Steampunk is an imaginative fashion trend that has grown in popularity over the past few years. If you’re looking to incorporate this popular subculture into your wardrobe, then read on for our handy how-to guide. Steampunk is a genre that combines old-fashioned technology with Victorian aesthetics. As such, it’s the perfect look for fans of science fiction and fantasy who enjoy retro fashions. You don’t have to be a skilled DIYer or have access to a workshop to make your outfit appear steampunkish. All you need are some basic sewing skills, some old clothes, and a little imagination. Here we’ll show you everything from identifying what makes an item steampunk friendly up through making your own top hat…
What is Steampunk?
Steampunk is a genre that uses Victorian aesthetics and technology to create a subculture that covers different aspects of science fiction and fantasy. Steampunk is a fashion trend often associated of heavy fabrics and accessories, with time-consuming construction techniques.
Steampunk fashion includes piece like top hats, corsets, goggles, and other pieces that are based on historical style. The styles of the past have been mixed with modern materials and techniques.
Characteristics of a Steampunk Outfit
If you’re wondering what makes a steampunk outfit, then you should start with some characteristics. First and foremost, the fabric used in many steampunk outfits has to be a mix of old-fashioned fabrics like cottons or linen. Some examples are wool, silk, or leather. Another key characteristic is the use of gears and other mechanical elements. Of course, there’s also the need for a top hat as every true steampunk must have one in their wardrobe.
Finding and Using Steampunk Supplies
If you’ve never made a project before, finding the supplies for your steampunk outfit can be a bit daunting. Thankfully, this is an easy process if you have access to eBay or Amazon. You will need old clothes that are in good condition, a glue gun, and some lace.
Now let’s get down to the nitty-gritty: what makes something steampunk? Well, it’s all about the details. No matter what your outfit looks like, there are certain things that can make it look steampunk. If you have a top hat (or other accessory), goggles/glasses/eyeglasses, or anything with a clock on it, then you’re in the clear. You should also think about adding bolts or screws to your outfitfor example, by putting them on your belt buckle or shoes. Anything that looks like metal or has gears already is great for this purpose as well.
Making a Top Hat
1. Find an old shirt that fits well.
2. Cut it up into a top hat shape and pin it together to form the crown.
3. Sew ribbons on the ends of the hat to make them look more authentic.
4. Add some embellishments like jewels or feathers in appropriate places for aesthetic reasons.
5. Watch yourself in a mirror to see how you look!
Wrapping an Umbrella or Fan
The key to successfully steampunking an item is in the details. You want to focus on small items that you can use to create a bigger effect. One of the easiest ways to do this is by adding a second layer of fabric or trim to an otherwise plain object. For example, if you have a plain gray umbrella, wrap some fabric around it and tuck it into the handle so that it’s now two-toned. This adds a touch of old-fashioned flair to any outfit, even if your umbrella doesn’t exactly look like something from the Victorian era.
Alternatively, you could add some accessories such as goggles or goggles frames as well as some dangling wires. If you’re feeling ambitious, you can use a fan for your accessory because they’re perfect for wrapping with fabric and tying up with ribbons for extra detail…
So you want to “Steampunk” a top hat?
Great idea! There are a few key steps that you need to take before you start.
First, you’ll need to understand what Steampunk is before you can create your own.
Next, you’ll need to decide on what materials and supplies you’ll need before you start crafting.
Then, you’ll need to settle on a design and start crafting.
And finally, you can complete the final touches and wrap up your project by adding a bow or ribbon.