This is my most complex and detailed costume ever and I’m so unbelievably happy with how it turned out. I made it and it’s blue companion for me and my sister to wear to San Diego Comic-Con 2015. In the making of this costume, I found out a lot about my abilities as a seamstress and my taste in steampunk fashion.
Timeline: late April 2015 to the end of June 2015
- Corset: a combination of views A and D of Butterick 5935, which I then modified to have two lacings in the back
- Shorts: McCalls 6403, with the pockets widened at the front and a different cuff
- Bustle: entirely self-created, without the use of any pattern.
- Wings: self-drafted design, recreated with wire-wrapping
Fabrics and Notions:
- Corset: a thick red cotton upholstery fabric bought the LA Garment District as the self-fabric, plain muslin as the lining, plastic boning, gold grommets from Corset Making Supplies
- Shorts: brown incredibly itchy fabric from Joanns (not sure on the fiber)
- Bustle: red and gold upholstery fabric from Joanns as the self-fabric, gold fabric from the LA Garment District (again, not sure on fiber) as the lining, tulle layers in between, flexible plastic tubing from the hardware store as the hoops
- Wings: 20 and 26 gauge gold wire from Michaels
- Fairy Dust jar, made from a thrifted glass jar, a champagne cork, gold glitter, sugar, and seed beads (hanging on belt)
- Leather Belt, bought for $12 at a thrift/vintage store
- Pocket Watch, bought at a swap meet (hanging on corset)
- A little metal cup, apparently from my childhood (on belt)
- A little leather pouch, found at a yard sale (on belt)
- Steampunkified Hat, made by me (link to post above)
- Wings, made by me (link to post above)
- Leather Boots, already in my closet
My Favorite Part: umm…. everything? I guess I’d have to say the bustle, because I feel like it’s the star piece and it’s just so much fun to walk around in. It kinda wobbles back and forth as you walk, which I found hilarious.
Honestly, the steampunk elements are my favorite “part.” I’ve loved steampunk since the moment I found out it existed, and making a steampunk costume has been on my to-do list since then. I was worried it wasn’t going to live up to my expectations, but it totally did. I can honestly say that this is the steampunk costume is everything I wanted it to be.
Techniques and firsts: let’s make this a list…
- Bustle: first time making a hoop skirt, first time draping a bustle like that, first time using Rub’N’Buff (painted the hoops to look metal), first time using something from a hardware store in a costume
- Corset: first time making a corset with 2 columns of lacing in the back, and though it wasn’t my first time putting in grommets, it was my most successful and I think I need to congratulate myself on getting all 40 of them inserted in one morning
- Shorts: first time making the pockets bigger on that pattern, first time making belt loops
- Wings: basically everything … first time making wings, wire-wrapping, etc
And now pictures! For now, all of these have the companion to this costume, the blue steampunk fairy, in the picture as well, but I will soon have a better photoshoot with individual pics and close-ups of the details.