I was incommunicado last week while preparing for my first Corset Making Workshop. And now I'm recovering from teaching for two days. It was an intense experience for me to teach 12 people at once, and I definitely learned some lessons about how to do it better, but the response was great and hopefully attendees will go on to make themselves some awesome corsets.
Meanwhile, there are some new steampunk sewing patterns out there!
Simplicity 1299 - This pattern features a jacket in two lengths, a fairly boring short ruffled skirt, and a mini-bustle. The coat is the only worthwhile piece, but it's quite nice.
Simplicity 1300 - Simplicity Does Lolita! I'd have to ask someone more versed in Lolita subculture than myself if this is "true" Lolita, but I personally like it. The two pattern views are only very slightly different, though, which feels like a bit of a cheat. Still, a totally fun pattern.
Simplicity 1301 - Victorian Circus Costumes - Apparently Amy Brown has a costume pattern line now. This pattern includes leggings, boot covers, waist cinchers, blouses, a skirt, a mini-bustle, and a few other small accessories. On first glance the photos look really good, but looking closer, this really looks to be very costume-y. The pattern calls for almost all knit or stretch fabrics, and the construction is pretty minimal. The waist cinchers in the drawings are just straight up and down belts without even individual panels and doesn't sound like they are even boned at all, so there will be no cinching involved. Overall a bit disappointing.
Simplicity 1294 - This one has three cape lengths with optional hood and ruffles. I quite like the short versions!
M7025 - This isn't a costume pattern or specifically steampunk, but I adore it, and I think it would work great for steampunk. (Also I took one of the designers Craftsy classes on pattern fitting and it was good!)
M7036 - This children's pattern falls somewhere between princess and steampunk and lolita. It's cute, though, and it'd be a fun option for a young steampunk.