So, I did it. I actually wore a whole steampunk public...where there were lots of PEOPLE who had EYES, so they could SEE ME! For about the first 30 minutes I wanted to hide in a corner or sink into the floor. Either would have worked. I felt so very silly, but my friend WROTE a BOOK, so I figured it was the least I could do to cheer her on!

In case you are as clueless as I was, here's some info from Wikipedia. "Steampunk also refers to art, fashion, and design that are informed by the aesthetics of Steampunk literature.Various modern utilitarian objects have been modded by individual artisans into a pseudo-Victorian mechanical "steampunk" style" Who knew, right?

I tried three different patterns to make a corset and they were are SO very bad! I sucked it up and took measurements (groan) and drafted my own using this tutorial. It worked perfectly! Amazing the difference. Without further ado, here I am all steamed up and trying to hide behind Bella-rella.

I made the corset reversible, with one side being "leather" and the other a floral brocade.

I found some amazing grommets in the purse section. I love that one side has tiny screws and the other is plain. It worked great with the two different fabrics.

There are 16 pieces of boning, which are actually just huge zip ties, because the boning at the fabric store was pathetic. I gotta admit that wearing a corset does make you have better posture!

I finished the bottom off with an opened zipper, which is one of my favorite details.

I added some D rings and hooks to make it "steampunky" and accessorize it.
My last minute purse! Mine really didn't go with the whole look.
I used some jewelry clasps to use as hooks for the dress pick ups.
With the skirt clipped up.

And done! Once I got the patterned figured out it was actually really easy and fast to sew.

The skirt is actually from an old curtain and I sewed on some jewelry findings to use as the pick ups.

My favorite part were the accessories! I made 6 different necklaces and a fantastic clockwork peacock mini-top hat. Quite lovely.

That big necklace in the middle is made from the inner gears in a drill! It's so heavy, but so fantastic!

And I went OUT IN THAT! Crazy! Since I did that you all must go and buy her book. I've read it twice, it's flipping FABULOUS! Email me if you buy it and I can get you a signed know you want to! I'll leave you with a few of my favorite lines.

"I just don't want to be surprised again," I said, feeling a bit prickly. "You will be, no matter what," he said. "Might as well expect it."Delilah S. Dawson, Wicked as They Come

“I would burn down the world for you," he whispered fiercely. "Your world or my own. I would rip down the entire city with my bare hands without a second thought. I don't need to taste anything else, I don't need a comparison.” ― Delilah S. Dawson, Wicked as They Come 

 “Why, Criminy Stain," I said. "You're a romantic." "Oh, no," he said with a grin. "I'm fiendish and unscrupulous, a vicious killer and a thief and a bloodthirsty monster. And maybe a little romantic. But don't tell anyone, or my reputation's shot.” ― Delilah S. Dawson, Wicked as They Come 

 So go and follow her blog and buy the book! It's online and in bookstores near you! Trust me, you'll love it!

Yummy cover!



  1. Unbelievable awesome job. You are very clever :)

  2. I cannot describe how AMAZING you looked and how completely AWESOME it is that you made such a fantastic outfit. It meant so much to me that you went to such trouble and stepped so far out of your comfort zone! <3 We have an event at Barrington Hall on the 28th, if you want a chance to wear your gorgeous costume again and have loads of people in similar costumes ooh and ahh over it. =) But, again, you are AAAAAWESOME! And thanks for the book plug!

  3. Wow, zip-ties! I've made a million costume corsets and taught my students how to do them, and this never occurred to me. Not only would they work just as well, I bet it's much cheaper too. Duh!

  4. Wow, your outfit turned out amazing! I love all the little details in the hardware and the hat is to die for! Thanks for sharing!

  5. I can't believe you made this! Incredible. Thanks for sharing at oopsey daisy!

  6. My kids wore Steampunk for Halloween one year (my son read a book about sky pirates,) and no one knew who they were, they kept being called "old fashioned people," until one gentleman came over to us soooo excited about the Steampunks, it made their day!