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Steampunk – Pinafores & Pinwheels

Posted on Apr 5, 2016 by in Season 4, Steampunk | 8 comments

I can’t believe CraftingCon is already on Season Four! It has been so fun seeing the enthusiasm everyone brings and the flat-out amazing clothing and projects that we’ve had so far – this season promises even more!
I love this month’s theme of Steampunk. I am currently obsessed with it since reading The Aeronaut’s Windlass (Jim Butcher is one of my all-time favorite authors) – I even ordered this book and am using it’s inspiration for my own “Weird West” look that I’ll be sharing next week 😉
We have a new CraftingCon friend kicking off this month – I adore Stephanie’s amazing look for her daughter! That zipper in the back is just perfection!!
Hey y’all! I’m Stephanie, and I blog over at Pinafores & Pinwheels when my life isn’t too crazy! I’m a homeschooling momma to three kiddos and am in the process of opening up a little shop, Eden & Ella, selling girl’s dresses…mainly to give myself an excuse to buy fabric!
I’m so excited to compete in Crafting Con, I’ve loved steampunk ever since my friend wrote a novel set in a steampunk world. For her book launch party I drafted and sewed myself a leather corset…that I wore…in person…around other people… I’m still in shock.
I love the combination of the hard leather aspects and the soft Victorian femininity that you find in steampunk style. It’s such a cool mixture of the future and past and always sparks my imagination. I wanted to make an outfit that wasn’t a costume, so I decided to do separates so my tween could flaunt some steampunk style in any situation.
Everyday Steampunk outfit by Pinafores and Pinwheels for CraftingCon Season Four
I started with a corset-like top made by modifying the Haven dress pattern by Violette Field Threads {LOVE their patterns!}. I added a ruffle and peplum to the pattern bodice,
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but I kept the back because it couldn’t be more perfect! I added a zipper detail and topstitiched everything {only broke one needle, huzzah!} to up the steampunk factor.
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For the skirt I wanted to reference a petticoat, but my 10 year old has declared herself too grown up to wear lots of ruffles…sniff…. so I made a circle skirt with various sizes of netting that I tacked up in a few places to give the layered petticoat look.
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I had to add a mini top hat! It is steampunk after all!
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My favorite aspect of my look is that she can wear it in different ways.
The top looks equally adorable with jeans and boots.
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The skirt looks super preppy paired with a tank and some sneakers…
and it twirls, which is still a must for my girl!
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I’m the worst decision maker ever, so you can find lots more pictures over at my blog. I’ll be back at Crafting Con in a few months to share some more geeky goodness! Thanks so much for having me!


    • Thank you!

  1. I know I am repeating myself, but I love your style!

    • Thank you!

  2. Wow, that is awesome. Is that real leather on the top? The ruffle and zipper details are so good. She looks great. And I really like the way you simulated ruffles with layers and fullness. Great job!

    • It’s faux leather, I can’t afford the real stuff 🙂

    • Thanks!

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