Costume :Grimm Mephistopheles
Variant :Steampunked
Source :Original Steampunk
Progress :Complete
Worn At :London MCM Expo May 2010

Costume Photos


El poser FIN

Sword FIN


Crossguard updated

Gauge for bokken


Under Skirt

Bolero Jacket

Embroidery closeup

Outer skirt


Costume Information

Cost : £240+
Time Taken : 30

Well, this stareted as an original steampunk cosplay, with no real character, but it's slowly morphed into a character I designed a while back... only steampunk!
A shamefully self indulgent cosplay, that's for sure! It's made from Black Satin, lace and the most exquisit deep blue Indian silk... which cost me £15 per metre.
I nearly died of a heat attack at the cost this is running up, but I swear I'll spare no expence for my baby, and this really is for me, so shush! ;D

It was a slow start on this one, I've taken lots of insperation from the designs at Bibian Blue (see there website: ) and in particular this gorgeous blue dress I wanted but could never afford, so I decided to make one for myself!
Eventualy I want to make my own corset for this too, but I can't really afford to get it wrong with so little time until Expo, so I'm just using a corset I already had. Everything els is hand made by yours truely however, including all the gold embroidery around the outer skirt, which is more than a pain in the butt I can tell you.

I have to mention another insperation for this, which is the stunning work of Tab, his Maggie Pie corset blew me away and made me drool just a little...
He'll always be somebody I look up to cosplay wise, so keep an eye out for his stall at Expo, it'll be the one that sells out in the first 10 minutes!


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This is looking great!


by KhaosKreator on Monday, 10 May, 2010 - 13:00
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That blue is goooooorgeous! :D I look forward to seeing it all together (woo bustles!)

by Monkey on Monday, 10 May, 2010 - 13:33
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Wow this looks amazing, I can't wait to see it finished ^_^

by Littlegeeky on Monday, 10 May, 2010 - 14:16
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I think I fell in love a little with this design! I look forward to seeing the finished product!

by sjbonnar on Monday, 10 May, 2010 - 21:37
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thanks for the comment charlie ^_^ if you set my head alight i could canonball into a group of those generic store baught naruto cosplays.

Your costume is looking wonderfull too ^_^ those cogs kick ass and chew bubble gum......... **cant think of a way to wheen that into a duke nukem quote....**!!

by keir160 on Thursday, 13 May, 2010 - 00:51
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You look amazing *o*

by Littlegeeky on Sunday, 13 June, 2010 - 16:33

To-Do List

Buy fabric and toolsHighComplete
Underskirt: Iron on stiffiner and iron/sew into box pleate from hellHighComplete
Bolero jacket: make patternHighComplete
Bolero jacket: sew blue silk versionHighComplete
Outer Skirt: sew in pleates with room for bustleHighComplete
Upper Skirt: finish waist with adjustable ribbon gather and finish off hemMediumComplete
Outer Skirt: Embroider gold swirls and cogs design into hemMediumComplete
Bolero Jacket: take in the back a littleMediumComplete
Bolero Jacket: sew lining into the front boob-flapsMediumComplete
Bolero Jacket: sew white cotton templateMediumComplete
Underskirt: finish off hems and sew buttons onMediumComplete
Buy very tall shoesLowComplete
Buy bokken swords for alteringLowComplete
Make belt for swords LowComplete
Make legs to the emroidered skirt in black to replace underskirtLowComplete


nearly there (Posted 26th May 2010)

The final push is on! I probably wont have time to update with pictures before going to expo, so I'll see everybody there!

Update to design (Posted 12th May 2010)

Okay, due to time/money restrictions and a growwing loathing for the underskirt I'm scrapping it.
The final design should tie in with a more aristocratic-battle-ready look with just the upper skirt and a new underbit in the form of embroidered (to match the upper skirt) thick tights. I know tights doesn't really scream steampunk, but you know what, I make my own rules. :D

I really really want to make the steampunked bokken swords, eventualy there's going to be two long swords and a little mini one that I'm sure has it's own name but I don't know it so meh.
The "Reapers Trident" is a tri-bladed samurai sword and then there's "Seraph's vengance" which has a sort of crescent moon design in the base of the blade.
I have pictures on my deviantart I think...

Oh dear... (Posted 10th May 2010)

I'm suffering for my own bad planning. I just put everything together for the first time (see new pictures) and the underskirt is giving me yet more problems. The stiffener was so expencive that I only bought enough to go around the bottom of the skirt (as it was the only visable bit) but it's warping the creases and being no end of trouble... I'm going to have to hope that the bustle will hold it a bit higher and fix the problems but I've a bad feeling it's not going to work.

If it comes down to it, I'll just have to rip off all the stiffener and pray it comes off easily. I could really do without the hassle though.

Mid-way upload (Posted 10th May 2010)

Okay, so it's a little close to the time and the things nearly done and yet I've only just uploaded this baby.
Hopefully I'll be able to enter the masquerade with this, I'd really like to give it a go because there has not been a single corner cut with this thing.

I'm going to look into buying bokken's to make steampunk katana's for this cosplay, it'd be nice to give it some character and depth rather than it just being a girl in a pretty dress.

Let's hope I can afford it... I'd recently quit my job so money is an issue... shit. I miss money.