Steampunk mode: Altered vest!


This is the craziest project that I have done so far, dealing with fabrics!

Ok so I came up with this project due to our engagement photoshoot coming up this July 2017. Our motif is partly steampunk vibed.

It was also a last minute decision for us to really go for a shoot with well costumes. So, with less than 2 months to go, I quickly used all my brain cells to brainstorm.

I am also making of course my own costume, but for the sake of not being scattered brain on this post, I will concentrate on Eric’s vest first.

Here are the main materials that I have used. Prices are as of the time of purchase in Canadian dollars on June 2017. Tax not included on the price.


1.) Men’s vest: Value village $6.99

2.) Leather belt: Value Village $2.99

3.) Silver heart embellishment: Value Village around $2

4.) Fabric glue: Fabricland $14.99

Here are the materials that I have in stock from left over crafts. Basically random embellishments, cogs, cog dies, cog stencil, molding paste, crackle paste, acrylics and of course hot glue and hair dryer.

You will also see additional embellishments like the old watch, which was Eric’s grandfather’s watch. I have also used my suspender (yes my suspender) and unused necklaces.

So, first I started by using the white Gesso as my base. I could have used a fabric dye, but I’m using what I have now on hand.

Next, after 3 coats of Gesso, used the cog stencil with the crackle paste and placed the design on one side of the vest only. Dried it off and colored with our purple and royal blue theme and of course some browns and gold to make the colors pop.

Then I was design stuck. I had a lot of ideas going through my mind at this point so I had to walk away and clear my head.

When I got back to designing, I die cut cogs and painted it with a dark brown acrylic paint and also used a gold metallic acrylic paint to add more details to the pieces.

I glued the cogs along the edge of the vest and at the right pocket.

Next, I have painted the suspenders blue and glued them with the fabric glue from the back to the front of the vest.

Afterwards, I used an old brown belt from Value Village to add more details and use the ring of it to hook on the embellishments. The chain necklaces are clung using the ring from the belt on the front of the vest.

Then I have intertwined cogs along the chain necklace. For the buttons, I used the cogs again and glued them on the buttons.

Each necklaces were attached to every button hole and have the cross hang a little bit.

Also for the last touch, Eric has his grandfather’s clock and used the vest’s clips to hang it on the vest.

And there you go!

Now, off to do my vest.

Can’t draw? Do a mixed media..

Surprisingly enough, I do a better job on mixing different mediums onto a canvas. They all end up as abstract arts for the most part, but they make a great sense of pride once they are done.

Mixed media wasn’t always my first choice, I was perfecting my sketching and drawing skills. However, I was too impatient.. so for some reason, I came across to this weird looking canvas on Google.

It caught my attention due to the fact that it looked easy to do. Also, I learned to like the vintage and steampunk feel that these artworks had.

So, I ended up from a liker to that lover of mixed media arts. Here are my own artworks, might not be as perfect as the pros but I love creating them. Most inspirations are brought by life experiences on the ups and the downs.