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1  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Queen of Hearts (featuring Mugatu!) on: November 16, 2009 02:33:49 PM
I don't post much on Craftster anymore, but I figured every costume posted helps inspire people for the next year, so here goes...

I had a plan to be the Hamburglar for Halloween for about 2 months prior to the holiday. However, when I went to buy b&w striped material, I found that the only (yes only) fabric store/chain around here was not going to be getting any in this year. Faced with making my own (just completed a striped dress like this in the summer and it was super tedious... the addition of school made this impossible) and I had to quickly rethink my choice. I remembered seeing this tutu on etsy this summer: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=30984282&ref=sr_list_4&&ga_search_query=queen+hearts+tutu&ga_search_type=handmade&ga_page=&order=date_desc&includes[]=tags&includes[]=title and tried to create something inspired by it in less than three days between classes and also making my boyfriend's costume. I spent all my time on the tutu, so the day of Halloween I quickly whipped up the belt/waistband thing (out of an old pair of pants and a cut up work shirt of the bf's... all the hearts are from that). The tiara is leftover from my 19th birthday party (4 years I've saved it.. I knew there was a reason!) and the socks are just American Apparel socks. I wanted to make a wand but ran out of time.

My bf on the other hand, was Mugatu. I think it's pretty straightforward from seeing the costume how we made it, but if you have any questions just let me know and I'll answer them. For the first Halloween ever in our 4 H'weens as a couple his costume won out for getting the most attention.. it was awesome! I was so proud to be out with him, hahaha. Here we go:


(was super excited to be drinking Queen of Hearts wine all night hahaha)



hahaha... once we were at the bar... i believe the theme of this picture was "be really really ridiculously good looking"

I didn't want to post a pic of my friend without her permission but this is the only pic I have of the night where you can see the spade panel of my tutu!

It was a really fun Halloween, I really loved my costume and the bf's. Thanks for looking Smiley
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Adult No-Sew Tutu Help on: October 29, 2009 05:36:13 AM
I'm attempting to make a no-sew tutu for myself and I need a bit of help. I currently have 10 yards of tulle to work with, and I've got about 6 yards of it on there right now and will add the rest tonight, but I feel like the tutu is a bit too long and I don't want to redo everything I've already done. Also, I'd kind of like the tutu "hem" to be a blunt edge rather than a wispy ball type thing with ends of varying length. I know I'm doing the easy no-sew route, but once I have the tutu at desired poufiness, can I just take scissors to the ends and end up with this straight effect? Or should I simply redo the strips?

Any advice/pictures of your own would be super helpful. If it helps at all, this is my inspiration picture:
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=30984282&ref=sr_list_4&&ga_search_query=queen+hearts+tutu&ga_search_type=handmade&ga_page=&order=date_desc&includes[]=tags&includes[]=title
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Pink Jersey Bubble Dress on: August 11, 2009 06:54:53 AM
I've made two dresses out of some clearance jersey fabric I picked up. I think for all of both kinds of fabric I paid about $10 CDN and I still have lots of black and a little bit of the pink left over. Unfortunately I am impatient and haven't taken photos of one of them yet, so for now here is the second one I made, using this tutorial: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=196489.0. I just made the skirt a bit shorter and used ribbon to tie the straps instead of jersey. This dress is more comfortable than most of the pajamas I own:




C&C always welcome and appreciated Smiley



4  CLOTHING / Shoes: Discussion and Questions / The Schweaty Feet Thread... Shoe Insoles? on: July 30, 2009 10:24:47 AM
I have very schweaty feet Sad I suffer from hyperhidrosis in the hands, feet and armpits and my feet really take a beating because of it. They blister constantly (I always have blisters!) and the feeling of having sweaty feet almost 24/7 is really, really gross.

Most importantly though, it limits my shoes Sad

I've accepted that my life will be without flip flops and sandals. I love my flats and I love my sneakers (though buying them twice a year to keep up with the shoe rot sucks!) but the one thing I really, really, really miss is heels. I have a few pairs of FIERCE heels that I love, and could see myself buying more and more and more, and love what they do for my body/confidence/outfits etc, BUT I have a double problem with heels. Because my feet sweat, if the heels are the right size, once my feet sweat, they swell up and the heels will cut into them (for some reason this isn't as big of a deal with flats). If I get them slightly bigger/way bigger than my actual size, my foot sliiiiiideeessss slimily forward in the shoe the whole time I'm wearing them making them impossible to walk in, horribly gross and uncomfortable to even stand in, and giving me super huge blisters to remind me the next day why I never wear heels. Sad

So I think I'm going to make myself some insoles. I have some that fit my flats that are towel-y on one side and they absorb pretty well and prevent the blisters, they also make the shoes a bit smaller, which would be perfect for the heels I have which are all a half size to a size too big. Gel insoles do Not work, the slidey problem is only made worse (I can imagine, I haven't bought them).

Wow, that's a lot of backstory for an actually pretty simple question! Basically I figure I'll trace the existing insoles of the shoes onto an old towel and use that, but I'm wondering what a good material would be for the other side? Rubber? I want somethnig that won't get damaged by too much moisture but also something that isn't expensive, won't slide in the shoe, etc. Any ideas??

Thanks for reading the tale of my gross schweaty feet and in advance for any help!!
5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Friend backpacking in another country? on: July 27, 2009 06:57:44 AM
I have a friend who is living/backpacking in Australia for a year, her bday is coming up and I want to mail her something (from Canada) that will be useful on her trip, thoughtful, but not something she just has to carry around in her limited luggage. Nothing like "a cd from home" or pictures or things that would be "just" sentimental (aka: take up valuable space)... I made her best friend a travel wallet before she went away about a month ago, so I feel like giving her the same thing would be a bit predictable/not as thoughtful. Any ideas? She is turning 23, if that helps.
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Tube Top with Fan Detail :) on: May 08, 2009 08:16:05 AM
This is the first piece of clothing I've ever successfully made without the help of a tutorial or pattern, I was just seized by inspiration the other day and made it, and for once it actually turned out the way it looked in my head (more or less). I used a really nice houndstooth fabric I had gotten for $1/yard at a local fabric store last summer... I still have lots of it left so I think this shirt probably cost about $0.40.






I made it in a few hours in order to wear it out that night, but now that I've worn it I almost feel like it needs a little something more. I was thinking about adding a white ribbon under the bust, I have two different sizes:




Or I have this thin brown binding that I think might look good if I trimmed the detail with it, but I'm undecided if I should do any of these three things, and if so, which one to do. Any help/suggestions would be greatly appreciated Smiley Here's as close as approximation as I could get of my binding idea:



7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Hair Accessory Help!! on: March 03, 2009 11:21:17 AM
Long story short, I am a broke student with a semi-formal/formal event to go to and my dress is not that fancy. I have under 2 weeks until the event and I can't afford a new dress, or new shoes, so I'm left having to improvise some accessories that will fancy up the dress. The dress is a Banana Republic little black dress with a purple satin panel in the middle of the front, it's also belted with a black belt (attached to the dress). I would like to get some kind of fancy gold headband or hair accessory to make the whole outfit pop a little (I recently got a shorter haircut, about chin length, and am not used to not being able to do things with my hair as well). I wondered if anyone had any good ideas or could point me to some good tutes. I was thinking a gold to go with the black/purple. My shoes that I will probably wear are a pewter color with kind of a gold sheen although I'm not too worried about matching those, just fitting the dress code (barely!). Here are some headbands etc that I particularly like, if that helps:

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?ref=sr_gallery_11&listing_id=21751886&ga_search_query=silver+headband&ga_search_type=tag_title

I also would like something like this if it had two.. straps (bands?)
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?ref=sr_gallery_13&listing_id=21774913&ga_search_query=gold+headband&ga_search_type=tag_title

I have no idea where to start with this. I can sew and have a ton of craft supplies (including gold ribbon and tulle) and am used to needlework, gluing, paper crafts, etc.. so it doesn't have to be a beginner project, I just need somewhere to start! I also don't mind buying supplies, obviously. Any help would be much appreciated. I can post a picture of the dress later if it helps!!

Thanks in advance!!
8  COOKING / Dessert / Ugly Little 3 Point Cupcakes on: January 11, 2009 12:50:03 PM
It's pretty embarrassing posting on here when there are always such nice desserts and such posted, but I figure there might be a contingent of Craftsters out there who are drooling over the cupcakes but abstaining due to a diet/other dietary restrictions. I wanted to make cupcakes for DBF and his roommate over Christmas and I wanted to make these cupcakes:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=238766.0

But, I didn't want to have such cool and delicious looking temptations in DBF's apartment when I'm trying to lose these last 10 lbs (those first 65 were hard enough to lose!). So I set out to do the impossible.. delicious, awesome looking cupcakes. And yes, it was impossible, they aren't great looking, but the boys got what they were right away, And they didn't even notice that they were "light".

I made them with a box of devil's food mix, but replaced all the eggs, oil and water with a can of diet pepsi. The icing is 99% fat free cool whip mixed with dry sugar free vanilla pudding mix and red food coloring. The white spots are just a marshmallow cut into 4ths. For those of you following Weight Watchers, all of this sugary deliciousness adds up to a measly 3 points per cupcake. (Cupcake = 2, Icing + Marshmallows = 1). They didn't last too long, but you might need to keep them refrigerated in order to keep the icing intact. Also, I didn't have one this time, but usually when I make diet soda cupcakes I add an egg white to the mix too, it helps with the consistency.

Basically, I'm ashamed of how they look, but I thought someone with a little more talent could at least take the basic ideas and make something better, so I submit for my humiliation and your improvement:




9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Dr. Mario Magnets! on: January 11, 2009 12:26:00 PM
I made these in a quick afternoon before Christmas to round off a gift package for a friend. We have a... strong affinity for playing the NES version of Dr. Mario when we're together, and so I made her a set of Dr. Mario magnets from my extensive Perler bead collection. Unfortunately, after making the good doctor I ran out of my black beads (had to happen eventually) so the rest were done without, but I think they still turned out pretty good. I only had time to make two of the pills but did manage to get all three of the virus colors and of course, Mario, M.D. I hot glued some cut out sheets of magnet to the back so she can play it on her fridge whenever the mood strikes her.

10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Singlet Shopping Bag/LP Coffee Cuff on: January 11, 2009 12:18:37 PM
Just adding to the pile of the singlet-style shopping bags made from the now famous tutorial here on craftster. I've made a few of these but this is my favourite one to date as it's the first one not just made from random fabrics, I picked these out especially for a friend's Christmas present. The bag is lined with the same fabric that the outside pocket is made from.

I also made the coffee cuff using two layers of a kind of sweatshirt-y fabric from my stash as insulation and a printed cotton on the outside, with elastic thread to make it adjustable and some buttons from my enormous button hoarde. I really like how it turned out, I just made a pattern from a Starbucks cardboard version and it was such a quick and easy gift. I'm going to make one for myself next. Here are both items, folded and unfolded.. any C/C much appreciated! Smiley


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