Since I am a "geek of all trades"- or many at least- I found it difficult to narrow it down to just one topic. I am currently intrigued by the world (or worlds) of Steampunk. Because Steampunk can have many facets, including movies, literature, music, and folk art, I shall focus this blog entry on Cosplay (costume play). I have been having the time of my life creating Steampunk-esque costumes and accessories, from repurposing old things to creating new things.
I have loved dress up ever since I was a child. And as an adult, I am still having a blast creating costumes and finding places to wear them.
I first learned how to sew from my mother, and then with some help from a friend. I made a few costumes for a few roles I played at a community theatre I was involved in. But, then I moved out of state, and had to sew on my own. I was slightly afraid to sew on my own, but I gave it a try.
|"Lady Amberlinn" costume I made for our local Renaissance Faire|
|Rylee as Piplup|
|Repurposed thrift store finds = Fantastic Steampunk Costume|
|Created from an upcycled dress and skirt from a thrift store|
Then we heard that there was going to be an International Steampunk City nearby, and we wanted to make it a family event. Creating a costume for my son was easy. I found him a cool hat and he wore his Easter suit. Finding something for my daughter was slightly more complicated, so I found a pattern she liked and a fabric she loved and went to work. This is what I came up with for my kids for Steampunk City.
|Rylee in her Pink Cupcake dress|
|Sammy, quite the little Gentleman|
|Time Traveling is a Family Affair|
|The kids and I at the Charles River|
While I love my costume collection, it is ever growing. I have my favorites, but I like to add to them. I even created a ball gown.
|Ball Gown I made from lavender satin and Chinese brocade|
|Removable Bustle. There is also a removeable train.|
|I dressed as my NightElf counterpart for Halloween a few years ago. I even recreated our Guild's tabard.|
|My sister, my daughter, and I at one of those Old Timey photo places|
|Seth and his "Big Game Hunter" costume, complete with Pith Helmet and Blunderbus, and my friends and I in our various finery|
|Our Serenity RPG group "The Crew of the Sally Forth", in steampunk attire|
|In some shiny Temple Con finds|
|Seth and I with our friends at Temple Con|
|Seth showing off a few of his fave Steampunk treasures ( he created that blunderbus out of a yard of beer and a toy laser rifle.)|
|My mister and I in some of our finest Steampunk attire|