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Steampunk Stitching Association

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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: 624
Latest Activity: Apr 8

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

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

What's in YOUR project basket?

Started by Sair Blades. Last reply by Phineas Wotan Sprockett, O.C.C. Apr 5. 540 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

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

Non-Victorian styles and daily steam outfits

Started by Professor Argon Bats. Last reply by Phineas Wotan Sprockett, O.C.C. Jan 29. 11 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

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

Fabric

Started by Ethyl Cannes. Last reply by Dr. Lenora O. Spaulding Jul 23, 2013. 43 Replies

Greetings, all.While in general I find that a Steampunk look is created by form, I'm curious what fabrics people have chosen that they feel help create The Look. I'm a huge fan of quilting prints,…Continue

Tags: materials, sewing, fabric

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Comment by Johanna Corvidae on June 21, 2011 at 3:59am
(sorry for interrupting your discussion) Does anyone know/have any skirtpatterns? I've been looking it up on internet, but it always cost money (DOLLARS. Expensive in sweden)...
Comment by Faolon De Louzac Silverflame on June 14, 2011 at 8:46pm
i do love to sew those outragous costumes and /or lack there of for my fellow bellydancers. if they  will let me i'll have them all in gears soon ( muh haa haa)
Comment by Lady Kendra Dawn Ryves on June 11, 2011 at 12:17pm

@Lady Morganna Stitchwitch~ How is your machine with larger images? Say, for the back of a jacket?

Comment by Lady Morganna Stitchwitch on May 4, 2011 at 7:35am
I have a Brother PE 700 model.  I really like it because there are alot of premade pattern options with many motifs, plus you can purchase easy to learn software to produce motifs of your own.  Mine cost around $800.00 and it has never given me any issues.
Comment by K. Robin Egger on May 3, 2011 at 10:28pm
Anyone here do embroidery?  I'm looking into getting an embroidery machine and am looking for advice on what to look for, what kind of machine and how much I should expect to spend.
Comment by Rt Rev.Hammer, Archimandrite on May 2, 2011 at 8:05pm
Thank you for your very fine explaination of felting!! It intrigues me very much!
Comment by ms.p.allworthey on April 27, 2011 at 3:15pm
How fantasy do you want to take it? Also, do you have a base hat that you intend to alter ? If you do, can you post a pic?
I 'm half of a millinery Team and our specially is fantasy/ story hats. Are there any special personality traits of the character that you'd like to highlight on the hat?
Comment by Mme. Greene Fyre on April 27, 2011 at 1:31pm

Has anyone here ever steampunked an admiral's hat? I'd love some ideas as I need to create one for Queen Victoria's Floating Garden of Secrets and Natural Wonders, our steampunk opera in process (check out first bits of music) http://soundcloud.com/sargent-lin/full-steam-ahead

Comment by Miss Phoebe on April 25, 2011 at 9:33am
Thank you, Lady Fitz and Dr. Dayton.  Yes, wool felts best and it's basically just washing the item(s) is very hot water with a lot of agitation, which binds the fibers together more tightly.  The felting process typically shrinks the item by about 1/3, and the felted item(s) can be cut without fear of unraveling because the fibers are locked so tightly together.  Rev. Hammer, does this explain to your satisfaction?
Comment by Dr. Lavinia Dayton on April 25, 2011 at 9:13am

There's one on Instructables too:  http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-felt-a-knitted-piece/

 

It's basically the same principle that leads to accidentally shrinking sweaters in the wash.

 

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