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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: 634
Latest Activity: Aug 16

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

What's in YOUR project basket?

Started by Sair Blades. Last reply by Madam D. Phryxus Aug 16. 559 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

Non-Victorian styles and daily steam outfits

Started by Professor Argon Bats. Last reply by Madam D. Phryxus Aug 16. 13 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

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

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

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 Euphrenia McGee on July 3, 2012 at 9:09pm

Laura, good grief yes!

Comment by Laurie Christine Tysinger on July 3, 2012 at 8:18pm

I'm a bit of a "steamstress". Most of my work is of the "Frankenstitch" variety, and I have even been known to do the occasional "jean splicing". Will I fit in here at all?

Comment by Professor Argon Bats on May 7, 2012 at 10:09pm

Dear Miss Doyle, I hope you have not been put off the leather corset project. Learning by doing is my favorite method, if one is prepared for some setbacks along the way. You could also forget about sewing and going all-out heavy leather and rivet the thing together!

Comment by Suzy Q - The Scarlett Seamstress on May 3, 2012 at 7:19am

That was me!  Glad you found your way to Mardigan!

Comment by Aurora Jane Marshall on May 3, 2012 at 5:51am

Thank you! I found it. I knew someone here would know what I was talking about. :)

Comment by Josephine Daphne Boone on May 2, 2012 at 9:07pm

I found a link on her blog: Mardigan Enterprises

Comment by Josephine Daphne Boone on May 2, 2012 at 9:04pm

Emrys Fynery might be the people you are looking for. They had some gauntlets like that at TempleCon last February, but it looks like they don't currently have any in stock.

Comment by Aurora Jane Marshall on May 2, 2012 at 8:46pm

So while I was at the Symposium, I saw someone with a seamstress gauntlet--a leather armband with tiny spools of thread, a sheath for embroidery scissors, and an itty bitty pin cushion. She gave me the name of the Etsy shop where she found it, but I wasn't able to write it down at the time and I couldn't find it when I tried searching. Does anyone know where I might find one?

Comment by Professor Argon Bats on May 1, 2012 at 3:51pm

I haven't made one, so you can decide what my input is worth - but would second and elaborate one some of the other replies. I've fiddled with a few various leather projects though.

1. If you mean a real corset that will be laced in without stretching out of shape, then you will want either rather heavy leather, which is hard to work with and maybe best suited if you have done a bit of work with it already. Some leathers can even be molded to some extent when wet, and will be hard and hold the shape once dry, which can be used to great effect but again requires some experience: find someone who can help and guide you. Upholstery weight type leather is softer, won't do the molding thing, but will be more comfy and strong enough.

2. The other option for a real corset in leather is to make it in coutil or other very strong, stable non-stretching cotton, and use a thinner leather as your "fashion fabric" to cover the cotton, the cotton being what holds the shape and takes all the tension.

3. Remember that leather is less forgiving than most fabrics, in that you can't pin, or sew awry and try again, because the pin/stitching holes will show forever once made. Also, regular sewing machines tend to choke on anything but lightweight leathers so you may be faced with either finding (someone who owns) a machine that can handle it, or do it by hand. Remember to use special leather needles in either case. Special thread is a good idea too (or at least strong mercerized cotton); bee's wax to further condition the thread may be a good idea too.

4. I'd use a good pattern that you have either tried before or at least tried out in a mock up. The version of home made pattern I know in lieu of papier maché is actually duct tape, because you can get a bit of waist reduction while wrapping it on (on top of cling wrap!! unless you are into really weird S&M stuff trying to get it off your skin, no, thanks, please don't tell us LOL).

Comment by Euphrenia McGee on May 1, 2012 at 11:44am

Remember that leather stretches, especially when damp, as with sweat. You might want to make it for show rather than as an actual supportive foundation garment.

 

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