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Topic: my first attempt at steampunk! (with super-mini tute for vest)  (Read 18366 times)
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« Reply #10 on: October 26, 2010 04:07:12 PM »

Thanks so much for all the positive feedback!  The vest was really easy and I bet you'd be able to figure it out if you want to make it, but here are some more in-depth instructions to help.
I got a vest that sort of fit but was a bit big and a bit short.  It was a petite, so I decided a lot of the fit issues would be solved by changing the shoulders.  Here are the steps I followed, they'd be a bit different for a much larger vest but if it's close to your size, this should work.

1. Cut the shoulder seams.
2. Put the vest on over a t-shirt, pin it to your shirt to help it stay up.
3. Draw a chalk line where you want the new neckline to be.
4. Cut along the chalk line about 1/4" above the actual line and cut a straight line across the back.
5. Zig-zag stitch along the edge of the fabric to prevent fraying and to keep the lining attached (if your vest is lined).
6. Fold, pin, and hem the edge.  This can be finicky around the curved bits, so go slowly.
7. Put the vest on, pin it to your shirt to keep it up.  Grab your purse strap and mark with chalk where it needs to be sewn. 
8. Sew the purse strap on to your vest.  I did this by hand, since the purse material is fake leather and very thick.  The purse I got had sort of...anchoring fabric (I don't know how to describe it, but the rectangle-y bits in the picture) that had a sewn edge, so I used those holes since puncturing the fabric by hand was very difficult. 
9. Put the vest on and figure out where it needs to be taken in.  Mine barely did so I got away with sewing along the back seam, but if your vest is larger, you would have to sew along the side seams or do more intensive alteration.
10. The purse I bought had a buckle strap that I thought looked pretty cool, so I sewed that onto the vest too along my waist.  I plan on putting a holster to hold a prop gun on there eventually, or maybe some bottles to do a "Steampunk Apothecarist" type costume. 

Please please please post pictures if you use these to make a vest, I'd really love to see!  Also, if you decide to make a vest and get stuck with anything, feel free to message me and I'll help you out as best I can.

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« Reply #11 on: October 26, 2010 06:44:14 PM »

I love your outfit!  My husband and I are both into steampunk and dressed in it for Halloween '08.  Your skirt is beautiful!  I love the color and the design with the pick-up tucks.  Fantastic job Smiley

« Reply #12 on: October 26, 2010 07:20:48 PM »

Love, love, LOVE the outfit!!!!!! Great job and great inspiration Cheesy
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« Reply #13 on: October 26, 2010 10:51:51 PM »

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

Got to agree with Craftewoman on this.  Great outfit and you should get an award for best non-purse use of a purse!
« Reply #14 on: October 27, 2010 10:37:13 AM »

This looks so beautiful. I wouldn't have thought this was your first steampunk outfit if you hadn't told us. It reminds me that I need to take the plunge into this style. Oy! So many things to try! Cheesy

« Reply #15 on: October 30, 2010 04:29:54 AM »

hmm.. i like this! It is good inspiration as well- I think I might try doing a vest like that soonish. Cheesy great job!
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« Reply #16 on: October 30, 2010 01:56:40 PM »

its very nice well done!

We are going to need more glue. Lots more glue. and someone who knows what they are doing...

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« Reply #17 on: October 31, 2010 02:59:55 PM »

First try, no way. Smiley
It looks fantastic and good for everyday wear as well!!

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« Reply #18 on: October 31, 2010 04:28:13 PM »

when I first read that you used a purse strap for the straps on the vest I was like "uhhh...  Undecided " haha but then I saw the pictures and it is absolutely FABULOUS! Cheesy
I love the steampunk look, but sadly can't pull it off; however, I think I will be making a skirt like that! it's simply gorgeous!  Smiley
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« Reply #19 on: November 03, 2010 06:24:12 PM »

Wow, this is brilliant!

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