My arm hurts from slinging a mallet. My fingers hurt from accidentally hitting them with said mallet. But, I did it! Not gonna lie, I’m real proud-like of myself.
Google is my BFF!
I labeled the straps to keep them in order
Mallet and hole punch and what happens when you use the two on a piece of leather
My first leather joining. Rivets are fun
Now, to make the buckle
The hole for the buckle was made from a 1 inch oblong punch
To recap, this was my inspiration
From etsy site Misfit Leather
And this is what I googled my way into making
I buckled the front unevenly, thus the appearance of being crooked. I almost gave myself a heart attack.
I will allow myself a little time for a “Yay Me” dance. But I still have TONS to do for my steampunk bounty hunter. Leggings (never done before), Bolero jacket (never done before) which I will be altering the pattern to add puffed sleeves (never done before) and a corset, (Which I HAVE done before, but not this type) AND, I really want to learn how to use my serger.
One of my costumes for DragonCon 2012 is a Steampunk Bounty Hunter.
In my hopes of hopes it will consist of:
A short stay (much like a Bra)
A bolero jacket
Leather chest Harness.
And I want to make as much as I can.
After much googling on many many harnesses , I found my inspiration. (Note, when you Google image, make sure you search STEAMPUNK harness, unless you want to see some 50 Shades type of stuff)
The harness is from an Etsy shop called Misfit Leather. All props goes to them
I decided that I wanted only 2 rows of buckles and I want the holes to be grommets. (We will see if I follow through with that)
So I know what kind of harness I want. We are all good, right? WRONG. I’ve never made a belt and I’ve sure as shooting never worked with leather. I toyed with the idea of using faux leather. (Not for moral rreasons, for I will bite the hell out of a cow. But I thought it would be easier and cheaper) . But, at the end of the day, I thought leather would look better.
Off to Google making a leather belt.
I looked at a lot of stuff. This video helped me loads.
Simple and straight to the point.
Next, Google where to and how to order leather.
After much searching I decided that Tandy Leather Factory was the place to order online. I could get everything I needed (Leather, dye, all the hardware). My plan was to buy several inches of 1 inch wide pre-cut straps. The only thing, I was a bit nervous about buying material I never felt before. I wasn’t sure what thickness to buy, etc. If only I could find a place nearby.
OH SNAP. Turns out there are only four Tandy stores in Florida and one was 15 minutes from me. I was in my car and on my way in 10 minutes.
My Leather Store Experience
That place is way cool. And the people were super helpful. Cost-wise it was better to buy the leather in slab. There was sale on scrap belly leather for $9 a pop. Two would be more than enough. It would mean that I would have to cut the straps myself….. More adventure, and googling..
Time to make the hareness
First I made a paper pattern to determine measurements
I could have sworn I took a picture of my leather piece. Alas, it looked something like this.
I cut out several 1 inch pieces (each about 45 inches long) for the harness, as well as a 2 inch wide in case I wanted to make a belt.
After I cut the straps, I folded and twisted the leather, to give it a more worn look. Then I dyed and finished it.