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10/18/11 10:24 A

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My family had a great time at SteamCon III this past weekend. It was in Bellevue, Washington, which is 10 miles (or so) away from Seattle, WA. There were a lot of stunningly-dressed people in all manner of steampunk-inspired attire: Victorian ladies and gents, aviators, deep-sea divers, and more. We got to meet feller Sparker STELLAR-LIGHTS and her Mr, too, which was a highlight. STELLAR-LIGHTS won a prize in the Bathing Suit Contest at the Amphitrite Society Afternoon Tea, too! Check out this photostream for a glimpse of some of the different attire worn: http://www.flickr.com/photos/danmorrill/se
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STILLFLYIN, you may be pleased to know that the final song played by Unwoman (celloist-singer Erica Mulkey) at the afternoon tea was "You Can't Take the Sky From Me."

SteamCon IV is going to be the weekend of October 26-28, and its theme is Victorian Monsters.



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6/9/11 5:35 P

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Stellar-Lights: Definitely! Let's be in touch closer to the time of the convention, and we can work out the logistics.

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6/9/11 2:38 P

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Hey there,
Just came across this forum, Myself and my Mr will be in attendance at the steampunk convention. My first real event so I'm super thrilled. I'm sure we would be shiney to wave at a fellow sparker if you are so inclined.

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5/30/11 8:49 A

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I, too, have been watching Castle since it first started. One thing that is added to an entertaining watch of the series is how often Firefly nods occur. Sometimes they are very subtle and sometimes they are more direct.

The Halloween show where Castle dresses as Mal for a bit pulls the Browncoaty heart strings. And the steampunk episode is just plain shiny.

The first two seasons are out on dvd and well worth renting if you don't want to actually own them. I've noticed them on sale recently at some of the big box stores.

"A civilized society is one which tolerates eccentricity to the point of doubtful sanity." Robert Frost

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5/28/11 5:51 P

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JELLIAJAMB Thanks for that link, very cool. I am sending it on to my sister who has been mad about vintage cloths since childhood.
As to getting in to Castle, I think it is worth it but I have been hooked since the first episode. Nathan Fillion is great and the writing is good. I would think nothing of Netflixing the old seasons just to veg out, but that is me ;)

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5/23/11 10:19 A

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What a cool idea! There are so many ways you can go with that. One of the things that I like about steampunk is we can rewrite history and have fun with it at the same time.

The voting for the 2013 WorldCon will be done at this year's WorldCon in September.

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5/22/11 11:15 A

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Thank you, StillFlyin, for your detailed post about costume ideas. It was your photo on your SparkPage that initially prompted this thread. Katreniah, I will definitely report back on the conventions.

It's early days yet, but my initial idea is to go as a marine paleontologist in tribute to Mary Anning, a Victorian working class fossilist from Lyme Regis who discovered the first complete ichthyosaur skeleton. She found a lot of ammonites, too (which she sold to tourists) and the tongue-twister "She sells seashells by the seashore" is about her. My costume would be a sleek, velvet-clad version of a marine paleontologist presenting at the Royal Geological Society (instead of being shunned by that community for being both female and working class).

My daughter convinced me to let her buy a crinoline with her birthday money! I know that it will be used not only for SteamCon but for dress-up in general.

I hope WorldCon 2013 will be held in Texas! When will you know?

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5/22/11 10:49 A

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You can do amazing things with your own imagination and sewing machine, JELLIAJAMB. Just decide what direction you want to take within the HUGE steampunk genre and keep an eye out for stuff to incorporate in your look. I've seen the most amazing things turned into steampunk.

Almost everyone in our little science fiction/costuming group is working on steampunk costumes for WORLDCON 2013 that we are hoping will be held in San Antonio, TX. Some are building fancy stuff that looks very technological.

As an example of a fairly simple but effective steampunk look, my airship technician costume (you can see it on my SparkPage) was a band neck shirt that I already had, a simple long black skirt that I made, an apron that I made, a hat that I bought and added stuff to, some black shoes that I also use for a couple of other costumes, and a belt that I stole from my hubby that I added lots of stuff on. The belt has a leather measuring tape holster (garage sale and dyed black) trimmed to hold my space gun (watergun with one of those wooden foot massage things added - all painted with hammered old brass plastic paint). Other stuff includes a nice old looking glass bottle (had body oil in it) with a cork stopper filled with magic energy tablets (tiny white candies), Several test tubes with interesting stuff in them, a drinking flask (stolen from hubby and not containing any brandy at this time) in a leather pouch from a garage sale and dyed black, and other odds and ends. My hat came from Target and I added the band and old earrings for that victorianish look. The skirt is a long skirt pattern with most of the gathers moved to the back to give the impression of a bustle. I tried it with a pillow like the victorians used instead of a full up bustle, but it didn't work with the apron. The apron is from a period pattern with lots of changes.

I'm thinking about doing a Firefly steampunk costume. The idea is floating around in my head and I'll take action once it firms up. I'm too blonde and short for Zoe, but she would be perfect in a corset instead of her leather vests. And a painted up toy gun. And... There are several pictures around on the cortex for what other folks have done with the idea. There are lots of corset like patterns out there that are much easier to make and still have the look.

Above all, have FUN!


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I'm not going to be able to go to either as well, but please, Jelliajamb, please let us know how they went. I'm very curious, and both sound really cute.

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5/17/11 10:49 P

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I haven't seen the Steampunk episode of Castle, WANNABUNNY. I've only seen 10 minutes of one episode, and it wasn't the first episode... how long does it take to get into Castle? Is it worth it? I am a Nathan Fillion fan, of course.

By the way, the Steamcon website led me to this site for costume ideas:
http://www.recollections.biz/

I'm ruined! Ruined, I say. How will I ever be satisfied with anything I come up with from the thrift shop and my own sewing machine? But barring an extra 2-3 hundred dollars specifically earmarked for Victorian garb, I'll have to deal. :)

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Wish I could go! Got to say love your friends definition of Steampunk! Ever seen the Castle steampunk episode? Loved it =)
I do love Copper and Gears though!

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I'm going with my family to both conventions. My husband is usually the one to go to conventions, and he's taken our daughter to PAX and ComicCon. If anyone else from SP goes, though, it would be cool to meet up with you, just to say hello.

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Both sound like fun. Unfortunately, it's just too far for me to travel. It would be awfully shiny if one or more of our team would go and report back.

There are so many different definitions of steampunk. It is fun to see the creativity of the folks applying them.
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Hi all!
In the event you're traveling to Seattle, Washington, USA in October, you may like to know about two upcoming conventions. The first one is the first ever GeekGirlCon, on October 8 and 9, 2011: http://www.geekgirlcon.com/ While GeekGirlCon celebrates women in "all aspects of the sciences, science fiction, comics, gaming, and related Geek culture," it welcomes women, men and children.

The second convention is steampunk-themed (STILLFLYIN, I'm thinking of you in particular),and is called Steamcon. It'll be held October 14-16. Here is the website: http://www.steamcon.org/

A friend of mine once referred to steampunk as "when goths discover the color brown." Firefly definitely has some steampunk elements, especially in the Badger scenes.

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