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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: 10 hours ago

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 Professor Argon Bats 10 hours ago. 543 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

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

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 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) .

Comment by Princess Cindy L. Q. Chisholm on May 8, 2013 at 1:06pm

Just a suggestion, but perhaps Ryan Grimm, you could post something on the main discussion page.  Last year sometime there was some discussing this very thing, and he had gone so far as to make pages.  I've been wracking my brain (it's quite painfull but I have perservered) to remember on what thread or discussion group I read it and have yet to remember.  Perhaps this would drag the miscreant, artist out of the shadows. 

Comment by Lady Beatrix Kittywick McCormick on May 8, 2013 at 12:56pm

Love the passport idea.  I agree with the Professor, it would be easiest as a downloadable file that people can print out.  I think just having the cover would be sufficient, and the Empire already has a logo.  People could add their own pages.  I don't think it would be too difficult to get most con organizers to offer a stamp at the check in table. I'm rather computer illiterate in the pdf generation department, and one would need permission of Hephzibah Marsh, or perhaps, Aloysius Fox to use the Empire's logo. I'll send a pm to both.

Comment by Steampun K. Macintyre on May 8, 2013 at 10:15am

Not sure what this has to do with sewing? but…

This idea has been kicking around for a couple of years now. Several starts and no follow thru. I spent 2 min. on Google and came up with these sites.

http://www.orientaltrading.com/my-passport-sticker-books-a2-9_1081....

http://www.etsy.com/listing/97959871/passport-invitation?utm_source...

So… pick a nice dirigible for the cover and do it!

Steampun

Comment by Professor Argon Bats on May 8, 2013 at 9:54am

How would one go about it? A hi-res pdf that people can download and glue in their won photo, and either type or pen in their biometrics? That could be made available for free or very low cost. If people wanted to send in photographs and have a hard copy made, that of course could become a rather more involved, time-consuming, and pricey affair (sky's the limit - tea-dyed paper, leather-bound, gold edge, wax seals...). I'm thinking the former is the only realistic approach for such a vast empire.

Comment by Ryan Grimm on May 8, 2013 at 5:49am

I have been saying for years that we need 'passports' so we can get them stamped at events, things of that sort.
I have my Doctor Steel Toy Soldier's membership book, which has spaces deliberately set aside for stamps or signatures testifying to attendance of 'Invasions'....it also has a space for a drawing of a monkey should you choose to draw one.

If someone will make up a passport, I for one will carry it at events, and be a 'Passport Agent'.

 

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