My friend Amber Clisura is back this week with How to Dress for the Edwardian Ball. I think she provides great costume advice even if you do not happen to be going to the Edwardian Ball. I have a couple of cheap tips and plus size suggestions.
The obvious is a corset top. Dare to Wear has this style and other styles in a 5X, and I hear they run a little small. You can read my review and readers comments HERE.
You can find small headbands and “fascinators” everywhere now, but I love the breadth at Amazon, for figuring out how to make your own or buying one inexpensively. The one above as only $10 plus shipping and would dress up any outfit (second page of the Amazon link). As you may know I live in a costume sort of world so I am always looking for tricks to make it easy. In the photos in her post some women are wearing bustiers over their clothing, or over a bra, rather than alone. You get the effect without being so exposed.
I also find that most stretch or fishnet fingerless gloves fit me just fine, even inexpensive ones (at 275 lbs). I have not tried these velvet stretch fingerless gloves and they are a little more expensive, but I would be surprised if they did not fit. In very worst case, if they did not fit you could sew a little piece of black eleastic into one of the seams, easy and effective.
These little fishnet gloves I own in many colors, they are very inexpensive and have never found a pair that does not fit.
In addition, a Tie-On Bustle, which will make any skirt you own a costume. It says it is one size, but I have worn these before by just replacing the ribbon. If you want to spend more I would check out Etsy. Steampunk is kind of “Around the World in 80 Daysish” and not unlike Edwardian in the costume world.
So with a pair of gloves, a fascinator, a ribbon around your neck and a tie-on bustle, you could make almost anything in your closet into a Steampunk or Edwardian Costume. If you want to stretch a little and try a bustier it would make the costume even more authentic.
And a video with lots of ideas that are not size related, make-up, masks, big fun: [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NO4eIRpIZ1k?rel=0&w=560&h=315]
Hips and Curves has a Steampunk Section on their site. A lot of the collection only runs to a waist measurement of 50″ so that may not be helpful, but they have some cute accessories.
Bustiers: Here is a great bog post, Plus Size and Proud, about Corset Boulevard Global and how they fit and how they look. Great information, and there are a couple of great photos.
In addition, Clockwork Couture has a variety of accessories.
Or you could do a little DIY steampunk, it is all over the web, last year I did a vacuum tube hat and necklace made out of computer and old doll parts.