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Steampunk Explorer

Ye olde steampunk explorer doth wander the world with a magnifying glass to inspect the fine stitching. Ye jacket has 6 compass needles to show him the way, and one doth retain warmth and visibility under an a fine peaked cap.

Steampunk Jacket

Pattern: Ottobre 04/2012, 120cm (I sized up so its ready for our winter)

Fabric: Suede from an old skirt

Ease: Medium – The instructions are great and lead you through the tricky bits

Tidbits: I really wanted to make this a steampunk themed jacket, so I played with ideas for the closure until I came up with this design inspired by this wonderful pair:

I extended the front and facings across a little and instead of the zip closure I used magnetic snaps. The flaps were sewn into the front seam and sleeve seams. I used a stiffer interfacing than usual and rolled the seams under a little when top stitching which gave it a nicer roll than I have been getting on previous makes.

Lessons: As the jacket is unlined I used french seams on all the major seams and it was way easier than expected and looks super neat on the inside.

Aviator Cap

Pattern: Cucito 01/2014

Fabric: Suede from old skirt, fluffy knit from an old blanket

Ease: Easy

Tidbits: Oooooh, I love how this turned out! I used very sturdy bag interfacing for the brim and it totally made it.

Explorer Shorts

Pattern: Oliver + S Sailboat Shorts

Fabric: Repurposed Wool blend.

Ease: Easy

Tidbits: I am finding the back rise on these is too short. He is also getting used to having pockets on his pants, so perhaps not our favourite pants pattern at the moment. The Leg warmers were also my old socks! Go go upcycle.

Kidlet Rating – 5/5 – It is super hot here today and he wont take it off!
thisismoonlight Steampunk

Lion Jacket and Paw Pants


Lion Jacket

Pattern:  Oliver + S School Days Jacket, Size 5

Fabric:  Wool Cashmere from Rathdowne Fabrics + Quilting Cotton from GJ’s

Notions: Toggles from Skullbuttonery

Ease:  Mid Range, took some time

Tidbits: The instructions were exceptional at talking you through lots of steps.

Oppsies:  I took my time with this and unpicked anything I didn’t like. The only thing I would change is to add more length to the sleeves and jacket, there is plenty of ease width wise. I have the vest cut out should it be needed for warmth but haven’t found the need yet!

Paw Pants

Pattern:  Self drafted, sized from pants that fit well

Fabric:  Dad’s old jeans

Ease:  Simple

Tidbits:  I need to add more to the butt seam in this pattern.

 Kidlet Rating: 5 stars!  He loves both and heaps of comments from strangers on the shorts