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Steampunk Stitching Association

A united association for seamstresses, tailors and crafters of the steampunk variety from all across the globe and sky. Come in, sharpen your scissors, thread your needle and enjoy conversation with fellow creative types!

Location: The Aether
Members: 633
Latest Activity: Jul 6

Rules:
1. Be Excellent to each other!
2. Advice, suggestions and Instructions may be freely dispensed here, providing that your words and your work is your own. Otherwise, credit the creator.
3. Feel free to promote business and trade! If you'd like to share your wares, or solicit a commission either is fine.
4. Please don't slander anyone else's work, mock, "spork" or otherwise condemn another person's creation. Criticism should be constructive and you never know who's going to look at something you say on the internet so it's not very nice to giggle and point at strangers.

Nothing everyone didn't know already, I'm sure!

Discussion Forum

Adapting a pattern to what you need

Started by Lepidoptera Wible. Last reply by Lepidoptera Wible Jul 6. 2 Replies

I had it all planned out, I was going to add some lace and stuff to my 1893 ballgown from the first Gearcon in 2011 and call it good. Then I found this wonderful fabric at Walmart of all places,…Continue

What's in YOUR project basket?

Started by Sair Blades. Last reply by Phineas Wotan Sprockett, O.C.C. May 3. 558 Replies

/end cheesy moodWhat all has everyone been working on lately? Any cool projects in mind? Any freshly completed?I'm working on my first corset commission... now I'm an Amateur with a capital A for my…Continue

Safari Jacket - Burda 7918

Started by A D Cruize. Last reply by A D Cruize Apr 8. 35 Replies

The time has come to stop thinking and do it.I plan to use this thread as a blog to chronicle the adventure.  Suggestions and advice are welcomed and appreciated.Got the camo to do one for…Continue

Tags: 7918, burda, jacket, safari

Corset Making

Started by K. Robin Egger. Last reply by Professor Argon Bats Feb 19. 5 Replies

I have been making corsets for a while and I am still struggling with setting grommets.  Other than the hammer and die (makes too much noise and takes too much time for my liking), what do you all…Continue

Tags: making, corset

Non-Victorian styles and daily steam outfits

Started by Professor Argon Bats. Last reply by Phineas Wotan Sprockett, O.C.C. Jan 29. 11 Replies

It occurred to me that all the projects I have shared with you have been Victorian or Edwardian based outfits, although I do sew some more modern items as well. I don't wear big Victorian gowns at…Continue

Making Invisible Improvements to Historical Fashions

Started by Lepidoptera Wible. Last reply by Professor Argon Bats Nov 5, 2013. 5 Replies

This is a thought about historical fashion and how to make it better.I just got hold of the new Butterick B5970, a gorgeous and historically accurate Edwardian style top and skirt. I already knew…Continue

Welt Pockets on a Man's Vest - Anyone have a link to a great tutorial?

Started by C. E. McDermott (Clint Darby). Last reply by Professor Argon Bats Nov 2, 2013. 5 Replies

These pockets look marvelous - for me they are a true challange. Can anyone steer me in the right direction? Thank You,C.E. McDermottContinue

do you use fashion books?

Started by Augustana Beaumont. Last reply by Augustana Beaumont Oct 30, 2013. 13 Replies

Greetings from the great white north!I recently ran across a book while perusing barns and noble, it was museum clothing pieces .. but when I searched for it today at ..work..(yes, I totally scope…Continue

Salwar Kameez/Jamawar Sherwani/Achkan

Started by Capt. Logan "Direwolf" Stewart. Last reply by Professor Argon Bats Aug 12, 2013. 3 Replies

My character is a somewhat eclectic character who has traveled the world and picked up pieces of the various cultures, customs, and clothing he has encountered. One major piece of my design is a…Continue

Tags: Steampunk, Weird, West, Eastern, Achkan

In need of inspiration

Started by K. Robin Egger. Last reply by Lorelei Throckmorton Jul 29, 2013. 4 Replies

SteamCon V is just around the corner and I had the inspiration to combine two projects; my costume and a Bunad in honor of my Norwegian heritage. My conundrum is how to Steampunk one but still be…Continue

Tags: bunad, Costume

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Comment by Richard Lancey Jr. on April 27, 2014 at 7:24pm

I was asked by my dear friend of mine, asked me to share this:

A lot of my friends from this site have joined the other new SP site, http://www.welcometosteampunk.com/, so have and will continue to spend a lot of time there.

This doesn't mean I'm leaving this site by any means, because for one it is useful to me and not a bad site on the whole. But second and more importantly, there are many people here on this site that i enjoy conversing with and consider doing so time well spent.

So, I encourage you to check out the new site mentioned above and join if you like. It is small right now, but in many ways is freer than The Empire and offers certain things that The Empire does not.

Hope to see all of you soon,

Captain Maximillian Drake,

HMS Wyvern

PS- For those of you airship captains out there, interested in some friendly competition or perhaps honing your skills or both, we have started an airship dueling RP group on the new site.

Comment by Miss Cherries Jubilee on February 19, 2014 at 9:34am

Mrs. Edwards is our local corset making teacher.  

Mrs. Lori Edwards will host a Victorian Trunk Show on Saturday, March 29th at 11:00 and 2:00 at the Pacific Fabrics Northgate Village
838 NE Northgate Way
Seattle WA (Washington) 98125
206-362-0111 We will give an overview of Victorian Era garmant Silhouettes and feature gowns, hats, corsets, bustles. petticoats and a few Victorian steampunk garments for you to examine and try on if you choose.

Comment by Phineas Wotan Sprockett, O.C.C. on February 3, 2014 at 12:48pm

Mr. Grimm,

    I have enjoyed looking though upholstery fabric remanents which are usually really cheap.  I've made several waistcoats from these which have turned out quite well.

Comment by Ryan Grimm on February 3, 2014 at 5:38am

I have been pecking away at my kilt project (this year for sure!), and recently came into a trash-bag full of upholstery fabrics from my local FREECYCLE.ORG group.
Suffice it to say that I will have a set of waistcoats in the future, in paisleys and other nice fabrics.

And perhaps a few sets of spatterdashes as well.

Comment by Professor Argon Bats on February 2, 2014 at 4:47pm

Oh that's great! Thanks Lorelei, I'll go have a look how it works.

Comment by Lorelei Throckmorton on February 2, 2014 at 3:12pm

Anyone seeking to donate stash to others might consider the Sell Swap & Buy group here at SE - it's also for giving away! post possible donations at http://www.thesteampunkempire.com/group/theworldwidesteampunkexchange

Comment by Professor Argon Bats on February 1, 2014 at 11:39pm

I've been wanting to do the same, miss Cherries. Just not sure of the  format. Put it in etsy maybe - or make a gallery here with offers accepted... O course, both require taking the time to measure and photograph :-/ I'll be curious what solution you adopt.

Comment by Miss Cherries Jubilee on February 1, 2014 at 10:48pm

I will be going through my fabric stash in the next month ans something has to give!  I currently have far more fabric and notions than time.  So...there will be some great fabrics up for grabs.  Stay tuned.

Comment by Professor Argon Bats on December 3, 2013 at 2:00pm

Any of you as obsessed about black and white stripes as I am? I typically avoid synthetic fibers, but this was too good to resist: 1" stripe poly-cotton blend sold by the 15yd bolt (enough for a big bustle with layers, pleating, or whatnot), $46.25 at 60" wide. That's about $3/yard. Right now they have free shipping for orders of $50 and more, so just add some thread or something, and you're there :-)

No affiliation with the shop, just couldn't resist buying more fabric I don't really have the time for, ahem, and had to spread the temptation. Because I'm evil. There.

Comment by Sharon Fiscus on November 14, 2013 at 2:47pm

That is a delightful outfit.  I shall look into working it into my garb.

 

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