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Steampunking a leather coat. Any ideas?

Dear ladies and gentlemen, automatons and creatures from another galaxy.

So, after playing some Fallout: New Vegas and planning some gear for a steampunk larp I dug up an old leather coat I had to make it more steampunk. I've added the shoulder flaps and I'm planning to add straps to the back so I can tighten it (it's a bit to wide for me). I'm also planning on adding a pocket or two to the left side of the chest area. The buttons will be replaced with something more appropriate.

I'm also thinking of adding a shooting pad to the right side to give more of a hunter/military look. Does this wonderful community have any other suggestion on how to give it a proper look? I won't be adding any large pieces of metal to it (since I don't want to hurt myself if I roll around or fall in it while larping) but I have lots of spare leather and a pile of rivets.

Here's how it looks at the moment (picture after the cut):



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Oct. 12th, 2013 01:50 pm (UTC)
How about a bandolier to wear over the coat? There are some interesting ideas if you search "steampunk bandolier." Is your character a monster hunter/fighter type? Or more of a mechanic or engineer (think funky tools)?

Edited at 2013-10-18 09:58 am (UTC)
Oct. 12th, 2013 06:04 pm (UTC)
Check out Viggo Mortensen's Everett Hitch costumes- note the leather shoulder patch riveted to his right coat shoulder.

Oct. 12th, 2013 07:56 pm (UTC)
And various things besides insignia which could be slipped onto the shoulder straps.
Oct. 13th, 2013 07:51 am (UTC)
I transformed a horrible yucky coat with the judicious use of buttons and some velvet like upholstery fabric...the coat was quite different but the idea is transferable...if you send me your email I can send you some pics I forget how to post pics in comments..
Oct. 13th, 2013 02:05 pm (UTC)
use responder ideas
Equipment loops. But you must field test to ensure you don't get all hung up on the underbrush!
Reference some EMS/fire/rescue equip for inspirations re: "tactical utility belt" etc etc. If it's zombies, you'll probably want some infection control gloves, splatter mask, etc. etc.
Oct. 13th, 2013 06:12 pm (UTC)
If you're OK with making more drastic alterations to it, you might want to consider cutting it shorter in the front and then curving the hemline down toward the back, so it's more like a tail coat. And maybe tailoring it in a bit so it's more form-fitting - this coat looks like it's designed to fit fairly loosely, but Victorian clothing tended to follow the lines of the wearer's body more precisely (since it was usually tailored for the individual, rather than mass-produced).
Oct. 19th, 2013 01:56 pm (UTC)
@lironess: PM sent.

@misslynx. I've been toying with the idea to make the front corners buttonable, like in this picture:

Form-fitting it would probably be quite difficult due to the design. I will however add a belt or some straps to the back to tighten it a bit.
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