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Gail Carriger Black & Grey Steampunk at Gaslight Gathering in San Diego


On the first day of Gaslight Gathering last weekend (which, for me, was Friday) I wore my new grey outfit. This one is a work in progress.

Gail Carriger Black & Grey Steampunk at Gaslight Gathering in San Diego

The Corset is from Dark Garden, it's one of their Alyscia line. This is one of my favorite patterns that Dark Garden does, and you'll see me in a different colored Alyscia later on at the convention. The busk covers are from Ruby Blackbird.

Gail Carriger Black & Grey Steampunk at Gaslight Gathering in San Diego
By Alex WHite

The top is an old Max Studio black chiffon number (similar $22), the hat is here for $15 and highly recommended, because of the material it travels beautifully and it has a nice strong clip (rather than comb) which means it stays in my hair. (Most of my tiny top hats have combs from when my hair was long, and they really do not work well with sort hair. Gonna have to over-make them.)

Gail Carriger Black & Grey Steampunk at Gaslight Gathering in San Diego


The skirt is Rainy Night in London Victorian Gothic Ruffle Steampunk Vintage Style and runs about $60. It is super LONG and high wasted. Like if you are in the 6" arena this skirt could still fit you. It also comes in black, and in black or red brocade. If you are shorter than my 5'6" tho, it'll be too long and you'll have to remove the bottom ruffle.

It's a bit of a darker grey than I like for this corset so right now I've plans to mod it with lighter grey and black trim at the hem and on the ruffles, to make them stand out and to go better with the corset.

Wearing this outfit I ran into Alexia!

Gail Carriger Black & Grey Steampunk at Gaslight Gathering in San Diego

That's a darn near perfect replica of the second manga cover.

Gail Carriger Black & Grey Steampunk at Gaslight Gathering in San Diego

I'm generally moving my steampunk outfits into the hour-glass aesthetic (while I can still carry it off), mostly because pencil and fish-tail skirts are easier to pack than the full fluffy ones and require less ironing after a flight!

More outfits to come!

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Gail Carriger in Dallas in a Plaid Skirt

I had so much fun at FenCon, even though I was only wearing one outfit a day! Usually I try to pack two (one for day and one for evening), but I wanted to travel with only carry on (and managed it!) which meant only four pairs of shoes, one extra bag, and a few outfits. This is what I wore the first day . . .

Gail Carriger in Dallas in a Plaid Skirt

I had a class to teach so I went for the librarian look.

Gail Carriger in Dallas in a Plaid Skirt
Felt cream hat, vintage 1940s, recondition and modified with teapot button. Bon Marche Thrift Store $7. 

This hat is a relatively new acquisition, and this was its maiden voyage into the public eye. I love the slightly beret feel of it, but it fits my head perfectly, and stays on, so I can also wear it well to the back if I like, or tilted in any direction.

Gail Carriger in Dallas in a Plaid Skirt

Gail Carriger in Dallas in a Plaid Skirt

Pearl and silver choker. Gift when I was a child, this is one of the very first pieces of jewelry I ever owned. I love the length, and the clasp. The earrings are from an epic score from a thrift store in Ohio. They are modern (well, relatively, probably the 80s) and I love the little bows. All are fake pearls ~ I prefer costume jewelry tot eh real thing, I'm less stressed about it.

Gail Carriger in Dallas in a Plaid Skirt

Jean Paul Richard knit top, modern. A lovely soft drapey knit, with nice detailed sleeves, which I have said before, I love. I got it at a consignment shop for about $15. I'm really into teal these days.

Gail Carriger in Dallas in a Plaid Skirt

My ubiquitous cream bag. I usually pin an octopus broach over the bow, because, why not? It's ubiquituous because I often wear cream accessories, and it's a very good shape and size. It is vintage, but labelless. It has a bright plaid interior with working zipper pocket and very few stains. Can't ask for much more out of a vintage leather bag, can you? I got it at Moon Zoom in Santa Cruz for $30. Worth every penny.

Gail Carriger in Dallas in a Plaid Skirt

Textured patterned Via Spiga peep-toe pumps, Nordstrom Rack $40. I adore these shoes. They were the first Via Spigas I ever owned and launched my love affair with the brand, and a general preference for Italian shoes. Italian shoes seem, on the whole, to be slightly narrower with more arch support than those made in other parts of the world. I like to say that most of me is either British or Danish but somehow I got Italian feet.

Gail Carriger in Dallas in a Plaid Skirt

BCBG fish tail pencil skirt in a light weight material window-pain plaid, grey with teal and blue accents. The paid is faint enough to be almost neutral and it's basically grey, a color I adore. BCBG made several of them in various different materials. I bought this one and a brown-based plaid. I paid good money for them at an outlet mall, around $50 each. But they are fully lined, fit me beautifully, and do amazing things to my bottom, even though I don't have much of one. Fish tails are like that. Unlike a vintage skirt, this skirt sits below the waist, not at it, so tucking in a top is out (even if I were a tucker, which I'm not), hence I often pair it with knitwear. The plaid pattern on the bottom can widen and emphasize so best to avoid if you are pear shaped. Since I am top heavy, I prefer to place the emphasis down bellow, pulling attention away from the Rack.

Gail Carriger in Dallas in a Plaid Skirt

Teaching in the outfit. I move around a great deal when I teach, so I kicked off my shoes. I know, I know, bad form. But I get excited about these things.

Gail Carriger in Dallas in a Plaid SkirtGail Carriger in Dallas in a Plaid Skirt
Early 1940's plaid skirts.

I am a huge fan of grey as a neutral. People so often go for black when grey can be such a lovely and softer alternative. Like black, grey goes with practically anything, but unlike black you can find different tones of grey to suite any complexion from dove (which is soft with slight spring blue tints) to steel (which is darker with a harsh winter feel).

Gail Carriger in Dallas in a Plaid Skirt
Jean Dessès dress ca. 1949 via The Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Gail Carriger in Dallas in a Plaid Skirt
Jean Dessès dress ca.1953 via The Victoria & Albert Museum

Gail Carriger in Dallas in a Plaid Skirt
1960s Norman Norell cape via 1stdibs.com

Gail Carriger in Dallas in a Plaid Skirt
Dior grey skirt and knit top and early predilection for the LA-based teeny-tiny dog accessory.

Finally we have a couple of dresses for Alexia ~ one in plaid and the other grey.

Gail Carriger in Dallas in a Plaid Skirt
1878 via The Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Gail Carriger in Dallas in a Plaid Skirt
1870s walking suit via The Indianapolis Museum of Art

Gail Carriger in Dallas in a Plaid Skirt
Gail Carriger Black & Grey Steampunk at Gaslight Gathering in San DiegoGail Carriger in Dallas in a Plaid Skirt

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