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1  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Tira Soul Calibur IV Costume!!!!!( LOADS OF PICTURES ) on: August 13, 2010 04:09:11 AM
This is so awesome! And it looks like you've paid so much attention to detail. The Soul Calibur series is my favourite!
2  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 52 ENTRIES / Re: Sunset coloured covertible skirt/dress (img heavy) on: July 05, 2010 12:51:46 AM
Exactly how do the button holes work and how large are they? I'm a bit confused as I can't seem to find any additional information on the construction of a Kariza.

The button holes are to thread the straps through to make them lie flat or change direction, depending on how it's tied. I made mine vertical to the skirt, about the same length as the width of the straps.

Maybe I should make a tutorial for the tutorial challenge  Tongue
3  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 52 ENTRIES / Re: Suset coloured covertible skirt/dress (img heavy) on: July 03, 2010 07:23:19 PM
What measurements did you use and how long did you make your ties if you dont mind me asking?

I made the waist half circle with a radius of about 14.5 inches, making the final waistband, making the final waist about 46 inches.
The waistband and straps are about 3 yards all the way across.
The top layer ended up being about 33" from the waist line and the bottom layer was about 36".

Maybe I'll have to make another one and do a tutorial.
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: A different kind of quikie dress on: July 02, 2010 07:59:57 AM
Thank you to everyone who has contributed to this thread! It has helped me so much to complete my skirt/dress/thing. You can see my version here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=352543.0

Also, I strongly recommend wearing a belt with this of thing since sometimes the fullness can get a bit much.
5  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 52 ENTRIES / Re: Suset coloured covertible skirt/dress (img heavy) on: July 02, 2010 07:55:15 AM
Wow, I didn't expect so many fast responses!
For those who asked how to make this skirt, go here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=162868.0 and scroll down to the line drawing. It's even got measurements!
I put three button holes in my waistband to make it more flexible, one in the center, and one halfway between the center and the edge on each side.
Hope that makes sense.
6  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 52 ENTRIES / Sunset coloured covertible skirt/dress (img heavy) on: July 02, 2010 05:42:13 AM


This skirt was made from a king single flat sheet. It had every reason to go wrong, but somehow ended up right.

I wanted to make a Kariza style double layered skirt. I looked online and found that these type of skirts are 1/2 to 3/4 circle skirts attached to a long waistband with one or more buttonholes to pass the straps through.

The first issue was the sheet itself. It was about $10, and a dingy lemon colour.

I immediately decided to dye it, and picked up some iDye from a local craft store for about $10.
When I got home, I took a closer look at the sheet I had bought.

I had stupidly overlooked the fact the sheet I bought was poly cotton, not pure cotton. The dye I bought was suited to natural fibres. I returned to the craft store, only to find that they didn't have any of the iDye Poly.

The second problem came after I had resigned my self to dye it with the dye I had. I had already decided I wanted a gradient effect for the top panel, but I couldn't decide what I wanted for the bottom.
The original idea was to try a wheat paste resist technique, as seen here: http://eyesaflame.blogspot.com/2008/06/demo-flour-paste-batik.html. My version didn't work as well as the one shown there, so  washed all the wheat paste off before I even tried to dye it.

I then discovered shibori, a traditional Japanese technique. Shibori comes in many different forms, the one I chose is known as Mokume. There's more information on the technique found here: http://entwinements.com/blog-mt3/2007/04/mokume.html. The stitching went okay, but using long threads caused knotting, tangling and frustration.

When I finished all the stitching, I retrieved the other half of the skirt from my craft room. I had put the scraps in one area, planning to use them as interlining for a few small projects and the skirt in the other, to prevent me confusing the two. You can probably guess which one I cut up. Which brings us to problem number three:

Can you see the weird, chunky piece that's missing? The skirt has been folded in half to get across just how much is missing. Luckily, since I hadn't cut up any of the scraps, I managed to find one large enough to cover most of the gap.

The fourth (and final) problem was encountered during the dyeing process. I dyed the fabric on the stove top so I could and have more control and achieve the gradient effect. While working with the shibori piece, I followed the instructions to agitate the fabric in the pot for 30 minutes. During this time, a few of the threads broke. After 20 minutes of stirring, I realised that constant agitation was probably not the best method for this kind of resist technique, so the effect on the final product it much more subtle than originally intended.

This is a close up of the shibori.

Weirdly enough, the gradient effect worked just as I had intended.


This was my first attempt at both of these techniques.
Finally, when it was all put together, it actually worked. I was pleasantly surprised.
The skirt is meant to be able to be tied over 100 ways. These are some of my favourites:













The addition of a belt helped things to look a bit less tent-like

(this one is my favourite)







Please ignore any mess in the background or goofy faces.

So, why did I decide to a light, convertible, summery skirt/dress/thing? If you haven't picked up from the spelling, I'm from Australia. Right now it's winter, and most nights the temperature drops below -6 degrees Celsius (about 21 degrees Fahrenheit). I needed something light, bright and summery to cheer me up during the bleak, dreary winter days. Now I just have to figure out what to wear it with. Any suggestions are welcome.

Thank you for reading my giant entry!  Cheesy

7  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: influential women in history: Anne Boleyn & the Golden Girls on: February 11, 2010 02:26:03 AM
I love this! Not just the headlessness, but the costuming as well (The Boleyn 'B' necklace is a lovely touch!) I'm currently making a headless Marie Antoinette costume for a zombie shuffle. Can you tell me how you made your amazing bust? I've seen the sculpted bust tutorial but your version with paper mache and wire hangers sounds so much lighter, easier and cheaper.
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: How would I do this crazy pleating? on: February 05, 2010 03:52:32 PM
I have and idea! It's like and Elizabethan ruff. Lots of different instructions here http://www.elizabethancostume.net/ruffmake.html The box pleats and double box pleats are what's needed for those long tube like pleats.
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: Collapsible Dog Bowl? on: January 21, 2010 04:32:58 PM
Martha made one here: http://tinyurl.com/yjrrzoa and there's a tutorial on how to make your own "oilcloth" (without actutally oiling the fabric) here: http://tinyurl.com/yjrrzoa
10  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: My Y-Front (underwear) Quilt! Image Heavy!! on: November 23, 2009 03:02:02 PM
This quilt reminds me of the comic at http://www.nataliedee.com/042609/someone-needs-to-keep-better-track-of-his-underpants.jpg


I love it!
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