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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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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Simple Steampunk Choker

Here’s something I threw together last night, it was super simple, but I think it’s cute. Just braided leather (I was going to make a macrame necklace, but I didn’t have any pieces long enough). Then I made the clasps, a couple of jump rings, and attached the charms. A very simple, but cute choker.
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Bracelet

So I know that I just posted tonight, but I made this bracelet that I wanted to show you. It’s pretty sweet. I’m still going with pretty simple designs while I play around with different things. Eventually I plan to make my designs a little more intricate, but for now this is what I’m doing. Like the earrings, I made the chain, and I also made the clasp with the same wire.
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I made some earrings.

So, I thought I’d quickly post about what I made tonight. They’re earrings, in case you didn’t see the title. Yeah, so they look super simple, and really they were, but they were slightly more difficult than they look.
I had an idea to do something like this, so I went to the store to buy chain, and they had nothing like what I was looking for, so I decided to make my own chain. They did, however, have these super cool gears and earring hooks, so I bought those, but I did make the chain, and I’ll show you how.
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I used 20 gauge wire, but I would suggest starting with something a little thicker to practice. I just wrapped it around an allen wrench, because you’ll get a precise size, which is nice. Then…

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You just start cutting straight into the coil, until they are all jump rings.
Then…
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Start connecting them. I like to use a pair of nylon pliers like these:  http://www.amazon.com/Pliers-Nylon-Flat-Straightening-44137/dp/B003U2IKWK to close the loops, because it doesn’t leave any nicks or dents.

Then you can make cool stuff like these fun steampunk earrings!:
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Okay, that’s all. Good night.

Steampunk Skirt 1.0

Okay! I finished my skirt. There are definitely things I will do different next time… (like using different colors, lining it, etc) but it turned out pretty well. Here are a couple of pictures… sorry, they’re not in the best shape. The picture of the back didn’t turn out well, so… I don’t have one. Sorry. I didn’t use the best camera to take these. And yes, in the forth picture you will notice that I did cut up a pair of underwear that were too big (yay for losing inches around the mid section!) and use the elastic.

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New belt!

Here is my latest project. I made a belt! It’s out of scrap leather, so it looks rough, but that was kind of the point.
I have people who live under me, so I didn’t use a hammer and nail, which would’ve been way easier, instead I used a like… a scrap book hole puncher thingy to mark where I was going to put the holes, then I used a screw and screw driver to get them pretty well through. Then back to the hole puncher, then I used an allen wrenches to size up the holes and make them round. Other materials were rivets, a block of wood, a hammer, pliers, and a belt buckle. It took about an hour, and now my fingers hurt, but it was fun!
Here’s what it looks like! (Oh, also, I haven’t quite finished with the holes… I needed a break)
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