How-to DIY

If you do not wish to make anything yourself, check out these pages with links to awesome ready-made Steampunk options. If you are ready to dive in and see what you can come up with, you will find plenty of info and inspiration here. If you still feel lost, try these books:

Here is an excellent Victorian Era historical reference site.

Choosing fabrics, colors, and patterns…

Typical Victorian Textiles

  • Corduroy
  • Cotton
  • Canvas
  • Leather
  • Velvet
  • Wool
  • Silk
  • Lace
  • Twill
  • Suede


  • Denim
  • Knits
  • Synthetics

Colors and Patterns

  • Classic patterns, like florals, stripes, polka-dots, are OK, but modern patterns like text, are not.
  • Richer colors denote higher social status.


  • Neon
  • Text
  • Camouflage
  • Animal Prints
  • Brands/Logos


Victorian Fashion Trivia: In Victorian times, women wore high colors in the daytime and low necklines at night.