I’ve started making something new! I’ve had the idea for this project for a while, but I didn’t have time to start it (with getting married and moving, and everything), so I finally started last night!
My husband and I just got back from our honeymoon, in Seattle!
You know you married the right person, when he takes you to a Steampunk Convention for your Honeymoon/Birthday!
We had an amazing time!
I had the honor of meeting a lot of really cool people, including the amazing Steampunk fashion designer and model, Kato!
It was more fun than I could possibly describe!
I was so busy mingling and meeting people, that I forgot to take a lot of photos! I did manage to remember to get a photo of each outfit I wore, though, so here are those photos! Please let me know what you think!
Day 1 in the morning:
I made the hoodie, all of the jewelry, and the belt.
Boots – Famous Footwear
Corset – gift from a friend
Leggings – Cato’s
Socks – American Apparel
Pouch – Army Navy Surplus store in Chicago
Day 1 for the ball (my outfit):
I made the lace cuffs, and chocker.
Corset – gift from a friend
Shrug – I think Marshals.
Purple shirt – No tag, from goodwill
Skirt – Charlotte Russe (in like 2005)
Petticoat – from my mother, I wore it under my wedding gown last week! (I think she got it from a thrift store)
Goggles – made from a pair of old swim goggles
Jewelry – I made (minus the wedding band, engagement ring and pearl earrings).
Tank top – Target
Corset – Honestly don’t remember, a boutique in a mall in Chicago.
Skirt – I made
Bag – Army Navy Surplus store in Missouri
Shawl – Army Navy Surplus store in Chicago
Spats – Army Navy Surplus store near Pike Place Market in Seattle
Boots – Charlotte Russe
Socks – Sock Dreams
Leggings – Target
This is the fun one!
Okay, so first, I’ll just list off:
Jewelry and lace cuffs – I made.
Fingerless gloves – Hot Topic
Scarf/shawl – Dillon’s Grocery Store
Leggings – Boutique in mall
Socks – Sock Dreams
Corset – gift
Tank Top – Walmart
Boots – Macy’s
Now the skirt! I decided on Saturday night that I didn’t have anything super cute to wear with my outfit on Sunday, so at 10:00pm on Saturday night, I drug my husband around Seattle, looking for something (anything) lace! We went to a couple of stores before we found Walmart. Amazingly enough, it had a fabric department, so I found this white lace and got two yards ($3.50/yard – you can’t beat that!). We went to Starbucks, then went back to our hotel room, where I had some ribbon, and a small hand sewing kit, and threw this skirt together last minute. I think it turned out really well!
Again, we had a really great time! It was a honeymoon I won’t soon forget.
Yesterday was the last day of C2E2, in Chicago. It was so much fun!
The first day was a lot of walking around and meeting celebrities, but the second and third days I cosplayed! It was so much fun!
I’ve never done it before, but I definitely will again.
I stuck with what I like: Steampunk (obviously).
This was my day 2 outfit:
So here is the breakdown of the costumes from top to bottom:
Goggles: I made using old swim goggles. I just used a sharpie to make the edges black, replaced the rubber band with a brown shoe lace, and took bits of leather and wrapped it around the edges.
Chopsticks (day 2): A gift, but you can get them basically anywhere, I’ve gotten several sets from world market. As long as they’re smooth and sturdy you can use them in your hair.
Choker (day 2): I made it using a strap from an old tank top, and sewed on a button in the back, and the bezel pendant in front.
Necklaces: Hand made by me. If you look through the archives, there are better pictures of all of the necklaces.
Red tank top (day 2): hand-me-down, thermal tank top.
Blue Ruffle Tank Top (day 3): I got this at target, a couple of years ago.
Corset: I honestly cannot remember where I got this. I know it came from a store in the mall, right before Halloween. If I remember, or find out where I got it, I will let you know.
Belts: Hand made, by me. The thick leather belt was made from a piece of leather, from a scrap leather bag, from Hobby Lobby. I attached the buckle using rivets. As long as you have a way to punch holes in leather, it’s pretty easy to make (I used a hammer and nail). The second belt was made out of man made leather, which I just sewed together, and put belt rings on one end.
Military Pouch: I purchased this, a long with a few others from an Army Navy Surplus store in Downtown Chicago. You can go to almost any Military Surplus Store to find something similar. I suggest going in person, rather than ordering online, because you can find some amazing deals.
Skirt: Hand made, by me. You can find photos from me making it HERE.
Leather Cuff Bracelet (day 1): Hand made by me. I also used leather scraps from Hobby Lobby for this project. I found a piece that was the right sized rectangle, and punched holes in the back (using a heavy duty hole puncher), and laced it using another piece of leather. The front was made using a gear charm, and spray paint.
Lace Cuffs: Hand made, by me. Using lace from Hobby Lobby, and little metal gears.
Leather Scrap Bracelets: Hand made, by me. Better pictures of one of them can be found HERE. They were incredibly easy to make. I just cut leather cord, all the same length, and wired the ends together, and made clasps. If you’re not up for making clasps, you can buy them.
Arm Warmers (day 3): I found at Sock Dreams. They are amazing. You should look at their website. The ones I had on were the Sorcerer Sleeves.
Leggings (day 2): Target, but again, you can get them anywhere.
Lacey Shorts (day 3): I got these at Gordman’s. But I’ve seen them so many places.
Socks: Sock Dreams.
Brown Leg Warmers (day 2): DSW.
White Leg Warmers (day 3): Gordman’s.
Combat Boots (day 2): The Army Navy Surplus store.
Thigh High Boots (day 3): Macy’s Clearance.
I think that’s everything! Let me know if you have any questions!
I have a few more pieces done! I did two new necklaces, but I also made two miniature books, just as little pocket books!
The First necklace is based off of the one in my last post. I’m calling this line my “Explorer Series”.
The last one is my favorite of the night. It is a little leather pocket sized note pad or journal with a strap, so it can be secured closed.
It’s 4.5″ x 3.5″, which is a perfect size for your pocket or purse!
And again, if you see anything you are interested in purchasing please let me know!
Regardless, I would love to hear your feedback! Please leave a comment!
I have added a few new pieces to my ever growing collection.
I’m interested to hear your thoughts. Some of them are a little different.
Also, I’m teaching myself to wire wrap. The cameo is my first attempt! I think it turned out pretty well, considering.
This necklace is a pretty typical piece for me, but I do love this style.
My first attempt at wire wrapping! Other than the few plier nicks, it turned out pretty well.
This is a stretchy wrist band. I wired a couple of findings together, and attached it to this stretchy band I threw together.
These earrings have fresh water pearls, and adorable little washers that I thought look a lot like gears. I like the stainless steel with the mix of the brass.
I found these bobbins on clearance, and since they didn’t fit my sewing machine, I thought they would make adorable wire reels!
I saw something similar to this at Hobby Lobby, but it was a little more modenr, and the watch hands were fixed. These hands are free turning.
I’d love to hear your thoughts! Please feel free to comment!
So yes, Halloween was over a month ago, but here is a quick picture of my fiance and me in our Halloween costumes.
I made the skirt, the belts, most of my jewelry (which you can’t really see in the photo), and a lot of our accessories.
I was going to make Tommy’s outfit, but I ran out of time, so we ended up just buying most of it (procrastination at it’s finest).
Shirt and vest: H&M
Belt/holster: I made
Goggles: Spenser’s (with some slight alterations)
Necklace: The Buckle
Pocket Watch Materials: Hobby Lobby
Goggles: I made
Lace Cuffs: I made
Belts/Arm guard: I made
Ruffled Choker: I made
Cameo: An Antique Shop in Kansas
Boots: … I can’t remember. A mall department store.
Socks: American Apparel
Corset and Leggings: Both stores, with names I can’t remember. If you’re interested I can find out.
Ruffle Tank Top: Target
Leather Cuff: I made
Earrings: I made
Skirt: I made
I think that’s it!
Photo credit goes to my friend Annelyse.
So I haven’t made much lately, except for these (which didn’t turn out how I wanted, but they’re still pretty cute):
And a little crocheting and knitting (which I will show when I’m done… I’m knitting a scarf).
I have been organizing though!
I got a few cigar boxes and another really neat wooden box that I put to use!
I found this cute cameo on sale! I happened to have this ribbon, and thought it was a pretty good match to the orangey/gold color of the jewels on the necklace. I just put the cameo on, sewed up the ends of the ribbon, fed jump rings through, and attached a clasp. It took maybe 5 minutes, and turned out pretty well.
Let me know what you think!