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Steampunk sewing patterns: Fall 2008

(Cross-posted to sewingsteam and my personal journal.)

Hail and greetings once again!
Six months have passed since my last commercial sewing pattern round up. Below the cut are my top picks from the "Big Four" (Simplicity, Vogue, McCall’s, and Butterick) and can be found in any sewing shop or ordered online. As in my last post, I have purposefully stayed away from the costume sections of these companies and instead present items from the regular, ready-to-wear lines (with a few exceptions). I choose to highlight ordinary clothing patterns that can be easily made with a Steampunk bent, either through minor alterations or simply the choice of fabric. I will remind those playing along at home that there will be some repeats of things mentioned in the spring pattern post.
And again, there is very little here for men. The commercial pattern industry seems to turn a blind eye . . .



Tops and Waistcoats—
This is truly the season of the pretty blouse with the interesting sleeve. Here are just a few more examples: one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight. Many of these could be delightful peeping out from beneath a corset.

Jabot? Don’t mind if I do! (And this one, too!)

And you wanted waistcoats? You’ve got yourself some waistcoats!

Skirts and Trowsers—
Jodhpurs or breeches, call ‘em what you will, they still look amazing with tall boots.

Dresses—
Again, the season of the graceful sleeve!
There’s just something about this one that I adore, especially view C.
It’s an apron! It’s a dress! It’s perfect for the Mad Scientist in your life!

Jackets and Coats—
Ah, the bolero jacket! The perfect thing to keep your shoulders warm without hiding the beauty of your corset.
I mentioned this one before, but I think it’s so cute that I just have to mention it again.
For a more military-inspired look, try this, this, or this.

Suits and Ensembles—
This is a number of easy-sew pieces to build a wardrobe. This, too, is an entire closet in one envelope.



I hope this is helpful to everyone. If you should happen to sew up one of these patterns, please post some pictures!

Comments

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elessa
Sep. 3rd, 2008 08:15 pm (UTC)
thanks for the research into what is out there! saves me some time. ones i like are now noted and off to the fabric store i shall go.

sweet!
lizreay
Sep. 3rd, 2008 08:16 pm (UTC)
Burda is the company to go to for men's patterns. Unfortunately not a WHOLE lot of steam, but by far the most patterns for men.
oldhalloween
Sep. 3rd, 2008 08:40 pm (UTC)
I love the Marcy Tilton line of patterns for Vogue. Now, to wait for the 75% off sales. :0 )
malwae
Sep. 3rd, 2008 09:08 pm (UTC)
I've used Vogue 7733 and had good results - goes together nicely, and not too hard to alter for varying figure types.
elanor_two
Sep. 3rd, 2008 09:08 pm (UTC)
These look awesome--thanks for doing this compiling! This definitely goes into my pile of research. :)
_free_spirit
Sep. 3rd, 2008 09:21 pm (UTC)
*fires up sewing machine as directed* Er, perhaps I ought to purchase some of these first...

Thanks for posting this, I'd already found some of these in my online searches but many of them I hadn't.
musns
Sep. 3rd, 2008 10:47 pm (UTC)
Curses you - I just picked up B5232 - the bolero jacket one, more for reinforcing what I had in my mind.

I've hit the point where I sketch out drawings, take my measurements and start cutting (and sometimes that ends in QUITE the disaster). Most the time I'm borderline for patterns and they are never exactly what I want.

Course I only sew for costume purposes & making corsets.
geekgirrl
Sep. 3rd, 2008 10:59 pm (UTC)
Thanks for compiling all this! Lots of good ideas are running around in my head now.
deathslilsister
Sep. 3rd, 2008 11:58 pm (UTC)
I just got an email that Voguepatterns.com is having a $5.99 sale on Thursday...good time to snap up a few of these.
reality_twists
Sep. 4th, 2008 02:28 am (UTC)
Ooo much love.

On a personal note I LOATHE vogue patterns. the sizing is weird and wrong and evil.
chloeandrudy
Sep. 4th, 2008 02:58 am (UTC)
I've made the Simplicity vest 3690 http://simplicity.com/dv1_v4.cfm?design=3690 It's really easy & quick to sew, & very flattering too.
This is the vest I made, using a twill fabric. http://www.pbase.com/cinnamonhrts/image/101356667
cinsangel
Sep. 4th, 2008 03:32 am (UTC)
Thanks for the links! Now my mind is all a buzz.:)
aranel13
Sep. 4th, 2008 05:50 am (UTC)
Actually, most of these aren't new for this season, but from last season, which means grab them while you can before they replace them! I've used quite a few of these patterns already, but heavily modified and not at all steamy.

Note to self, do more steam this year.
amberlorien
Sep. 4th, 2008 02:01 pm (UTC)
I was at Joann's two days ago and picked up New Look's 6839 vest/waistcoat and NL 6564 bolero because they looked the easiest. The 6839 is a unisex package with a man's and woman's version of the vests. I guess anyone could wear either but the one has a definite "dainty" look (halter).

I'll have to add this to memories so I can find all those links later on.
lolasangel
Sep. 5th, 2008 04:34 am (UTC)
Thanks so much for posting those.
I'm sort of new to the steampunk fashion scene and trying to convert my wardrobe--sort of a combo of being fed up with the current fashions, my love of the past and a sheer love of sewing.

Can't wait to try one of these patterns out.
darkdaughter_l
Sep. 5th, 2008 10:09 am (UTC)
Thank you for the patterns. I'm wondering if you might be interested in posting this in the steampunk sewing community, steamy_stitches?
darkdaughter_l
Sep. 5th, 2008 10:19 am (UTC)
Oops! Wrong community! I meant sewingsteam, but now I see that you did, in fact, post it there.
heleneotroy
Sep. 5th, 2008 12:49 pm (UTC)
Hehehehe, no problem!
tygerr
Sep. 5th, 2008 01:42 pm (UTC)
And again, there is very little here for men. The commercial pattern industry seems to turn a blind eye . . .

*grumble* Tell me about it. :-/

But thank you for your efforts on our behalf, and I beg your indulgence for my grumpiness regarding the rest of the world.
kornleaf
Mar. 6th, 2009 10:10 pm (UTC)
i am looking for a men's jacket pattern.
shushonet
Apr. 28th, 2011 12:39 pm (UTC)
All of the links
are not available anymore :(
heleneotroy
Apr. 28th, 2011 12:44 pm (UTC)
Re: All of the links
Sorry about this, but this post was made in 2008.
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