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Steampunk Women's Tail Coat by taeliac Steampunk Women's Tail Coat by taeliac
So this piece is actually another attempt at a design I did a while ago, for my personal jacket. This is a women's tail coat, but heavily stylized.

The jacket itself is made from a heavier poly-something-or-other fabric that is surprisingly soft for being drapery fabric. It is all black, but there are stripes woven into it, where one is matte, and the other a shiny, dashed line. I figured it would be very Victorian mourning garb-like, and add a little something to make the jacket look a little more severe (which I personally like, it's one of those weird fascinations on why I like Victorian clothing sometimes~) The whole thing is lined in white faux-silk (shantung), and as usual, no top stitching is visible either on the inside or the outside, because I'm utterly insane like that (or, rather, I just like clean lines!)

The jacket is cut to have a keyhole-type opening in the front. It is all one piece, however, even though it looks like a crop and a corset. There is no boning in this, but the front bottom part is reinforced to keep it laying smoother. The top closes with snaps, hidden underneath the cameo button (you have no idea how difficult it is finding cameos at stores for some odd reason! This was a 2-hour hunt last night :O). The lower part of the jacket closes with little faux pearl buttons through buttonholes.

My personal favorite accent on this whole piece is the fact that the back of the jacket not only chevrons downward (the lines make a "V" shape down the back seam, achieved by cutting the pieces differently), but by happy accident the angle that the back lines go at line it up perfectly with the stripes that go over the shoulder, onto the front (it totally wasn't planned, but I bet I'll have a hell of a time doing it again!).

The shoulder seams, again, are the dropped lines of the Victorian era. In the back, there are two pleats that are sewn up through the waist, but left to release, instead of forming darts, so that you have a wide range of movement in your arms - if they were just continued up, you wouldn't be able to do much with your body, or risk popping the seams ;P

The tails, again, I can't help it! I love tails on things (anything, can't you tell?) I've finally gotten the hang of patterning them onto anything, I think! And, this time, I got the hang of mutton sleeves that aren't too full and huge, but aren't too small and wimpy, either - finally got it just right! The darts in the sleeves (you can't see them, but they're there) help to give it the elbow bend. They're finished off with some very wide cream lace at the bottom.

The shirt was just something I could find to throw on with the jacket, sorry it's a little weird (and causing the stupid front to pucker at the buttons - it doesn't do that without the shirt on underneath... I guess that's what I get for wedging a size 18 shirt under a size 6 bodice :O). It's not exactly what I was looking for, but I couldn't find anything else that looked decent (considering it's one of my shirts, pinned up to fit under a size 6 jacket... yeah...).

Severe? Yes. Victorian? Yes. Do I like it? Yes!

If you would like to commission one, these are definitely up for grabs, and no, they don't have to be in such severe colors (although, if you like, I can do the same stripe effect with brown, green, gold, etc... they make that fabric in a lot of different colors!)

These are going to be in my Etsy shoppe for around $300 once I get a chance to do a major update (they take a good 15 hours to make, if I can avoid screwing up on them, and that's just the sewing part!), but if you're interested in one, I'll be doing my standard first commission or two off of dA at a discount! Note me if you're interested!

The patterns are made by hand by myself, not working off of a commercial pattern or anything like that. They're also made to your measurements. The pattern was designed by myself, developed by myself, and the garments are sewn by myself.

I think I only have a few more designs to get finished up and posted soon, and then it'll be back to sewing for other people XP I hope you guys have liked these so far, though!

2009 Taeliac Studio - BeAnime.com - Taeliac.Etsy.com
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blacktick Featured By Owner May 19, 2014
i love this! do you have a pattern for this??
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II-edison-II Featured By Owner May 19, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love this :D
Its Victorian yet with a hint of Steampunk ^^ 
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Shiiganah Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I am absolutely IN LOVE with this coat! I've been looking for a coat like this for ages, to the point where I designed my own (haven't made it yet). I like this one even better! ^^ The tails rest so nicely
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Billini Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Hi, I just wanted to let you know that I used your picture as reference for something I am currently working on: [link]
I hope that's fine ^^
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Maiki-n-Slash Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013
That outfit is...AMAZING. :heart: :heart: :heart:
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taeliac Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Why thank you!! I'm so glad you think so! It might wind up being in my graduate portfolio, or I might actually start making them - sometimes, I just think I'm the only one who likes my designs ^^;
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Sephyra7 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013
I tried to view your Etsy page for this but I could not find one...
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taeliac Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Sorry!! I had to close it down for the time being - I moved with my husband to Japan for a year and a half, and don't have access to much of my sewing stuffs, unfortunately :(

I will be home in the summer for a few months, however, if you really want me to custom make this or something similar for you! Then I'll have all my tools o' the trade available :giggle:
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Sephyra7 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013
Aww, you are in Japan? Sooooo lucky! Hopefully I will have money by then for one of your lovely custom pieces!
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taeliac Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
I am :3 My husband is teaching here, and I'm along for the ride, I guess ;P

:glomp: I'm just glad you like it enough to even comment - that makes me feel so amazingly good, thank you!! :love:
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Sephyra7 Featured By Owner May 18, 2013
You are very welcome! I like to comment on my favorite pieces!
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TinaCaper Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
wowwwwww
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SukiMitchell Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
you make me want to learn how to sew....lol. This is awesome!
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MorbidCloud Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It is amazingly clean cut and well finished. Well Done!
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PsychoticPhey Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012
Thank you sooo much for this-that tailcoat has helped so much with my own steampunk desing.
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Studiohq Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011
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Shmekana Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Do you know what style that skirt is?
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latilen Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
gosh i would kill to get someone to make something so gorgeus for me xD, good work ;]]
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FullyHuman Featured By Owner May 7, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Absolutely awe-inspiring. The lines are beautiful. And the tails... :excited: Love them! You are incredibly talented.
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euzkaldun Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2011
OMG, I love it! So beautiful!
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BlackSheep6 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
it's so cool :)
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taeliac Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you!
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Gh0st-Chan Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You are a true inspiration ^-^ I love all your designs!!
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taeliac Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Aww :blush: thank you!
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Harlequin-Quail Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This is beautiful, I absolutely love it :)
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MonkeysUndles Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2011  Student Writer
...woah.

Did you base these off of other patterns, or did you come up with the whole thing yourself? THe reason I'm asking is because I am trying to make a steampunk ensamble for the prom at my school and I was treasure hunting for patterns.
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taeliac Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Hehe, actually, this was all a custom made pattern - I started by draping it on a form, and then repatterning it to make it look a bit "cleaner" ^^; I usually don't use commercial patterns any more (my husband would kill me - "you spent how much on a degree in costuming and you still use commercial patterns?!" would be the general comment lol) but I could definitely help you find some really great ones that you could use for a prom outfit!
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MonkeysUndles Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2011  Student Writer
*laugh*
I thought so, but I couldn’t help but ask. You are very talented.

Ah man, that would be awesome. Though I am, as it stands now, about 2/3rds through, I'm always looking for patterns. You don't have to go out of your way, everybody’s busy, but if you catch something out of the corner of your eye, that would be great!!!!
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jaxon-riddle Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2010
everything about this is cool. the space in the front, the corset-like middle, and of course, nothing beats a woman in tails. excellent piece.
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ninjagoddess3 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2010
I love the high colored victorian coats with the long fluffy backs always been a favorite. this ofcourse isnt quite that but it is veary beautiful
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Seraphine-Harmonium Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010   Artisan Crafter
Love.
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silver-eyes-blue Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
This must be my favorite piece in your gallery, mainly because it is something I would so totally wear. XD
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The-White-Sparrow Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2010
^_^ I'm going steampunk as well, but given my current materials (or lack there of) I am one a low-key scale. One I have a sewing centre up and opporational, my wacky costume ideas and sewing skills will be an unstoppable force of nature that will overgrow the bounds nature so willingly slapped me with and I, too, will have some work to show for my expertise.

Despite some nay-sayers who believe I am a fine artist, my true passion is character design, not character acting. I am no good at drawing characters in action, only their intricate clothing, their eyes, and any sort of wacky or calm hairdo I can think of.

This is just beautiful. Once I begin my sewing I will soon have something like this hopefully!
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alienXsama Featured By Owner May 2, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
really amazing, I'm writing a book right now, would you mind me describing this outfit for one of my characters?
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taeliac Featured By Owner May 4, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Not at all! That is awesome - I greatly envy anyone who can write, you have my respect to no end!!

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alienXsama Featured By Owner May 4, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
thank you so much! I'm glad I'm able to use it! it's really awesome so I'll make sure to describe it right!
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medieval-vampire121 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2010
my gf would kill for this outfit...lol
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luxferre88 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2010
LOVE this!
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crazyhypermegadoodle Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2010
so cool!
I just looove steampunk! :D
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AkiNoWaza Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
I ould so love to wear something like this! ><
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misterquark Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2010
:love: This is wonderful! The steampunk style really works. I want a casual frock coat so much...:(
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sunshishi Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so awesome. You must be really patient with yourself. If something is going wrong with my sewings I just get mad and throw it into a dark corner... where I like to forget about it.
With all those details to this jacket... well, I'm speachless. This must have lasted for months. I'm glad this turned out so gorgeous and I wish you all the best with another try for your own jacket :hug:
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taeliac Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Aww :blush: Thank you!

I usually do the same thing, but this time, I couldn't bear to just toss it in a corner (I should dig out some of the stuff that's been rotting there for years and post it for a good lol, come to think of it!)

This actually didn't take too long to do, maybe 3 days on and off? But, I'm kind of used to having to do things like this after taking a tailoring class that was nearly the breakup of me + sewing :giggle:

Thank you so incredibly much :glomp:
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Stichflamme Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow, very nice ;D
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taeliac Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Hehe, thank you very much! I'm still rather proud of this outfit, just because it is so fun to wear (now, the trick: making one in my size ;P)

Thank you! :glomp:
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Stichflamme Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
hehe, i have some ideas, but i'm no good at sewing and textile costs a lot... :D
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Safiriel Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
wonderful design ~3
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taeliac Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you very much :love:
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Safiriel Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
love your work cause you are sooo talented ~3
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