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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: May 18

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

What's in YOUR project basket?

Started by Sair Blades. Last reply by Cat; Blacksmith Mstr.Adept. May 18. 604 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

Yet another Historical Pattern

Started by Lepidoptera Wible. Last reply by Professor Argon Bats Feb 29. 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. 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

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

Comment Wall


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Comment by Ryan Grimm on May 1, 2012 at 7:45am

I think you have a few options on making the corset:
first being to use an existing fitted corset as a pattern.
Second is to take an old t-shirt fitted over whatever (if any!) clothing you will be wearing, and while wearing it start covering it with paper mache until thickly covered.  Let it dry, then cut it off in places where you would be doing stitching/seams.  Then use THAT as your pattern.

Comment by Ainsley Wilhelmina Doyle on May 1, 2012 at 7:00am

I have decided that I want to make a leather corset. Has anyone else done this? Am I crazy to think I can do this? Is there anything that I need to know before I start?

Comment by Hilerey Amanda Mae on April 19, 2012 at 9:13am

I love this Book!

"Sew What! Skirts"  By Francesca Denhartog & Carole Ann Camp

16 simple styles you can make with fabulous fabrics. This is a great book for beginners too. You will learn how to make your own patterns and design skirts to fit your shape. 

Comment by Betty Bee Bicycles on March 15, 2012 at 12:58pm

I have been gone for sometime, oh how I missed this web page.  So I have found a good web that provides ready made Steampunk.  Ahhh yes you might look like someone else but it is up to you to make the outfit all of your very own.  Use your cretive brain and have fun. "Pyramid Collection"

Betty Bee Bicycles 

Comment by Professor Argon Bats on March 14, 2012 at 6:21pm

(see the third paragraph for the pdf)

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!


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