my friend and I have decided to go steampunk for one of our cosplays at a con coming up in May. She's decided she likes the gypsy sub-genre. I originally was going to go aristocrat but I really wanted to put some colour and quirkiness into my costume so I don't think it's really the way I want to go. I already got a corset and would like to base the rest of my costume around the colours in it. it's got a teal and light brown pattern on the front and the back and sides and trim are a medium brown pleather.
I also have a tutorial to make a tophat, and I picked up some simple goggles that I'd like to modify. I'm torn if I should make a full sized hat so I can set the goggles on it or make a mini hat to clip into my hair like a fascinator.
anyway, all this to say I feel like I don't have a specific direction and that the idea of fun accessories is distracting me from figuring out a specific type of costume, so I could use some advice, keeping in mind that I'm on a budget and have 2 other cosplays to worry about so I don't want to spend too much money or time..
I'm not a real experienced seamstress but I think I can probably put a bustle together if I decide to go with a skirt, if I end up with an aviator type costume I'll just buy pants. either way I'll probably buy some cheap pleather boots and modify them. I just don't know what will work with what accessories I already have and what won't clash horribly with my friend's gypsy steam concept.
I'm ok with the idea of steampunkifying an existing character, though I'd also have fun with creating something original