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Steampunk costume/ Victorian dress History 1888 / Pat...

Added Jul 29, 2015


Fremantle, Austr...






I made this costume for a ball with a steampunk theme. The dress itself is just a Victorian walking dress and the accessories make it steampunk. I had a few belt and leather scraps in my stash which I used for the small bags and added some metal embellishments in gear and cog shapes. In addition to the in the pattern included bustle pad (the little bum pillow) I drafted a crinoline to give the skirt a better look, which was otherwise a not full enough. The crinoline has one ruffle of tulle at the bottom finished with a black lace and three tired layers of gathered tulle in the back section. To have the skirt in the back really sticking out almost horizontally I added an extra layer of stiff tulle to the bustle pad. The pattern did fit me quite well, only minor alterations to blouse and shortening of the skirt. After a little bit of research before starting this sewing adventure – I found the pattern pretty historically correct. One detail I noticed in victorian blouses was the the shoulder seam, which I then changed from centered like we see in general to diagonally towards the back piece – hope it is visible in the pictures.

Material Notes

about 4m of Shantung/ Satin with two different sides to it, I used both to emphasize the seam lines and add extra interest
blue velvet trim and white lace, covered button and a strip of loop trim from the bridal haberdashery section. Cotton and tulle for underskirt and bustle pad. The trim to bustle up the overskirt was from the home deko, curtain section – I had in my stash.




Garment Type
Steampunk, Victorian, Vintage, Romantic
Cotton, Lace/Sequins, Satin, Tulle, Velvet

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    Jan 23, 2016, 04.39 PMby SassyC

    Gorgeous! I do love how you changed the shoulder line at the back! Beautiful!

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      Feb 19, 2016, 01.44 AMby KIMAIS

      Thank you! I looked at old patterns and saw that they all had the shoulder seam of the shoulder and towards the back – having the seam there adds to the optical illusion of broader shoulders which together with the wide skirt make look the waist so small. It was very fascination how different my figure looked wearing it even without a corset – this taught me how much the position of seam lines matter :-)

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    Aug 6, 2015, 10.16 AMby sewing fanatic

    lots of amazing couture & traditional techniques gone into this! wow great work

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    Aug 3, 2015, 02.20 AMby Ricardo Abreu

    nice costume. Love the color

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    Jul 31, 2015, 10.29 PMby slmnstyle

    Wow! This is amazing! So well done.

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    Jul 30, 2015, 07.20 AMby martinK

    you did an amazing job on this!!! love it

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    Jul 30, 2015, 06.32 AMby Miljana Popović

    Wow! I love it!

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    Jul 30, 2015, 05.45 AMby KIMAIS

    Thank you! I don’t have a nice picture handy at the moment – will post one later :-)

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    Jul 30, 2015, 04.39 AMby Elpida Kyriakou

    Very impressive! I’d like to see you wearing it!

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