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Date: 9/3/13 12:08 PM

Im going to a steampunk party and understand that you should wear somethin victorian-modern with some hardware, and my plan is to do a silk skirt with some very nice hem treatment and raise it in front and a tight top to go with it. Can I make a hardware tiara to go with it? or am I totally off.... educate me about steampunk!!!!

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Date: 9/3/13 12:39 PM

I think Victorian with hardware. You can google "steampunk" and get lots of results. This is my favorite site. I love Felicia Day and I think the fashions are more modest.

I love this look. I hope you make something fabulous and have a great time. :)

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Date: 9/3/13 3:05 PM


I do know there are actually steampunk patterns on the market.. Yes, if you look around.. you will find plenty of ideas..

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Date: 9/3/13 3:59 PM

I'm kind of fascinated with steampunk - from a safe distance! LOL

Actually, I have toyed with the idea of making a steampunk costume for myself and diving in. From what I've seen (and I'm not really "in" to it yet) there are no hard and fast rules, but generally it is Victorian-Edwardian era fashions with a fantasy/futuristic twist. The idea of steampunk is that there are "steam driven" fantasy machines circa 1900 that are a take off on modern machines. Think Jules Verne or Chitty-Chitty Bang Bang. The movie Sherlock Holmes that came out a few years ago is another example. The "hardware" is usually something like aviator goggles, pocket watches and other brass accessories. Another twist you often see is women wearing bad @$$ boots adorned with hardware along with a Victorian corset kind of thing.

I think it is pretty open for interpretation - the main idea being that something futuristic is mixed with an exaggerated 1900-era costume.

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Date: 9/3/13 4:50 PM

The basic idea is Victorian era clothing, with the addition of "modern technology" that is powered by steam rather than electricity. Jules Verne and HG Wells taken a step further. Gears/brass and lace rather than leather and lace (although leather wouldn't be far from the mark).

Even a white shirt (menswear or ruffled) under a leather vest could work.

There are lots of DIY steampunk tutorials out there. I would go for a top hat rather than a tiara - maybe a miniature one tied on with a bit of lace.

Your idea for a silk skirt is a good one - especially if you can add a few petticoats! lol But I would top it either with a corset or a Victorian-feeling jacket/coat. If you don't have those, think about maybe an aviator-type jacket. (But then you'd want to be sure to wear some fake goggles as your tiara.

For extra gears and things to glue on to your accessories, look in the bead/jewelry section of Hobby Lobby or Walmart.

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Here's a good brief description

Some goggle tutorials -
http://www.instructables.com/id/Steampunk-Goggles/
http://www.darrenwashere.com/diy/do-it-yourself-steampunk-goggles-cheap-easy/
Here's a bunch!

Here's a fun mini top hat pattern.
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Date: 9/4/13 8:57 AM

also check out:clockwork couture
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Date: 9/5/13 11:36 AM

We've featured steampunk outfits on the PR blog at these links:

Steampunk 1

Steampunk 2

Steampunk 3

Steampunk 4

Steampunk 5

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