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Steampunk Aristocratic Bolero by taeliac Steampunk Aristocratic Bolero by taeliac
Well, a few days later than I had really wanted it to be up, here is my Steampunk Aristocratic Bolero Jacket.

This jacket, made to go with the Tailed Bodice, is another freak thing that turned out the first time, exactly as I had designed it! I was so happy, it's not even funny!

The jacket is made from a soft microfiber in a pretty golden taupe color - it's the same color that is in the golden parts of the bodice. It is fully lined in a kind of darker coral/lighter burgundy cotton poly fabric, that matches the tailed bodice fabric pretty closely. It's really hard to describe the color, but it's really pretty, and accents everything nicely! It was all more random fabric that was in my fabric stash, that I've been digging through~

The jacket does not close down the front, instead, it sits open on either side of your neck, and creates an incredibly flattering line along your bust (even if you have a smaller bust :D). It closes with a chain that runs between the two buttons - you simply slip the chain loop over the left button, and tighten it, to keep it closed. It could also be used to attach a small watch to the end of it, and it would look like you have a pocket watch tucked into your bodice.

In the back, it features traditional Victorian seaming for the shoulders - this is an accent I love to no end in real Victorian patterns and clothing, and a touch that is dreadfully & disappointingly lacking in Steampunk garb. This seam placement creates a smooth line over your shoulder when viewed from the front, much more elegant than a bulky lump there like most contemporary clothing, IMO.

Again, it all goes back to my previous comment of looking sloppy. And if there is one thing I will not allow in my Stempunk garb, it's looking sloppy!

That is so totally going to be my calling card, now...

All of my designs are meant to be for an upper-class Aristocratic look, although this is more casual than some other designs I've been working on. This is more of an out on the town, or traveling gear.

The sleeves on this are what does it, for me. There is one high poof, that kicks up with the fullness as well, so that it has that elegant point to it. It then sets into a more fitted mid sleeve, which finally ends off with a flared cuff at the bottom. This design shows the cuff with buttons (they are not functional, as I thought it might muss the fabric up, and the cuffs are so flared, there really isn't a need to unbutton them), but I could also do the cuffs with lacing, to mimic the bodice, if people would prefer that effect.

This jacket is fully lined, but in the future, only the body of the jacket, and the end of the cuffs, shall be lined - it created just too much bulk in that poofy of a sleeve having it all lined. The button details can be changed as you desire, these were just some random Steampunk-y buttons I find myself using for lots of things lately!

The first few of these for my dA friends will be done at a heavy discount, and I'll even accept payment plans on them. I'm not completely set on the final price for this at all, but the time and materials seem to lean to $165 for the jacket, plus shipping (it took so long to do, and so much fabric for such a small piece!). So, I'm thinking that for my DeviantArt buddies, I can manage these for $145 and free shipping. The pattern is custom drafted to your body measurements, as are most of my pieces. This is an original pattern, too, and a pain in the butt to make, but so worth it!

For any potential commissions, here is what you can specify to me:
:bulletblack: Color: you can be as specific as linking me to a picture that shows the correct green, for example, or you can say "I would like it in light green"
:bulletblack: Lining color: you can be specific about the lining color you'd prefer, or just leave it as "light or dark" or leave it completely up to my eye to find something pleasing that goes with your main fabric (especially if the fabric has an accent color)
:bulletblack: Extra details: this is if you would like something specific, like a lace trim around the top, faux corset lacing up the back, things like that. These will all cost extra, though, just an FYI.
:bulletblack: Cuff design: if you would prefer the cuffs to look like they button, or if you would prefer them to lace. Also, these cuffs come to points, but I could just as easily make them straight across if you would prefer, just let me know.

I cannot guarantee that I can find you an exact fabric, so please don't ask. For example, I cannot promise to find a silk in the exact color you want, or a velveteen with a pattern in it, stuffs like that. I will not be sending you samples, or even sample pictures, of the fabric - please trust me, and leave it up to my eye for high-quality fabrics and design to pick something out that you'll love! We'll discuss the type of fabric you may like, so I have a good idea of what to look for at.

And, as mentioned before, they're built to your exact measurements, so you'll need to be able to have someone help you to take those :D

Phew! Okay, that essay is over, too. Why do these take so long for me to write? I don't know, but I hope I covered everything. I wanna get working on a set like this for myself - pale, dusty blue with some gold accents for the bodice, and a darker, gray-ish brown faux suede for the jacket! :boogie:

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:icon2cutekitty:
2cutekitty Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2014  Student Writer
OMG! I want that!!! I just LOOOOVE aristocratic/steam punk clothing
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effulgentgirl Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Professional Photographer
You have been featured here: fav.me/d6qwwd2
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SugarBit Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It looks so elegant, amazing job!
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MonicaIshtar Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011
How pretty! it's really hard to come across femenine yet creative steampunk clothes, but you pull it off!
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AlyxNorelle22 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011
It is beautiful! I love the detail and the creativity put into this!
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CaptainSeawolf Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2011   General Artist
This is beautiful! Amazing work and what a beautiful outfit! Bravo!
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Akiko-Belle Featured By Owner May 15, 2011  Student
I'm just getting into sewing and steampunk and this is so cool! How did you get your start designing and creating outfits
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vamp-kitty-meow Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
I love the bodice!
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taeliac Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you very much!!
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vamp-kitty-meow Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
you're very welcome!
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Timestitcher Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2011
Lovely!
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livinanotherworld Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
beautiful!
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Anna--banana Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
i love this to bits and pieces!!!!!!!! It's beautiful <3 i love nineteenth century clothing styles :)
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IkilledMyElegance Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010
I want a jacket like that soooo badly <3
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Veyatie Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2010
I am about to sound like an idiot, but what exactly is steampunk? All I know is what I have seen her on DA and I like some of the designs, but what is the basis and reasoning behind it?

BTW taeliac : LOVE the work, everything looks great and albeit professonal!
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StudioDisarray Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2010  Student General Artist
Wow, gorgeous! I'd love to have something like that :). Maybe when I have money again. Wonderful job!
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strawberryshortcakes Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2010
wow, a tailed bodice! that is so beautiful! i love that fabric! how long have you been sewing?
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:icontaeliac:
taeliac Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
:giggle: Why thank you!! :love: I love the fabric, too - such an odd find!!

I've been sewing for about 9 years now, doing primarily costume work. I went to school for costume production for theatre, where they beat sewing into us to no end :giggle:
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strawberryshortcakes Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2010
haha, how lucky to have such an opportunity! i'm trying to learn from my mom, lol!
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DonnaHuntriss Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2010
This is really cool! Nice work!
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:icontaeliac:
taeliac Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Why thank you very much :love:
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MarikKanameLightZero Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2010
This is beautoufl!!!
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:icontaeliac:
taeliac Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Aww! :glomp: Thank you very much :love:
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Daughter-of-David811 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
WOW
That looks so awesome.
The two pieces go together really well, i really like it (however much that matters lol).
:thumbsup: :D
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:icontaeliac:
taeliac Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you very much!!

I hadn't planned on having the two together, but it just worked out so well - I must have been on a lucky streak with picking out fabrics that week :giggle:
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Daughter-of-David811 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
You are very welcome~!
:D
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mi2x Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2010  Student
it's beautiful!

i really love the color choice and detailing
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:icontaeliac:
taeliac Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you very much! I didn't think I'd like the colors of either piece, to be quite honest, but I'm really amazed at how different fabric can look when it's plunked on a table in a pile versus made into something :giggle:
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kiero Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful! The construction looks really great! :D
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taeliac Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Why thank you very much! :glomp:
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Pixy-Brand Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2010
Great use of a seaming technique that you just don't see anymore. The detail in the jacket is wonderful and I do love the line at the neck.

I do feel that the sleeves would show better with some mass in them. As it is, trying to get a real sense exactly how the seelve would drape on the body is a bit lost (so is the woes of dress forms!). More of a nit pick than a real critique.

The other piece I'm not totally sure on (and it really is a personal preference) is where the back of the jacket is cutting the body off. I almost feel its should be just a touch longer. Mind you I do like my crop jackets a bit longer in the back especially with the longer tailed bodice.

All in all though, beautiful piece. Makes me miss my steampunk days.
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taeliac Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
:giggle: I definitely hear you about the sleeves - I keep forgetting to steal a friend that this would fit into to actually show it on a person (although, oddly, the jacket does fit me just fine :giggle:) I can't wait to be able to order a dressform with detachable arms - it's one of those dreams of mine to have a set of them that I can do that with, just for pictures at least ;P

Ah, see, I'm the other way around - I prefer crop jackets a little bit shorter... I blame it on the fact that I have rather slumpy shoulders and a very short back waist length, and keeping it shorter keeps me more... balanced? I believe that is the word I'm searching for ;P But, I definitely see what you mean about lengths - I would definitely consider adjusting it for people with longer torso's to have a bit more coverage than otherwise!
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Pixy-Brand Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2010
It's a hard thing to what length works with crop jackets. I truely does depend on the body.

My mom has a dressform with arms... I keep trying to steal it from her so I know what you mean about wanting one.
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paranoiaprincess83 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2010  Professional General Artist
your work is amazing!!
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taeliac Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Aww :glomp: Thank you! :blush:
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paranoiaprincess83 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2010  Professional General Artist
you're welcome :)
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tiGGlet Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2010
This is an adorable outfit. I really like the bodice red and gold fabric pattern. good find! you're very talented. I know nothing about sewing, never tried, but i'm starting to feel inspired :D
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taeliac Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
:giggle: You should try it! If it helps, I hated it when my mother tried to get me to learn... basically my whole life, until it just clicked one day!

So, if you try sewing, decide you hate it, don't completely write it off - try something different (cosplay, a fantasy costume, something for a renfaire, a skirt or jacket for regular wear, plushies, accessories) every couple of years - you never know if it'll 'click' later on :giggle:

And, thank you so very much! :love:
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LadyMako Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2010
i will wear that lovely jacket right now !!! XD
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:icontaeliac:
taeliac Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
:giggle: I need to make one in my size now that the weather is nicer - I'd be wearing one now, too :giggle:
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LadyMako Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2010
^-^ aw i'm so jealous!!

i hope to see photos of yours when you have it done *^.^*
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Carlyndra Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2010  Student General Artist
I am loving this whole emseble so much, you have no idea!
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taeliac Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Why thank you very much :love: I'm happy it all looks good together - it was more of a "lets just see if this would even work" sort of thing :giggle:
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aelthwyn Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
I adore little jackets like this!! I keep telling myself I need to make some.....seeing yours is a good reminder. Looks very nicely done!! :D
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Gwaewiel Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2009  Student Writer
this is so pretty, really beautiful. not only the jacket, the whole dress and all. great work :)
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Marcusstratus Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
I like those sleeves :D
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SewLolita Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2009   General Artist
sorry to sound dumb, but what do you mean about a victorian shoulder seam? i've never heard of that before :)
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taeliac Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
It's where the shoulder seams are not on top of your shoulders, they're further down your back, so it creates a streamlined view from the front - there aren't any lumps or lines to distract from the shape of the garment. They're a little tricky to pattern if you don't hollow them out right, but well worth the effect - it's one of those things I"m sad has disappeared from contemporary clothing, because it makes such a huge impact, especially in men's clothing :)
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SewLolita Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2009   General Artist
*grins* yeah, but 'fitting at all' has disappeared from most modern gear, too :D
do you know anywhere online that teaches how it's drafted? i rather like the look :)
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MonochromeReflection Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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