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My Steampunk "Sky Pirate" Costume

Added Nov 4, 2009

by vincentsmommy

Bloomington, Ind...






I’ve wanted to try making a Steampunk costume for a long time, and when I saw a particular pair of boots in a catalog, I had my inspiration. I found the white, flouncy blouse and conductor’s hat at Target, the black corset vest at Hot Topic, and the boots at I made the bolero jacket out of brown/mulit-colored brocade fabric using Simplicity pattern #2478. I added two gold vintage buttons and a small decorative gold chain to each sleeve cuff of the jacket.The pirate pants and bustle both came from Simplicity pattern #3677. The pants were made from brown costume suedecloth with elastic in the waist and in the hems of each pant leg, and the bustle was made of brown brocade fabric. I sewed black grosgrain ribbons to the bottom of the corset vest and along the top of the bustle, which allowed me to tie the bustle to the vest. I also wove brown velvet ribbons through the rings on the sides of the vest to complete the look. To make my goggles look “vintage”, I used a metallic gold paint marker around the edge and wiped it off with a napkin. I borrowed my husband’s pocket-watch, and I wore an old brooch that had been made from a watch case. I was very happy with the way the entire costume came together.

Material Notes

Bolero jacket—brown brocade fabric with an Asian-inspired flower print, 4 gold vintage buttons, 2 decorative chains
Pants—brown costume suedecloth, 1" knitted elastic
Bustle—brown brocade fabric with an Asian-inspired print, black grosgrain ribbons, 4 copper jump rings used to help tie up the bustle on each side
Brown velvet ribbon




Garment Type
Geek, Steampunk, Victorian, Vintage
Blends, Other


Simplicity patterns 2478 & 3677

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    Nov 5, 2009, 06.30 PMby tejka

    i can see a lot of work, very good done!

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    Nov 4, 2009, 10.06 PMby Galadriel F

    Good work on all the details.

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    Nov 4, 2009, 04.51 PMby sew4my3

    Awesome and fun! Happy sewing!

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