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Re: How do I get Steampunk clothes when I have no money?
« Reply #50 on: July 20, 2010, 05:33:41 am »
Go find a old clock, take the gears off, and sew every gear part on a old white shirt, , and then put it on Etsy with the Steampunk tag. Im sure SOMEONE will buy it, giving you money to buy proper gear.  lol J/K


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Re: How do I get Steampunk clothes when I have no money?
« Reply #51 on: July 20, 2010, 05:52:51 am »
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Re: How do I get Steampunk clothes when I have no money?
« Reply #52 on: July 20, 2010, 04:44:05 pm »
Just thought I'd pop in here and agree with everyone else. Charity shops and jumble sales are brilliant, but bear in mind if you're squeamish, 99% of very old stuff donated to these sorts of things is Dead People's Clothes. Doesn't bother me one bit, but I know some are a bit twitchy about the idea.

Most of my really old stuff comes from Fleabay. Good quality high waist wool trousers tend to sell for around £10-£20 as they appear to be virtually indestructible (post Apocalypse, the cockroaches will roam a land strewn with old wool suit trousers). But be careful of sizing and pay attention to measurements given in listings, they've usually been tailor made for their original owners, so they sometimes have rather odd waist/inside leg ratios. Also, be prepared to do a bit of mending/adjusting on older clothes, they're rarely in 100% perfect condition, and don't fear actually washing certain things! Just be very careful, use cold water in a bathtub with a gentle liquid detergent, and keep them flat at all times. Summer is a great time to do it as you can dry them within a day from dripping wet. Don't do it in the winter, they'll stay damp for ages and get that smell... Some old clothes come with decades of unseen, ground in, filth, and you don't want to walk around with some deceased person's skank hiding amongst the fibres of your collar. Xp

Otherwise, learn to make stuff. It's the best way to get what you [i[really[/i] want, but not always the cheapest option if you choose a nice fabric (waistcoats only need half a meter for the front, but a gown with a huge skirt can be 8 meters or more, plus what you need to make any petticoats it requires, ect. and that's when it really starts to get pricey).

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Re: How do I get Steampunk clothes when I have no money?
« Reply #53 on: July 23, 2010, 02:22:44 pm »
I found this article from The Art of Manliness to be quite helpful. its not Steampunk specific, but still provides some useful tips. If you've never visited the site, check it out. They have some really great content...

http://artofmanliness.com/2009/03/12/look-good-for-less/?utm_source=Daily+Subscribers&utm_campaign=94e579ce18-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email

This may also be of interest, it was posted a few months ago by someone else:

http://vls.destinyslobster.com/fake_book.html
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Re: How do I get Steampunk clothes when I have no money?
« Reply #54 on: July 23, 2010, 09:26:29 pm »
I found this article from The Art of Manliness to be quite helpful. its not Steampunk specific, but still provides some useful tips. If you've never visited the site, check it out. They have some really great content...

Terrific site. Thanks for the tip!

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Re: How do I get Steampunk clothes when I have no money?
« Reply #55 on: July 23, 2010, 10:23:03 pm »
I also recommend learning how to sew. Not only can you pick up perfectly nice clearance fabric and make something for very little money, you can tailor the thrifted clothing to fit you. Also, the clearance rack of popular department stores holds many treasures. I know JCPenney has their Decree line, which I've used in steamy outfits before.

I would say on a budget, get mix and match pieces. Go for a key color or theme, and run with it. You'll end up with several different outfits and looks that way, but without spending a lot on a whole new wardrobe.
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Re: How do I get Steampunk clothes when I have no money?
« Reply #56 on: July 27, 2010, 06:21:51 am »
I also recommend learning how to sew. Not only can you pick up perfectly nice clearance fabric and make something for very little money, you can tailor the thrifted clothing to fit you. Also, the clearance rack of popular department stores holds many treasures. I know JCPenney has their Decree line, which I've used in steamy outfits before.

I would say on a budget, get mix and match pieces. Go for a key color or theme, and run with it. You'll end up with several different outfits and looks that way, but without spending a lot on a whole new wardrobe.
I got a few decree shirts recently, one of them being a yellowish striped shirt, its grungy looking and i think would be perfect for any kind of engineer or mechanic steampunk outfit. Also found a pair of shorts that are striped deep purple-brown and dark brown, they go great with my abney park tshirt i bought from akon :3

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Re: How do I get Steampunk clothes when I have no money?
« Reply #57 on: July 27, 2010, 05:53:54 pm »
I found this article from The Art of Manliness to be quite helpful. its not Steampunk specific, but still provides some useful tips. If you've never visited the site, check it out. They have some really great content...

Terrific site. Thanks for the tip!

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Re: How do I get Steampunk clothes when I have no money?
« Reply #58 on: August 01, 2010, 01:34:00 pm »
I don't think they've been mentioned directly but yard sales/garage sales/moving sales/estate sales are all good places to look as well.  Estate sales in particular as they usually will have older pieces very cheap but you have to get there early because the antique stores/boutique thrift stores will have picked them over.
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Re: How do I get Steampunk clothes when I have no money?
« Reply #59 on: August 02, 2010, 08:34:08 am »
I don't think they've been mentioned directly but yard sales/garage sales/moving sales/estate sales are all good places to look as well.  Estate sales in particular as they usually will have older pieces very cheap but you have to get there early because the antique stores/boutique thrift stores will have picked them over.
Yes I've been thinking of looking out for house clearances etc as thats clearly the source of many ebay vintage sellers stock.
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Re: How do I get Steampunk clothes when I have no money?
« Reply #60 on: August 05, 2010, 06:12:21 pm »
There's always: Sprockets and Lockets, the Steampunk Thrift Shop
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Re: How do I get Steampunk clothes when I have no money?
« Reply #61 on: August 17, 2010, 04:03:44 am »
Do what I did: Raid your closet. Take an inventory of any kind of fabric/clothing you have. Make it work.



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Re: How do I get Steampunk clothes when I have no money?
« Reply #62 on: August 18, 2010, 08:24:25 pm »
Yes, indeed! I was faced with the same predicament when I was but a wee lad. I just hopped on the nearest zeppelin taxi and made my way to the fabric inventory. I purchased only earth-tones and fashioned myself a trenchcoat for a mere six-pence.

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Re: How do I get Steampunk clothes when I have no money?
« Reply #63 on: August 19, 2010, 11:34:07 am »
AARRGGHH!! Someone, anyone, BUY THIS ITEM:
http://sprocketsandlockets.webs.com/apps/webstore/products/show/1696211

I dare ya to find anything cooler for $16!

Hell, if you're broke, add a 0 to the price-tag and put it up on Etsy.. ;)

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Re: How do I get Steampunk clothes when I have no money?
« Reply #64 on: August 19, 2010, 04:30:15 pm »
AARRGGHH!! Someone, anyone, BUY THIS ITEM:
http://sprocketsandlockets.webs.com/apps/webstore/products/show/1696211

I dare ya to find anything cooler for $16!

Hell, if you're broke, add a 0 to the price-tag and put it up on Etsy.. ;)

sadly not shipping outside of the US currently

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Re: How do I get Steampunk clothes when I have no money?
« Reply #65 on: August 19, 2010, 05:53:25 pm »
AARRGGHH!! Someone, anyone, BUY THIS ITEM:
http://sprocketsandlockets.webs.com/apps/webstore/products/show/1696211

don't tempt me....


too late :D I'll have to ask my mom if I can transfer some of my allowance to her paypal account and buy it
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Re: How do I get Steampunk clothes when I have no money?
« Reply #66 on: August 19, 2010, 07:46:51 pm »
AARRGGHH!! Someone, anyone, BUY THIS ITEM:
http://sprocketsandlockets.webs.com/apps/webstore/products/show/1696211

don't tempt me....


too late :D I'll have to ask my mom if I can transfer some of my allowance to her paypal account and buy it

go on you know you want to :)

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Re: How do I get Steampunk clothes when I have no money?
« Reply #67 on: August 20, 2010, 06:51:04 pm »
the problem is convincing my mother that I need another jacket... I think I have five at the moment ;D

something like this:

"Honey, you have plenty of jackets already. Besides, I *just* bought you a military blazer"
"But mom, this one is teal! I don't have any jackets in teal, and I so desperately need something to match my new blouse!"
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Re: How do I get Steampunk clothes when I have no money?
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Re: How do I get Steampunk clothes when I have no money?
« Reply #69 on: August 24, 2010, 01:23:27 pm »

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Re: How do I get Steampunk clothes when I have no money?
« Reply #70 on: August 24, 2010, 01:48:10 pm »
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Go find a old clock, take the gears off, and sew every gear part on a old white shirt, , and then put it on Etsy with the Steampunk tag. Im sure SOMEONE will buy it, giving you money to buy proper gear.  lol J/K

So that's where I'm going wrong!

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Re: How do I get Steampunk clothes when I have no money?
« Reply #71 on: September 07, 2010, 08:09:27 pm »
Here is a killer new steampunk / macabre type style clothing line.... for your casual days.

www.Se7enDeadly.com

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Re: How do I get Steampunk clothes when I have no money?
« Reply #72 on: September 08, 2010, 02:06:52 pm »
There are a lot of useful links above. But I would suggest that dressing "Steampunk" is a bit of a red herring.
I would reccomend that anybody starting out, should spend a bit of time studying nineteenth century costume. If you can get the "Victorian" look right, it takes very little added steam to make it look steampunky.
Of course, it is up to you how far down the authenticity route you want to go, it can take only a few details to get that Victorian  "Look", or you can go the whole hog and get together an authentic costume. But if you have studied period outfits, and know what you are looking for, the visits to the thrift shop can be a lot more productive.
Although I got taken to task by some of the more authenticity minded contributors to this group, for reccomending the above mentioned "Fake Book" elsewhere in this forum, I think that it reprisents a good starting point for those on a budget, or for those who want to get a period looking outfit, without becoming obsessive about authenticity.
One thing that I would recommend investing in is a good hat. the correct headwear can make or break an outfit.
As a Re-enactor, I very quickly learned that I couldent afford the very high prices that Costume makers charged, so I taught myself to sew.
There is a very good selection of Victorian costume patterns on the Patterns Of Time Website Most of the patterns are for womens costume, but if you sift through, there areanumber of mens patterns. They also cover a wide timeframe, the later ones are towards the end.

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Re: How do I get Steampunk clothes when I have no money?
« Reply #73 on: September 09, 2010, 12:55:19 pm »
There are a lot of useful links above. But I would suggest that dressing "Steampunk" is a bit of a red herring.
I would reccomend that anybody starting out, should spend a bit of time studying nineteenth century costume. If you can get the "Victorian" look right, it takes very little added steam to make it look steampunky.

Nonsense - we're not neo-vics or historical reenactors.. just go with whatever looks good.. :P
People can pull off a perfect steampunk look without even a single piece of period-accurate clothing..

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Re: How do I get Steampunk clothes when I have no money?
« Reply #74 on: September 09, 2010, 01:20:12 pm »
My suggestion is go to Lincoln this weekend armed with a Blackjack  ;D