Monday, November 18

Inventions in steampunk

Melody Valerie Couture is at is again, this time with a 1930s inspired steampunk outfit on eBay.

As the train pulled away, she looked around anxiously. It was her first trip to the country, and she wasn't sure who had come to find her at the station. She was spectacularly dressed, even by city girl standards -- the lovely striped dress, the beautiful corset, and the delicious top hat perched precariously on the side of her head. Just then, someone appeared around the corner. "Dianne?" She smiled. Vacation had begun.

"'Dianne' is a hand-made, originally designed steampunk ensemble, sized to fit American Girl or other 18" dolls, and is completely OOAK. The winning bidder will receive the dress, decorative corset, and top hat.

"The dress: With its fun, 1930's inspired lines, plenty of gathers, unique seaming details, and a high collar in the back, what's not to love? It closes down the front with antique rhinestone buttons and elastic loops. Tiny bands of leather, hand-stitched into place, keep the gathers in check. Fully lined with cotton voile and silk ribbons.

"The corset is crafted from leather and two other coordinating fabrics, and accented with fun bow charms and bling. In the back, a sturdy silk ribbon wends its way through some of the awesomest eyelets you'll find anywhere.

"The top hat: This hand-made beauty is accented with a leather bow, feathers, and some sparkly beads; it has wired edges so you can reshape the brim to your fancy. It's fully lined, and also features a horsehair loop in the back, so it can be securely and easily pinned into your doll's hair."

The auction ends Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013.

Good luck!