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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: 639
Latest Activity: Jan 12

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 Jan 12. 562 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 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

Non-Victorian styles and daily steam outfits

Started by Professor Argon Bats. Last reply by Madam D. Phryxus Aug 16, 2014. 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, 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

Safari Jacket - Burda 7918

Started by A D Cruize. Last reply by A D Cruize Apr 8, 2014. 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, 2014. 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

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Comment by Phineas Wotan Sprockett, O.C.C. on May 24, 2013 at 1:50pm

Shahbanoo and Professor,

     My impulse turned out to be correct.   I didn't feel at all comfortable using glue on a derby of this age.   Thank you for your thoughts on how to proceed.  I do not own any fine needles and your recommendation is most helpful.

I do intend to proceed with great caution!!     

Comment by Maty Grosman on May 24, 2013 at 1:22pm

Hello everyone,

I'm producing a whimsical short film about a con artist trapped in his own con set at the turn of the 19th century, titled 'The Great Mesmerizers'. 

I'm very fortunate to have exceptionally talented and experienced individuals involved in this production, but as an emerging writer, I'm working with a minimal budget. Any suggestions where I might be able to find a few Victorian (or Victorian-looking) outfits on the cheap? 

We'd like wardrobe to have a modern, steampunk edge. 

Thanks in advance for all thoughts and advice!

Comment by Professor Argon Bats on May 24, 2013 at 12:21pm

Ha! Shahbanoo, we were typing at the same time (I got interrupted half-way through). I guess we are in agreement.

Comment by Professor Argon Bats on May 24, 2013 at 12:19pm

Wow, what a find!

Personally, my impulse with antiques is - no glue. Glues deteriorate and change over time, can react with materials and weaken them, and generally can't be undone. I would hand-stitch it down, with fine needles if possible, such as millinery needles, also sometimes called straw needles (after trying millinery sewing needles, I now have become addicted to their long/thin format, and wonder how I ever used the big clumsy "regular" sharps!). A middle size like a 5 or 6 might work best (larger number = smaller needle). A curved needle may come in very handy too. Such items can be purchased from millinery suppliers (e.g., here). Curved needles for upholstery use are too thick.

Comment by Shahbanoo Pantea on May 24, 2013 at 12:05pm

I wouldn't glue it....

At that age, even the slightest bit of acid in the glue might cause the whole thing to disintegrate.Also glue is messy. Even if it's acid-free you run the risk of getting the glue on places you can see and then ruining the whole hat.

Stitching with a plain cotton thread would seem the safest option in this situation.

Comment by Phineas Wotan Sprockett, O.C.C. on May 24, 2013 at 6:23am

    I was fortunate to find an authentic derby from the late 19th century which was a perfect fit and in good condition except for two slight damages:  worn fabric on the front and a partially loose lining.    My impulse is to plunge right in and glue everything down but since I am working with a period piece over a hundred years old and have no experience of this sort, I thought it would be wise to ask your opinion first.    Should I replace the front rim fabric with new material and glue it in?    Should I glue in the lining?    Should I stitch in both?   I intend to wear this derby so want to secure the loose items well.   I purchased Dritz "No Sew Glue" but have never used it.  

Any tips on these minor (but significant) repairs would be greatly appreciated. Here are photos of the hat.

Comment by Professor Argon Bats on May 12, 2013 at 11:46am

A number of craft store sell forceps in various shapes; or the place I linked to has medical surplus stock at very reasonable prices.

Comment by Ryan Grimm on May 12, 2013 at 6:47am

I've used a forceps on occasion when restitching some leather goods, particularly when in tight spots that fingers can't reach or hold the needle(s).
You might find them at medical supply places (pricey), used from a doctor's office (get them sterilized first), or some auto supply places can get them.

I use the all the time, carb repairs and adjustments on motorcycles for example.

Comment by Terresa on May 11, 2013 at 6:00pm

I KNOW I will be adding one of these to my sewing kit very soon.  It looks very useful.

Comment by Professor Argon Bats on May 11, 2013 at 3:16pm

I thought I'd share with you this funky tool I bought a while back. I've used it a lot, mostly  to help turn corners. I wasn't sure how useful I'd find it, but at this point, I can say I'd recommend it for the price. I really like the extra length, and its grip is strong and reliable (well, mine is - of course I can not vouch for the whole stock) .


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