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Friday, October 9th, 2009 12:16 am
I have been married before... twice technically but only one of those was legal. The non-legal one left me with a new last name and the legal one gave me Skeeter. I made a ton of compromises for those weddings and wasn't really happy at the time during either of them.

For my handfasting this weekend....

- I am happy to clean the house for guests but I don't have to clean mine/ the kids private bedrooms (because I am my own adult)

- I can wear black to my ceremony (and it can be accented by a suspension-grade green leather underbust corset if I want it to)

- I can wear pants and boots and be comfortable (and honestly be myself - and the person my lovers love)

- I will write my own vows and they won't sound a bit like traditional ones (but they will have more meaning than anything else I could say that was scripted)

- I can skip some boring formal dinner and jump straight to cake and drinks.... my kind of party.

I am excited. ~grins~
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Thursday, October 1st, 2009 09:39 am

Steampunk Spare Pockets: Now only $32! (Shown here in cream)



It is our 1 year Anniversary here at the Alt.Kilt Steampunk Shop... and that means that all Steampunk items are currently 20% off as a thank you to all our customers. This includes the Steampunk Kilt, Travel Skirt and Adventure Skirt. We are also still taking custom orders and love to make something new and different especially for you. If you have a specific event or date you need the item for, just let us know and we will be happy to make sure you get it in time.

This offer will last for the next two weeks, until October 15th and the items in the shop already reflect this price change. Please email us with any questions!

As usual - Please check out our Flickr Pool, website @ Altkilt.com and our Steampunk Etsy Store. Thank you!
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Thursday, August 27th, 2009 09:02 am

Steampunk Maverick Holster


Designed to hold a Nerf Maverick gun, this holster has everything you need. The gun is held in with a v-strip of leather that snaps to the holster back. Featuring a small front pocket and multiple d-rings and clips, it also holds 9 extra darts. The belt is 1.5" wide double thick fabric and has a brass buckle and antique brass grommets. There is also a 1" wide leg sway strap tipped with leather to keep it adjusted properly to your stride. Made of 100% cotton heavy canvas with antique brass rivets.

More photos )




As usual - Please check out our Flickr Pool, website @ Altkilt.com and our Steampunk Etsy Store. Thank you!
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Monday, August 10th, 2009 12:44 am
Hey there!

I have an extra kilt blank that can be quickly and easily turned into a custom kilt for someone out there. It is a dark heather green - heavy weight 100% cotton. It is 22" in length and can be made into a waist size ranging from 42-44". It is available with cargo pockets for $100 (including shipping!) and is only available till someone speaks up for it.

For a color reference: http://www.flickr.com/photos/altkilt/3807129736/

Please email me at techdragon @ gmail . com if interested.
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Monday, August 10th, 2009 12:05 am
I have to admit that sometimes all the brown, tans and blacks of steampunk really get to be monotonous on a stitcher. I wanted to show off this set of Spare Pockets that I did, each for a different customer but both in olive drab. The top one is clean with brass weave buttons and the bottom on features the distressed finish.



As usual - Please check out our Flickr Pool, website @ Altkilt.com and our Steampunk Etsy Store. Thank you!
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Tuesday, August 4th, 2009 10:29 pm


Custom Made Steampunk Welders' Kilt - for [livejournal.com profile] jeffreyp.

Made from dual sided heavy canvas, this kilt is almost indestructible. It features a hand-panted patina accented with antique brass hardware and rivets but also leather and fabric patching due to wear and tear. There is a dual cargo pocket on the left hip with antique brass box latches as closures and also a custom made, by the owner, initial metal stamping burned into the leather. The right side has a dark green inset panel, lacing on the hip and also a small key pocket; one of the belt loops has been replaced in leather and helps support a brass clip. The apron has three small gear buttons to help keep in closed while working in the shop and a leather cross panel for added protection and security. This well-loved and apparently well-worked-in kilt is a unique statement.

Please see more photos! )

As usual - Please check out our Flickr Pool, website @ Altkilt.com and our Steampunk Etsy Store. Thank you!
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Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009 06:25 pm

Matching digital camo kilts Matching digital camo kilts
- Adult and kids style matching kilts. Adult kilt features cargo pockets and a flapped back pocket.
Back view Back view

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Thursday, May 28th, 2009 01:49 pm

Steampunk Adventure Skirt (Short) - $375


The Steampunk Adventure Skirt is a custom made kilt-inspired creation of hand-painted distressed 100% cotton cloth. Sporting removable pockets on the left hip - which can be worn separately on the belt of another outfit and a permanent watch pocket on the right, this skirt has multiple looks. It has antique brass accents, rivets, link buttons and lots of d-rings and clips to hold all your necessities. Two inset pleat panels feature a clockwork fabric. Shown here with burnish key motif on the apron and sitting at a 22" length.

More photos of the skirt, removable pockets and a good spin in action )


As usual - Please check out our Flickr Pool, website @ Altkilt.com and our Steampunk Etsy Store. Thank you!
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Friday, April 24th, 2009 08:43 am

Pride Kilt - $175 features a single panel insert of Pride fabric (available in Leather Pride, GLBT Pride and Bear Pride) and a double cargo pocket on the left hand side. This kilt also have silver D-rings on the 2" belt loops and a brush metal key clip. For ease of upkeep, the kilt is made of 100% cotton but can also be done in full leather ($575). The Pride Kilt will premiere at International Mr. Leather - Leather Market on Memorial Day weekend but pre-orders are available.

see more photos (all SFW) )



As usual - Please check out our Flickr Pool, website @ Altkilt.com and our Steampunk Etsy Store. Thank you!

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Wednesday, March 25th, 2009 11:00 am

Dark Brown / Nickle Gentleman Pockets Dark Brown / Nickle Gentleman Pockets
New color layout for a custom order... this set was done in a dark brown wool with shiny nickle hardware. I think it looks lovely!

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Thursday, March 5th, 2009 08:26 am
I would prefer to hire friend or friends of friends who could use the money...So I am posting this here publicly so people can pass it around.

Sewing Help Needed!

Looking for stitchers who are local to the Minneapolis/St. Paul (and surrounding suburbs) area to start immediately on straight line sewing piece work. Some basic experience needed - most home sewers will find this to be quite easy. All you need is a single needle home or industrial machine and an iron. Persons who also have a serger could have additional work available to them.

All pieces would be dropped off fully marked and prepped for sewing. I will provide instructions and a demo piece to explain the process. I also supply all fabric and matching thread (either in cone or spool). I need a one week or less turn around time on each set - ranging from 5-10 pieces, at about 50 lines of stitching per piece.

Starting pay is $8 per piece - each piece should take about 45 minutes. With consistent speedy returns, I will raise the pay to $10 a piece. Also, if able to take on other project, I will pay accordingly. Pieces will be inspected for quality before payment.

I am looking for people I can get work to by this weekend! Please email me at techdragon @ altkilt . com ! Thank you!
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Thursday, February 26th, 2009 02:33 pm

Made of heavy smooth webbing, these fully adjustable kilt belts measure 2" wide and are extremely comfortable to wear.

Available in black, bronze, burgundy, grey and rainbow and featuring either a simple or covered clasp.

Please see our website for ordering: Kilt Belts.

See photos of the belt being worn and other pictures of our work on our Flickr feed.
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Monday, February 16th, 2009 05:15 pm
http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/02/13/neovictorianfashion/

Alt.Kilt took some time to talk with reporter Marianne Comb about Steampunk Fashion. Read the article, featuring both steampunk and lolita fashion, and see a slide show of various works.
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Tuesday, February 10th, 2009 05:41 pm
Most of my friends know the Spoons Theory: But you don't look sick that is applied a lot to chronic pain. I think it is good way to get the real life info out to people who don't understand that kind of illness.

I do not have that kind of illness. But way back in collage, I give a passionate, colorful and energetic dissertation on what has become known as "Jars and Marbles" with my friends. At that time, I was applying it mainly to [livejournal.com profile] stryckie's life and never thought it would apply to mine. Post-fire, post-cancer, post-college..... it seems more and more to apply to me. And honestly, I don't really like it.


The theory goes ... Each aspect of your life is a jar and your time is measured in marbles. Jars can be the things you have to do, like your job, or things you want to do, such as hang out with friends. But mainly, it is how you divide up your energy and focus. The metaphorical marbles are the actual hours or minutes in a day or week that you have to put in those jars.

I have learned that right now I can only handle about 5 jars a week. More than that and I am just overwhelmed and a feeling of anxious panic sits inside my stomach. I hate that I am suddenly limited when I used to be able to juggle many jars... the roughness and struggle of my last 6 years has really caught up with me and I just can't push to do that kind of shuffle any more. When something new comes up with its shiny new jar, such as having to take up a second job or dedicate more time to a new friendship, something else's jar needs to move out of the line-up. Sometime I can squeeze a sixth jar in and just slide marbles but usually this is too much for me to handle.

My current jars are: Kids, Partners, Job, Sleep and Pick-up Work.

Out of the 168 hours in the current week my breakdown is:
  • Kids: 50 marbles (includes driving them to and from school)
  • Partners: 17 marbles
  • Job: 40 marbles
  • Sleep: 42 marbles
  • Pick-up work: 19 marbles


But next week is different since I have a work-gig that will take up 40 marbles instead of this week's 19.... and the following week will have no 2nd job but more time needs to be put on Job.

The thing is the marbles are finite. That is the key. I cannot make more hours in a day... and it just depends on how thin I want to spread them and what I can accomplish or handle in that day or week or month. I can't focus if I have to spread out so thin that I can't see what I am doing. Right now, hang out with friends or social obligations aren't on the list... neither is time for me just to read or see a movie.

Maybe I can add one more jar but where do I take away from?
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Monday, February 9th, 2009 08:55 pm
I never understood why people who needed a larger size kilt got charged more for the product... sure, I mean, I know that it takes more fabric but if your cost are in line with your prices, you should be able to handle a larger waist size without passing it on the client. It is called Customer Service (at least it is in my book).

One very prominent company charges $10 extra for size 39"-41", $20 extra for size 42"-44", $30 extra for 46"-48", $50 extra for 50"-52", $60 extra for 54"-56" ... and also an additional $45 extra for it to be cut for a "beer gut".

I do not charge extra for a larger waist size (and in reference to the above... most of my clients would count as "larger"!)

So, today, I mailed out such a kilt. My average client is between 36" - 44" waist size (this is actual inches, not pants sizes). This gentleman was a 73" waist. This kilt has 21 pleats and features extra belt loops, extra buttons for security and both cargo and back pockets.

No real good way to photograph it )

Also, after getting some feedback on the cargo pockets, I have decided to try out a different style to see if I can get more space in them with less pull. I worked these ones out for the above kilt... and need to product test them more.

Cargo Pockets )
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Friday, January 23rd, 2009 10:32 am
I am looking for feedback, information and/or reviews of IML's Leather Market. Have you attended? What is like? What did you shop for? What did you like or not like?

I need info because I have not been yet....


(public post with screened comments - please pass around to those who can help me. I would appreciate it so much)
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Monday, January 19th, 2009 11:59 pm

Photo shoot with [livejournal.com profile] pkstudios.


I have made a small design change to the apron of the Alt.Kilt and it was time to show it off with some new photos. I also had a chance to get my newest model, [livejournal.com profile] drakenfly, into the studio to get some professional shots of the Punk Kilt.

I am including a small sampling here... but please jump to our Flickr Account for more.

More photos! )
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Wednesday, December 17th, 2008 09:42 am
As I will filling the last of my holiday orders, I realized that I had two extra sets of the dark brown Steampunk pockets already made up (I am going to do the rivets as soon as I post this).

This are available for immediate sale and will be shipped out today with the rest of the packages. For the US, they should be in in time for Christmas but international will probably not unless rush shipping is desired.


Color reference photo...


They are up for sale on our Etsy site.
If you have any questions feel free to email me (techdragon @ gmail . com). I may not be able to respond to comments in a timely manner today but I will have my phone on for email.
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Tuesday, November 18th, 2008 02:48 pm


I am currently opening up for commissions for the holiday season.

I have 5 project slots open between now and the latest shipping date of December 17th. I have experience in historical clothing, corsets, leather work, custom fit garments and designing. Please take a look at my Flickr page and Etsy shop for ideas but remember that this would not be limited to those designs. In truth, I would love to make something different, exciting and unique for each project - let me help you put your designs to cloth.

Please email me at techdragon@gmail.com to reserve your slot and get a 10% discount on all custom work.
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Friday, November 14th, 2008 07:14 am

Custom Made Punk Kilt - $300



A custom made kilt featuring 100% black cotton base with silver rivets, silver-detailed buttons, leather accents and 21 d-rings. With a large cargo pocket on the left side closed with a buckle clasp and a smaller cellphone pocket on the right which has a silver key clip, you can store everything you need for a night at the clubs. The apron cross-lock adds to the heavy secure feeling of closure. Shown here with a silver accent strip that laces shut with leather grounded grommets and captive d-rings.

Can feature a painted front - shown here with a cityscape and splatter paint design - in any design. Available standard as unpainted.

More photos under here )

As usual - check out our Flickr page and Etsy for new photos and items!