You're right, of course, kittyandjam, I never really thought about it like that.
I never actually planned on covering my stuff with gears unless I could make them do something or it felt appropriate. XD One of my major goals for this costume is, like you said, NOT making my outfit appear random and awkwardly put together.
I'm going to try and make everything look as functional as possible and I'm hoping I can make most of my accessories look practical, as well as being aesthetically pleasing. Like a necklace that's also a watch, a bangle that has a compass built in, stuff like that.
Also, I think I found a good corset to use as the base that I'm going to weave the leather on to and it seems to be a good price. http://www.fredericks.com/Limited_Ed...lywood_Dream_C
(Also, judging by what is happening to the models' bust, I would say it's doing a quality job, but there is actually a store close by so I can go try it on to be sure it's going to do what I need it to.)