I used a the ‘wrong side’ of thrifted Chinese-style robe for the jacket (with the original buttons & loops) & the bustle. The corset was purchased and modified slightly (I replaced the black ribbon edging & lacing with blue and added a bit of lace on the top of the bodice.) I also purchased the opera glasses. The skirt & chain belt were also thrifted. The pin is vintage, from my mother’s vast collection.
I started it for a Comic-Con in the ‘before times’ - you know, when going into a packed conference centre was no big deal. But my God-daughter scheduled the gender revel for her first child on the same day, so it was moved to the ‘not a priority’ pile.
I finally finished it in the early days of the pandemic, to be ready for Comic-Con in May '20! That didn’t happen… or Comic-Con '21… I finally wore it to a small steampunk gathering. And to a Halloween party last year, where only one person had ever heard of steampunk.
I am on the lookout for upcoming events, not sure my nephew would want me to turn up at his wedding in it!