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321  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Simple Statement Wreath on: December 04, 2011 02:45:21 PM
I finally got around to finishing my version of this wreath. I didn't get it done in time for fall this year, but at least I'll have it for next fall.

I think the inside of the wreath is about 8" across. I used Red Heart Super Saver orange and Marrakesh (#0947). The pine cones were picked up while I was walking my dog one night. The feathers were decorative picks from Michael's (where the wreath form came from), and the little bow and green leaves were leftover from my stash. In the picture (from my cell phone because my camera battery was charging), it looks like the feathers are black. They aren't. They are actually deep purple.
322  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: 80's cartoon swap on: November 19, 2011 08:12:32 AM
Oh man, I would love to do this swap! If it's done after Christmas, I'm all in!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! But I personally need to wait until after Christmas or I will lose my sanity. Smiley

Awesome idea!!!!
323  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Jim Henson Swap Sign ups Oct 25th thru Nov 15th on: November 16, 2011 08:51:42 PM
Whoo hoo, got my sewing projects done (now that I'm back home from a mini vacation to see the family). Tomorrow, the rest of the crafting can start. Smiley
324  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Jim Henson Swap Sign ups Oct 25th thru Nov 15th on: November 06, 2011 07:31:07 PM
Did anyone see Miss Piggy on the Tonight Show on Friday night? I'm not a Jay Leno fan but I walked into my husband's computer room and he was watching Jay interview Mickey Rourke and Piggy was sitting next to him! Smiley I love the fact that Piggy got the first interview slot. Anyway, the whole ep is on Hulu for anyone that wants to see it. Miss Piggy was hysterical. Smiley

And my husband surprised me with a new sewing machine tonight (I was expecting it for Christmas), and I already managed to get a couple of smalls knocked out that I was planning on muddling through by hand. Smiley
325  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Adam and Barbara Maitland from Beetlejuice on: November 06, 2011 11:19:34 AM
326  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Colorful Childhood Patchwork Quilt on: November 04, 2011 08:30:03 PM
Oh hell no, THAT IS A QUILT. I love the fact that you added to it, after all these years.

I've only made one quilt myself, squares and rectangles cut from a variety of fabrics, lined with a cotton sheet, batting in between, and edged with some kind of black silky satiny edging stuff. It's big enough to lay over the top of a queen sized bed and I actually keep it on the futon in my crafting room. It's totally not a great quilt and I'll never make another one, but I do love it.
327  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Snow White on: November 04, 2011 07:33:50 PM
OMG  Cheesy That is hysterical! She looks like she's waving at the dwarves in the first photo. LOVE it! And the costume. Smiley
328  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!
329  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.
330  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!
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