It's been quite a while since I posted anything, but here's a skirt I completed today. It was a pretty quick and straightforward project - two layers of vinyl cut like a circle skirt using my hip measurement for the inner circle, edged in bias binding, and a jersey waistband. I can do a tutorial if anyone is interested
I've seen photos of these skirts before and figured I'd try making one of my own after I found this great translucent pink vinyl for $1.99 a yard.
The two circles laid out, ready for a waistband, which proved to be a little difficult to sew on because of how much less flexible than fabric the vinyl is and because I was too lazy to put tissue paper under it so it would feed well
That would be great! I'd love to see another pic. I like the idea of a circle skirt but never attempted making one for the same reason - that it needed a petticoat.
Here's a photo as promised I am wearing a relatively narrow slip to keep the skirt from being see-though but no petticoat.
I think circle skirts look great without petticoats too, I just like wearing petticoats If you look at the hem of it like this, you can see how some parts hang lower than others - that's because it stretched on the bias, so watch out for that if you make one (it's best if you can let the skirt hang for a day then mark the hem while it's on a person or form so it hangs stretched). I think you should totally try making one if you like the idea!
I finally got around to making one of these, with a couple little changes - smaller along the top, no extra fur in the ears, and different "pom poms." It's lined in fleece and I just used iron on interfacing inside the ears for stiffness (ironed onto the fleece). Thanks again for the tutorial!
To anyone having trouble sewing the ears on with all that fur: I noticed it got a bit easier when I switched to a curved needle.
So, I know many people have made this costume in the past (and mine is definitely inspired by those), but I've wanted one of my own for a while now. Well, here it is! It was quite an experience to make and I wish I had started earlier than I did because there was several late nights involved.
The pieces I made are the horns, top, legs, and shoe covers. The necklace was one I owned.
I used a pair of leggings as a base and hand sewed carved upholstery foam to them while worn, plus added fiber fill to the butt area (that was an interesting time haha). Then I taped up one leg to use for a pattern (idea for tape from http://www.komickrazi.com/costumes/tut3.html). Each leg ended up being 9 pattern pieces once I cut the tape apart.
The horns were stuffed fabric, tied up with thread, and wired so I could pose them and attach them to a headband. I love how they came out.
The only part I'm not totally happy with is the hooves. I didn't have the correct materials and didn't manage to make them cloven, but hey, better than just wearing the shoes.
The tail was definitely one of my favorite parts, and I kept getting compliments on my butt
I wanted the top to have as few seams as possible, as if I made it roughly from materials I could find in the woods. It worked out almost exactly like I wanted, so I was quite happy with that.
Thanks for looking! Comments, critique, questions are all welcome
PS. So many awesome costumes already posted this year!
For a local convention this summer my best friend and I dressed as sims from Sims 2. I've seen lots of sims costumes before but they're often plain clothes with a plumbob, so we wanted to do outfits that were recognizable as being directly from the game.
I made all parts of my outfit except for the shoes. It includes a dress, obi, leg warmers, and the jewelry.
I was quite excited about how well the gradient came out on the obi. I hand dyed yellow fabric with orange dye. This part of the costume gave me some trouble... I had made the obi one way, hated it, ripped it all apart and remade it so it's put together like a tsuke obi.
Something that bothered me the whole time I was working on the dress was that the wrap goes the wrong way for a kimono even though it is clearly modeled after one... I almost switched it, but I'm a stickler for costume accuracy and was already making some compromises.
For the thought bubble, I digitally traced the bubble and symbols from screenshots, printed them, and hand painted in the colors (except the alien head which has gray paper glued on). The symbols are on velcro so we could change them out during the day.
When I saw both of these fabrics at the store I had to have them. I knew right away I wanted a circle skirt from the yellow with white polka-dots, but I was a little stumped on the white fabric at first (which is sheer and has little polka-dots that are even more see-through). I decided on a blouse, then got stuck on the collar until my mother suggested I make it tie, and if I remember right, I saw someone wearing a similar collar on Project Runway I used this tutorial for the skirt: http://katiekadiddlehopper.blogspot.com/2009/04/circle-skirt-how-to.html and New Look 6599 for the blouse, though with a lot of alterations - I changed all the darts to princess seams, did plain sleeve ruffles instead of cuffs, got rid of the yoke, made it close all the way up, and drafted the new collar. The entire blouse is french seamed, including the armholes. I was determined to use pearl buttons on it, and after some helpful advice here http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=388329.0, figured out an arrangement that worked. Thanks again to those who helped out! The skirt hem isn't as even as I would like, but after re-cutting it several times, I decided it would just keep stretching out on the bias and end up longer in some spots (from waist to hem) no matter what.
You can better see the sheerness/dots here, I am wearing a camisole underneath in all the photos.
The skirt has a side zip and fabric covered button, that I tried to pattern match to the waistband...it worked alright. I tried to match the side seams as well and the only place that didn't work was over the zipper.
and here I am showing off my dancing skills I made the organza petticoats a while ago to wear with these sorts of skirts, and the bloomers as well.
all comments, suggestions, questions, etc. welcome! Thanks for looking
One of my friends really likes pinup/retro dresses, so when we were trying to come up with a Christmas present from me to her, I suggested I make one. It took a looong time, with lots of little problems along the way, but I finally got it together for some photos the other day.
I couldn't find a suitable pattern so I made a sloper for her and went from there. I think it worked out okay - except it took lots of fittings and when we put it on for the photos, the dress was way too big in the back waist even though it fit last fitting. Oh well, I'll fix it some day.
It is a halter top, with a separate red tie belt, lined and lightly boned bodice (except the two front seams), and a circle skirt (maybe it's 3/4 circle...). I also made a light petticoat to go with it.
Alright, enough of that, on to the pics! (I played hair stylist, makeup artist, and photographer as well, so any comments/suggestions about those are also welcome)
(not the best photo, but the best one I have showing how the halter curves)
So I really have my heart set on pearl buttons for this blouse I'm making. I went to buy some and ended up with these because all the other ones I saw had really long shanks that I thought would hang strangely on something this sheer. The problem is now that I laid them out I don't know if they're not too small... thoughts? And if they're not too small, how should I space them? like this so there's 6 or closer together for 7? If they are too small... suggestions for what kinds of buttons to use? I feel like I can never decide on buttons