steampunk

Dozens of Mini Hats

I recently received an email from Terri who has used many of my patterns to make some incredible creations! Take a look at some of her mini top hats:

She also modified the mechanical arm pattern to make a bracer and pauldrons…

steampunk hat and bracer

Thanks for sharing this Terri! You can find more of her work on her Facebook page.

Hiding in plain sight...

What do you do when you need to take a cover photo for your band, but your drummer is a bit camera shy? Throw a diving helmet on his head and carry on. At least that's what UK band Steamchicken did for their latest album. Of course, if you've ever been in the market for a real dive helmet, you already know they are pretty pricey, so with some sweet crafty moves and my dive helmet pattern one of the band members was able to make the foam dive helmet shown below and save the day! Nice. 

So the next time your ears are crying out for their folk-funk-jazz fix, Steamchicken might be able to help you out! You can check out their Facebook page to find out more about them and their music.

 

Homemade steampunk waistcoat for $7

I just wanted to share with you how I made a double breasted victorian waistcoat from an old suit jacket I got at an op shop for $5. This is a perfect item to add to your steampunk wardrobe.Okay, first I found an old suit jacket, it was single breasted, but when I overlapped the front as in a double breasted jacket, it fit me nice and snug. Sweet.

steampunk waistcoat tutorial

steampunk waistcoat tutorial

So, I don't need arms on this thing, so cut em off, then I tried it on to get an idea of where I would cut the armholes for real. Always remembering to leave extra for seam allowance.

waistcoat cutting arm

waistcoat cutting arm

Marked the new armholes and cut. I basically just made the shoulders narrower and kept the bottom of the armhole at pretty much the same place.  You can see the bulky padding for the shoulders here. I ripped that all out.

victorian waistcoat tutorial

victorian waistcoat tutorial

waistcoat4

waistcoat4

I wanted the waistcoat to fit me well and it had a bit of extra material at the bottom of the armhole, so before I hemmed the armholes, I made a dart from under the armpit, straight down to get rid of some of that extra fabric.

steampunk waistcoat arm

steampunk waistcoat arm

Okay, this part was the trickiest part, getting a nice seam around the armhole. I hemmed the jacket material and the lining separately and then sewed them together for the finished arm. I couldn't figure out a better way to do this, maybe someone out there has a good idea. I found it really had a tendency to go kinda wavy. I think also very important was cutting little slits on the inside curve where I was hemming, so the fabric can stretch.

waistcoat7

waistcoat7

Okay, finally got it sorted! Everything else from here is a walk in the park!

Cut to length

Cut to length

I tried on my waistcoat again, figured out how long I wanted it, and cut it off, again remembering to leave a seam allowance. Also, not shown here, I sewed the slit at the back of the jacket shut.

Bottom hem

Bottom hem

Finally, I can hem the bottom. I did the outer material on the machine and then I hand stitched the lining down.

Buttons, buttons, buttons

Buttons, buttons, buttons

I was lucky and the buttonholes were exactly where I needed them. Because I wanted a high collar though I needed to add two more button holes at the top. Then I just figured out where the buttons needed to go and sewed them on.

You can kind of see the crease where the collar used to fold down. I tried best as I could to iron it out, but I couldn't get rid of it all. As well, I had to put a little stitch in the collar to hold it down in the right place. I guess 50 years of it being creased in the same place is hard to overcome.

Done

Done

And that's it, done. I think it probably took me a whole day to do it, but if I had to do it again it would be so much quicker. And for $7 (including buttons), you can't really complain.

I ended up wearing this to a recent wedding and got heaps of positive comments. Awesome.

My mechanical heart

It's been a while since I have made anything new, but the 109 collective art show spurred me on to create this baby.

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She's made of copper and brass with sterling silver rivets. The little porthole door opens and closes to reveal the inner workings of the heart.