On both men and women, tailcoats look awesome. I don’t know what it is, but I love tailcoats and it seriously disappoints me that I don’t yet have one for myself as part of my Steampunk wardrobe. Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be that way for long.
I’ve found a very nice, FREE sewing pattern and instructions for a tailcoat designed specifically for women, and it’s gorgeous!
With the proper modifications, I see Steampunk written all over this thing. And of course, the nice thing about making a tailcoat yourself is that you can make it uniquely your own. Want to reshape the tails or sleeves, or add a corset ribbon design in the back? That’s no problem when you make your tailcoat on your own.
And heck, the pattern is free and comes in sizes Small through Extra Large, so you are likely to find a version of this coat that would suit you perfectly.
And, if tailcoats don’t fall into your preferred Steampunk look, you’ll be happy to know that there are a few other patterns on Modern Sewing Patterns that might interest you. They are all free, so you have nothing to lose by checking it out! Perhaps you’ll find something you can use as the basis for a new Steampunk project.
And, as an important side note, I’ve returned safely from my trip up to Steamcon. I had a great time exploring Seattle and attending the con. Thank you to each and every person who enriched my experience by your presence. I met so many wonderful people, and you guys all rock. You can expect a full review of Steamcon later this week after I’ve snagged some sleep.
As promised, I’ve found a wonderful resource for you all to construct your own Steampunk clothing from the Wings of Steam forum. You can see it here.
There’s ton’s of great patterns and tutorials here for both men and women’s clothing for those of you with sewing and/or modding skills. This is, unfortunately, something I have little time for (complicated by the lack of a sewing machine and any sewing skills outside of a half semester of Apparel in high school). So those of you with the time to make and/or mod your own clothing, this is a wonderful resource to find the beginnings of a new Steampunk outfit.
Today is the last day of A-Kon, and things are winding down here. Most of the con-goers have departed on their way home. A friend of mine who flew down from Minnesota for the event and I are one of the few last hold-outs here at the Sheraton in Dallas. Tomorrow morning, I’ll leave from the hotel to return back to work and my friend will fly back. I already feel as if I’m turning into a metaphorical pumpkin… it will be hard to return to my every-day life with it’s limited Steampunk influence after this weekend. It’s hard to sum up just how amazing this weekend was, much of it totally unexpected.
It may be a few days before I can do a complete write up of A-Kon 21 and include photographic eveidence of all the epic things that happened over the weekend. Without it, I highly doubt you all would be inclined to believe me.
Also, I’ve finally succumb to Facebook at the request of a few of the Steampunks I met at the convention, so please feel free to add me on Facebook. Just be sure to mention that you follow the blog, or I won’t add you.
Steampunks, by very nature of the Do-It-Yourself mindset of our subculture, are very close to those means by which we produce our Steampunk inventions. Where would the engineer be without her toolkit, or the tailor without his sewing machine?
And speaking of sewing machines, what’s to stop a modder talented in device alteration and in love with her sewing machine from combining her two loves? What might that look like?
Something like this, I would imagine.
Artist Becky Stern found an old sewing machine and decided to mod it in the Steampunk aesthetic for a project in a sculpture/metalworking class. She admits in her blog that she has little understanding of the Steampunk movement and not a lot of interest in learning, and to me, that’s a terrible shame. She clearly has some incredible talent, and from just a basic understanding of Steampunk, she’s produced a beautiful, functional sewing machine.
If you are in love with this sewing machine as much as I am, then I must direct you to Becky’s Flickr album for additional pictures of her project.
Ms. Stern, I highly encourage you to reconsider your stance on learning about Steampunk. You clearly have the talent and with a little bit more study into Steampunk tastes, I think success would continue to find you!