A couple of outfits

This first outfit was mostly to show off this skirt.

From the top:
Earnings: I made
Necklace: I made
Tank top: Target
Corset: A gift
Bracelets: Para cord and ribbon
Skirt: I made
Bloomers: I made
Socks: American Apparel
Shoes: Macy’s

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I didn’t make most of this outfit, but it was fun to put together!

From the top:
Earnings and necklace: I made
Vest: Goodwill
Tank top: Target
Gloves: I made
Harness bag: I made
Leggings: Can’t remember… a small boutique in Chicago
Socks: Sock dreams
Shoes: Army Navy Surplus

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My Birthday Present

This year, my birthday happened to fall four days after my wedding. I honestly expected my birthday to get a little overlooked, this year (for obvious reasons), but my wonderful husband did not let that happened.

I mentioned in an earlier post that Tommy and I went to Steamposium in Seattle, WA.
While we were there, Tommy drew this amazing picture and had Kato (steampunk fashion designer and owner of Steampunk Couture, and many other up and coming businesses in the Steampunk industry), and a few of the models she works with, sign it for me! He also had Kato be the one to give it to me, which was a nice touch.

Thank you, Tommy.

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Also, it was really great to meet Kato in person. She is so sweet and hard working! Her work is very inspiring to me.

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Steamposium!

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

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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)

Honestly, the only thing I can say for sure about Tommy’s outfit, is that I made the crevat out of a strip of fabric from Joann Fabrics.
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Day 2:
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

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Day 3:
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!

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Again, we had a really great time! It was a honeymoon I won’t soon forget.

C2E2

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:

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Day 3:
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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!

Leather Bound Books

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”.

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This second one is almost the same, it just doesn’t have the glass vial attached.
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This is just a little tiny book I made. It’s just under 3.5″ tall.
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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!

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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!

Playing with Leather

Here are a couple of fun new pieces I made!

The first is similar to one I have done in the past.
It’s leather scraps, bundled together to make a unique adorable bracelet.
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The second is a cuff, made out of two colors of leather scraps, with an adorable Victorian looking clasp.

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The last is my favorite! This was my first attempt at binding a book, and I turned it into a necklace, with a little glass vial.

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