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Flutterby68

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I'm 5'9" and about 275 lbs, which is a size 22 for the most part.

I go to local science fiction/fantasy conventions and costuming is a big part of those things. I'd LOVE to be able to create a steampunk costume, but finding the right items in my size is very difficult! One persona I've come up with is an 1890s saloon owner and madam in San Francisco. I can find the proper costumes all over the place, but they don't come in any sizes bigger than a standard large! What, fat women don't want to dress up?? obviously, they have NEVER met me!

I did manage to find renaissance costuming easily enough for renfaire but the more modern costumes are very difficult and when I DO find them, they are very cheaply made AND very expensive. I can't sew, so that's not an option.

Anybody know of sites that cater to larger size costumes that actually look good and are priced reasonably?
 

Teleute

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Hmmm... well, for starters, a lot of Renfaire clothing can be made to look very steampunk with just a few modifications and accessories, so you might not have to actually purchase a whole lot. If you do want a whole new outfit, though, you should check out some of the custom-made stuff on etsy, such as Voodoo Lounge, the Dark Thoughts overskirt from gothiquefleamarket, and there are some gorgeous steampunk-styled items at PSB creations and DivaDivine777.

Also take a look at Mad Art Jewelry and Steam Society for goggles, hats, jewelry, and other accessories which can totally transform outfits you already have. Good luck finding stuff!
 

Dr. Feelgood

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For authentic period costumes I'd recommend the Amazon Drygoods website. they sell reproduction clothing, but I'm not sure how large their sizes go. However, they also sell patterns and materials: although you may not sew, plenty of people do, and some of them are not averse to making a little extra money. My wife had a sewing business (she specialized in elegant larger-size outfits)when we first got married, and she was sometimes called on to sew period costumes: help may be nearer than you think!
 

Ocean

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Sorry I can't offer any sites/advice, but Teleute, thank you so much for those links! I've been trying to find a pair of simple goggles forever, and I've found just what I need.
 

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