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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: Dec 21, 2016

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

Show and Tell! Tailor's Pressing Bucks

Started by Rev. Luficarius Ratspeed Dec 21, 2016. 0 Replies


Tags: tools

What's in YOUR project basket?

Started by Sair Blades. Last reply by Heather Elizabeth Peterson Sep 9, 2016. 608 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 Heather Elizabeth Peterson Sep 9, 2016. 3 Replies

why is there  not more steampunk outfits ???   and where can i find some Continue

Steampunk Toys

Started by Di Cooper. Last reply by Professor Argon Bats Sep 9, 2016. 11 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

Yet another Historical Pattern

Started by Lepidoptera Wible. Last reply by Professor Argon Bats Feb 29, 2016. 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, 2016. 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

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

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Comment by Lady N on October 29, 2016 at 11:28pm
I found this. Does it help? I'm not certain it's the hat in question.
Comment by Lepidoptera Wible on October 29, 2016 at 6:49pm

I think I have found what I was looking for. I think Butterick B6397, View A, can be used to make a hat for the Dowager Countess on Downton Abbey. So hard to figure out just how the hat was made from pictures. I think if I made View A in felt instead of the specified satin, a bit smaller, swathed it in tulle and added a swarm of shells/rocks/grapes/whatever they are, that would do it. What do you think?

Comment by Leslie Orton on January 10, 2016 at 7:10pm

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Comment by Professor Argon Bats on August 15, 2015 at 10:21am

I have a few pattern I will probably never use, I have similar ones I like better and thus would like to send them to a new home so they can be used.

I'd ask taker to pay for an envelope and shipping - I have PayPal. Something like 5$ should do it, though I have not checked shipping rates. Any interest?

- 1910s tea gown The 2172 Simplicity

- The Past Pattern 1880s polonaise

- Mayyyybe, if someone really loves it, also this "1890s" suit from Past Patterns (out of print).

Comment by Lady N on July 19, 2015 at 11:16pm

Thank you Professor for the wishes and compliments. I hope you are fully recovered.

The fabric, as you so rightly put it, is 'scrumptious' and a bargain too - bought from a draper on the edge of ruin in these unfortunate times we are facing here. I'll be paying a visit to the Loyal Order of Corsetted Ladies and will be sure to mention your recommendation.

Comment by Professor Argon Bats on July 17, 2015 at 9:23am

I am ever so sorry to hear it, Lady Naomi. Perhaps that *is* where I caught it! If that is the case, it is worrisome indeed that the virus can apparently survive dormant in the aether for a month.

Your fabric sounds scrumptious. Do and don'ts about corset making, or the outer layers? I have not made a corset yet -  have you been introduced to the Empire's Loyal Order of Corsetted Ladies? Might be a good place to ask as well.

Comment by Lady N on July 17, 2015 at 8:03am

Can colds travel across the Aether, Professor? Soon after reading your post I too went down with a cold!

I am just starting out in creating my first Steampunk outfit (I have two basic ideas in mind). My husband, very kindly gave me some goggles as a present. I am in the process of customising them. I have bought some gorgeous taffeta (moss green with burgundy crossweave) for my gown and am now dithering over corsetry.

I would be grateful for 'dos' and 'don'ts' if anyone has made a huge mistake that I can avoid! I'm pretty good with a sewing machine so I think I can accomplish quite a bit.

Comment by Professor Argon Bats on June 24, 2015 at 4:40pm

Apparently I was wrong - after a massive survey of.... three respondents, including myself, the most popular era is Edwardian, not late bustle Victorian!

Comment by Professor Argon Bats on June 19, 2015 at 12:39pm

So, I'm home sick with the most dreadful summer cold, and I made this little distraction: my first survey. I was wondering what everyone's favorite era is for steampunk costume designs. I started out liking the late bustle, which I think of as the most typical steampunk "basis", but maybe I'm wrong. Since then I've expanded my appreciation of other styles, I absolutely love the 1890s, but also like Edwardian styles, and am beginning to ogle teens and even natural form projects.

Please take the mini (one question) survey here, and/or just comment on this page! Multiple answers ok.

Comment by Leslie Orton on May 25, 2015 at 4:16pm

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