I either hand-sewed or depended on my MIL for the sewing work required.
However, I found that I wanted to do more, and depending on someone else was not going to work, so I pulled out the sewing machine that was a birthday present 10 years ago, and actually used it for the first time.
I found a Damsel in Distress corset secondhand through the FB Steampunk Fashion group, and went from there. I'm very happy with the results, although I'm still figuring out a persona to guide the accessorizing.
The brown skirt is a thrifted, altered prom dress. Yellow blouse is thrifted. Bustle and apron made from a thrifted shower curtain using Simplicity Pattern #1819. Ebay jacket - vintage 80s Wilson's leather . Corset from Damsel in this Dress. Sleeves in last picture made from scraps of the shower curtain and thrifted sheer material.