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Steampunk Costume with Stretch Poly Taffeta
Lirial
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Date: 8/2/13 10:01 AM

Hi All!

I was wondering if anyone has worked with a stretch polyester/nylon Taffeta. I wanted to make Simplicity 2171 with it.

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I wasn't sure if I needed to underline this costume since it's a synthetic Taffeta as opposed to silk. Has anyone worked with this fabric before? I have been having a lot of problems finding tips about it.

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Date: 8/2/13 10:03 AM

I can't help you with your question about the fabric, but I like that pattern! I've been thinking about making a Steampunk costume at some point.... but haven't actually gotten around to it yet!
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Date: 8/2/13 5:01 PM

What will your undergarments be? (Modern or period?)

I would absolutely underline at least the "corset," and the bodice of the jacket. You shouldn't need to underline the skirts or the sleeves, but you'll want to line them (your taffeta is going to fray like crazy). For the collar and cuffs, I'd either interface them, or underline them with something lighter weight, like batiste or broadcloth.

Have fun!!

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~Gem in the prairie

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Date: 8/3/13 0:44 AM

I was thinking probably modern undergarments, with perhaps a petticoat for underneath the skirt. I will be lining them for sure, as taffeta frays a lot, plus I just happen to like lining stuff. It looks so nice once it's done.

I've been thinking that I might go to the fabric store again and get an extra meter of the fabric and test out my underlinings. I just wasn't sure what difference having spandex in the fibre content would make, and if it would change what kind material I underline with.

I'll be underlining the corset for sure, I bought a synthetic brocade for the top fabric and a strong cotton weave for my underlining. However, I might have to change the fabric if it doesn't work out. Originally I thought that the brocade would look nice and I didn't think that I would have to ease a lot on the corset, but now I'm not so sure.

That's one thing I was wondering, if I underline do I have to interface? I was assuming not, but then I wasn't really sure.
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Date: 8/3/13 0:46 AM

I really wanted to do this one for a while, so I'm actually super excited about it. Although, I notice now there are 4 different steampunk costumes from simplicity and it seems like it would be easy to interchange the jackets and skirts between them. Its pretty neat.
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In reply to Lirial

Date: 8/17/13 8:25 PM

Whaaaat!?!

That top has exactly the neckline treatment I had been thinking about today. I am helping a friend with her garb for an upcoming event. (But on the sly. Shhhhhhh!)

I like those skirts and they are interchangeable with a lot of different pieces -- even in the McCalls skirts I grabbed today (6770 and 3341).

Post your progress!

ETA: Grammar! Sheesh!
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