Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Steam Ingenious

Steam Ingenious: A Penny Dreadful Review

Many Steampunks seek out tutorials for the construction of various garments and items. I have located a blog which features many tutorials of a useful nature. The blog is entitled Steam Ingenious.
The writer is a talented female who enjoys bustle skirts on a budget. As a lady crafter, most of her tutorials cover the subject of female dress (though there are a couple of useful how-tos for gentlemen as well). Through plenty of pictures and step-by-step instructions, she explains how to recover a parasol/umbrella, how to create a bustle skirt from thrift store curtains, and how to repair a worn corset. Being sized a bit more realistically than many patterns allow for, she also has a helpful tutorial on how to upsize a pattern. For the especially adventurous, she also has written how-tos on building corsets from scratch. Each project she outlines is something she has done herself, so the reader benefits from her mistakes and learning experiences as she warns crafters about what can go… adventurously.
She also offers helpful tips about Steampunk fashion in general, with plenty of photos to illustrate her points. Recently, since she lives in a warm part of the northern hemisphere, she made a series of posts regarding summer Steampunk suggestions (such as cotton, pith helmets, and open-toed shoes).
I give Steam Ingenious five gears out of five. This is quite a useful blog, especially for folks who are able to sew without stabbing their fingers with every other stitch.

Your Correspondent From The Aethernet,
Penny J. Merriweather

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