Simplicity 2172 Victorian Steam Punk Costume »
InstructionsThis is a challenge well worth taking! It's a lot of work but also a lot of fun to wear.
Type of item: Costume
Style: Retro / Vintage, Funky, Whimsical, Victorian / Steampunk
Green taffeta, black organza, black & white striped cotton shirting, antique-inspired buttons.
What was your inspiration?
I made this costume for myself after making the blue steam punk dress (see my other projects on Craftsy) for my sister. And what other motivation does one need for Victorian Steam Punk... other than the fact that it's super cool?
What are you most proud of?
I made all three pieces in the evenings after work over a two week period. I still can't believe I finished in time! I'm also proud that I bargained my fabric supplier down to $3/yard, so it was a great deal for 11 yards of taffeta.
What advice would you give someone starting this project?
This was a VERY challenging pattern and as a seasoned sewist, even I had to rip out seams to figure out some of the construction. I would definitely do this pattern again and maybe try it in the khaki color that is on the pattern envelope. But if you attempt this pattern, I would give yourself a very long lead time--the devil is in the details here.