Travelling holdall from Peterson’s Magazine, January 1888.
I so want this!!
My next Accessory Project….
Measuring tape for a steampunk accessory!
My kiddo doing her first CosPlay pose! Now I just need to work on her costumes!
My version of a pocket watch cuff, I saw on Pinterest. The inspiration came from a previous post: http://permelia-blackwell.tumblr.com/post/60911188520/found-this-idea-on-pintrest-i-would-love-to-make
Stempunk Merman (“Kelp”) for Fantasy Con 2014
- 2nd costume I’ve ever made
- Entirely my own concept/design
- Won the Beginner/Novice category of Fantasy Con’s Creator’s Contest
- ~4 almost non-stop months of work and hundreds of dollars of materials
- All store-bought items were drastically altered (boots, backpack, various parts of the tanks, gloves, respirator mask)
- The backpack is able to be entirely disassembled, is lit by battery-powered LED’s, and one of the tanks is filled with water and bubbles thanks to a battery-powered bubbler
- What are you supposed to be? In the spring of 2013 I realized I had no costume for that year’s Steamfest convention, which revolves around the Steampunk style of costuming. After some brainstorming with my friends I decided I wanted to do a unique steampunk costume of a mer-creature come onto land. His name is Kelp, and he needs the wetsuit and tanks to breathe out of the water.
- Did you make the bodysuit/what’s on the bodysuit? I sewed the whole bodysuit myself, with fitting help from my amazing roommate. The fabric you see on the bodysuit is a sequined fabric that changes from shiny blue/green to matte gray when you run your hand over it. It was a pre-made fabric that I appliquéd onto the bodysuit. The surrounding sparkles are rhinestones that I glued onto the suit to make it look more cohesive.
- Can you breathe in that mask/how do you talk? Yes, I can breathe, though it does put some pressure on my nose so I sound nasally. I set up a microphone inside the mask, which hooks into the speaker on my right-hand side of the tank, so people could hear what I was saying while I was wearing the costume.
- Isn’t that backpack heavy? Yup! I haven’t put it on a scale but I’d guestimate it’s ~40-50lbs, especially with the water inside the tank.
- How did you make….? See this post for a complete breakdown of the costume, as well as a better (though not updated) picture of my backpack tank.
- You have a good figure/any other comment on my body… Thanks, but this costume isn’t about my body. Under the bodysuit I have a pair of spanks that I customized to take the curve out of my waist, and a binder on as well as a headscarf to disguise my “figure” entirely. Kelp is not female; and perhaps not even male. That is part of the mystery of the character. When I cosplay my goal is to be virtually unrecognizable, and to not rely on the features I was born with to make my costume.
Okay, so Fantasy Con was overall 3/5 stars, but hey, the theme was Fantasy and this costume fit right in. I really enjoyed the opportunity to enter a contest that was all about fantasy and (to some extent) original costume designs, and despite the (many, many) problems the contest had, it was a good first experience! I walked away not only with an award, but way more friendships and connections than I walked in with.
Once again, here’s the first post I made about this costume last year when it had been first created/debuted. I fixed a lot between that time and now, and there’s still more to tweak and make even closer to the vision in my head. Thanks for taking a look!!! Questions? Just ask! <3
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Photos : Dominique Secher
Why, you ask, would any lady of the Neath require a parasol? Oh, you poor fool.
Game of Thrones Season 4 + Costume Porn
My 1860s inspired Steampunk Ballgown is finished. Grey pinstripe cotton, light brown silk, dark brown trim and grey satin ribbon lacing in the back. The bodice is reinforced with coutil and steel boning and it is lined with ivory cotton.
I also made a matching hair decoration with a pearl cabochon, brass chains and a large vintage ostrich plume.
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