Getting Started With Steampunk: Fast, Cheap, or Good, Pick Two
Fast and Cheap
So you want to get into Steampunk but you’re strapped for both time and cash. Honestly, fast and cheap is what I have to go for as I am often busy as all hell. Last week we covered Goodwill and High end thrift stores. All of these options are good for those who may just not have the time to create an outfit from scratch (though creating from scratch is highly encouraged and will be covered in a few more segments) . However, do not doubt the power of some very quick mods that will really make the outfit identifiable as steampunk.
Some fast and cheap modfications include things such as; -Adding lace to a pair of cargo pants
-get about a yard(I’m about a US womens 14 pant size, so change amount of fabric respective to your own dimensions) of remnant fabric to make bloomers (there are plenty of tutorials online)
-Replace those bland plastic buttons with metal ones
-Bustle up the front of long or medium length skirts
-Tea dye clothing (though the victorians did love their bright colors so decide which color scheme works best for you)
-add buckles, chains, and grommets to add some punk to more historically accurate clothing
-use fabric paint to add some common steampunk motifs such as gears, clocks, and dirigibles
-decorative victorian patterns such as damasks can add a victorian feel to a more modern piece.
-modify the way the garmet is worn, such as using cravat or a pin to change the average collared shirt.
-You can even modify clothing to fit better (in the above photo that vest obviously does not fit the slight frame of our dear Sir Alexander so we modded the vest to fit him)