Thrifting Steampunk: Creating Costumes on the Cheap. The costume on the right is created entirely from second-hand pieces that required no alterations. http://fraudulentfarmgirl.com/2014/02/25/thrifting-steampunk/
Thrifting Steampunk: Tips and Tricks. Never underestimate the power of tarting up thrift store finds. I swathed the top of this thrifted formal in tulle for a John Singer Sergeant look. http://fraudulentfarmgirl.com/2014/02/26/thrifting-steampunk-tips-tricks/
Thrifting Steampunk: Creating Costumes on the Cheap This costume was built entirely from thrifted and second-hand pieces. The skirt was originally part of a vintage wedding gown, and the jacket cost about $1 at Goodwill Outlet. The character is a high-class madam, so the clothes have more of a socialite feel than the leather-and-cogs aesthetic common in steampunk.
I've been putting my thrifting (and sewing) skills to work on a ballgown for the Circle City Aerodrome's upcoming Grand Victorian Masquerade Ball. Links to my blog post Going Punk (Steampunk, that is).