One of today's Facebook memories was a digital sketch I did four years ago ... of myself in a Steampunk-ish costume. A Boer uniform with goggles, including a note that it needs a tool belt. So of course I decided to steal the image from myself so I can put it here as additional inspiration! I've already missed the event that convinced me to start this project, but hey. There will be more I want to attend.
I did a quick sketch of the closest to a "Steampunk" costume I can envision me putting together, and it doesn't look quick, easy, or practical. I'll have to think about it a bit more. But here's the sketch anyway.
So a friend and I are interested in going to an event titled "7th First Annual Time Traveller's Picnic" in Halifax on August 26th. While costumes aren't required, it would probably more fun. I haven't worn a costume in years, and it's been rare that I've even worn a Halloween costume. So I don't have one. Actually, I have a robe that I made as part of a wizard/evil priest type costume years ago, but it's not very good and would be way too hot for an August afternoon. Besides, it's technically a Steampunk event, though any costume would be welcome. So I'm going to try and create a costume in nine days on no budget! Let's see how I do.
Right now I'm doing a bit of research. There are a lot of people who just cut out cog-shaped things and stick them to something and declare it "Steampunk". Really, Steampunk is more of a psuedo-Victorian style with extraneous mechanical components, which would be implied to be steam-powered. So I could just go with some clothes that could pass for Victorian-era and be satisfied, but that's just an outfit, not a costume.
Keeping in mind that the more pieces my costume has, the harder it will be to complete in my deadline, as well as that I plan on wearing it outside walking around in August ... I should probably design the dream costume, then reduce it to its essentail parts and just go with them for now. I'm sure something will come up again for me to wear the updated costume for. For instance, the "Time-Traveller's Ball" that is held every New Year's Eve. If I actually buy a ticket and go this year....
Anyway, so I've decided to add a quick list of things that I want to include in the overall goal for the costume.
That's right, I put goggles on the list. Everything else (except arguably the pith helmet) is fairly standard Victorian-era garb and not really steampunk or time-travel suggesting. Well, except for the being slightly out of place in the here and now.