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« on: February 10, 2009 12:43:55 PM »


Myself and a friend are debating wearing steampunk costumes for a games convention in June. As I can't sew and my friend, who can, is at least 100 miles away, does anybody have any very easy costume ideas? Ideas of stuff I could buy or easily adapt? Or what to look out for in charity shops?

I currently have the following:
A lacy ruff that can safety pin onto a white shirt (that I made a copule of years ago for a Captain Hook costume for my husband)
Some lovely lacy cuffs I have just recieved in a swap
A cracking pair of steampunk goggles (also a swap item!)

I was thinking a lacy shirt and waistcoat, my goggles and something on my bottom half, but not sure what!

Any ideas greatfully recieved  Cheesy

« Reply #1 on: February 22, 2009 05:24:21 PM »

YAY! I heart steampunk Cheesy Lucky you, having a chance to dress up!

How bout just wearing the ruff and cuffs with a tank top, not pinned to anything? Hopefully you can find a decent vest/waistcoat at a second-hand shop. For the bottom, I LOOOVE the shorts/pulled-up-skirt look that this amazing craftster did:


I just a had a no-sew genius idea for how to do the gathered part of the skirt! Ok, not completely no-sew. On the front waistband of a short a-line skirt, pick your two points to sew on buttons right at the top of the waistband (you can do it! buttons aren't too scary Smiley ). Get two hair elastics and loop one over a button. Roughly gather the skirt below the button upwards. Extend the elastic down over the gathered part, bring it up behind the fabric, up over the waistband and loop over the button. Repeat on the other side, YAY!

Hopefully you will end up super duper cute! Good luck!

« Reply #2 on: March 10, 2009 01:46:04 AM »

what about wearing some loose britches, the kind that gather at the knees (i think they're called harem pants at the moment) like jodphurs, then riding boots, the kind that come up to the knee? then you could be some sort of aviatrix or automobile (steam-mobile?) driver. that's the best i can do if you're not able to sew  Smiley

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« Reply #3 on: March 10, 2009 09:50:40 AM »

These are great suggestions. Many thanks  Cheesy

« Reply #4 on: March 10, 2009 01:49:02 PM »

i think loose pant / bloomer type things might be the way to go. they could be the basis of other outfits too. historically speaking pants would have been quite risque, so those who did wear them tended to go for loose, feminine styles- think turkish, moroccan, maybe some sort of sash or bustle over the top (as suggested by Alexus1325). and i would really suggest that you have a go at sewing, either your own garments or to alter clothes to get the style you want (army surplus stores are a great source of cheap, european uniforms, i've turned a few of those into pirate jackets). at the very least you could swap the buttons on your cosplay clothes for ones that are more historical- brass or horn (even imitation ones). sewing is fun!  Grin

« Reply #5 on: March 11, 2009 03:27:01 AM »

Accesories and embeleshments are your friend.

Big brass buttons can be functional and add to the look. Can you get some cods or similar from a hardwear store to be used as buttond, or just to be attached or sewn on to your costume.

Have a look in second hand and junk shops for an old watch/ pocket compas/barmoter or similar. Having that somewhere about your person is good, it doesnt have to work which can cut the cost down.

Attaching handy pockets to outits can also look interesting - somewhere to keep all those new-fangled devices!

Make jewelry out of bits of hardwear like nuts and washers or coiled copper wire.
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« Reply #6 on: March 11, 2009 03:41:27 PM »

Brilliant. Thanks everyone  Cheesy

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