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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: 642
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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

Non-Victorian styles and daily steam outfits

Started by Professor Argon Bats. Last reply by Professor Argon Bats on Sunday. 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

What's in YOUR project basket?

Started by Sair Blades. Last reply by Professor Argon Bats Jun 20. 566 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 Capt. Logan "Direwolf" Stewart Dec 5, 2014. 2 Replies

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

Steampunk Toys

Started by Di Cooper. Last reply by Lepidoptera Wible Oct 26, 2014. 9 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

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

Adapting a pattern to what you need

Started by Lepidoptera Wible. Last reply by Lepidoptera Wible Jul 6, 2014. 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

Safari Jacket - Burda 7918

Started by A D Cruize. Last reply by A D Cruize Apr 8, 2014. 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, 2014. 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

Comment Wall


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Comment by Professor Argon Bats on March 14, 2012 at 6:19pm

Not really sewing related, but following the discussion about dry cleaning, I did a little research and found that the two safe and environmentally OK alternatives are wet cleaning (known as washing in my world) and liquid CO2 cleaning. It appears that other so called green methods are not actually that great.

I thought some of you might be interested by this pdf listing cleaners using those methods, by state, which can be found here.

Comment by Professor Argon Bats on March 8, 2012 at 12:53pm

I fear Boston is less advanced along those lines, but I will look!

Ends - yes, that's probably how it was done. I'll have to experiment.

Comment by Euphrenia McGee on March 8, 2012 at 12:16pm

I don't know where you are, Professor, but in San Francisco there are lots of environmentally friendly dry cleaners who are using a whole different range of much less toxic chemicals to do their dry cleaning. You might look around where you are to see if there are any near you.

So far as removable boning is concerned, I'd be looking at the ends rather than at the middle. You could make a couple of stitches to hold the boning in and then take them out for washing. I can't imagine that it wasn't done at least sometimes...

Comment by Ainsley Wilhelmina Doyle on March 8, 2012 at 10:58am

I have made a couple costumes using plastic, but instead of boning I use large plastic cable ties that I cut to length. They are cheap, strong, washable and come in many different lengths and widths. Doesn't give the same kind of support steel boning does but it's a good option and  they are easy to find and work with.

Comment by Professor Argon Bats on March 8, 2012 at 10:40am

Right you are Athanasia, I don't trust spell check either - I was just too tired to go get the dictionary (I could have gone to Webster online I guess) LOL

The vendor's pitch had me considering whether to give the fancy plastic a shot, but thanks to your input and Euphrenia's, I think I'll stick with spiral steel (trust your first impulse?). I've seen that German plastic, it has nothing to do with flimsy stuff like rigilene, but still!

Comment by Professor Argon Bats on March 8, 2012 at 9:11am

Thanks again Euphrenia. My only experience with plastic boning was in a "Morticia Adams" type skirt to make the bottom trumpet out, and that was supposed to buckle in and out in a waivy shape. And it was 15 years ago LOL.

I'm not a big fan of dry cleaning, not being a fan of chemicals in general. I am dreadfully sensitive skin (rosacea) and am always wary of nasty chemical residues. I've actually thought of making the bone casings open in the middle, so that bones can be wiggled out and reinserted. Is that totally mad? Probably.

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.


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