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1  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / The Flash, and a 4-Hour Harley Quinn on: October 28, 2009 03:54:10 PM

So Saturday was my boyfriend's birthday/Halloween party.  We do it every year and everyone always dresses according to one theme- this year was comic books!  I made his costume well in advance, but due to another costume order (from a girl who wasn't at the party) I didn't have a chance to make mine until FOUR HOURS before the party.  (I drafted the pattern the night before, but I only had four hours to cut and sew and add the zipper and make the diamonds!  Aaaah!)  Also, I originally made it fully-lined, but it was SO UNCOMFORTABLY HOT that I had to cut the lining out... frantically.

This was only my second attempt at drafting and sewing bodysuits and I'm pretty pleased with how they turned out.  (The first one was a loose-fitting panda costume, so this was really my first time making a bodysuit that fits the body closely.)

I used spandex for both.  His lightning bolts are made of a strange plasticky canvas material, and my diamonds are just spandex, which is double-sided-taped to foam, which is then double-sided-taped to me.  They look a little sketchy though.  It's too bad I didn't have time to make the collar, gloves, and wrist ruffles, but I still think it looked pretty cool... and everyone recognized it!

I might turn it into a Queen of Hearts costume for the actual night of Halloween!  I'm still throwing ideas around in my head, but I really just want to wear it again but make it look like a (relatively) different costume.

Thanks for looking!


2  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Need advice on Silk Spectre costume on: October 18, 2009 10:31:59 AM

I'm making a Silk Spectre costume for Halloween.  I'm using yellow and black spandex, because my local fabric store has pretty much nothing in terms of vinyl/PVC.  I just don't know how I should go about it- I don't know if I should make a black bodysuit and sew the yellow on top of it, or just cut the yellow and black sections separately and sew them together.

I think that if I go with the first method, topstitching the yellow sections to the black will be annoying and has the potential to look messy.  If I use the second method, I'm afraid it will be harder to get a perfect fit since the pattern pieces will be so oddly shaped.

Some more information: I'll be drafting my own pattern (I've made onesies/bodysuits from my own patterns before and they've always turned out well).  I have a serger as well as a sewing machine.  My sewing machine doesn't like doing zig-zag stitches.  I'm only making the bodysuit and gloves, not the boots.

Here's what she looks like:


Any advice would be GREATLY appreciated!!

Thank you so much and have a wonderful day!


3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Attaching stems to organza roses? on: June 07, 2009 12:52:04 PM

I think these flowers are so beautiful, and I would love to make them into a bouquet... but I don't know how to add a stem without copious amounts of floral tape (I tried, and it ended up looking pretty bulky and kind of ugly!!).  Any tips on how to go about doing this?  I would love some suggestions!

Thanks so much!

4  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Star Trek's Data! on: May 25, 2009 01:44:55 PM

All this talk about the new Star Trek movie has inspired me to post photos from last Halloween.  My boyfriend hosted a robot-themed party, but we couldn't think of any interesting costume ideas that would work for both a guy and a girl.  He finally suggested Star Trek so I made him a Data costume!  He got really into it and did his hair and makeup too, and I think in the end he pulled it off very convincingly.

(I was Seven of Nine.  I didn't make mine- it's just American Apparel- but my eye-piece makeup was super-cool!  I had it done at MAC.)

5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Men's t-shirt to cute girly top- with tutorial on: May 24, 2009 01:37:39 PM

So I had a pub crawl to go to yesterday, and our "ticket" was a large men's t-shirt.  Usually girls just cut up their shirts, but I wanted something a little cuter and more finished-looking, so this is what I did with it.  You can see the original on my boyfriend (a pretty standard t-shirt), and then my modified version.

It was super easy and took less than an hour, and was so much more flattering than the original.  It's pretty self-explanatory but if anyone is interested in a tute I'd be happy to draw one up!

Let me know what you think, or if you have suggestions for future pub crawl t-shirt modifications!

6  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Using Ikea fabric for items to sell- 100% legal :) on: April 16, 2009 10:56:19 AM

I know a lot of Craftsters use Ikea fabric to make things they sell.  (I'm one of them.)  After hearing about Amy Butler, though, I thought it would be a good idea to email Ikea and find out about their licensing.  Here is the response I got:


Thank you for contacting IKEA Canada. While we appreciate your interest in IKEA, it is not possible to distribute our products independently. The IKEA experience is more than just products, it is a retail concept. For the concept to work, it is
to have all aspects in place. Therefore, IKEA products are sold only in IKEA stores franchised by Inter IKEA Systems B.V.

Best Regards,
IKEA Canada Customer Service


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