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Archive for November, 2013

November 27th, 2013 by Charlotte Babb

Curtains: 1912 Evening Gown–to Sew or Not to Sew

Start with what you have and then see what you can make with it.  I found some lovely items while on my last thrifting trip: a wedding dress with train and veil, a gold sheer curtain panel, and a white brocade curtain with valance and lace sheer.  I dyed the wedding dress except for the […]

November 22nd, 2013 by Charlotte Babb

Review of Steampunk Accessories

Upgrade your skillset and create new accessories for your next con. Not only are the projects very well done, but the DIY pages are illustrated with clear drawings, and the finished products are photographed to advantage on models. A short but good section is included on thrifting, including what to look for, how to decide […]

November 17th, 2013 by Charlotte Babb

5 Questions to Ascertain your SQ: Steampunk Quotient

You already know what steampunk is, or you wouldn’t be here. But you are still lacking confidence in your claim to steamcred, or you wouldn’t still be here. Here’s some questions for you to analyze your inner neo-Victorian-HG-Wellsingtonian-JulesVernocity. 1. Are you intelligent? (Not as in if you are so smart, why are you not rich?) […]

November 15th, 2013 by Charlotte Babb

Review of Steampunk Emporium

Fairies like Gears too! Not only does this book look lovely with its antique book design and full-color, sepia-tone pages, but it tells a story to go along with each of the 20 jewelry projects. The articles are cute and feature images of clockwork fairy models wearing the projects. Since story-telling is a large part […]

November 8th, 2013 by Charlotte Babb

Review of Elegantly Frugal Costumes

While not a Steampunk costume book, this little black-and-white gem has many practical ideas for making what you have become what you want. After a section on authenticity and appearance, the writer includes sections on each time period that costumers for plays might need, including a section on the 1800s. The illustrations are line drawings, […]

November 1st, 2013 by Charlotte Babb

Review of Steampunk Your Wardrobe by Callista Taylor

Callista Tayor, gaslight romance writer and seamstress extraordinaire, has a fabulous book on not only repurposing your own or thrifted clothing for Steampunk, but also has a great leather waist-cincher design, jewelry, a mini-top hat from cardboard and 15 other projects that will get you steamed up on the cheap and fabulous.  The one thing […]