This is my finished First Mate steampunk garb. I created the sleeveless jacket using a vintage 1960's dress pattern that I modified. (I moved the opening to the front, took the sleeves out, added a collar, and added slits at the sides and back. I also used metal findings and chains as closures and accents. In the hem of each panel, I sewed in 4 glass marbles so the jacket would swing when I walk. I do like ball bearing better for that job but I was out. In addition to all that, I made the jacket reversible. I hope to use the flip side as steampunk circus garb.) The shirt was created from the same pattern as the white shirt in my profile photo but, again, modified. (I added a sheer metallic overlay and metal findings and scales at the points of each sleeve.) The red shirt is one I received as a gift. The velvet pants are hand-me-down (gotten from a friend who had no more use for them). The boots...I'm almost positive I bought them at Hot Topic and I added a chain onto each which I hung scales from. I wanted them to jingle when I walk but in a certain way. I was satisfied with the result, so I guess that's a win! I created all the medals and the patch out of woven and grosgrain ribbons, metal findings and charms of all sorts and brooch backings. The hat is from our time in the Society for Creative Anachronism. I also wore a red cape I made years ago, back when I was sewing strictly by hand, but I chose not to add it in the photo. I made the earrings I wore. I added a large Asian themed coin pendant onto a hoop for one ear. In the other ear, I created two dangling earrings of different lengths, using metal star charms, metal bead separators, and scales. The belt was my dad's and he wore it when he was a teenager back in the 60's. They used to make stuff that would last! I added my stainless steel orb on a black ball chain to the belt, as well as a chain with a gear on it to help hold the end of the belt up and keep it from flapping. I worked on this photo at least an hour and a half (since I started working on it during the second half of Batman and finished halfway through Star Trek). I'm still learning Gimp, still a beginner, but this is pretty close to what I was trying to achieve. I'm so pleased with all the results, both in the costume and the photo edit.
yay!!!!! so cool work!!!!
I'm tired of clicking 'edit' and I couldn't leave out the guest appearance of our cat 'Grey.' If I didn't mind cat hair or claws on my silk brocade that I can't replace, I'd have held her. I think it would've been super cool! I also have to thank JDKittlesPhotography for helping learn how to use the layer mask in Gimp. I'd have less hair if it wasn't for him.