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DIY Steampunk Fashion: Costume and Accessory Tutorials and Patterns

Updated on October 18, 2017

What is Steampunk?

Steampunk is a visual style based largely on the Victorian era. It takes a specualtive look at what might be if the past was set in the future. The term was coined in the 1980s, created to define a genre of novels and a small subculture growing around the idea.

For example, one common theme in Steampunk is the development of steam (rather than electicity) as our primary form of power. Other steampunk ideas include questions such as what would the computer look like if it were invented a century earlier?

Steampunk Fashion

Steampunk fashion draws largely in Victorian styles and asthetics.  However, unlike the stayed, demure Victorians, steampunk takes many liberties that would have gotten Victorian women banished to the bordellos like shirt skirts and open shoulders.  The style also includes many mechanical motifs, such as watch gears and other cogs.

As steampunk grows in popularity, more and more wonderful free patterns and tutorials are popping up all around the internet. These resources will help you assemble your own DIY steampunk costumes using easy techniques and basic, inexpensive materials.

Some examples of steampunk costume - photo by Lixx-Inobla/David Strand via Wikimedia Commons
Some examples of steampunk costume - photo by Lixx-Inobla/David Strand via Wikimedia Commons

DIY Steampunk Fashion Basics from Threadbanger

photo by Fenris-the-Red-Wolf at deviantArt
photo by Fenris-the-Red-Wolf at deviantArt

DIY Steampunk Goggles Tutorial

Aviation accessories are popular in steampunk garb, especially goggles. There are dozens of innovative ways to create your own goggles - this one uses mason jar rings in an ingenious design. Other DIY steampunk goggle designs use bottle caps, plumbing parts, deadbolt casings, or any other appropriately sized circular pieces.

DIY Steampunk Goggles Tutorial

DIY Steampunk Goggles from Threadbanger and BFX

Steampunk Goggles Masquerade Mask
Steampunk Goggles Masquerade Mask | Source

Steampunk Goggles Masquerade Mask

Looking for a different twist on steampunk goggles? Check out this masquerade-style mask-on-a-stick with steampunky goggle styling. Masked ball, anyone?

Steampunk Goggles Masquerade Mask Tutorial

photo by Rhonda Rowley
photo by Rhonda Rowley

Ruffled Spats Free Crochet Pattern

Spats are fabric cuffs that go over boots, an item common in Victorian-inspired steampunk fashion. This free crochet pattern could also be adjusted to create other items; shorten the pattern to create wrist cuffs with ruffles, or lengthen the pattern to create an Elizabethan-looking collar.

Ruffled Spats Free Crochet Pattern

How to Make Spats from Threadbanger

Steampunk-Style Bobby Pins Tutorial


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      Joe Bricky 

      9 years ago from Northern Nevada

      I recently learned about this. Nice article. Up and awesome.

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      Steve Andrews 

      9 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Voted up for this awesome hub about Steampunk which I love and have also shared this on my Facebook wall!

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      9 years ago from Australia

      An interesting hub on steampunk. I love any movie which has a steampunk theme LXG, Van Helsing even Fringe has an element of steampunk in it. I think the more Gothic Vampire Genre is well worn and tired. The great thing about steampunk I think is its based more on history and is much more individualized, the artwork, clothes and jewellery are very stylish and often make appearances in the most glamorous fashion shows.

      Loved your hub!

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      9 years ago

      Great hub, I really love steampunk.

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      9 years ago

      Well done! I love steampunk and they stylised motif it entails! Voted up and moer

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      Samantha Hanly 

      9 years ago from Vermont

      Nice hub. I have always wanted to steampunk my laptop and carrying case, but haven't figured out how to do it and keep the laptop both functional *and* portable.


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