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81  Jurassic Park Live - Sexy Muldoon in Costumes: Completed Projects by smashu on: January 17, 2010 11:35:12 AM
This series of posts is definitely long overdue! For Fringe Week this past year, I was the costume designer for a large live on stage shadow cast production of Jurassic Park. It was a huge undertaking and I designed 35+ costumes! It was alot of fun for me as I had to develop designs to convert the roboticized dinosaurs from the movie into human versions that allowed for flexibility of movement on stage.

I've got a ridiculously large amount of pieces that were made for each character so I won't be able to  post them all on here. But if you would like to see more, please visit my blog! http://smashworks.blogspot.com/2009/09/long-awaited-epic-blog-post-of-jurassic_12.html



In the film and the book, Robert Muldoon is a man. For the production we cast a fiesty redhead female Muldoon, dubbed as Sexy Muldoon by all. I kept the essence of the safari uniform but converted the idea of the vest into a leather harness. It was my first experimentation using leather like this and it actually turned out very well.




I also designed ID tags for the human characters in our cast as closely as I could to the originals in the movies. I don't have the personal ID tags images for the moment but these are the ones that were designed for the minions:



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82  Jurassic Park Live - Trannysaurus Rex in Costumes: Completed Projects by smashu on: January 17, 2010 11:14:51 AM
This series of posts is definitely long overdue! For Fringe Week this past year, I was the costume designer for a large live on stage shadow cast production of Jurassic Park. It was a huge undertaking and I designed 35+ costumes! It was alot of fun for me as I had to develop designs to convert the robotized dinosaurs from the movie into human versions that allowed for flexibility of movement on stage.

I've got a ridiculously large amount of pieces that were made for each character so I won't be able to  post them all on here. But if you would like to see more, please visit my blog! http://smashworks.blogspot.com/2009/09/long-awaited-epic-blog-post-of-jurassic_09.html



As all the dinosaurs on the Jurassic Park island were female, it only made sense to dress our one male dinosaur cast member as a female. Being as he was also the director, he thought it was a great idea! I don't have alot of photographs for this costume unfortunately, missing a closeup full costume design, harness, and most regretably the neck corset. The neck corset was made of red faux leather to emulate the mouth of the T-Rex with white faux leather teeth along the top. It had a velcro closure at center front and was boned for structure.

The scale of the T-Rex is much larger than that of the other dinosaurs in the movies so I played with the proportions using the collar, and then instead of the hooded type heads on the other dinosaurs, designed a fascinator with only the eyes on it. It was a big hit!




I made a silk screen and then hand screened a 'scale' like pattern on the fabric. I used fleece for the head and extremities and white faux leather for the nails and teeth. The gloves and spats had velcro closures.


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83  Jurassic Park Live - Dilophosaurus in Costumes: Completed Projects by smashu on: January 17, 2010 10:59:16 AM
This series of posts is definitely long overdue! For Fringe Week this past year, I was the costume designer for a large live on stage shadow cast production of Jurassic Park. It was a huge undertaking and I designed 35+ costumes! It was alot of fun for me as I had to develop designs to convert the roboticized dinosaurs from the movie into human versions that allowed for flexibility of movement on stage.

I've got a ridiculously large amount of pieces that were made for each character so I won't be able to  post them all on here. But if you would like to see more, you can find them on this post: http://smashworks.blogspot.com/2010/03/long-awaited-epic-blog-post-of-jurassic.html



For the Dilophosaurus costume, I had the unique challenge of figuring out how I was going to make a practical design for the neck frill that expands like an umbrella in the movie. I decided to make a modified neck corset that could be worn like a mini cape or flipped up as a frilled collar. I added boning for structure and it actually worked out very well!




I made a silk screen and then hand screened a 'scale' like pattern on the fabric. I used fleece for the head and extremities and white faux leather for the nails and teeth. The gloves and spats had velcro closures.


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84  Jurassic Park Live - Sexy Raptors in Costumes: Completed Projects by smashu on: January 17, 2010 10:47:29 AM
This series of posts is definitely long overdue! For Fringe Week this past year, I was the costume designer for a large live on stage shadow cast production of Jurassic Park. It was a huge undertaking and I designed 35+ costumes! It was alot of fun for me as I had to develop designs to convert the roboticized dinosaurs from the movie into human versions that allowed for flexibility of movement on stage. Note: During the performances, the Raptors were required to do a tango for the entire duration of the kitchen scene with Timmy and Lexi Smiley

I've got a ridiculously large amount of pieces that were made for each character so I won't be able to  post them all on here. But if you would like to see more, please visit my blog! http://smashworks.blogspot.com/2009/09/long-awaited-epic-blog-post-of-jurassic.html



For the Velociraptors I made a silk screen and then hand screened a 'scale' like pattern on the fabric. I used fleece for the head and extremities and white faux leather for the nails and teeth. The gloves and spats had velcro closures.





I made a matching purple elastic harness for the girls to wear over the black bodysuits.

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85  Woven Faux Leather Clutch (bane of my existence) in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by smashu on: January 17, 2010 10:26:32 AM
I love how this purse turned out but it was possibly one of the most excruitiating and time consuming pieces I have ever made. It measures about 12 " x 7 " and has a magnetic closure inside. There is a bit more about it on my blog if you are interested!

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86  Absinthe Faerie / Green Faerie! in Costumes: Completed Projects by smashu on: January 17, 2010 10:22:28 AM
When I was younger, I constantly wore wings out of the house. Faerie wings were my favorite and I actually became quite well known for wearing them (among other costume pieces) to school Smiley I haven't worn them for any reason in quite some time so I was extremely excited when I got to make them for this costume!

I used green powder over the entirety of my exposed skin which took quite some time as I had different shades for contouring. I didn't want to make myself look completely flat, especially on the contours of my face. Additionally, I had elf ears which were somewhat a pain because it turns out they are quite impossible to do the initial adhering by yourself. This is a two person job! Luckily I got some help last minute for which I was very grateful.



The costume was two separate dresses, the top layer made of a two-toned voile that I frayed around the edges. The under dress was made of green satin.



I decided I needed strapless wings so I opted to experiment with a version that I created to slide in between my bra band and centre back by way of a reinforced circle of metal wire. I was worried it might not stay in there but it didn't come out once. And I also had the ease of just plucking it out from my back when I was navigating through extremely busy areas.

The wings themselves were made of green tinted cellophane. After cutting out the wing shapes I wanted, I took two different gauges of wire and made veins running through them, using the largest pieces to adhere them to the circle base. Then, I ironed the top and bottom wing pieces together and to finish, repeated ironing with a textured piece of fabric on top so they would have a discreet pattern across them.


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87  Mad Men Inspired Clothing! Joan & Betty ;) in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by smashu on: October 11, 2009 06:07:17 PM
I made these quite some time ago but had an excuse to photograph them in a Mad Men inspired shoot recently for a vintage sewing challenge. I had a blast! Both are vintage reissued Butterick patterns, the Joan dress is from 1960 and the Betty dress is from 1947. I've got a bit more info on my blog but I thought I would share with everyone here since I haven't posted in quite some time:)

Me as firecracker Joan Holloway (Christina Hendricks and I have MANY things in common lol)

Me as the unpredictable Betty Draper
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88  Re: 1940s / 1950s Swap - send by 6/3 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by smashu on: July 01, 2009 08:43:01 PM
Picked up my package on Monday, finally got a chance to photograph it today! Hannahkarina sent me a lovely package with a sweet vintage style card. Great painting and bracelet she made for me:


Mascara and vintage fabric, Wooden purse and button/embellishments::



Thanks for a great swap!
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89  Harley Quinn Inspired *BANG* Pistol Purse in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by smashu on: May 28, 2009 05:18:45 PM
This purse was for the Burlesque Swap for the lovely Sarahpanda inspired by the lovely villianess Harley Quinn:D

The gun purse is made out of faux leather and padded to make it more three dimensional. There is a smallish zipper compartment on the back of the gun and a small loop on the mouth that the change purse can be clipped on to! I imagine it would be kind of annoying to have it on there the whole time lol The change purse has a velcro closure and the *bang* part I cut out by hand in shiny pvc and stitched down.


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90  Re: Burlesque Swap : The Gallery in The Swap Gallery by smashu on: May 28, 2009 05:15:27 PM
Wow, everyone's creations are so pretty and unique! I love it:)

My package to sarahpanda got to her earlier than I expected, I was very happy to see she likes it all! I did a Harley Quinn photoshoot before I sent it off to her for my sewing blog, here are a few of the pics:)


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