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21  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Little Big Planet Themed Props! on: January 21, 2011 07:08:00 AM
I have some friends who have a show on escapistmagazine.com and they asked me to make some props for an upcoming episode they were doing which included a live action production of a Little Big Planet skit! I was super excited because I love the game, I'm sure I'm among many creative people that feel the same way! Aside from the crafty looking landscapes and the COSTUMES Cheesy, gosh darnit it is just fun to play!

I created a plush mushroom and a popsicle that were bottom weighed. First I sketched it out and then drafted a framework pattern which I cut out in cardboard. I then cut the outer layer from polar fleece and used a combination of machine and hand sewing to put the outside all together! Hopefully this is the right board to post these in, I'm usually over at costumes and clothing Smiley





For those of you who want to check out the video, I'd probably skip ahead to 3:40 (the first skit has to do with kinectimals being like furries and might make some people uncomfortable lol)!
http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/show-about-games-show/2658-Kinectimals-Big-Planets
22  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Steampunkesque Mini Top Hat and Bustle! on: January 30, 2010 09:38:45 PM
For a recent 'Kinky and Geeky' event I decided to indulge my love for steampunk and finally do something somewhat inspired by the genre. I designed a mini top hat and matching bustle! I used a felt base and covered it with the vintage fabric I used from the skirt. The ribbon is a really soft velvet and I found vintage buttons to cover up where the chains were tacked into the front.



23  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Jurassic Park Live - Sexy Muldoon 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:



24  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Jurassic Park Live - Trannysaurus Rex 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.


25  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Jurassic Park Live - Dilophosaurus 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.


26  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Jurassic Park Live - Sexy Raptors 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.

27  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Woven Faux Leather Clutch (bane of my existence) 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!

28  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Absinthe Faerie / Green Faerie! 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.


29  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Mad Men Inspired Clothing! Joan & Betty ;) 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
30  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Harley Quinn Inspired *BANG* Pistol Purse 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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