View Full Version : How to make a Victorian Steampunk costume?
06-06-2010, 05:38 PM
I saw a lot of people do generic gothic/lolita/steampunk costumes at my last con, and it got me thinking. I'd like to do something like that, but I don't know where to start. At least the steampunk genre, because I can't really do much gothic lolita stuff being a guy. XD I'll will probably buy everything I need, since I can't sew well. There are places online to buy Victorian/Steampunk styled clothing, but it's very expensive. I was thinking of checking out a local thrift store or something to see if I could find something usable there. Are there any rules on what you can have or whatever?
I'd actually like to get a few different outfits too. One for a formal ball, and others which would be comfortable for walking around the con. So I need to know where I can go to find clothes. I'm not sure what kind of fashion I want to go with. I don't want to be too technical, like have mechanical arms or anything. I just want to have goggles. XD Any advice?
06-06-2010, 05:55 PM
Best places for buying ready made steampunk parts are Etsy (look up victorian or steampunk etc), www.retroscopefashions.com and www.clockworkcouture.com. From what I've seen, these are both fairly reasonably priced. A lot of people work the thrift store angle too. I have not been that lucky with thrift stores, but I know a lot of people find some amazing things.
Amazon has a pair of welder's goggles for about 16 bucks that you can use as a base for do-it-yourself goggles.
There are a few other sites, but those are my favorites.
There's no real rules for steampunk, it's one of those things that changes depending on who you're talking to. Some insist that it has to be historically accurate, some take a bit more of the punk aspect of it (corsets as outerwear, etc). A really good community for checking out other people's work and their thoughts is the steampunk_fashion community on livejournal. They're super helpful to first timers, and have a lot of really neat things to get inspiration from.
A good idea is to figure out what your character is, and figure out the outfit from there. For instance, if you were a gentleman going to a ball, you probably wouldn't be wearing goggles. If you're going to be an airship mechanic, you're probably not going to be rocking formal wear. Things like that.
I would recommend doing a bit of research on men's victorian fashions (just type it in google, there's a ton of really helpful websites). That way, whether you decide to make it historically accurate or not, you have the base knowledge to be able to tell the difference.
Hope this helps! Have fun!
06-06-2010, 05:56 PM
I would try the brass goggles fourm: www.brassgoggles.co.uk
They've helped me out and I'm sure they can help you, too.
07-12-2010, 06:18 PM
I saw a lot of people do generic gothic/lolita/steampunk costumes at my last con, and it got me thinking. I'd like to do something like that, but I don't know where to start. At least the steampunk genre, because I can't really do much gothic lolita stuff being a guy.
Just thought I'd let you know that Steampunk/Lolita is not a costume. It is a style of fashion, just a little bit more "out there" than other fashions may be. There are people who wear that fashion everyday (like me), and if you are interested there is a style call aristocrat which is a lot like Lolita, but can be worn by guys as well. I couldn't find any good Google image pictures, but here is a like to a good website that sells men's aristocrat. (delete the underscores) http://www.fan_plus_friend.com/servlet/the-EGA-for-Man/Categories
I'll will probably buy everything I need, since I can't sew well. There are places online to buy Victorian/Steampunk styled clothing, but it's very expensive. I was thinking of checking out a local thrift store or something to see if I could find something usable there.
Well I not an expert on steampunk (I am more of a Lolita, but I still love steampunk!) but those funky little retro thrift stores always have good finds (I got a Velvet pirate coat for 15 bucks!!) Steampunk/Lolita/Aristocrat/Victorian are rather expensive fashions to take up and there is not many ways to avoid that, but if you are willing and able to spend the time and energy searching thrift stores can save you lot's of money! Prices depend on how fancy you want to get. Goggles like these (http://www.etsy.com/listing/44553939/aged-steampunk-goggles) will be way cheaper than some like these (http://www.rockngothshop.com/v5/cat-usa-usd/Steampunk_Brass_Goggles_Z_001_SPG.html). Good luck!!
07-12-2010, 08:24 PM
check out www.draculaclothing.com as well
07-13-2010, 12:11 AM
Keep an eye out for civil war reinactors that might be getting out of the hobby. The style of pants are period acurate.
I am remaking my costume after the Steampunk World's Fair. I'm prying tomake it more acurate to my persona.