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321  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Jim Henson Swap Sign ups Oct 25th thru Nov 15th on: November 03, 2011 06:03:27 AM
Whoo hooo! I got most of my shopping done this week so I'm planning on getting crafty this weekend. Smiley I spent a couple of days brainstorming after reading the questionnaire from my partner, IHeartsTheArts.

Looking forward to this!
322  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / These are not the droids you're looking for on: November 02, 2011 11:42:14 AM
Okay, so since seeing the Calvin and Hobbes costumes at http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=394017.0, I know realize that none of us deserve to win like those two. Smiley But in any case, here's my entry. This is the first time I've been able to actually post a homemade costume for this contest. I actually started it in August and it's the biggest, most involved thing I've ever sewn because I'm not much of a seamstress.

My husband bought Yoda's FX lightsaber for me last year for my birthday so this idea actually took this long to come to reality. Only the lightsaber, boots and D ring belt were bought. The D ring belt was saved from the thrift store bag, once my husband was going to toss it out. The boots I wear on a regular basis.

I actually sewed this costume two separate times, from Simplicity's Jedi knock off pattern, #5840. The first time, it turned out horribly, even with making several tweaks and taking it in a few times. I switched from the cheap Royalty Broadcloth I started with and switched to a better looking and better hanging linen-type fabric. This is light enough to be comfortable outside during a southern Virginia Halloween.

One Jedi costume site recommended using ties on the inside for a more secure, tighter fit. I'm actually using snaps on mine. There are snaps in the shoulders, and the other half of the snaps are in in the tabbards to keep them from slipping down over my shoulders.

I also put in a set of shoulder pads, but I actually put them in backwards on purpose. According to the Padawan's Guide, "Obi-Wan's tunic has a noticeable "tuck" where the sleeve joined with the shoulder. In Ep. II, particularly in the scene where Obi-Wan is floating in those electric cuffs, you can see a shoulder seam too." I am wildly happy with how this turned out. I changed the construction of the collar and added the interfacing.

I tried to follow the pattern for the belt and tabbards but they weren't long enough, so I abandoned the pattern completely for it and just winged it, by looking at lots and lots of photos of Ewan McGregor's costumes instead. The "official" costuming sites, like the Rebel Legion and the Jedi Assembly, were great in explaining the details of the costumes. I didn't try to copy the younger Obi-Wan's costume, which is why I went with slightly different colors for my costume, but I liked how the tabbards were tunic-length in the front and stopped at the belt in the back. That little detail makes it standard as an Old Republic Jedi costume.

The dickey was the first thing I made and the only thing I didn't have to remake. I didn't even have to tweak the pattern. This was a random remnant from my stash that I bought for this costume, I just wasn't sure which part I'd use it for. The pattern called for making your own ties to help secure it around your body, but I had white ribbon so I used that instead.

I realize in looking at this photo, I should have pulled down the back of the tunic a little bit before my husband snapped this one for me.

These pants are actually from a woman's pirate costume pattern:Simplicity 3677 Misses' Pirate Costume Pattern. I thought I had elastic when I was almost finished with them. Turns out I didn't, so I ran down to Walgreens. I was denied there. Their tiny little sewing rack didn't have any elastic and I just didn't feel like going any further. I dug through my stash of stuff and came across a fitted sheet I had used for a different project. I cut a bunch of elastic from it and reused it for these pants.

And yeah, dress a grown up in a Jedi costume and put a lit lightsaber in her hand and it's impossible to not grin, wave it around and fight invisible Sith.
323  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Calvin and Hobbes - Let's go exploring! (Tons o' pics) on: November 02, 2011 11:23:04 AM
 Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin

Totally epic. Fantastic costumes. Fabulous idea. Instant win. What else can I say??? If anyone else wins this costume other than you, I'll start bycotting Craftster. Seriously. Even if I were to win, I would STILL boycott Craftster.

Absolutely beautiful and your Hobbes is wonderfully made. He's perfect!
324  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: lorac bedazzled box on: October 30, 2011 06:34:59 PM
Well, you'd have to take the drawers out, but have you thought about clear spray paint as a clear coat? I used that to seal a pair of baby shoes that I COATED in red glitter to hang on my niece's mobile. Glitter everywhere (my husband said it looked like a fairy had exploded in his garage) until I clear coated them.

Or maybe Mod Podge.

Good luck!
325  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Marvel Family on: October 29, 2011 12:52:57 PM
This Spidey rocks! Awesome job on the suit and as a great big geek girl, I'm always glad to see a guy in a Spidey suit that looks like be belongs in it. Smiley
326  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Jim Henson Swap Sign ups Oct 25th thru Nov 15th on: October 28, 2011 05:56:48 AM
Whoo hoo! I signed up for my first swap yesterday!!!!!
327  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Baby Blanket! on: October 28, 2011 05:55:45 AM
Very cool! I love that design and color combo!
328  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: how about a xmas wreath or any theme????? on: October 27, 2011 01:10:19 PM
Ooooooooohhhh, I like this idea!!!!!!!!!!
329  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: knit/crochet a blanket swap on: October 27, 2011 01:08:05 PM
I think this could be fun, and I'd be down for that since I'd like to join a swap anyway.

Would we shoot for larger squares for fewer people or smaller squares for more people? I guess it all depends on how many people want in. It be neat to combine both knit and crochet squares, so people could decide which they'd want to do. I only crochet but I'd like some knit mixed in with mine.
330  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Nyan Cat Scarf on: October 23, 2011 01:04:50 PM
Awesome scarf!!!!!!!!!!!
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