So since I make my own patterns generally, I don’t usually look at these free pattern sites, but I came across this: http://yourstylerocks.com/patterns/archive.php?pattern_id=1 and if it wasn’t for the fact that you have to log in and create a profile and all of that silliness, I would totally download this one…. (I don’t care for the centre front seam, or their seam treatments, but that’s neither here nor there…)
I’ve been trying to think of a way to compile some of the costume research, ideas, and inspiration in a way that I could get feedback from other costumers, be able to add ideas either at home, or away, and look back at my progress. I hope this is it!
I’ve been thinking about this for a while, but some “spare” time and this blog: http://www.ittybittyevilkitty.com is what sort of pushed me over the edge.
Right now, my costume interest has been largely focused around Steampunk. I’ve long loved the neo-Victorian look, however it hasn’t been very popular, and I like the idea of having people “get” what it is I’m doing, vs. just thinking “why would you wear a bustle?” Steampunk seems to be underground enough to make me happy, but well-known enough that it shouldn’t be as hard to summarize.
Plus… there are Steampunk meet ups here in Calgary! I’ve been feeling somewhat unsatisfied with a lack of social diversity, and I’m vaguely hoping that when I find the time to get out to things, that this might bring a new option for socializing and meeting new people.
So, onward and upward!
Some iconography that seems fairly common throughout the Steampunk genre include:
- Cogs and gears
- Watch hands
- Keys and locks (and those beautiful escutcheons that go with them…) http://www.leevalley.com/en/hardware/index.aspx
- Jailer’s keys on large keyrings
- Airships, zepplins, flying machines… similarly anything with wings
- Tea! (hurrah!)
- Corset lacing
- Rivets, grommets, buckles, suspender clips (both above and below the waist styles)
- Trains – steam engines of course!
- Octopus and squid
- Compass, maps, other things for exploring the world
- Bees and flies, dragonflies
- Diving helmets
- Test tubes
- Robotics (but with lots of rivets and exposed wiring, mad scientist vs. star wars)
- Submarines (all Jules-Verne inspired on that one)
- Cameos and silhouettes
I think that ravens would be relevant as well, though I haven’t yet seen much of that in my web-browsing. I think tying the keys and things back in with the EGL movement, crowns and those sort of icons would work as well, in moderation.
I wanted to record some of this here, as reference, when I come back and am thinking about it…
Updated Jan 1 2011, Jan 7th, 2011