Halloween 2014: Steam Girls

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What is Steampunk?

Steampunk is a sub-genre of science fiction that typically features steam-powered machinery, especially in a setting inspired by industrialized Western civilization during the 19th century. 

Steampunk works are often set in an alternative history of the 19th century's British Victorian era or American "Wild West", in a post-apocalyptic future during which steam power has regained mainstream use, or in a fantasy world that similarly employs steam power. 

Steampunk perhaps most recognizably features anachronistic technologies or retro-futuristic inventions as people in the 19th century might have envisioned them, and is likewise rooted in the era's perspective on fashion, culture, architectural style, and art. Such technology may include fictional machines like those found in the works of H. G. Wells and Jules Verne.

Other examples of steampunk contain alternative history-style presentations of such technology as lighter-than-air airships, analog computers, or such digital mechanical computers as Charles Babbage's Analytical Engine.

Here we see our Steam Girls in all their steampunked glory.


This is their business card.  They are the Sisters Clock (Sasha) & Key (Anya).  

Time and Doors are their business.  


Clock can take you anywhere you would like to go in time and space, while Key can open or close any door that you may encounter on your journeys.  


Here we see Clock using a telescopic compass to plot, no doubt, an entry point on a timeline.  Then a small telescope to target a vector of approach.


They will consider trade, but prefer to be paid in the currency of the realm when plying their service. 

Although jovial in nature, it is advised not to cross them.  


For an unlucky few have come up short, at the time of payment, 
and found themselves transported between the teeth of a prehistoric beast or cast ahead into a distant future where they are ill equipped to survive.

These are a few of the many test fitting photos that I took to measure my progress as I was building and sewing the costumes.  
I needed to see where to sew the 100+ various accent cogs and skeleton keys.  
Also where to add thrift store accessories and embellishments to allow for minimal weight and maximum range of movement.  


Sasha's thrift store shirt had to be altered to fit and the gauntlet on her forearm was actually hand sewn from a thrift store purse that I cut apart for the beaded netting.  Seen above, in the finished costumes, you can also catch sight of a variety of Home Depot couplings and hose clamps that are both sewn into the clothes and then literally screwed onto their arms and legs.  

 Pumpkin gutting and de-seeding



The final carved masterworks

Here's the design drawing that Sasha wanted for her pumpkin.


Here's the design drawing that Anya wanted for her pumpkin.

This was Alan's custom on-the-fly carve-job

Everybody loves their pumpkins!

Sasha poses with one of her free comic day comics.

Lighting the pumpkins and prepping for Trick or Treating.

Heading out into the neighborhood.

The famous neighborhood Halloween House

They were heavy on the inflatables this year.


Thats a big spider!


Two other well decorated houses!

Back home two hours later.

Laden with loot!  Happy Halloween 2014!


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