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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: Jun 19

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 Professor Argon Bats Jun 19. 605 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 Regina Terramour (Black Rose) on August 31, 2011 at 3:36am
It looks like a swag to me.  Like in a valance.  I always try to break things down to the simplest form possible, it takes the edge off of what I make.  Beautiful outfit, simple and tasteful.
Comment by Lady Lamb on August 31, 2011 at 1:08am

It's not a big tail, I don't think I can explain it well in English so I manage to make a screen shot in the right moment :) 


Comment by Sharon Fiscus on August 30, 2011 at 7:47pm
What kind of tail does the vest have?
Comment by Faolon De Louzac Silverflame on August 30, 2011 at 6:48am
oh yes I know those moments well.
Comment by Lady Lamb on August 30, 2011 at 12:51am

We all have those moments when we are watching movies or TV series and we just freeze the image and say "Oh that outfit!!!! I NEED IT!".

My last "need it" moment was last night while I was watching "Lark Rise to Candleford" and I thought it would be nice to share the picture with you. I really love her outfit, and you can't see in these pictures but the vest has a little tail.


Comment by Euphrenia McGee on August 5, 2011 at 9:03am
Thank you! The garment I'm making is the Cuirass Bodice from Truly Victorian. Nothing the least bit sheer (though that's a temptation for another time), the outer layer is a plaid wool. TV drafts their patterns with 1/2" seam allowance, and I'm going to double that for my next fitting and keep my fingers crossed.
Comment by Erasmus Poole on August 5, 2011 at 12:45am

Hi Euphrenia,

You will only need additional ease where the garment is bent around a curve so you don't need to add ease right around each piece.

The tailors solution to this problem is to add strategic 'inlays' along one side of each seam that you think you will need additional ease on.

Then you will baste your garment together and make a first fitting, checking fit and symmetry. Make you changes as you need them and mark the required seam lines.

A good idea is to leave these inlays in the finished garment. There is no need to trim them off unless they are adding unacceptable bulk.  A garment that (ehem ) shrinks can then be let out along these strategic inlays.  Think of it as insurance for a beloved coat or bodice.

Comment by Euphrenia McGee on August 4, 2011 at 10:42pm
I hope this isn't too complex a question - or rather too complex an answer - but I need to figure out how to add ease to a garment. The muslin fits perfectly, but the bodice isn't going to be made of muslin - it's three layers of fabric, one wool, one twill (as reinforcing interlining), and one taffeta. If I construct the whole out of the pattern as it is, the bodice will be too small. but somehow it doesn't seem as though adding 1/4" all the way 'round to each piece is the right answer... Help?
Comment by Terresa on August 2, 2011 at 3:59pm
Barbara, TV does  have a split skirt pattern in their Belle Epoch collection.  My order of one should be arriving soon.  I'll keep folks posted.
Comment by Barbara Wallen on August 2, 2011 at 12:36pm

I didn't see if it was on here. Truly Victorian's direct site: There are a number of great patterns available by this company.



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