My costuming adventures and misadventures! Mainly this place is to post my inspiration, works in progress and final products.

14th October 2014

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The night so black that the darkness hummed →

cmpriest:

GUESS WHAT YOU GUYS – I have wonderful news! We have a Final And Official cover for January’s Jacaranda from Subterranean Press!





The artwork is by the marvelous Jon Foster, who likewise provided the cover art for Boneshaker, Dreadnought, Ganymede, and Clementine. (In case the…

12th October 2014

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permelia-blackwell:

victoriansewing:

Travelling holdall from Peterson’s Magazine, January 1888.

I so want this!!

My next Accessory Project….

permelia-blackwell:

victoriansewing:

Travelling holdall from Peterson’s Magazine, January 1888.

I so want this!!

My next Accessory Project….

Tagged: steampunk accessories

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12th October 2014

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permelia-blackwell:

Measuring tape for a steampunk accessory!

Tagged: steampunk accessoriessteampunk

12th October 2014

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permelia-blackwell:

My kiddo doing her first CosPlay pose! Now I just need to work on her costumes!

permelia-blackwell:

My kiddo doing her first CosPlay pose! Now I just need to work on her costumes!

Tagged: steampunk

12th October 2014

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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

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

Tagged: Steampunk Haberdasherysteampunk accessoriessteampunk jewelrysteampunk

23rd September 2014

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Coming Soon: JACARANDA →

cmpriest:

I wanted to put this announcement in a separate post, so it didn’t get lost in the metrics and progress shuffle: BEHOLD – the official Jacaranda announcement from Subterranean Press!

Think of this one as a postscript to the Clockwork Century, a little grace note to end upon – and click that…

6th August 2014

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My many faces of sewing….

My many faces of sewing….

14th July 2014

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acquaintedwithrask:

Stempunk Merman (“Kelp”) for Fantasy Con 2014

Stats:

  • 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

FAQ:

  • 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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Tagged: steampunk costume

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10th July 2014

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steampunktendencies:

Photos : Dominique Secher

Tagged: steampunk cosplay

5th July 2014

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deepdarkmarvellous:

willowclove:

Miss Sanderson and the womanly art of parasol self defence

Why, you ask, would any lady of the Neath require a parasol? Oh, you poor fool.

Oooooh~ Practical.

wshaxpere:

deepdarkmarvellous:

willowclove:

Miss Sanderson and the womanly art of parasol self defence

Why, you ask, would any lady of the Neath require a parasol? Oh, you poor fool.

Oooooh~ Practical.

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23rd June 2014

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Game of Thrones Season 4 + Costume Porn

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15th June 2014

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imperialfiddlesticks:

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. 

Tagged: Steampunkinspiration

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12th June 2014

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steampunk-hotties:

Steampunk wings

Pretty!!

steampunk-hotties:

Steampunk wings

Pretty!!

Tagged: inspiration

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29th May 2014

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emporioefikz:

STEAMPUNK AVENGER by Vinz-el-Tabanas

emporioefikz:

STEAMPUNK AVENGER by Vinz-el-Tabanas

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13th May 2014

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Measuring tape for a steampunk accessory!

Tagged: steampunksteampunk accessories