the first Steamfesta we jumped at the chance as Steampunk is something we have always wanted to give Steampunk a go.
Our 2 families went on a initial op-shop tour together to find items that would suit a Steampunk Costume for each family member wanting to participate. On that tour we found a couple of items but we still had a lot we needed so I spent my op-shopping over the next few weeks looking for items and over the course of a month I found E a vest, a lovely blue shirt for C and for myself a skirt, blouse, tank top to go under my blouse and a lovely black shawl.
For shoes C was ok as he had a pair that would suit but E and myself needed some suitable shoes so we went to Rivers during a big sale and scored boots that would suit our costumes for $17, that were comfortable and supportive.
E's serve a double purpose as they are perfect for the Ezra Bridger cosplay he is working on, it is always great when a item can serve multiple costumes as well as every day wear.
my Hat, safety googles to turn into Steampunk Goggles, cogs and gears on ebay as I didn't have enough, various trims for decorating the various projects we would be creating including my Handbag, supplies to try making Spats and last minute I would buy some Sunglasses to alter.
The boys also altered Nerf guns we had in our Nerf stash to enhance their costumes.
I just wish I wasn't slumping but pain levels were high which makes my propreconception much worse.
Here I am with my friend Ruth (I am the one wearing the shawl), isn't her costume amazing?
I am really happy with how the boys and my costumes turned out and my budget is happy too.
If you want to get into costuming but worry about the cost just remember Cosplay and Steampunk don't have to be expensive and depending on the requirements of a particular costume you may even be able to select some pieces that you can wear as everyday clothing.
So go check out those op-shops for items to start a costume with. It's a lot of fun and is a great family hobby.