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Steampunk'ed - Quest for an Improved Outfit
« on: March 01, 2008, 04:17:40 pm »
Before I start, my apologies for the small(ish) pun in the title...But I just couldn't pass up that opportunity ;)

Now, ladies and gentlemen, moving on. Fresh photonic recordings of the outfit I'm looking to Steampunk are under the spoiler tag:
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Am I happy with the outfit? Certainly. Is it Steampunk enough for my liking? Nope, not quite. So, I'll be adding some things the coming days/weeks/months/years:
  • Goggles
  • Weaponry
  • Gloves
  • A new pair of pants
  • A gadget or two
  • Gaiters

I suppose we can all agree that the above doesn't warrant a thread of and by itself - this thread serves well for stating things such as the above.

However, I would like to open the floor for suggestions ;D
If you've got suggestions, please keep in mind that though I won't mind investing in new gear, I won't break the bank on it. As far as clothing and props are concerned, I'm very much a Fantasy oriented LARPer; I'll be wearing this only a few weekends in the year.

Also, suggestions that'll come with links to pictures, stores, etc., I'll value even more ;)

In addition to the suggestions I hope to receive, I'll be tracking my progress here.

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Re: Steampunk'ed - Quest for an Improved Outfit
« Reply #1 on: March 01, 2008, 04:46:11 pm »
Your costume looks fantastic already, esp. the hat and the coat.

A few suggestions:
1. Weaponry?  Perhaps you can add a gunbelt or carry some knives.
2. The vest is great, but it could use some embellishment if you are so inclined.
3. I'm not sure if spats would work over your current boots, which look a little bulky.  Also, I think of spats as a more "gentlemanly" accessory, and your costume is more ruffian (which I mean in a positive light, please understand) than gentleman...but that's just my opinion.

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Re: Steampunk'ed - Quest for an Improved Outfit
« Reply #2 on: March 01, 2008, 04:54:46 pm »
Technically I believe that what we're referring to most often when we say "spats" are actually gaiters.  Spats were certainly more of a gentlemanly accessory, designed to keep muck from the street off of one's shoes, while gaiters are more utilitarian, being designed to keep the muck out of your boots as you dash across no-man's land.  This is why you'll find gaiters at mil-surp stores; sometimes great big boxes full of them.
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Re: Steampunk'ed - Quest for an Improved Outfit
« Reply #3 on: March 01, 2008, 04:59:03 pm »
Ah, thank you sir, for the insights on spats v. gaiters.  I do agree that this costume could use gaiters (as a utilitarian piece) rather than spats.

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Re: Steampunk'ed - Quest for an Improved Outfit
« Reply #4 on: March 01, 2008, 05:24:47 pm »
Your costume looks fantastic already, esp. the hat and the coat.

Thank you, sir :) Quite happy with the both of them, myself. Both are store bought, with slight customization...Just the way I like my costuming.

1. Weaponry?  Perhaps you can add a gunbelt or carry some knives.

That's pretty much a given; there will be such things. Currently the first pieces of my first raygun are littering my desk; I hope it won't be too long before the pile of bits reaches critical mass and is suitable for spawning a gun :)

2. The vest is great, but it could use some embellishment if you are so inclined.

Halfway agreed. As it is now, it's still semi-suitable for a Fantasy setting and I don't want to 'destroy' it by adding anything permanently, truth to be told.

Good luck with it!

Thank you, sir! With a forum like this one and gentlemen like you to back me up, I'm quite confident I'll succeed.

Technically I believe that what we're referring to most often when we say "spats" are actually gaiters.  Spats were certainly more of a gentlemanly accessory, designed to keep muck from the street off of one's shoes, while gaiters are more utilitarian, being designed to keep the muck out of your boots as you dash across no-man's land.  This is why you'll find gaiters at mil-surp stores; sometimes great big boxes full of them.

Gaiters it is, then...If I make/buy them well, they'll even be useful in more than one way, as they'll disguise the rather modern lacing of my boots. Which are genuine Dutch army boots, if anyone is interested :)

To continue on the subject of making them...Would modifying the spats patterns in one of the issues of Steampunk Magazine result in something suitably and properly 'gaitery'? I'm currently researching them for a bit, but I wouldn't mind fasttracking the answer to this question ;)
« Last Edit: March 01, 2008, 05:28:09 pm by Torvald_Faust »

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Re: Steampunk'ed - Quest for an Improved Outfit
« Reply #5 on: March 01, 2008, 05:42:41 pm »
Nice outfit. Personally, something that is always steamy is trinkets. Keys, watches, compass, that sort of thing.
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Re: Steampunk'ed - Quest for an Improved Outfit
« Reply #6 on: March 01, 2008, 05:47:57 pm »
One thing that'll help, I feel, is better pants with more pockets, where one can assume such trinkets are held. Then again, a 'amulet' made out of a key or two and a gear may help.

Currently my noggin' is stewing on where to leave a pocket watch and/or compass in such a way it's obvious I have them ;D

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« Reply #7 on: March 01, 2008, 05:49:53 pm »
It's a brilliant basic outfit, that you can customize by hanging keys and stuff(as "skribb" mentioned) on.
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« Reply #8 on: March 01, 2008, 06:13:20 pm »
Wow I was developing an ALMOST identical costume for me... :o

Ok, Like it was mentioned before I suggest gaiters (leather gaiters if you can), and maybe a linen shirt with a standing collar, and a pair of gauntlests too...
And it would be cool if you could use a "consistent" color with your clothes (all shades of brown and tan for example...), and some distressing will help with the "adventurer", lived look ;)

Also I NEED to know where did you take that vest!
Do you have a pattern or something?
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Re: Steampunk'ed - Quest for an Improved Outfit
« Reply #9 on: March 01, 2008, 06:21:42 pm »
It's a brilliant basic outfit, that you can customize by hanging keys and stuff(as "skribb" mentioned) on.

Thank you :)

Wow I was developing an ALMOST identical costume for me... :o

Great minds think alike...?

Ok, Like it was mentioned before I suggest gaiters (leather gaiters if you can)

The leather is already on my shopping list ;)

and maybe a linen shirt with a standing collar

Who knows :) I think I may be able to pull something like that from my normal clothes.

and a pair of gauntlests too...

Like the ones a pilot of the era would wear, for instance, I suppose?

And it would be cool if you could use a "consistent" color with your clothes (all shades of brown and tan for example...), and some distressing will help with the "adventurer", lived look ;)

Roger and wilco!

Also I NEED to know where did you take that vest!
Do you have a pattern or something?

Everything in those photo's, except for the hat, the boots and the coat, is custom made and a one-off, made by my mother. I don't know if she used a pattern for the vest and if she has, if she still has it, but I'll inquire.

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Re: Steampunk'ed - Quest for an Improved Outfit
« Reply #10 on: March 01, 2008, 06:27:05 pm »
I agree that a visible chain from which to hold a compass would be splendid...though if you don't want to change your vest (perfectly understandable), then perhaps the chain could hang out of a pocket.

And not that it is relevant to the discussion at hand, but to clarify: I am not in fact a gentleman, but rather a lady.  ;)
« Last Edit: March 01, 2008, 06:33:07 pm by sparrowlight »

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« Reply #11 on: March 01, 2008, 06:31:33 pm »
I agree that a visible chain from which to hold a compass would be splendid...though if you don't want to change your vest (perfectly understandable), then perhaps the chain could hang out a pocket.

As it is now, I've got few pockets ;) So, I really find myself wondering where I'd leave the chain...

And not that it is relevant to the discussion at hand, but to clarify: I am not in fact a gentleman, but rather a lady.  ;)

Duly noted :)

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« Reply #12 on: March 01, 2008, 10:17:49 pm »
It's a brilliant basic outfit, that you can customize by hanging keys and stuff(as "skribb" mentioned) on.

Thank you :)

Wow I was developing an ALMOST identical costume for me... :o

Great minds think alike...?

Ok, Like it was mentioned before I suggest gaiters (leather gaiters if you can)

The leather is already on my shopping list ;)

and maybe a linen shirt with a standing collar

Who knows :) I think I may be able to pull something like that from my normal clothes.

and a pair of gauntlests too...

Like the ones a pilot of the era would wear, for instance, I suppose?

And it would be cool if you could use a "consistent" color with your clothes (all shades of brown and tan for example...), and some distressing will help with the "adventurer", lived look ;)

Roger and wilco!

Also I NEED to know where did you take that vest!
Do you have a pattern or something?

Everything in those photo's, except for the hat, the boots and the coat, is custom made and a one-off, made by my mother. I don't know if she used a pattern for the vest and if she has, if she still has it, but I'll inquire.

Yes about the gauntlets, and if you (or your mother) could provide me a pattern (or some help) for that kind of vest I will be in your debt! :)

but, again, that's a really cool outfit. It really captures (for me) the spirit of the adventure and exploration! ;)

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« Reply #13 on: March 01, 2008, 10:23:26 pm »
Yes about the gauntlets

Hmmm...The good thing about those is that if I choose wisely, they'll be usable for much more than just Steampunk ;D

and if you (or your mother) could provide me a pattern (or some help) for that kind of vest I will be in your debt! :)

I'll see what can be arranged.

And I'll see how you can repay the debt.

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but, again, that's a really cool outfit. It really captures (for me) the spirit of the adventure and exploration! ;)

Thanks a lot, sir ;D That's high praise!

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« Reply #14 on: March 01, 2008, 11:32:44 pm »
I must know, where did you find the long-ish coat? Or was that fashioned by your mother as well? The whole ensemble looks great! I totally agree with whoever suggested the visible pocketwatch chain. Needs a bit more brass.  :)

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« Reply #15 on: March 01, 2008, 11:43:33 pm »
I must know, where did you find the long-ish coat? Or was that fashioned by your mother as well?

Though my mom can work costuming magic, I bought the coat on the market, a few months back. We've customized it somewhat, though.

The whole ensemble looks great!

Thanks, most kind, sir :)

I totally agree with whoever suggested the visible pocketwatch chain. Needs a bit more brass.  :)

Agreed, entirely. Though I've said it before, I'll say it again: just got to figure out where I'll leave it.

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« Reply #16 on: March 02, 2008, 05:57:01 am »
I would ditch the black boots in favor of some brown ones. Black leather just seems to scream post WWII for some reason. As far as gaiters go you might want to look into WWII style US leggings. 

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« Reply #17 on: March 02, 2008, 09:32:00 am »
I would ditch the black boots in favor of some brown ones. Black leather just seems to scream post WWII for some reason.

With my experience acquiring boots, that would be exactly the kind of investment that's too expensive for something I won't wear much. Then again, who knows what I'll run into in the future :)

As far as gaiters go you might want to look into WWII style US leggings. 

You mean these things?


In the mean time, I got some ideas.

First, for the gloves I may go for "Oliver Twist" gloves:

Though leather gauntlets would be smashing, they'd also hinder me when I'd try to, say, pull the trigger of my raygun, or manipulate some small engine parts.

Also, I got an idea for an suitably militaristic/adventurer item: a copper/brass-and-gears dog-tag :)
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« Reply #18 on: March 02, 2008, 05:07:09 pm »
I would suggest these gaiters
http://www.armynavydeals.com/asp/products_details.asp?SKU=BWGAITER&ST=2

I really want a pair...but they wouldn't work with my boots. 
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Re: Steampunk'ed - Quest for an Improved Outfit
« Reply #19 on: March 02, 2008, 05:27:46 pm »
Ooohhh... the coat's sourced on the market you say... most interesting indeed! Where'd you find that vest? It is all sorts of awesome!

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« Reply #20 on: March 02, 2008, 05:29:57 pm »
For dogtags, may I suggest using these :D

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« Reply #21 on: March 02, 2008, 10:46:49 pm »
I would suggest these gaiters
http://www.armynavydeals.com/asp/products_details.asp?SKU=BWGAITER&ST=2

I really want a pair...but they wouldn't work with my boots. 

Those are quite nice...Thanks for the suggestion!

Ooohhh... the coat's sourced on the market you say... most interesting indeed!

Aye. Just saw it laying there one day. Bought it virtually without thinking about it any further ;D

Where'd you find that vest? It is all sorts of awesome!

Thank you for the compliment ;D I, however, quite regret to inform you that I didn't find it - I designed it and my mother made it. May sound silly, but I can't help it - my mom is good at making costumes ;D

For dogtags, may I suggest using these :D

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I really like those, I really do! However, for me, they'd be too expensive. The costs of the items themselves are okay; I'd probably spend that much on raw materials if I'd do it myself. However, the shipping costs pretty much double the total costs for me; $30 for shipping...I doubt that if they'd be send through regular mail, it would be that much. I'd have to find a 'shipping partner' if I'd actually buy those :)

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« Reply #22 on: March 03, 2008, 06:46:16 am »
Hmmm - a suggestion for the dogtags - what about if you got rectangular tags lifke those engraved at a pet shop and then bought the fittings at a craft shop?  Those look like fairly standard keyring fittings to me...

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« Reply #23 on: March 03, 2008, 09:07:48 am »
Hmmm - a suggestion for the dogtags - what about if you got rectangular tags lifke those engraved at a pet shop and then bought the fittings at a craft shop?  Those look like fairly standard keyring fittings to me...

Now, there's a nice suggestions...I wouldn't have thought of that; glad you did ;) I think I shall visit the nearest petshop posthaste!

This thread is facinating - please post pictures when you're complete!

Only when I'm complete? Heh, madame, that shall take a good while...I'm afraid I won't be able to keep myself posting a picture every time I get or make a new item. If they're of particular complexity, such as a nice new raygun, I shall probably make a seperate thread in the apropiate forum, such as Tactile.

Glad to be fascinating - means I did not craft this thread for nothing :)


Now, as a sidenote unrelated to all of the above, I have had an ephaniy of sorts. I have a bit lying on my desk that may not end up in the raygun I will be building, as it may not fit with the rest of the bits I shall use for the raygun. I am, however, one hundred percent sure it would fit really well in a Steampunk-style plasmasword/lightsaber ;D
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« Reply #24 on: March 03, 2008, 10:15:16 am »
Thank you for the compliment ;D I, however, quite regret to inform you that I didn't find it - I designed it and my mother made it. May sound silly, but I can't help it - my mom is good at making costumes ;D

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Wow, most excellent work indeed, both on the design, as well as the crafting itself! Please do pass on my compliments to your mother. What is the vest made of, is that genuine leather or faux leather? Reclaimed or store bought? Do you have any close-ups of the fasteners and the lining (if any)?

Would you and your mom be interested in taking on a commission some day? I absolutely love the style, it is one of the best garments I've seen posted on BG yet. The whole traveler/adventurer look is just my thing, you see.. I think the style is great, but would go for some alterations myself.. Just let me know if you guys are interested! :D

Oohhhh, we could turn it into a Dutch steampunk meeting.. I'll be back home in a few months..

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