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The Steam Train Skirt

Added Feb 6, 2014

by grosgrain

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If you like this outfit and pattern please vote for it at Project Sewn! Scroll down to bottom of the page to vote But even if you don’t like it please go check out Project Sewn for all the other amazing fashion icon outfits my fellow competitors have created this week and vote for your favorite! Scroll down to the bottom of the page to vote.

For this portion of the competition we had to choose our favorite fashion icon to create an outfit based on. I chose Ulyana Sergeenko, a Russian stylist, photographer, blogger, occasional fashion model and designer. She tends to dress in very long, nostalgic pieces that somehow still look modern. The look is very dramatic and always beautiful.

I named this “Steam Train” because the look reminded me of something a bit Steampunky with the fur but also because I thought it looked like something someone might have worn while waiting on a train platform in the snow at the turn of the century.

It’s a three tiered wool/fur circle skirt. Of course, I couldn’t use real fur, so my skirt is just faux but I think the warm feel is still very present. I made the waist very fitted and dropped. I’ve seen this look in a lot of wedding dresses lately and it’s very figure flattering when paired with a mid section belt.

The fitted portion of the skirt is made from a heavy wool. I also bought boning thinking that the weight of the skirt would pull the wool down but in the end it held its own without any boning assistance!

This pattern was made to fit my frame. So here are my measurements. Adjust the fitted bodice portion according to your measurements. Waist 26", Hips 36", waist to feet 40".

I paired it with an oversized plain black sweater I bought at the thrift store. I then took in the sides and sleeves. I tucked it into the skirt and added a black belt to cinch the waist. Like I mentioned before the look is figure flattering as it accents the waist and the hips my making them look small in contrast to the full skirt.

Material Notes

faux fur, wool




Garment Type
Bridal, Evening Wear, Romantic, Steampunk, Victorian, Vintage
Leather/Fur, Wool

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    Apr 7, 2014, 06.42 PMby Villemo Oksanen


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    Feb 24, 2014, 07.29 PMby Trudy McGrath

    I failed to notice your project and missed the deadline for the competition so I cannot vote any longer, but I would like to take the opportunity to thank you for this pattern. I fell in love with Ulyana’s skirt and was thinking of making it myself. I’m delighted to find your version and I cannot compliment enough how fabulous it looks..thank you so much again for the chance to make my own version of it now! Congratulations!

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    Feb 12, 2014, 04.40 AMby izbott

    I really like it! You look lovely & thank you sharing.

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    Feb 10, 2014, 02.57 AMby EdelweissPatterns

    This is lovely! Tiered skirts are so classy, and I love the twist of fur.

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    Feb 8, 2014, 03.55 AMby rita61

    Awesome. Great pictures

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    Feb 7, 2014, 01.47 PMby barbaraagatha

    Just recently I was looking through some of the awsome looks by fashion IT girl Ulyana Sergeenko. Look what she rocked at Paris Fashion Week:http://pradamonster.files.wordpress.com/2013/12/ulyanna03.jpg

    And you just gave us the DIY! Thanks!

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    Feb 6, 2014, 07.41 PMby byVA

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    Feb 6, 2014, 05.55 PMby cris orange

    wow, wonderful! after seeing the pictures I thought “this remembers me of Ulyana Sergeenko” and then I read the text and saw you were indeed inspired by her! have you sewn the skirt to the sweater?

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      Feb 6, 2014, 05.59 PMby ArcticFoxx

      I wonder if she will make project of the month? I think she should! Wow!

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      Feb 6, 2014, 06.01 PMby cris orange

      yes she definitely should!

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      Feb 6, 2014, 06.12 PMby grosgrain

      Hah! Thanks. That’s great to hear! I’m so glad the style rings true. I just tucked the sweater into the skirt. Only because I think I want to use it later for another project. But it could easily be sewn into the skirt. You’d have to add an extra long zipper into the back though but that’s not too hard.

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    Feb 6, 2014, 05.51 PMby ArcticFoxx

    Your pics and clothes are catalog quality! I will certainly vote for you. Not only is your creation CostumeCon worthy, but I think one could wear it out and about.

    You have a super good creative and fashionable eye!

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      Feb 6, 2014, 06.10 PMby grosgrain

      Aww. Thanks! #cyberBlush

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    Feb 6, 2014, 03.35 PMby yenny lee

    The dress, the picture and the scene..they are awesome!! :D

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      Feb 6, 2014, 03.36 PMby grosgrain

      Thanks;-) I couldn’t have lucked out for a better day!

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