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!

New Jewelry for Wild Wild West Con

This is going to be a long post, but there are 2 exciting things to share!

First, my blog is now officially a website! emmspage.com!

Second, through connections (via my brother) it looks like some of my jewelry will be for sale near Wild Wild West Con in Tucson, AZ.
I will give you more details when I get them, but I am very excited!
On that note, here is some of what I made for the Con. Sorry, in advance, for the picture overload.

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New things!

So the first new item is a necklace, as you can see. I got a bunch of quill pen tips on clearance, and thought they would look nice on jewelry, so this is my first attempt. First of all, I sanded off the tip, to make it a little less dangerous, then wrapped some wire around it, made a loop in the back, to put the cord through, put a couple of washers on, made a coils out of wire for decoration, made clasps, and voila! It was incredibly easy, and it’s a little different, which I like.
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These are a couple of fingerless lace gloves. They came out  a little puffier than expected, but they’re cute. It is just an elastic, satin ribbon  and  lace trim. Each one took about 3 minutes to make. The camera made the lace and ribbon look like two different colors, where in person they’re the same color.
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Thanks for stopping by! Please let me know what you think!

Latest projects!

Here are a couple of fun things I made in the last couple of days.
The first is a choker necklace. Eventually I will model it on a human, so you can see what it looks like. This is just a piece of lace on a strap that came off of an old shirt. It already had a button hole, which was nice, so all I had to do was put the button on it, sew the lace, and hand sew the button.
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These next pieces are lace fingerless “gloves”.
These were incredibly easy, because they already had the elastic sewn in. So all I had to do was sew the sides and hand stitch the gears onto the front.
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This is a leather arm cuff. This did not end up how I was planning, but I kind of like how it turned out. I put holes in the ends to be able to lace it up, then I actually put a hole in the front, because I was going to do a series of rivets… but it didn’t work out how I was planning, so instead I put the gear on it. I used another gear as a stencil, and I did a little bit of spray painting.
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This last one is just leather cord with a very simple macrame knot, and a button on the end as a clasp.
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That’s all I have for you today. I’d love to hear what you think! Thanks for stopping by!