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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 Lady Beatrix Kittywick McCormick on October 14, 2011 at 1:27pm

Terresa, I would try to gently scrape the glue off.  I have a plastic Pampered Chef pan scraper that I use for this kind of project.  It doesn't gouge wood or scratch most surfaces.  If the glue is really old, its probably brittle and should come off fairly easily.  If not, you could use a hair dryer to heat it and make it more pliable before scraping.  Its best to heat a small area, scrape, heat another, scrape..etc.  I assume the glue is probably water based if its a relatively old piece. As a last resort, you could use a damp cloth to moisten the glue slightly before scraping, but be careful not to get the wood too wet or it may warp.  I suppose you could sand the glue down if you plan to cover the area with fabric too. 

Comment by Terresa on October 14, 2011 at 12:43pm
Anyone have a suggestion for removing old glue from a wooden silverware box? I picked this up at rummage and have it in mind to re-purpose it for a jewelry box.

I need to remove the old faded red fabric and the cardboard that held it in place. Much of it came out with minimal pulling, but some of the cardboard remained behind. I want to be able to put in new fabric and perhaps some pegs or tabs to hold necklaces in place.
Comment by Juniper on October 9, 2011 at 4:28am
Hey everyone, please add me on facebook to see the stuff I made; the name is Lauren Kavita :)
Comment by Sharon Fiscus on September 4, 2011 at 1:46am
I bought this pattern today.:  http://mccallpattern.mccall.com/m6437-products-14884.php?page_id=53....  I plan on making the white, collared version, with the more modest sleeves, or working out a mutton-chop style sleeve. 
Comment by Josephine Daphne Boone on September 3, 2011 at 9:14am
This really reminds me of the cute anime series "Princess Jellyfish": Princess Jellyfish Episode 1 (on YouTube)
Comment by Regina Terramour (Black Rose) on September 3, 2011 at 3:53am
Crinoline might work, if its not already put together.
Comment by Euphrenia McGee on September 3, 2011 at 12:24am
You could certainly starch them, though that gets old fast 'cause it's a LOT of work. You could sew wire into the edges as in florists' ribbons... How about starting with a particularly stiff organza?
Comment by Miss Cherries Jubilee on September 2, 2011 at 11:13pm
I am in the design phase of what I hope will be in interesting jellyfish kind of costume with a very short teacup shaped hoop skirt. And pretty flounced pantelettes with spiral flounces.  Does anyone have any idea how I can stiffen the hanging spiral flounces?
Comment by J. Ursula Quillen on September 2, 2011 at 12:04pm
@ A.D. Cruize - Thanks very much for the link!
Comment by Regina Terramour (Black Rose) on September 2, 2011 at 10:02am
I am currently working on a new outfit for my adventures.  In the design faze.
 

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