As well as acquiring costume and corsetry, I’ve been making strange accessories that might work as steampunk – it’s my first foray into the genre, so I’m kind of playing it by ear. I’ve put together a hair comb and some earrings with a selection of the many thousands of beads that lurk in our house:
They’re sort of steampunk-ish … enough to get away with my first time out, at least.
But because I’m me, I’ve also wrangled some hand embroidery into my accessories.
Some months ago, I bought a Pilgrim locket with birds and flowers engraved on the front, but I hadn’t been able to work out what to put inside. The steampunk ball seemed like the perfect impetus to finish this locket off, so I figured I could stitch up some turn-of-the-century embroidery for it.
I spent a few hours trawling around the Antique Pattern Library, but came up empty handed. All the designs were too big – the locket is only an inch and a half long – so eventually, I decided to cross-stitch something freehand. The result:
Though I didn’t plan it that way, they ended up as images of technology surrounded by nature, which has a nice steampunk sensibility to it. I’m really pleased with how it’s turned out. Now all I need is an excuse to actually open the locket at the ball…oh well. I’ll know it’s there, at least.
Anyway, I think I’ve got it all together now:
accessories – check!
corset – check!
long skirts – check!
embroidered satchel – check!
lace shawl – check!
velvet sleeves- check!
leather gloves – check!
lace-up boots – check!
I’m actually really excited about the boots. For about a year, I’ve been looking for a pair of boots with functional laces (i.e. no zip! They lace up, why the hell do they need a zip?), and finally found a pair that weren’t doc martins or hooker boots. These look like Victorian governess boots; they’re beyond perfect. Wait, hang on – see?
Steampunk ball, here we come.