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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,

Debuting the Loki Jacket; or, Praying to the Glue Gods

Myself in Loki Jacket

This weekend I attended Steamtopia in Dearborn, MI.  As usual, I arrived with multiple outfits, as is standard for attendees at a steampunk convention.  However, this time the collection included the Loki jacket about which I have been posting. It’s still not finished – it will eventually have a gold and green skirt – but it was far enough along to display with a plain, black micro-suede skirt. One of the problems I have with non-sewn projects is they start

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

Loki Jacket, Part 3: Sleeves and Shoulders

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 the sleeves, which is good because they were a pain in the ass to do. Perhaps the least successful part was the shoulders, which were necessary because of the sleeves. Cutting

Loki Jacket, Part 2: Color, Fabric, and Trim

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 brilliant green with gold embellishments. These are the colors of a comic book character.  While I damn near always go for ostentatious in my steampunk costuming, often bordering on absurd, those

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

Costuming Project: Steampunk Loki Jacket

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 costuming site Steaming Apparel, but also my Improvising Steampunk Fashion and Recycling Old Items posts), I’m totally not offering this up for beginners.  This is a major personal project, but it

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

Improvising Steampunk Fashion, or the Murder of a Perfectly Good Jacket

Steapunk costume piece halfway done

You wouldn’t believe it from my posts so far, but originally steampunk was meant to be one of the major topics of this blog.  Guess I got carried away with the fun of weird history.  After all, there’s a reason I went to school for six years studying it. I hate patterns.  They’re tedious.  They also require me to do things like match up curves to other curves that don’t match (like adding sleeves to bodices).  I am the mistress