Steampunk Doctor – Preview


My lovely friend & client loaned back her Steampunk corsetry ensemble for a shoot this week. My son has been going on and on about Doc McStuffins (kids tv show) and wanted to direct a doctor shoot. Honestly I was a bit worried trying to include a 4 year old in my shoot but what is a working mom supposed to do when her kid is only in preschool till noon each day? Incorporate him into the fun of course. He seems really proud his mom is a corset maker and will tell everyone about it.

We did a walk through of the building during the day and I chose to shoot in the kitchen and my son said we had to so some in the dark basement. All day he was so excited and couldn’t wait till the evening shoot. He surprised me with his acting to the point where I had to keep asking “are you really afraid” and he’d giggle or do something silly to show me he wasn’t really scared. Some of the poses during the shoot were his idea and I loved helping facilitate his creativity too. A big thanks for my husband for working with me setting up lighting and for shooting.

The Brief: Steampunk Doctor treating a little boy. I directed Rene, our model for the day, to think of Rachel in Bladerunner. I think she nailed it. The content goes a little dark thematically and is a departure from my husband an my usual photography work. I’m excited to gather together the best images into a little flip book we will share with you once all images are processed. I was too exited so I’m posting up this teaser that I edited today.

Photographer: Tavan Photography
Model& MUA: Rene Rodgers
Hair: Laurie Tavan
Hat & bow tie: Kristi Taylor
Corsetry Ensemble: Daze of Laur by Laurie Tavan

2014 Tweed Fairy Corset

A lovely combination of tweed fabric and silver vegan leather waist belt with matching edging with a touch of lace and embellishment thrown in. This lovely corset was quite a challenge for me. A few firsts along the way. I haven’t sewing with vegan leather before and it was an eye opener. Teflon feet are your friend. I also have never attempted to attach lace, a waist belt and trim around it under all the boning channels. It was a fun exercise and was very successful. Afterwards I went through and hand tacked further along and through the pieces. But it seems like a very good way to attach detailing by machine and minimizing handwork with increases the price quickly. Anyway onto the corset:


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Steampunk Bridegroom Ensemble: making of

I’m going to try to go back and document some of this fantastic project. Like usual it started with a muslin toile that tells me enough to make pattern adjustments but doesn’t really show off how fantastic the final garment will look:

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Steampunk Bridegroom ensemble: photos

Wedding suit added to the gallery:


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Chris put up a lovely post about his wedding mentioning me :) Thank you Chris! If you wanted to see more of the suit I made him check it out: Steampunk Pirate Wedding post

I can’t wait to see all the final professional photographers photos! I’m almost tempted to say their wedding looks even more fun than my masquerade wedding :)

Blue & Gray: steampunk ensemble

I surprised my client with an additional bustle-like drape & optional bow (not pictured) for her ensemble. The jacket can be worn with or without the additional back drape. She picked a hat out of my stash and altered it while I worked on the finishing touches on the outfit tonight. I’m so excited to see her wear it at Baycon!

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