Steampunk – Accessories – purses
When I did my Steampunk Jabberwock costume, I ended up replacing my tulle “bustle” with my camera bag (which held my camera, credit card, ID, and phone) – there are always things to carry around, but I rarely seem to have hand bags that fit with my costumes. I just wore the strap around my waist – kind of like a fanny pack.
Then I saw this really cool purse with ruffles on it on etsy http://www.etsy.com/listing/62286176/limited-edition-2010-kinies-ruffled and thought it would make a great alternative – kind of like a bustle, but with a zipper in it to stash some cash, phone, camera – all of the essentials – without having to also carry a bag.
I ended up making it up in the leftovers from a black and white plaid skirt that I made a year or two ago. Mine isn’t exactly the same (obviously) I think it’s somewhat deeper for starters – it works perfectly as an over-the shoulder purse, but also using an adjuster and clips instead of just rings it works around the waist too – creating support for a bustled skirt! I popped a fabric black and red sheer flower pin on it for the time being too. I think it makes for an adorable purse! (Oh, and it’s lined in red too, with lots of pockets – so things are well-distributed through the purse and easy to find, even in the dark – that’s the problem when designers line all of their bags in black..)
But… if I want to carry a bag, I have another option – it reminds me of an Elizabethan riticule – though I don’t know if the Victorians had a name for this kind of thing… Years ago there was a vendor at the sewing trade show that comes through once a year, and they had these little kits for Victorian-esque purses using printed-to-fabric images, hand dyed lace, and other little elements. I ended up using the kit to make one in white, and then bought another frame and made one up in black velvet.
To make it a bit more “steampunk” I added on a real vintage ‘skeleton’ key on a ball chain on one side, and then found this cute necklace at Claire’s accessories http://www.claires.com/images/caimages/InspirationKeysNecklace_33226-254X170.jpg which is sort of a rosary style chain with pearls, with these multi-coloured skeleton key style charms. They are really quite cute. I looped the necklace a few times and attached it to the frame on the other side. Taking a look at their website, I see they’ve also got a small mini pocket-watch style of charm/necklace… if it’s battery operated or actually winds, I might have to keep an eye out for it next time I get to the mall… They also had a mini bird cage which was cute (but I didn’t get it) and I see on the website one called “crowns and key charms” which includes just a print of a watch – nice idea, but not my style to buy.
I think it turned out pretty cute. Thoughts?