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Idea for Steam Punk Outfit

Posted: Tue Dec 21, 2010 11:55 pm
by antoa
Hello all, I am new here and also really new to Victorian costuming.

I am actually thinking of a Steam punk outfit and would like some input.

I plan on buying a leather corset, so I figure I would just need to worry about the skirt, a jacket of sorts, bloomers, and a chemise.

For the skirt I have been eyeing TV374 1886 Bordered Asymetrical Overskirt and for the jacket I have been thinking of TV498 1898 Eton Jacket, but with a 3/4 sleeve. (Mixing decades, I know, but it's Steam Punk, so I figured it was fine :) )

I was thinking of nixing the underskirt and make the overskirt cover enough (with a flirty peak at the bloomers, which will be mid-thigh or possibly right above my knee). Would that even work? Does it need a petticoat? (I'm *really* new to all this).

Any suggestions for a short, sleeveless chemise? I will want to tuck it into the bloomers so that the bottom hem wouldn't be seen.

Here is a quick sketch I did on a post-it:
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I also have no idea what kinds of fabrics to use. I would like a rich purple for the skirt and a raspberry for the jacket (with black collar) and the trim on the skirt as well.

Any input you could provide would be great.

Re: Idea for Steam Punk Outfit

Posted: Wed Dec 22, 2010 5:19 pm
by radiocerk
I tend to do steampunk myself, and always get a kick out of the mixing decades.

If you're planning to expose your bloomers, you probably don't need the petticoat, it would just add bulk to where the skirt is rucked up. If you want to add poofiness to the rest of the skirt, maybe a netting layer where its needed.

The length of a chemise is an easy thing to adjust. To tuck it in, I'd probably cut it at hip length, just so it tucks securely.

The sketch is an odd combination of mid- to upper-classish "lady" and a more "explorer" look. What's the concept behind the costume? I always find a great deal of inspiration from deciding who the costume is being worn by, then deciding what she would wear. I hope this has helped at least a little.

Re: Idea for Steam Punk Outfit

Posted: Thu Dec 23, 2010 10:13 am
by antoa
Thanks for your suggestions, I think I will try some black netting at the back to create more bulk.

As for the concept, there isn't much of one (like I said, I am new to all this). My inspiration came from trying on an awesome leather corset and then remembering I had those wicked boots. I was going for more "what would look cool with those items" and not so much putting a story behind it. I will have to think about that.

I wanted just an open jacket on the top so that you could see the corset, but still have my shoulders and arms covered. And for the skirt, I just browsed the patterns and fell in love with the asymmetrical design of that one.

The outfit would be for me and I am a bit of an odd combination myself (undergrad degree in art and grad degree in computers).

I am starting to think that I need to re-think my colors and just with one color and black instead of making the skirt and jacket different colors.

Re: Idea for Steam Punk Outfit

Posted: Sun Dec 26, 2010 3:45 pm
by rangerfeline
Cute outfit, can't wait to see how it turns out!
You asked about fabrics. If you're on a budget (and who isn't these days?) you may be tempted to knock the whole thing out in polyester and rayon. But if you run warm, or you intend to wear this lovely outfit in a warm environment like, oh I dunno, a convention space, you will perish if the whole thing is made of artificial fiber. It's like wrapping your body in a trash bag; all that heat and moisture has nowhere to go. I'm a cold-natured gal, myself, so I get away with a lot, but my underclothes (knickers/pettis/chemise) are always cotton or linen -- it makes all the difference, and is worth any extra expense. Good luck!

Re: Idea for Steam Punk Outfit

Posted: Sun Dec 26, 2010 10:34 pm
by BethD
Cute design! I agree with radioclerk: it's great to create a character, and use it as inspiration for your costuming. It can really help when it comes to choosing accessories/props, so they all tie in together. Plus, it's always fun to have an answer ready when someone says, "And what are you supposed to be?" I'm a fan of steampunk myself, and my next big project is a widow with a mechanical arm.