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1  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Leeloo Dallas, Multipass...MUL-TI-PASS on: November 02, 2010 09:28:00 PM
So after much internal debate, I decided to be Leeloo from Fifth Element (one of the greatest movies of all time!).
I struggled with the idea of wearing skin tight pants and bearing my midriff, but I just had to do it!

Me and my friend who bravely dressed as Zardoz.  He made his costume too, and I think he did a pretty badass job of it.  (If you don't know Zardoz, check it out at your own risk.  Thankfully, I love Sean Connery enough to not think less of him after watching the movie.)

I found another Leeloo downtown!

I made the suspenders using Jia Jem's wonderful tutorial.  You can find it at http://jiajem.com/suspenders.html   Let me just say that working with liquid silicone is stress inducing!!!  Here are some progress shots of the suspender construction:


It was interesting trying to figure out how to best fuse the seams, but I think my tangled mass of suspender/mould worked out just fine. (I wish the suspenders looked as orange in person as they did in pictures that I took with my phone)


The pants I sewed using fabric purchased from www.spandexworld.co m (for all your spandex needs)
I painstakingly sewed the black stripes by hand.  The stripes are 1/4 inch black elastic.  It took about six hours to sew the two vertical stripes on the front because the elastic and spandex stretched at different rates, so the pants had to be held taut the entire time.  I didn't sew the back stripes due to time (and sanity) contraints, and the four horizontal stripes were actually just sewed as loops, pulled onto the legs and tacked into place rather than entirely sewed on. I just sewed 2 inch black elastic as the waist band instead of purchasing a belt. 
The wig is a cosplay wig that was midback length and trimmed to the shoulders.  I couldn't do the twisties in the hair because it made the tracks visible.   Embarrassed
My dad made me an amazing Multipass and a stencil for the elements tattoo. 
The shirt was just a purchased shirt which I cropped.
The costume still needs some perfecting, but I think all the hard work and panic attacks paid off. 
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Anyone know how to do this? on: September 06, 2008 08:01:49 PM
I'm dont know crochet, but I saw this while trying to figure out single crochet.
The stitches look an awful lot like tunisian crochet


You may try fooling around with this.  perhaps alternate verticle & horizontal sections (complete verticle section & begin horizontal on the left edge of the previous section, etc)
I dunno
Check out the site though
http://www.nexstitch.com/v_Tutorials.html

I found while trying to crochet, its actually very easy as a knitter to keep the stitches on the hook & end up with tunisian.

hope this helps
3  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: February Lady Sweater Along? on: July 27, 2008 08:25:29 PM
I LOVE this sweater.  and i LOVE the semi-solid yarn---but i dont want to spend 50, 60+ dollars on yarn.  i'm on a budget, so as a result experimenting with dyeing my own yarn.  is anyone else doing the same?
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: "Fake" Butterick 4790? on: June 21, 2008 10:06:04 AM
I actually bought this pattern a couple of days ago.
I sewed it up last night & have to make a few alterations.
I'm a 34 A/B cup & the bust darts actually fit my girls perfectly.
Only one problem I have is that the dress hangs a little low.  I'm going to take off the bias tape from the shoulder area & take in the seam about 1 1/2-2 inches.  I'm excited about how well it fits/looks otherwise.
Hope that helps about the chest size concern. 
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Whirl Away - Butterick 4790 (x2) on: June 19, 2008 05:18:22 PM
they're both adorable.  i don't know which one i like more!!
i actually tried to buy this pattern today, but they didn't have it in my size. 
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Gathered top 50's Repro dress! on: June 19, 2008 11:04:32 AM
LOVE it!!!!!!!!
You look lovely in it!
Hmm....Hancock Fabrics is having a 5 for $5 sale on Butterick patterns starting today.  I MUST go buy & start on it IMMEDIATELY!!!!!!!
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: My first dress, simplicity 3780 on: June 17, 2008 11:30:16 AM
Thank you all for your nice comments!  Cheesy
To answer some of the questions asked:
-The boning was suprizingly easy.  The only difficult part was FINDING the boning.  I drove all over town looking for it.
-I did not make any alterations. ---No, I take that back.  The fabric was pretty thin, so I needed to either wear a slip or insert one.  I just bought some plain white cotton (the same that I used for the bodice lining on the pattern) and used the same pattern as the skirt.  I didn't want the "slip" to show at the bottom, so I hemmed it one inch shorter than the actual skirt.  After I had that all sewn, I used my machine to baste it to the waist seam.  I thought long and hard about how to go about this before starting because it was the night before the wedding and I didn't want to risk messing up my purty dress.
-I found the sizing was pretty much spot-on.  I had attempted to make a different Simplicity dress before (and made the appropriate size), but it turned out to be humongous.  I thought that I might have similar sizing issues, but I stuck to the sizing/measurements on the pattern.
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / My first dress, simplicity 3780 on: June 16, 2008 12:10:41 PM
So, I've been lazy & haven't posted pics of my dress yet.
My friend got married on May 17th & I made the dress I wore from Simplicity 3780.
I had only previously made pajama pants, a summer top, and a poodle skirt (I made the poodle skirt when I was 8, haha).
I wanted to make a mock-up first to see how well I understood the pattern & used some bargain fabric from Hancock.  After working with the fabric for a while, I fell in love.  Luckily the mock-up turned out perfect, so it became the final product.
One of my crafty friends thought it was Amy Butler fabric.  Nope!  Super cheap, I think it was $1.50/yard.
I was very pleased with the way it turned out. 
*** I hope my super-white skin doesn't hurt your eyes!


9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: RIP magknits--I want a magknits pattern on: June 02, 2008 02:02:30 PM
haha
After much searching, I finally answered my own question.
In case anyone else is looking for the pattern, here it is on the authors blog:
http://www.violinjodie.com/blog/2008/04/10/saturday-market-bag-revisited/
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / RIP magknits--I want a magknits pattern on: June 02, 2008 01:51:35 PM
As I'm sure many of you already know that magknits has closed it's site.
Because I'm a SUPER procrastinator, I never got around to making a market bag.
I really want to make a bunch for grocery trips, but I can no longer get that pattern.
Does anyone know where I can find the pattern?  (I've looked at similar patterns, but I really liked the magknits one)
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