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21  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Skeleton Tuxedo Pattern Needed on: July 25, 2010 07:40:23 PM
My boss is quite odd...
He is in love with a pair of 8 inch Doc Marten boots that look like the feet of a skeleton...Actually I just Googled it and it looks really cool!
Boots
Anyway! He wants me (on my 80s sewing machine with straight and zig-zag stitch only) to sew him a tux!
He's going to have his wife screen print bones (and on the cummerbund guts) on the tux.

I just need a good tux pattern! I don't really know if Simplicity and Butterick sell tux patterns!
22  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Pop Tab Prom Dress (Tips and help needed) on: July 19, 2010 01:40:06 PM
So after seeing the 2 females with amazing pop tab prom dresses, I've decided to create my own!
I got the pattern today (Link) and it's July...Prom isn't until April...So I have ample procrastination time! I'm doing view A btw, the short, one shouldered dress.
I already have a few...hundred thousand (give or take a couple thousand) pop tabs saved up and I have everyone I know (and everyone they know) saving tabs for me, so I should be good there.
I only have a few questions about construction and preferably some tips from you guys!
1) What's the best way to go about "weaving" the tabs into fabric, I found an okay tutorial online where you basically weave the tabs with ribbon (or fabric) in the shape of your pattern piece and then the ends of the ribbon you sew together to get the pieces together...The problem is I have a short attention span, so I don't know how well it would work...Or if there's another way to go about this...That would be AWESOME!
2) What type of fabric should I use to weave the tabs together? I was just going to use ribbon, but Mother got a sample of some uber stretchy fabric that when I cut it into strips should curl, like t-shirt fabric...And this fabric is black with silver stitching to it, so that would be either fancy or tacky, I don't quite know yet.

Any other questions I should ask or comments you guys have are apperciated...I'm going into this pretty much blind...I can sew, I made a Dorito bag prom dress last year...But nothing particularly prepares me for pop tab attire!

Thank you!
23  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Peter Pan Outfit! (Pic Heavy!) on: July 10, 2010 07:37:29 PM
At work we like to dress up (wow I start almost every post with that). This weekend was Fictional Book Character Day! We had the Invisable Man (best costume ever btw), Peter Pan (me), Tony Stark and Kermit the Frog...Oh and a Hippie and a White Trash-ish guy...Any excuse not to wear a uniform I presume!
ANYWAY!
I was Peter Pan and I literally finished my outfit the day of! Twas some blue-ish, gray-ish, green-ish stretchy fabric of awesomeness from the thrift shop and a LOT of green felt...Although it wasn't real felt...I don't know what it was all I know is that IT DIDN'T BLEACH! Neither did my other fabric...But I ended up with a hundred leaves of all the same color! So the day before I got white felt and lime green paint from Wal Mart and watered down the paint and painted the felt green! The problem was it took all night and most of the day to dry (I know, I'm not smart)...So I ended up sewing on partially wet green leaves to my dress in random places because I had to leave for work in an hour.

ANYWAY! I believe it all turned out well enough, I even dyed my own tights! That was evil...Microwavable dye...Scary thought!

So without further adu, THE DRESS!!!







I quickly Sharpied on leaf patterns on all the leaves then sewed them on.




Can't really see the hat well, but its leftover leaves hot glued together in a circle and then hot glued on a hair clip.






C&C Apperciated!
24  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / Using Caulking For Zombie Gashes on: July 10, 2010 07:03:19 PM
Okay...My co-worker knows everything about working at a haunted house and is even opening his own next year, currently he's making the animatronics and costumes and everything and as a crafter, I'm in awe (and as a 16 year old in lust seeing as he's only 19) but anyway!
He once mentioned that you can use cheap caulking as I believe fake blood, like if you put red coloring in it...But I was also thinking about using it to make like a nice gash or something.
It's in this forum because in my Zombies and Finer Things Club we're going to a baseball as mauled fans and I thought I would be an athletic zombie (mostly I'm tired of not dressing weather appropriate) and because there's less clothing to work with and maul, I wanted some gashes and uber mauled limbs.
However, I was reading the warning label on the caulking I bought and it's basically telling me that the caulking will kill me if one drop touches my clothing or skin.
The caulking itself is what my friend said to get, acrylic, latex and silicone all in one...But I'm sorta frightened by the warning label.

Helps please.
25  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / Fictional Book Character Outfit on: July 08, 2010 10:06:08 AM
At work we enjoy dressing up and this weekend is Fictional Book Character...Weekend.
I already have a really awesome blue '80s prom dress that could work for either Cinderella or (if I shortened it and changed the hemline) Alice in Wonderland.
Both those things are very blah though...Anyone have any ideas for a different book character & a basic concept of the costume?
I'm pretty good at sewing and I have all the fabric in the world/clothes to recon.
Btw, I need the costume done by Saturday and today's my only day off.

Thank you!
26  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / If This Were The Tree Of Knowledge, I'd Steal the Tamborine! on: July 07, 2010 09:30:35 PM
Ahh, the joys of Rue 21 having $5 t-shirts!
This is a guy's XXL t-shirt!!! No real story for this...Just...Here it is!
Sorry for the uber messy room...It's my sister's fault! Except for the mass of clothev hanging on my bed...Thrift shops are awesome, 'nuff said!

The band was the sleeves, I evened them out and viola!

After!



Before.




Back.
I was too lazy to resew the top half because it was a bit big (as I had planned) sooo, the tie thing was born!
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&& Flat on my messy floor!



C&C Apperciated! Smiley
27  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 52 ENTRIES / Sesame Street Romper on: July 06, 2010 09:07:50 PM
So whilst Thrift Shopping today, I came upon an awesome Sesame Street twin bedsheet thingie and thought to get it...Only after I got on Craftster did I realize the Challenge this month was Bedsheets!
Sooo I made a romper-type-deal!

Apologies for the mirror being dirty, I like to sketch my designs on it with White Board markers...You can see in blue my romper sketch.

Front.


I'm wonky, not the outfit.


Back.


Once again, I'm wonky, not the outfit!


And before picha...

Yay weirdy fringe!



C&C Apperciated!
28  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Who Knew Making Fudge Was So Creative! (Pic Heavy) on: June 26, 2010 07:30:13 PM
So I work at a place called The Fudgery, and in my store, I have met a few of the coolest guys ever, including my boss. Being as cool as we are, we started a club called the Zombies and Finer Things Club...But that's a different story. We also love dressing up and because Halloween season comes around once a year, we have to spice things up by having dress-up days on Saturdays when we made goal the weekend before (yay insentives!).
ANYWAY! I don't have the best pictures becaue I like to forget things!

One weekend was Superhero Saturday (for which I worked at a different store) and Sidekick Sunday!
I was Robin of Batman and Robin! (Old school, 1960's version btw)
I also made green shorts because a family store in Branson Missouri wouldn't allow green underwear only! I just don't have pictures of me in them because after work I had a Zombie Club meeting and didn't like how they turned out (Simply because they were t-shirt material and went past my fingertips without being to my knee, and that's just an awkward length for shorts, althought I don't go any shorter because I don't wanna show everything off.)




And the shorts.




Next comes Singer Saturday!
I thought long and hard about this, I wanted to be Adam Ant but couldn't figure out for the life of me how to do the colonial jacket, being 16 and only having a week to figure something out. The day before, I ended up having inspiration from an XL men's button up shirt that had an odd Western cover thing to cover the button up portion? It's hard to explain...Anyway, my mother chopped off the sleeves of that and another shirt to make a skirt for me (That I had to sew...How much sense does that make?)...I ended up making new sleeves our of black fabic. I also broke 3 needles on the silver fabric because it was beaded and I just don't learn...Damn hand-sewing!








We also had a pirate day, but I didn't get pictures of my costume, just the pants I made out of the bottom of a plus sized dress because I lost my pirate pants! (Oddly enough, so did my co-worker!)
They aren't the best, but I made them after failing at making 3 other pants...They are sorta gathered at the top, but I didn't make a real waistband so they're held up by my high-waisted belt, and the bottom I cut slits in the fabric to run a red ribbon through, they turned out okay I presume!


And lastly, I don't have pictures of my costume because I ended up driving home (scary, twas my first time!) and in a bustle it's hard to sit! But Mother took a picture and I'll wait for her to post it on her blog. I was Marie Antoinette for History Day (Even brought my own guillotine)...No pictures of the dress right now but here's my makeup!






AHHH!!!
C&C Welcomed!
29  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / History Day - My Workplace Is Crazy! (Costume Help) on: June 12, 2010 06:22:07 PM
So the people at my job are crazy, but the coolest people I've ever met!
Being crazy, we love to dress up, and our job sorta allows it! Last weekend we dressed up as Superheroes and Sidekicks (I was Batman's sidekick Robin), this weekend we were Singers (I was Adam Ant) and next weekend we want History Day, where we come dressed as famous people from history!
I can't for the life of me figure out who I want to be! We're very family oriented so I can't be too risky or anything and we make/sell fudge and drinks so I can't have anything that gets in my way too much (just having ruffled cuffs sucked as Adam Ant), also it's summer and even though we have a great AC unit, we sometimes have to work the door outside, so perferably no vikings!
But other than that, I can be anything, I've got pretty decent sewing skillz, I just can't figure out who to be!
Thanks in advance!
30  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Size 15 Tripps Into My Size! on: May 18, 2010 04:24:59 AM
My best friend gave me a pair of her old Tripp pants from when she was goth in literally 4th grade (and apparently we were in the same class...Shows how observant I was). My friend is quite a bit larger than I, so I never really weared the pants...I could actually fit both of my legs into one leg of the pants! So...when my sewing skillz became up to par (about 2 or 3 years after I got the pants), I sewed them up! The problem was that I could only sew the inseam, for there were a lot of bells and whistles on the outside, and the fabric doesn't stretch...Which I almost couldn't fit into my pants!
The leg is actually sewn a little wonky...But it was getting really late!


Back.


The pants were from hell...I couldn't change the waistband too much (but I did take out the drawstring)...So this was difficult. With the zipper in, I looked like I was rather well-endowed for a woman! So I took it out and now just shimmy my way into my pants (as I do for all my pants because I'm too lazy to undo zippers and buttons).


Tag, I left it on the pants...Now they're about a size 3! Smiley


C&C Apperciated! Smiley
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