Okay, here's another how-I-did-it piece on quick and dirty steampunk costuming.
Because sometimes, you want it fast and you want it to be easy.
Hmm ... hrm ... ahem.
So, I wanted a vest I could throw on with a skirt and blouse to jazz it up a bit. Again, this was part of a 2-week costuming bender I went on right before a Con. So I hit the thrift stores, and came up with this:
What I really liked about this black heavy-weight cotton vest was its fit - very snug, and very firm fabric, so it provided good support and close to corset-like shaping. However, it definitely needed some quick jazzing-up. Using a scrap of black leather the sewing machine could handle, and a silver clip, I made a keyfob which I stitched directly to the vest.
I had some silverish wind-up and skeleton keys, so I added them to the built-in keyfob. I added a silver pocketwatch.
I have now removed the medal and the kiltpin chatelaine, and have replaced them with an ornament I made with a silver kiltpin and a teapot charm.
Not sure where this will go from here, but I don't want to give up on the vest.
Anyone have suggestions for tricking this simple and very convenient vest into a more steampunk realm? Or is it sufficient as it is?