I bought this pattern on impulse [Simplicity 8285]. Lots of steampunks ‘do’ pirate looks, usually with the [fairly thin] reasoning that if we’re all travelling about by airship, there must be airship pirates too. [Why do you think we need all those goggles? Hmmm? Steam trains and airships of course]
I’d bought the fabric on impulse too, while roaming the rag market some months ago. It JUMPED OUT and forced me to buy it. It’s definitely only ‘costume quality’, a rather plasticky taffeta, with flocked pattern, cheap and cheerful. The taffeta turned out to be so plasticky, it wrecked my new microtex needle in just one project… I had to hastily change it when I switched to stitching some fine silk straight afterwards and got lots of snags.