Well, with a little research, it seems modifying Raggedy Anne's costume to a steampunk design shouldn't be too difficult since she's sort of Victorian already. I'm thinking of something leaning towards a Lolita
style, since that's also based on Victorian fashion, and of course I'm gonna look for something in duller colors when I make the dress, with maybe a few hints of blue in it.
I was browsing Michael's the other day for ideas, and according to one woman I asked, she thinks that glueing the tip of a wind-up motor on a piece of styrofoam would gum up the motor and never answered my question about whether it would hold. I'm not totally convinced it would gum up the motor, since I only want to glue the very tip of it; the white part that you actually use to wind up a toy. My biggest concern is it breaking out of place; I have no idea if superglue will hold. While I was there, though, I did find a section of charms by Industrial Chic,
which must make a killing in the steampunk community. I also saw a little gold heart charm with a keyhole in it; if I can find it again when I start actually working on this thing, I think that'll be my golden heart, and I'll find a key charm that looks like it might fit and make it into an earring or something. And it's also looking like I will have to make the wig from scratch again...oy.
I also checked in the party store since that's where I got my striped stockings for the regular Raggedy Anne costume I did a few years ago. Unless I can find somewhere else with better options, it looks like my choices of stockings are staying with the red and white, or going to either black and red or black and orange.
Her storyline is coming together too, since I'm sort of making a character out of this too. Originally I was thinking she had sort of a Pinochio story; some toymaker wanted a child, but was an old widower, so he made a doll. But instead I've suddenly been inspired, and her story has taken a turn for the sadder; she was made to be the perfect doll that any little girl would want; the perfect companion, innocent and curious, and might be mistaken for a real little girl if she weren't doll-sized, yarn-haired and didn't have a key sticking out of her back. But once she was finished, the toymaker died, and the boy who took over the store didn't understand exactly what Annie was and just left her on a high shelf in the shop with a bunch of other old things, and nobody wants to buy her now that she's dusty and beginning to rust from neglect, where she now sits waiting for the day someone plucks her down and winds her up again.
Still on the fence about goggles and parasols, lol
This is definitely a project to keep me busy over the summer, lmao