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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 Professor Argon Bats on July 4, 2012 at 8:15am

Welcome Laurie! Frankenstitching and jean manipulations are excellent activities, as is reconstructive sergery.

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 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.

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.


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