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Topic: my first attempt at steampunk! (with super-mini tute for vest)  (Read 12954 times)
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« on: October 24, 2010 09:25:57 PM »

Over the summer, I decided I need a steampunk outfit.  In this outfit, I made the shirt, vest, skirt, and hat.  
For the shirt, I took a size 18 button-down from goodwill, took in the sides, puffed and shortened the sleeves, and tea-dyed it.  I did a tester for the tea dye and, when left in too long, the lace turned orange, so I had to be careful about not over-dying.  For the skirt, I got a bed-sheet from SA and gathered (and gathered and gathered) the skirt onto a waistband.  Then I picked up the fabric and sewed...I'm not sure what the method is called but I used a tutorial on burdastyle that I can no longer find =(.  I used a purse zipper on the back of the skirt and found out halfway through my first wearing that the zipper wasn't too great at staying up...hooray for carrying around safety pins!  For the vest, I cut the top into a shape I liked, hemmed, and added a strap from the same purse.  I took it in a bit but I think I've gained some weight since I first made it, as it's a bit tight.  My plan is to fix that by making the back lace-up.  For the hat (which you can't see too well, but it's a basic aviator cap) I modified a medieval coif pattern (http://www.virtue.to/articles/coif.html) and added a chin buckle strap also from that same purse.  

I added some more in-depth instructions for the vest on the second page of comments.  I didn't make a picture tutorial, but if anything's unclear let me know and I'll try and make it more clear.

Here's the full outfit:

And here's a close-up:

Thanks for looking!  Con-crit would be very much appreciated!
« Last Edit: October 26, 2010 04:09:11 PM by toribird - Reason: mini tute added. » THIS ROCKS   Logged

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« Reply #1 on: October 24, 2010 09:35:33 PM »

Great costume, and great job. That purse really came in handy!

« Reply #2 on: October 24, 2010 10:28:44 PM »

Looks AWESOME! Great work!
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« Reply #3 on: October 25, 2010 02:44:25 AM »

I think it looks great.  Fantastic recon of a purse.  I wouldn't have thought to use it that way.


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« Reply #4 on: October 25, 2010 02:50:55 AM »

Truly awesome!
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« Reply #5 on: October 25, 2010 08:02:51 AM »

Using the purse strap on the vest was brilliant!

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« Reply #6 on: October 25, 2010 10:27:24 AM »

Looks great! Love how the vest turned out.

« Reply #7 on: October 25, 2010 05:25:04 PM »

this is awesome!!! but i must say , i'm head over heels for the vest!!! Cheesy <3
« Reply #8 on: October 26, 2010 02:21:14 AM »

Wow!  You really did a great job!  That looks awesome!!! ^.^  I want to try steampunk now lol
« Reply #9 on: October 26, 2010 07:51:24 AM »

I'm really shocked this is your first Steampunk outfit!  It ROCKS!!!  As said by others, the use of purse hardware is GENIUS!!!  I think my favorite thing about your outfit is if you're not feelin' over the top Steampunk, you can wear any of the pieces with more casual everyday clothing items and they would still look great!  That vest is bound to get a lot of use with jeans, with skirts, over dresses...I think I need one.   Grin

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