I was going for a cyberpunk look. The character I imagined was a courier in a world where RSA encryption had been broken and no one had gotten quantum computing to work. My character is supposed to be part of a secure, mafia-like courier service that gets your messages to their destination without compromise.
One of my friends, after hearing this explanation, asked me, "But why are you wearing a neo-Victorian outfit?"
I replied, "Because it's the future!"
I used free online tutorials to make the underbust corset, bustle skirt, and get the inspiration for the keyboard guts accent. I did the top by using part of a dress pattern I already had lying around. Fair warning, the last seam of the bustle skirt was too thick for my sewing machine. After I broke a needle on it, I had to do it by hand and use a thimble to force the needle through.
(LEDs in my hair)
Better shot of the bustle back.
fighting my pirate roommate