How to Make a Women's Steampunk Shirt




 This is how to make a steampunk shirt that you can wear in everyday life as well! It's not super simple but it is super cute and worth the effort!


Step 1: Gather Your Supplies

Materials needed:
Two stretchy different colored shirts
Sewing machine
Fabric ink or paint
Masking tape


Step 2: Painting Stripes

The first step is to choose the shirt you want to be the top section, and paint stripes on it. I was out of masking tape so I made a stencil but the tape should work just fine. Stripe it until just below the sleeves end

Step 3: Cutting the Top Piece

Cut it off just where the stripes end

Step 4: Cutting the Bottom Piece


Take your second shirt and cut it in the same place

Step 5: Attaching the Top and Middle Pieces

By turning the top piece inside out, placing it over and around the right side out bottom piece and sewing it like shown in the picture, attach the top piece from shirt 1 and the bottom piece from shirt 2. Also, using a seam ripper, remove the sleeves from both shirts.

Step 6: Attaching the Sleeves

Throw out the sleeves from shirt one and attach the sleeves from shirt 2 to your garment by turning the shirt inside out, placing the sleeves (right side out) into the sleeve holes, and sewing around. There are plenty of sleeve attaching tutorials to go around, if you need help.

Step 7: Cut the Collar

Turn the shirt inside out and cut the collar off. Then measure the circumference of the new collar-hole

Step 8: Making the New Collar

Using fabric from shirt 2 scraps, make a long tube of fabric the same length of the collar length

Step 9: Attaching the New Collar

Turn your tube inside out, sew the two sides of it together so it becomes a circle, and attach the circle to your collar. This part is tricky, and you might have to try a couple times before its right. You need to turn the shirt inside out and place the new collar piece inside the shirt to sew it

Step 10: Finishing the Collar

Cut a hole in the very center of your tube, but do not cut through both layers of fabric, just the front one.

Using a safety pin, string your ribbon through the tubeish collar and tie to keep it from slipping

Step 11: Making the Very Bottom Piece/waistband Thing

Measure your hips and take off a few inches from the measurement, depending on how tight you want your waistband to be (this is easily fixable if it’s wrong). Make a basic waistband from the scrap material of SHIRT 1. The waistband will be smaller than the bottom of the shirt but stretch it to fit, the puckering effect looks really nice, don’t worry.

The way you make a waistband is very simple, like making the collar, sew a long tube of fabric, turn it inside out, and sew it together to form a circle. It can be whatever size you sew it to be.

Step 12: Attaching the Very Bottom Piece/waistband Thing

Cut the bottom seam plus a little extra off your garment (about two inches give or take)
  Attach your new waistband as is shown. (Shirt is right side out, waistband is not)

Step 13: You're Done!

Put on the shirt, draw and tie your ribbon in a cute bow, and you’re done!!!



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    9 Discussions


    7 years ago on Introduction

    you could have made this alot easier for yourself if you just used the black shirt and bleached the striped onto the top and the band aroun the bottom and then cut the collar so it hung off the shoulder and/or sewn an adjustable tie one on lke you did if you wanted that. alot less sewing cutting and measuring and itd be close to the same effect since black bleaches to about the same color your stripes are.

    either way its cute but alot of work


    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    the colours, style, and being as it is a combination of new and old styles, i find it rather steamy but then steampunk is not a set style, its an each to their own thing


    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    " i find it rather steamy but then steampunk is not a set style, its an each to their own thing"

    i would disagree with that...steampunk does have a set guideline being that it's a specific artistic/lifestyle movement....this particular shirt is neat...and looks nice but it's not neo-victorian or steampunkish... there's no brass on it after all. it doesn't give any idea that it's "of a by-gone era" or the fruits of a world powered by steam. most accepted steampunk clothing revolves around the concept of protecting yourself from steam or other steam related accidents (so a lot of worn leathery things or metal stuff). this doesn't really have any of that (or the suggestion of it)

    if it's anything it's just punk...but even that would be a stretch

    not saying it's not a nice shirt...just don't think it's steampunk at all


    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    your username says it all, yes there are the sides of steampunk that revolve around protection but also the formal and relaxed side, i think this works well for the relaxed and more casual aspect.

    you may not agree but your username nullifies your opinion good day to you sir


    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    Steam punk is also refereed to a NEO Victorian this shirt while nice looks to modern from a fashion standpoint in a few places

    and if you are going to flame ppl just because they disagree with you go to 4chan

    I couldn't agree with you more, I myself love this piece! The creator made a very nice piece that can be worn everyday, which is great cause most of the steampunk garments and accoutrements (especially for ladies), are hard to for everyday wear and use....


    9 years ago on Introduction

    Very nice. It works as a modern piece on its own, and yet when paired with the right accessories and clothing, it would make a great steam staple as well... I like it. Don't pay mind to people who can't see when something is a -part- of a whole. Sometimes, it can be difficult to see the big picture, or possibilities, that a simple piece can open up.

    For instance, add a wide belt, some good sturdy pants cut right, some tools, and a hat, and boots- you've got a nice middle-working class lady's outfit.

    Add a waist cincher, a lovely skirt, a shawl, some high-heeled boots, a pretty locket and other tinkets, and you've got a high-class casual walk in the park.  Both steamy, both awesome. Good job, and congrats on a first instructable! (I'm still trying to work up the courage to even bother starting some of my projects!)


    9 years ago on Introduction

    great shirt but in all fairness the bottoms dont match XD, enjoy your 5* and congrats on a great first instructable.