Minerva make – Steampunk

Making basic work and weekend gear is what I do. But what if I decide to add a few Steampunk elements into my basic work wear? How would true Steampunk look on someone of my height?

Take a simple poly cotton fabric for a shirt and a wool blend check for a skirt. Sounds ordinary. Vicky picked the buttons again. She’s a Wiz at choosing the notions.

And then used a basic front button blouse and a simple A line skirt. Still sounds run-of-the-mill. Maybe the exposed metal zipper at the back might be a bit ‘out there’.

I would agree. Except for the detailing.


Throw in some pin tucks, a few ruffles and some metal buckles and you have a few Steampunk pieces.

The technical notes for this Equestrian tail coat blouse is here.

I’ve never been to a historical or Cos play event. But I can probably sneak through now.
The technical notes for the skirt are here.

I like the idea of using the blouse with black jeans on the weekend.

And the skirt (Beige/Black Check Polyester/Wool Blend Suiting Designer) will look great in the office in the Winter.
Especially if I make a Equestrian-influenced wool jacket like this or this or this.
Seriously, the possibility of no longer being a wall flower are endless.

Thank you Minerva Crafts for these fabrics. They’re lovely to wear and easy to sew with. 

Clipped skirt

At the moment I’m trying to develop a couple of Steampunk pieces for a bit of variety. I keep collecting style prompts on my pinterest board.

Dawn specialises in Steampunk. She goes through lots of gear I’ve not considered before. I’ve been reading Dawn’s posts on military-inspired steampunkHer ‘clipped skirt’ image is what I thought was doable and wearable.

This skirt is a basic a-line skirt with a high waistline. When I looked closely at this image, I thought I could so a similar job with a few variations for my height.

Minerva Crafts UK has this fabric in stock (Beige/Black check polyester/wool blend suitingand it’s got the right feel and weight to it for this skirt style.


It didn’t take long to rough draft a high waistline to my basic a-line skirt pattern.

Below is the lining pattern and after I made up the lining in a woven fabric, I ended up taking out more width at the darts. I used the dart seams to sew the boning for a firmer waistline fit.

Initial skirt lining pieces

Below is a photo of the boning sewn onto the lining.

inside view

The metal zipper and back buckles are a cool feature. I would have liked to add more hardware onto this skirt but it would have looked too heavy on me.

Back view

Next up… the Equestrian tail coat blouse and then… the full steampunk reveal on Thursday.