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Steampunk Stitching Association


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: 643
Latest Activity: Dec 21, 2016

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

Show and Tell! Tailor's Pressing Bucks

Started by Rev. Luficarius Ratspeed Dec 21, 2016. 0 Replies


Tags: tools

What's in YOUR project basket?

Started by Sair Blades. Last reply by Heather Elizabeth Peterson Sep 9, 2016. 608 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

steampunk kids outfits

Started by Jonathan Harker. Last reply by Heather Elizabeth Peterson Sep 9, 2016. 3 Replies

why is there  not more steampunk outfits ???   and where can i find some Continue

Steampunk Toys

Started by Di Cooper. Last reply by Professor Argon Bats Sep 9, 2016. 11 Replies

How do you do. I would like to hear from fellow toy makers.  I make felt animals and toys.  Is it possible to  make money from these unique patterns ?  Do you have a success story?  I am sitting on…Continue

Tags: felt, Toys

Yet another Historical Pattern

Started by Lepidoptera Wible. Last reply by Professor Argon Bats Feb 29, 2016. 10 Replies

New Butterick historical pattern: B6305. Just picked it up. At first I thought it was supposed to be a bustle dress but they forgot the bustle. Then I looked at the dates on the envelope and realized…Continue

Treadle Operators?

Started by David Froman. Last reply by David Froman Jan 12, 2016. 12 Replies

Any one else use a treadle sewing machine when working on garments?  I use a 1939 Singer 201-2 (converted to a 201-1) as my primary sewing machine.  I also have a 1915 15-30 in a straight-leg treadle…Continue

Non-Victorian styles and daily steam outfits

Started by Professor Argon Bats. Last reply by Professor Argon Bats Jun 28, 2015. 15 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

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 Rev. Luficarius Ratspeed Sep 10, 2014. 9 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

Tailoring Tutorial Video Project

Started by Rev. Luficarius Ratspeed Sep 10, 2014. 0 Replies

I just wanted to announce that I've recently launched a Patreon campaign to create a full range of video and written tutorials for…Continue

Frock Coat Tutorials?

Started by Rev. Luficarius Ratspeed. Last reply by Rev. Luficarius Ratspeed Sep 10, 2014. 23 Replies

There have been lots of threads on the group but none that I've seen that do more than chip at the edges of men's dress. And there always comes the periodical plea of "Frock Coat Tutorials" or "Frock…Continue

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Comment by Euphrenia McGee on March 7, 2012 at 11:53pm

I've tried plastic boning and never found any that didn't buckle or wave - not to say that it doesn't exist, but...

Washability seems a perfectly fine word to me (even if my spell checker doesn't like it). I wear very washable undergarments and then dry clean my outer garments at need. I'm wonderfully tidy, so 'at need' usually doesn't happen terribly often, but when it does I'm perfectly happy to make it someone else's problem.

Comment by Professor Argon Bats on March 7, 2012 at 10:22pm

Thanks Euphrenia, good point... of course most seams aren't straight and won't work with flat steel boning! Duh, now I feel silly. Have you tried the plastic though? How do you deal with washability? (made up word of the day)

Comment by Professor Argon Bats on March 7, 2012 at 10:19pm

Then again the German plastic boning is attractive for not having to worry about constructing things so that you can take the bones out for hand washing.... Hmm.

Comment by Euphrenia McGee on March 7, 2012 at 10:14pm

It depends a lot on whether the boning needs to go around curves, which in most of the bodices I've dealt with, it does. It's there to hold the shape of the garment and not the shape of you. If I were you, I'd still be leaning towards the spring as well.

Comment by Professor Argon Bats on March 7, 2012 at 10:06pm

What kind of boning do you recommend for a bodice (not a corset)? I'm thinking steel definitely, and was sure I wanted spring until I went to the Farthingales website to buy some... now I don't know if the flat steel boning would work better. I never worked with those. Mind you, I like being able to move in my clothes... and yes, at the cost of historical accuracy too. So I'm still leaning towards spring.

Any experience/advice/insight?

Comment by Professor Argon Bats on February 1, 2012 at 10:41am

Thanks Zack, good to know about the weights. I still didn't find any indication of weight there though? This, and other apparel leathers, is probably lighter weight than what you'd use for a mask, I'm guessing?

Comment by Professor Argon Bats on February 1, 2012 at 10:11am

Yep, they are short on detail, that's not too unusual for them I'm afraid. The one time I tried emailing for more details I got something about the people answering emails just do paperwork and have no idea what the fabrics look like (!). Customer support is pretty minimal, I get the feeling the relatively low prices trickle down to as spare personnel as they can, with no time to do anything beyond handling the orders. But you can always try, maybe you'll have more luck!

Comment by Professor Argon Bats on February 1, 2012 at 9:30am

Thought this might be of interest.

I just saw one of my online sources of fabrics added leather hides to their wares, looks like a good price to me though I haven't compared. I have not bought any and cannot comment on the quality. I've mostly been very happy with my fabric purchases from them, a very few duds (their faux furs are not high quality judging form the one I tried). Overall, out of possibly dozens of fabrics I bought (ok, at least one dozen), I can say I am satisfied, and I've kept shopping there.

Comment by Jennifer Evans on January 31, 2012 at 10:51am

I chose not to use the buckles I found yesterday, they interfered with the buttons. I'll use them for something else.

Comment by Ryan Grimm on January 31, 2012 at 9:57am

Buckles are available at some leather crafts shops, and always available at Tandy Leather, on-line.
They also sell the hardware for Sam Browne belts, horse harness, etc.
They sell patterns for leather goods of all sorts, including gauntlets/bracers.


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