costume

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 forContinue Reading

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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 participateContinue Reading

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 beContinue Reading

Jacket with finished shoulder pieces and sleeve inserts

This is a continuation of posts relating to my current steampunk costuming project Steampunk Loki Jacket Part Two: Color, Fabric, and Trim Holding Costumes Together: Sewing, Fabric Glue, and Hot Glue I have a love-hate relationship with the sleeves and shoulders.  The most successful part of whole coat was theContinue Reading

Sample colors swatches in green and gold, microsuede and man-made silk.

This continues from Costuming Project: Steampunk Loki Jacket, where I outlined the first steps in finding a suitable base coat and did some basic shaping. Now it’s time to create more intricate decoration and add some color to the project. Fabric Color Loki’s movie jacket is black and overly brilliantContinue Reading

Old Fashioned Sewing Machine

I came out of Thor 2 with a mission in life: a steampunk version of Loki’s coat. (Even better if it came with Loki inside it, but that’s beyond my capabilities.) This is easily my most complicated project to date, and, unlike most projects I’ve discussed (primarily at my costumingContinue Reading