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Steampunk Jacket for "Traveler" Costume

Added Aug 10, 2011

by vincentsmommy

Bloomington, Ind...






For Gen Con Indy 2011, I decided to try my hand at a new Steampunk costume. It took me forever to decide on the right design, but Simplicity really helped when they began selling a couple of patterns and advertising them as “Steampunk/Victorian” costumes.

I used Simplicity Pattern 2171 (Misses’ Costume) for the jacket pattern only and modified it by leaving off the long sleeves, because the convention is usually held in August and can get warm, even inside the huge exhibit hall. I also left off the ruffle around the neckline and just added a pretty trim I found at Hobby Lobby.

For the patchwork panels on the front and back, I raided my fabric stash, cut everything into squares or triangles, and used double-sided tape to hold the edges together before zigzagging them together into long pieces of fabric. The rest of the outside of the jacket was made with black taffeta. The lining pieces were also cut from my fabric stash, so I only had to actually buy extra taffeta to complete the project (as well as the buttons and trim and chains and whatnot).

The chain was made using a necklace I bought from a Claire’s store and cutting it to pieces before adding various key charms and watch faces. The corset top was bought online completely white, and I dyed it brown in my washing machine. The skirt was made by ripping out the seams of the bottom of a bridesmaid’s dress I found at a local Goodwill Store and hemming it up.

I was very happy with the results, and the costume went over very well at the con this past weekend! All told, I put in at least 20 hours in making just the jacket (and my husband believes it took more than that).

Material Notes

Jacket—black taffeta, crepe back satin, and various brocade/sari fabrics; various lining fabrics; tulle with bead trim; various buttons, chains, charms, watch faces
Corset top—bought online and dyed with Rit Dye Dark Brown
Skirt—bottom bridesmaid’s dress found at a local Goodwill Store




Summer, Fall
Garment Type
Geek, Romantic, Steampunk, Victorian
Blends, Other, Polyester, Satin, Taffeta


Fabric for Jacket
Corset Top

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  • Tracieface_large

    Aug 12, 2011, 07.19 PMby ivorykohl

    Love it! Beautiful jacket, the whole get-up is grand together. Well done!

  • Missing

    Aug 12, 2011, 03.27 PMby Roselisus

    nice! like it!

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    Aug 11, 2011, 06.35 PMby Delibera

    very nice

  • Miniman_wants_love_large

    Aug 11, 2011, 12.27 AMby boppygreen

    Brilliant! Inspires me to get out my bits and bobs and try something similar. Beautiful work. :)

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