume and character. The only rule is that you cannot actually tell anyone that you are a time traveler. Other than that, anything's game.

There are three possible options:

1) Utopian/Cliché Future - "If the Future did a documentary of the last fifty years, this is how badly the reenactors would dress." Think Star Trek: TNG or the Time Travelers from Hob. Ever see how the society in Futurama sees the 20th century? Run with it. Your job is to dress with moderately anachronistic clothing and speak in slang from varying decades. Here are some good starters:

- Greet people by referring to things that don't yet exist or haven't existed for a long time. Example: "Have you penetrated the atmosphere lately?" "What spectrum will today's broadcast be in?" and "Your king must be a kindly soul!"

- Show extreme ignorance in operating regular technology. Pay phones should be a complete mystery (try placing the receiver in odd places). Chuckle knowingly at cell phones.

2) Dystopian Future - This one offers a little more flexibility. It can be any kind of future from Terminator to Freejack. The important thing to remember is dress like a crazy person with armor. Black spray painted football pads, high tech visors, torn up trenchcoats and maybe even some dirt here or there. Remember, dystopian future travelers are very startled that they've gone back in time. Some starters:

- If you go the "prisoner who's escaped the future" try shaving your head and putting a barcode on the back of your neck. Then stagger around and stare at the sky, as if you've never seen it before.

- Walk up to random people and say "WHAT YEAR IS THIS?" and when they tell you, get quiet and then say "Then there's still time!" and run off.

- Stand in front of a statue (any statue, really), fall to your knees, and yell "NOOOOOOOOO!"

- Stare at newspaper headlines and look astonished.

- Take some trinket with you (it can be anything really), hand it to some stranger, along with a phone number and say "In thirty years dial this number. You'll know what to do after that." Then slip away.

3) The Past - This one is more for beginners. Basically dress in period clothing (preferably Victorian era) and stagger around amazed at everything. Since the culture's set in place already, you have more of a template to work off of. Some pointers:

- Airplanes are terrifying. Also, carry on conversations with televisions for a while.

- Discover and become obsessed with one trivial aspect of technology, like automatic grocery doors. Stay there for hours playing with it.

- Be generally terrified of people who are dressed immodestly compared to your era. Tattoos and shorts on women are especially scary.

And that's it. Remember, the only real rule is staying in character and try to fit in. Never directly admit you're a time traveler, and make really, really bad attempts at keeping a low profile. Naturally, the dystopian future has a little more leeway. And for the record, I've already tried out all of these in real life, in costume. It is so much fun you want to pee yourself.

Linked from here.


I particularly love the Dystopian Future option. "Then there's still time!" ROFL :-)

Sep. 10th, 2007

Purple People Eater


It's exhibition time again for Bastet Creations...

Heya all,

A little blatant self-promotion, in the current-events line. :-) I've currently got an exhibition of corsets at Parklands Library (Queenspark Drive, Parklands, Christchurch) as a part of Christchurch City Libraries' Fashion Month. If you're in Christchurch between now and the 29th of this month feel free to pootle out and have a look - it's a pleasant wee place with a lovely cafe. :-) Here's the poster:

And here's the article on the CCL website. (With a little bit of online fame for the participants in my bit of the Gothic Masquerade Ball fashion show.) :-)

I'll take some pictures in the next couple of days and post 'em to my journal.

Cross-posted to nz_goth, bastetcreations and lacedwaist.

Aug. 24th, 2007




I largely enjoy making stuff, including costumes (and other clothing). My costuming has mostly focused on things pre-1600, since there are events that I can then wear it to. My favourite time period clothing-wise would have to be mid 18th C, but I haven't really done anything much from that time, mostly through lack of any reason to wear it (I'm sure that's not really a good excuse). I have been known to make costumes for other people because I can't justify making them for myself...

I don't really have any costumes on the go at the moment, only a few things in vague planning stages. My most recent costume was my 9 week Elizabethan with Far Too Much braid (as in my user icon - diary here, pics here and here). I think the next real project will either be a new viking tunic, or possibly experimenting with something Victorian (after having surprisingly good luck with the fit on a mockup of the Simplicity 7215 corset - now I just need to get supplies for a real attempt...)
Purple People Eater


Post One :-)

Welcome to the New Zealand costuming community! I'm hoping people will see this as a place to talk about their favourite costuming obsession, plot events and get-togethers, document projects, brag about their latest creation and above all discuss costuming and ask questions!

To introduce myself, I'm a professional maker of custom designed and fitted corsetry, making historical pieces as well as my own modern interpretations under the label Bastet Creations. I also do a small amount of medieval and renaissance clothing as part of my involvement with the SCA and enjoy coming up with weird and wonderful creations for Christchurch's Fetish Ball. I supposed if pressed I'd say my favourite historical clothing period would be the Edwardian period, but I'm happy to have a go at making anything that catches my fancy - I'm just in it for the fun and challenge of making stuff.

My current projects include several modern commission corsets, a number of other pieces of corsetry for an upcoming exhibition, my eternal Elizabethan outfit project with waaay too much handsewn braid on it (4 years and counting - I only seem to get to work on the jolly thing once or twice a year!), my next Fetish Ball costume (but that's a secret) and an oriental belly-dance costume (on which I'm desperately trying to avoid the use of plastic sequins, for which I have a quite unreasonable dislike).

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