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Steampunk Costuming: Leather Bolero

Leather steampunk bolero

Most of the time, I work from Goodwill purchases.  There, you can find leather jackets for about $20 in a variety of different styles and qualities. This time, I really lucked out because a cousin tore the back of a very nice jacket, and she donated it to me for costuming. Because of the damage, I could not turn it into a bolero and corset set, as I have previously done.  I could, however, use it just as a bolero,

Steaming Apparel – Costume Tips for Non-Sewers

The last few days I’ve been working on one of my other websites, Steaming Apparel.  It’s designed primarily for those who are just starting to costume for steampunk, and I built it because I kept encountering people who: Thought steampunk outfits have to be really expensive Felt the couldn’t participate without a costume Had no idea where to start on designing a costume Thought you had to know how to sew to make a steampunk outfit In fact, I’ve created

New Endeavors: Web Design and Costuming

Black and White Cassie portrait

Start shameless plug: In the last couple weeks, I have been cleaning up Steaming Apparel, my website for steampunk costuming ideas.  Much of it targets beginners looking for places to start, although there is some more complicated material as well.  The costuming instructions I’ve been posting here will eventually be re-posted at Steaming Apparel. With my position as a university lecturer eliminated, I have turned to freelance web design at AlterEgo.  I’d love it if you’d check me out.  I

Holding Costumes Together: Sewing, Fabric Glue and Hot Glue

Fastening Fabric: Glue and Sewing

I am always suspicious of glue.  It’s failed me in a wide variety of projects.  When working with hard materials, I tend to default to superglue to side-step the almost inevitable failure of lesser glues. I can’t do that with my steampunk Loki coat project.  I have to actually choose glue like a grown-up. As an Aside: Two other items of note in the above image are wax paper and Sharpies.  Glue does not stick well to wax, so its

Recycling Old Items; or, When Were These Ever in Fashion?

I’m in the middle of a major steampunk costuming project which incorporates black, olive green and gold.  Today I decided I was going to construct some jewelry to go along with it. My steampunk jewelry tends to be large and ostentatious.  Actually, most of my steampunk wardrobe is based on that principle.  I like to say an outfit is finished when I’ve added one too many items.  Alternatively, double whatever I’ve done at the point my husband warns I’ve gone