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Simplicity 1819 Steampunk Costume

Added May 25, 2012

by mouse110

San Marcos, Cali...






This is my version of simplicity’s new steampunk pattern. It was quite a bit easier than I though t it would be. I threw this together in less than a week. I added the collar from view B to the view A bolero. I also made the bustle panel separate due to the heavy material I used, it simply would not fit in the waistband. This also makes for much easier storage. I also used steel boning in the corset, I am not a fan of plastic boning. It is an excellent base pattern for a steampunk outfit, I would definitely recommend it.

I did also make the little hat as well :)

I added a ton of pleats and lace butterfly appliques, as well as 10 full yards of braid trim.

Photos by the amazing Jerry Abuan at San Diego’s Gaslight Gathering 2

Material Notes

Some sort of upholstery/drapery fabric from Jo-Ann’s (I really have no idea what the content is, most likely polyester)
Cotton quilting fabric, also from JoAnn’s
Briad trim and other embellishments
Pleather for the corset




Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Garment Type
Cotton, Blends, Other, Polyester

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    Jan 29, 2014, 05.16 PMby kamuka7

    I’ve been planning on making this pattern for a while, but I’m not really sure what fabric or colours I want to use for it. I want it to be more steampunk-ish and less Victorian era. I was just wondering if you have any recommendations for it. :)

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      Feb 3, 2014, 04.57 PMby mouse110

      My best recommendation would be to use a lightweight fabric. Medium at the most. Steampunk is traditionally browns, but that’s more guidelines really. You can choose whatever colors or patterns you like, it is science “fiction” after all. :) It helps to kind of have a persona in mind and go from there.

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    May 22, 2013, 12.29 AMby Tiffany Alexander

    So did you actually make the corset or did you buy it?

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      May 28, 2013, 09.28 PMby mouse110

      I made it. They are not that difficult really :)

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    Nov 21, 2012, 04.10 PMby jakrum421

    Just finished the skirt a couple of days ago and am currently working on the bolero. So far, it’s been only a minimum of cussing at my machine. You didn’t mention if you made and used the bustle pillow. If so, here’s my silly question: Where does that layer go? Do you wear it under the skirt or just under the bustle? I don’t want the ribbon for it to show, but would like the extra fullness from the pillow.

    Also, I wanted to tell you that I love the decorative metal-looking doo-dads that you used above the cascades. Since I am wearing this to a Steampunk ball/event, I want to add some touches like that to make it look less Victorian and more Steampunk. Beautiful job!

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      Nov 26, 2012, 04.56 AMby mouse110

      I did make the little pillow :). You wear it under the skirt. Thank you!

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    Oct 22, 2012, 12.47 AMby Chris Peak

    Please help I cannot figure out te bustle and the casings it appears that the bustle is on the front when you attach it to the waistband but why make the apron? Argh!!! Any tips on the bustle would be great!

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      Oct 26, 2012, 03.37 PMby mouse110

      The bustle can be confusing. I ended up not following the directions for it. They want you to shove the apron bustle and skirt in the same waistband. This will work fine with a thin material, but if like me, you chose a thick fabric, it will not work. What I did was redraft the waistband with no overlap, sew a band onto the top of the bustle piece and attach it to the skirt with buttons(you can sort of see this is the 2nd pic). This works great, is a simple alter, and makes for much easier storage.

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    Oct 14, 2012, 01.45 AMby Laura Morrigan

    Hi, how good were the instructions for the bustled bit? Is it worth purchasing the pattern just for that? I have a few other patterns which will provide all the other elements I wanted, so I would only be buying this pattern for the bustle.

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      Oct 16, 2012, 02.51 AMby mouse110

      It’s not worth it for the bustle. It’s a pretty simple piece. I didn’t end up even making it the way they did, my fabric was too bulky to fit in one waistband.

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    Sep 17, 2012, 06.47 AMby theaofthesea

    Could I ask about your thoughts on sizing? I am sewing this pattern for a friend, but in my experiences Simplicity patterns have run large (by a full size or two) for me, even when I base it off the measurement-size chart.

    I am trying to figure out if my friend (possible size 14-16 based solely on bust & hip measurements) could use the sizes 6-12 pattern I already own. Or if the recommended sizes are accurate, and I need to buy a second pattern set.


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      Sep 21, 2012, 01.52 PMby mouse110

      You may be able to use up to a 12. I typically fall between 12-16 in simplicity. Keep in mind these patterns almost always have about 4 in. of ease to work with.
      Other problems can be in the arms, they always seem to be a bit tight in the smaller sizes. And since this is a separate skirt, go with true waist size for choosing the size, they tend to be pretty good with that anyway.
      Hope this helps!

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    Aug 8, 2012, 04.05 AMby colorwild

    awesom!!! Been eyeing this pattern. Will definitly get it now after seeing your fabulous work!

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    Jul 6, 2012, 07.06 PMby Taylor Ebonii

    Okay. I have a few questions, and I hope it isn’t a bother!! I bought this pattern, but I want to alter it to my tastes. I’d want the front to be shorter, and leg showing, and I’d want the back to have more layers. How difficult do you think it’d be to add this/ how would you go about doing it?

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      Jul 10, 2012, 07.25 PMby mouse110

      Shortening it should be simple. Just hem it to the length you want after making it up. If you want to add more layers make sure you are using a very lightweight fabric, to eliminate some of the bulk. You may want to skip lining the bustle as well, and definitely make it a separate piece. Hope this helps! :)

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    Jun 16, 2012, 07.46 PMby Milieux

    You mentioned you made the bustle panel separate: How are you attaching it to the skirt? I’m about to purchase this pattern so I haven’t seen the pieces yet.

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      Jun 18, 2012, 10.58 PMby mouse110

      I fished off the top edge of the bustle with a band and added buttonholes, I also shortened the waistband , since there was no need to overlap anything . It’s a really easy alter.

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    May 27, 2012, 08.36 AMby victoriakb

    Amazing outfit. Love it!

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      May 28, 2012, 02.34 PMby mouse110

      Thank You!

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    May 26, 2012, 07.59 PMby Glenville Hughes

    A touch of class methinks,lovely

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      May 26, 2012, 11.51 PMby mouse110

      Thank you!

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    May 26, 2012, 02.44 PMby bjr99

    Love it!!!

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      May 26, 2012, 11.51 PMby mouse110

      Thank you!

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