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Topic: Costume Suggestions: Steampunk or Pirate  (Read 1429 times)
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« on: October 25, 2009 10:13:38 PM »

I'm a long-time lurker, and this is also my first post! ^^ So here I go, hope that I don't do too horribly!

I recently started this costume for Halloween ( well, yesterday), and finished it up today. I still have to make the boots, and want to make a cape in case it gets cold. I have this lovely muted purple fleece-like material that I want to use for that. But anyways..... here's my problem:

  • Although the costume is complete technically, it feels like it's missing a few things.
  • I really have no idea what sort of things would look good to make it look Steam Punk-y or Pirate-y.

So I'd like a few suggestions regarding that, and also, I would love to hear what y'all think! Cheesy Without further ado, here I am in my costume! (please forgive the lack of shoes and odd BG)

I used Simplicity pattern 9966, and altered a few things. Most noticeable are the corset, the skirt and overskirt. The skirt and overskirt were supposed to be in one piece, but for simplicity's sake, I made it into two pieces. I also shortened both by about a foot. The skirt material was too thin to have just as one layer, so I made the skirt two panels layered, instead of four panels of one layer. Luckily, that was just large enough to fit my hips. The skirt also has an elastic gathering on the side, just to spice thing up a bit. The overskirt is mainly just shortened, and not hemmed, since the material will not fray. The skirt is similar in that, so it isn't hemmed either.

Now, the shirt is by far the best part of this whole thing. I barely had enough of this wonderful eyelet  fabric, so I almost didn't pull it off. I actually spent about 5 hours on that thing, making it look best as it could.

For the corset, I used this awesome upholstery fabric that my mom had in our fabric closet for the past few years, never touched. If I were to follow the pattern exactly for the corset, it would have been too big to fit properly, so the modifications were an improvement on the fit. The ties in the back are braided embroidery thread, looped around the buttons using a slip knot.

Any help or ideas would be greatly appreciated, and likely used. Smiley Thank you for looking!
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« Reply #1 on: October 25, 2009 11:26:11 PM »

This looks easier to turn into a pirate than steampunk.

Pull that black skirt closer to your bodice, wrap a wide, bright sash around your middle to get rid of the "gaposis", and tie it at your waist so you've got the ends dangling down. Stick a wide belt with a big buckle on top of the sash. Make a couple of pouches for whatever you want to carry with you, and tie them to the sash or belt. Find a bright, fun scarf & tie it on your hair like a kerchief. Wear the biggest hoop earrings you can find, and the gaudiest, chunkiest chain necklaces you can get your hands on. Striped leggings and/or fishnets would be a good idea, especially paired with tall boots. Try to clash colors as much as possible, it makes a more motley piratey look. And dag the hems of the skirts unevenly, that always screams pirate.

As for steampunk, brass details and a big hat. On the front of the bodice, use lots of brass-tone buttons & trim, kinda like this coat: http://www.arniesvintagecostumers.com/1600s1700smens/1600s1700sm14.jpg Epaulets & buttons & trim on the shoulder straps, too.

« Reply #2 on: October 26, 2009 08:59:37 PM »

well, I don't have all the necessary equipment for either, but the steampunk stuff is actually much easier for me to get my hands on than all the pirate stuff would be. I can easily get brass things and all sorts of clockwork gear things from my papa's old storage bus, so that's actually not a problem. as for the hat.... like a tricorn, or a top hat? I have a couple of fedoras, but I don't think they'll work. Cheesy

I also added a dusky purple half-circle cloak to my costume, in case it gets downright freezing. ^^ so soft.... it's fleece-like, so it should keep me toasty. oh, and another reason I wanted to go steampunk is this: I live in the deep South, and the past few Halloween's, it's been boiling, and all that extra fabric would make me waaay to warm. Smiley but hopefully the weather will cool down for that night.
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« Reply #3 on: March 16, 2010 11:23:39 PM »

I know it's nowhere near Halloween but if you like Steampunk and want to get a jump on your Halloween costume (I have a friend who makes hers in July or August...but she procrastinates so it's a must) I suggest Simplicity 2525. It has four variations and style C is very much Steampunk.

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