One of my favorite things about dressing steampunk is the way that having a big caboose makes your waist look smaller. Whether you're adding a bustle, a ruffle, or side panniers, big hips and a bodacious booty are actually a plus.
And when you have an amazing and talented friend who can mastermind turning a bodacious booty bustle ruffle into a PURSE?
There it is. It's gorgeous. Made from a bag of fabric scraps from Damsel in this Dress, the bustle has a hidden secret.
No, really. It's a PURSE. The top ruffles flip cleverly open to reveal a big purse, including four specially sized compartments for my phone, camera, and Sharpies. Everything I need at a con or event, right there on my butt.
I am so very HAPPY.
My friend Stephanie makes this kind of magic all the time. Not only is she an incredibly talented seamstress with mad design skills and a fantastic eye, but she's also one of the nicest, kindest, most generous, most supportive people I've ever met.
I've been a little down lately, what with all the hate and negativity and political commentary that keeps popping up on Facebook and Twitter. I have a bad habit of retreating into books and writing when I start to doubt my faith in humanity. But having good friends and making beautiful things helps me find my center again. Thanks, Steph, for totally making my day! The Rice Krispy Treats helped, too. <3
Oh, and if you call it a fannypack? I'll thwap you with my parasol.