I think I solved the costuming problems for Maker Faire. If this works I'll be wearing it on many other occasions sans wings. Basically it's a black cotton velveteen Victorian style jacket with a bustle poof attached to the back so I can just put it on and BAM! -> bustled. My black leather jacket I made years ago has the same feature but being black leather it is both heavy and hot which makes it NOT ideal for Maker Faire or other crowded events.
Now I just have to decide what accent fabric I want to use. I am thinking Venise lace and maybe a little of the new colour shifting silk... maybe.
In unhappy news, looks like the video card in my gaming laptop has packed in.