I need costuming help.
I have the bare bones for a steampunk costume and can't figure out what to do with it. I've got two weeks until Dragon*Con, so online shopping and thrifting are going to be very limited, as are my pathetic sewing skills. Right now, I'm considering making some sort of bustle out of a stuffed octopus. I have a pirate tricorn, oodles of vests and jackets and boots, ruffle bustles, all that sort of thing. But I've having trouble coming up with an overall theme. The other costumes are Steampunk Ravenclaw and Steampunk Little Red Riding Hood, if that gives you any hints.
So what do I do with this?
Colors are gold and brown, in case your monitor is off. I'm up for mash-ups, personas, whatever, so long as the components are things I can make easily or buy cheaply and quickly.