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biohazard
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Is there anywhere in the Ottawa-ish region that sells steampunk-ish clothing that is not ridiculously overpriced?

The only thing I have found was the Lip Service stuff in Rideau's Trivium, and they are double what I can get them for online, and also not the greatest in terms of shape.


I know that I can find individual items that will work at all sorts of stores, I just wanted to be able to browse and not have to be on some sort of treasure hunt to find okay clothing.



Oh, and I know pattern making, somewhat, so I can make my own corsets (again, somewhat) so it is more the skirts and blouses I am looking for.

September 18, 2010 at 7:40 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Lee A. Farruga
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There are a lot of individual shirt, jacket and skirt styles coming out for the fall season that would work.  longer (and funky shorter) skirts and Victorian style shirts and jackets are available just about anywhere right now.  If you know some basic sewing, it would be easy then for you to do modifications or additions to anything you buy.  If you want to modify something you will be purchasing, go to the less expensive stores first to look for items you can work with.  Of course, your least expensive option is still a second hand store, but not if you don't want to spend time hunting.

Of course you can buy the basic pieces and not modify them, simply add other accessories to your wardrobe that are easy to find or make.

Good luck.

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Canadian Queen of Steampunk. Founder of Steampunk Canada.

September 19, 2010 at 8:14 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Minerva Li
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We're based in Regina, SK so I'm not sure if we're local for you, but we're bringing in more steampunk themed items soon in our shop soon - http://www.TheRenfieldTradingCompany.com and we'll also be bringing in supplies such as patterns, costuming/sewing supplies and trinkets and such for making your own steampunk goods in our "Olde World" shoppe - http://www.etsy.com/shop/TheEmpressTradingCo. ; (Right now it's just carrying our re-enactor goods but we're broadening all of that as our new stock arrives)


If there's something in particular that you're after feel free to email us, we can probably either make it for you, or bring it in.


 - M

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The Renfield Trading Company - Serving the Undead Since 2010.  http://www.TheRenfieldTradingCompany.com


http://www.GothicBeauty.com

http://www.DressUpandDuel.com

September 19, 2010 at 2:00 PM Flag Quote & Reply

biohazard
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Well I posted this in the Steampunk Ottawa section, so no, Saskatchewan is not even remotely local :P

September 19, 2010 at 8:33 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Minerva Li
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Ah well forgive me, "Local" is a rather arbitrary wordsometimes.  For me "Local" means Canada or sometimesN.A.  I've had to order a lot of stuff from overseas in the pastbecause where I am right now, there isn't exactly a lot of selectioneither.  I simply thought just being able to offer somethings"in country" might have been useful.  I apologizesince I was obviously grossly mistaken.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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The Renfield Trading Company - Serving the Undead Since 2010.  http://www.TheRenfieldTradingCompany.com


http://www.GothicBeauty.com

http://www.DressUpandDuel.com

September 19, 2010 at 9:43 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Raiffe
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Everything these days is as local as your local post office... after all, specialty costumes usually aren't found in Walmarts and convenience stores!   ;)

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"I know it's crooked, but it's the only game in town."

 -- 'Canada Bill' Jones, legendary nineteenth-century Three-card Monte dealer commenting on a rigged faro game.

September 20, 2010 at 12:40 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Raiffe
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And Minerva -- thank you for the information, I'll pass it on to a few friends who are thinking about buying some garb.

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"I know it's crooked, but it's the only game in town."

 -- 'Canada Bill' Jones, legendary nineteenth-century Three-card Monte dealer commenting on a rigged faro game.

September 20, 2010 at 12:42 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Minerva Li
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Awesome Raiffe, thanks :)  If they're interested in making their own stuff I'm also thinking of posting a series of tutorials and how to's on various costuming and garbing techniques.  It helps solve the "nothing local" problem I find.

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The Renfield Trading Company - Serving the Undead Since 2010.  http://www.TheRenfieldTradingCompany.com


http://www.GothicBeauty.com

http://www.DressUpandDuel.com

September 20, 2010 at 6:27 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Isabel
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Answering the original post by biohazard........finding clothing in style and fit always requires a treasure hunt no matter what parameters you set on the items be it plain white soxs or a brown derby.  I'd suggest since you sew that you check out Folklore patterns [on line and find a local dealer] and just head over to your nearest fabric store. Personally local to me is the mail box at the end of my drive. I live out side a rural village and going anywhere is $20 gas so bring on the on line traders.

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September 23, 2010 at 1:16 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Isabel
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Link for patterns in my previous post.

http://www.folkwear.com/

Also for easy and free patterns check out the Dominion Dispatch our newsletter.

 

 

 

 

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September 23, 2010 at 1:25 PM Flag Quote & Reply

biohazard
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Yeah but mostly my problem is that I am hard to fit, so online shops don't really cut it, unless there is a brick+mortar shop nearby I can try on for size, then buy it for cheaper online. Otherwise I just can't do it. Not to mention some things look great online and then they show up and are nothing like what you wanted or thought you were getting.


Renfield Trading Company doesn't really fit my idea of stemapunk. It looks a lot more Cyberpunk/goth to me.


@Raiffe: I am actually in Ottawa. It is a city of nearly a million, and I would have hoped there would be more than one "alternative" store here (or two, if you count it's second branch 10 minutes away which carries the exact same items). There are probably a dozen in Vancouver where I used to live, which is listed at a population of under 600 thousand. I didn't mean walmart obviously, I meant niche market stores, which are in abundance in most other major cities in Canada.



And that Folkwear site is pretty pricey, I can get similar patterns on sale for $5 or less at a fabric store and then not have to pay to ship, nor to wait up to a month for it to get to me.



I guess this really isn't the type of site to look for affordable things, which is a shame. It is pretty unfair how elitist this style can be.

I cannot even find a basic undershirt in the right style for less than 40$, which is how much it costs to feed my boyfriend and I for a week.

September 23, 2010 at 8:32 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Raiffe
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I wouldn't give up on StP just yet. Most of the garb we wear is all or at least in part from thrift shops like Value Village or the Salvation Army. Although if you have a specific item or look in mind piecing it together will really be a matter of luck and perseverance while you check out as many shops as you can in your local area.

Google 'Gibson Girl' -- that look is extremely easy to put together with a nice while blouse and skirt. Men = plain suit vest and pants with a plain white or cream dress shirt and plain tie. Also, Remember that denim jeans were worn in the 19th century. With a little research you can find a look that is extremely cheap to put together!

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"I know it's crooked, but it's the only game in town."

 -- 'Canada Bill' Jones, legendary nineteenth-century Three-card Monte dealer commenting on a rigged faro game.

September 23, 2010 at 8:47 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Minerva Li
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To be fair, this is a style that is largely supplied to by people who are hand making the clothes and accessories.  It's not a matter of being "Elitest', it's a matter of people getting paid for the work they put into their creations.  Handmade is always (And it should be) more expensive than man made. 

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The Renfield Trading Company - Serving the Undead Since 2010.  http://www.TheRenfieldTradingCompany.com


http://www.GothicBeauty.com

http://www.DressUpandDuel.com

September 23, 2010 at 9:13 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Lucien L. Levity
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If you havnt checked it out, sometimes the Rag time store down by the corner of Bronson and Flora seems to have some decent stuff.


Its actually on Flora but not far from the Bronson Intersection

September 23, 2010 at 10:29 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Isabel
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biohazard I understand completely about working to a budget. Go to your local library and check out the section on theatre costumes, historic costumes, making your own clothes and children's costumes and you will find all the free patterns you need. A bit of newspaper taped together, inch tape and pencil and they are yours with out even the cost of a photocopy. No sarcasim intended but this is the old way of doing things, elbow grease and ingenuity. Plenty of fabric to be had at the Sally Ann and fabric stores for under $2 a metre with Halowe'en on the way. My company blog balmyatticarts.blogspot.com is featuring a free pattern every month, right now it is an easy tiered peasant skirt.

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September 24, 2010 at 8:00 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Mr. Lawless
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Rather than starting a new thread related to local shopping I thought I might just add my inquiries to this one.


Anyone know of any good sewing stores that carry a decent variety of brass buttons which I could choose from for my current project?


And on a different note maybe someone knows of a good craft/modelling store that carries brass or copper nails. I remember years ago I purchased a model of  a cannon which came with various tiny nails for it. Perhaps my description isn't too detailed but any leads would be helpful!

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Regards,

Mr. Lawless

November 30, 2010 at 4:45 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Stuart
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I used to see small nails at train hobby shops and doll house shops. 

November 30, 2010 at 7:17 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Lee A. Farruga
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Just about any larger fabric/notions store should have a variety of brass buttons.

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Canadian Queen of Steampunk. Founder of Steampunk Canada.

November 30, 2010 at 7:57 PM Flag Quote & Reply

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