I made these can-can skirts for my sister's dance class. EIGHT of them. She commissioned me since there wasn't enough money in her studio's costume budget.
I started by making a full circle skirt. I tried to convince her to go a little less, but she wanted a full circle, so that's what I gave her. If I were doing the project again, I would probably use only 3/4 of a circle because when you grab it to can-can the middle slumps down due to too much volume.
I used an elastic waistband, since the girls were going to have to pull them off halfway through the dance (yes, they had leotards and a bustle underneath).
Then I started with the tulle. I cut it into 3 inch strips and just sewed it around the inside of the skirts...and around and around and around...
They came out pretty good. I wish the tulle would have showed up a little better. I did a double layer on the fronts and a single layer on the back to save tulle but still give the colors vibrancy in the front where it would be seen.
I can't wait for her to see them; she's picking them up on Saturday. Recital is next weekend!
These are some skulls I made last Halloween. I over-bought a bunch of plastic mini skulls and couldn't find any place to put them, or any way to make them look unique and special. A couple were painted for family members who have passed, but otherwise they're just designs I came up with and liked.
First, I painted the skulls white, since they had black shading and also looked a little greenish/GITD.
Then I went to town with my own brain! These were really fun to make and I ended up painting about 20 of them all together...It's hard to stop once you get going!
I made this box shrine in honor of the full moon/universal/star goddess. I started with an inexpensive unfinished hinged box that I hope to one day woodburn with a knotwork pattern on the outside. I like that it is something that I can set out at a certain time, or put it away if I feel I need to.
Full inside shot:
Left inside: Background is "Charge of the Star Goddess", tulle, "make" and "learn" beads, acrylic gem.
Right inside: Paint and glitter glue background with ribbon spool and yarn dreamcatcher style "web", artificial flowers/leaves, found shell (water aspect)
This was my first shrine and I absolutely love it. I can't wait for inspiration to make another one!
I always do Halloween w/ my boyfriend's family (more kids) and we try to do a common theme. This year: superheroes. Wonder Woman was taken (well, supposedly), so I chose Hawkgirl. Most of the costume was repurposed leotards from my dance days, but the mask, wings, mace, belt, and shoe covers were crafted.
The theme for Halloween this year is superheros. I am having trouble finding a costume that I want to make and wear. So far my options are Hawkgirl and Robin (Stephanie Brown). I'm not a huge superhero/comic gal, but my boyfriend helped me come up with these. Nothing too revealing, as I am plus-size and there will be children in the group. Are there any other suggestions?
Possibilities: Hawkgirl, Robin (Stephanie Brown)
Taken (already claimed): Batgirl, Wonder Woman (that was my first pick)
my boyfriend is going as Hellboy, and no I will not make an Abe Sapien costume for myself.
How do you write text that is readable in an altered book/journal. Do you simply write boldly, or in a different color, or do you paint over/glue paper over the original words, making a "blank" spot for your own words? Is there another technique for doing this that I'm missing?
I want to do an altered-book style journal, but I'm afraid that if I cover up too much of the writing, it will not retain its charm and "bookiness" I know that many people use images etc. and not too many words in their altered books, I was just wondering if there were some techniques that I could use that would give me more writing space that would allow my own writing to be readable.
I made the shorts E and I thought that they were a really easy pattern. Great for someone new to sewing clothes. I'm not usually one for elastic-waist, but it the top is long enough to cover the waistband, then I don't really care. They worked up really quickly.
The top I had a bit more difficulty with. I think it is because I was using a slippery fabric that frayed horribly. I might try it again with a different fabric. This pattern requires a bit more technique than the shorts, as it uses gathering and bias tape. This was my first time really working with bias tape and I thought that it was a really easy way to finish the underarm area of the top. But I got frustrated making the gathers even (perhaps due to the fraying).
I hope this review helps! I'm really proud of myself for completing these and am working on another shirt pattern now. I may post pics when I finish all of my projects.
My boyfriend and I will be celebrating our 3 year anniversary in mid-April, and I need IDEAS! It doesn't have to be crafted, but I am out of ideas. He always gets me really nice things and I feel like my gifts always fall flat. I've read the Generic Boyfriend Thread (yes ALL 90 PAGES), but couldn't find anything perfect for him. Here's a little about him:
-26 years old -likes comics (and is an aspiring comic book artist) -steampunk style (but no jewelry) -lives at home with parents right now (so no "housewares" like etched glasses, coasters, etc.) -hates his job at a call center (hey, it's difficult to break into the comic biz) I've considered a "saving to quit my job" coin bank -likes Joss Whedon stuff (Serenity/Firefly, Buffy, Angel...) -I'll post anything else I can think of later...
Thanks for any help (and as for my craftiness, I'll pretty much try anything).