Easy Art to Wear
My daughters and some friends of theirs recently attended a concert featuringSteampunkviolinist Emilie Autumn and her band The Bloody Crumpets. Of coursemy girls had to dress up for the big event, with corsets, lacy skirts, fingerless gloves,and so on.I only wish they'd had time to make some Steampunk jewelry and accessories. Iwouldhave been glad to help them create a top hat out of a teacup.As it was, they looked the part and had ablast. But in preparation for their next forayinto Steampunk style, I'm going to make anart cuff a la Teresa Stanton. Her Steampunkdesign for fashion art is easy to put togetherfrom fabric and found objects.Teresa takes an organic approach to puttingthese cuffs together, arranging fabric, lace,and metal embellishments on a base of fabricor leather without a pattern or a lot of planning. The only rule is to choose a backingmaterial that will feel comfortable against the skin.Here are the basic steps, adapted from her article in
Cloth Paper Scissors
July/August2011 issue.1. Cut a backing panel approximately 10" long and 4" wide from a comfortable,medium-weight textile and 5 pieces of fabric with contrasting textures and weights,approximately 10" long and 2"-4" wide. Place the backing panel on your work surfaceand play with the placement of the decorative textiles until you get the combinationyou like.2. Carefully remove the backing panel and set itaside. Pin the top fabrics together down the centerof the length of the layers andmachine stitch alongthe horizontal center of the cuff, removing pins asyou go. Wrap the cuff around your wrist to see if more stitching is needed to secure the overlays.3. Size your cuff. Attach 2 pieces of painter's tapeon the right edge of the cufflayers. Flip the cuff over and lay your wrist, palm-side up, on the center of the cuff. Wrap the right endof the cuff, with the painter's tape on it, to the back side of your wrist, pressing thetape to your wrist to hold it in place. Bring the left sideof the cuff over the back of your wrist, adjusting for a comfortable fit, and mark the location of the overlap witha long pin (such as a corsage pin). Remove the cuff from your wrist.
Steampunk-design cuff by Teresa Stanton.Pin the layers in place, then stitchdown the center.