I was approached by Miss E. Pharrez the other day regarding her new lady's Steampunk fashion endeavor, named "Gears of Elegance". As those who read this blog know, I make a point of being unschooled in the couture of the realm of ladies, so I shall let her explain her project...
What most people don't is that so much time goes into making Steampunk clothing but it also is finance consuming. There is also a lot of extra small things like belt buckles, buttons, straps, lace, snaps, etc that go into the details of Steampunk. They don't usualy just have one, they have a least a few of these elements incorporated. Bustles and long skirts ususally use about 6-7 yards of fabric in which the money would go into buy fabrics, tools used to make Steampunk corsets, and the materials mentioned above.
Fabrics can cost from $3 a yard to $13 a yard, lace can run from $4 to $15 in which I'd love to provide good quality product and not just the cheapest of what I can find. Steampunk cosplayers and lovers alike love to find the best wardrobe to add theirs!
If so inclined, do consider a visit to her Etsy location to see more of her work (located at: http://www.etsy.com/shop/omdesigns2011), and / or visit her Facebook locale for more information (at: https://www.facebook.com/OMDesigns11).