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11  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: HELP with Wonder Woman boots?! Dyeing/Coloring Stretch Pleather on: October 03, 2011 07:23:08 AM
Both for availability and price, I went with Mezcraft's advice and used a textile medium from liquitex. I did two coats of a dark red and then two coats of a brighter red. I think they turned out pretty good!
12  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Zobie Hoard! on: September 27, 2011 08:04:44 AM
You can take pretty much any profession, make it zombie, and it will be funny. Zombie business woman/man, zombie house wife, zombie bus driver, zombie nurse, zombie waitress, zombie police man, etc. Zombie bride and groom are always funny.

As for your dog, it really depends on how much clothing your dog is willing to wear and if you want to clean him later. You could get a cheap t-shirt, rip it up, and paint blood splatters on it. It would be a little silly, but it would get the point across. If you wouldn't mind a little bit of clean up, you could get some edible fake blood and put it on his muzzle, that way if he licks it off you don't have to worry about it.

The zombie costume is always fun and usually pretty cheap. For the most part you can work with whatever old clothes you have lying around and don't care too much about. Rip em up, get them dirty, splatter with fake blood. The make up isn't too hard either. If you really wanted to go all out, you could add cuts, wounds, even bullet holes with special effects make up.

I agree with CostumeGoddess that liquid latex is the way to go as far as rotting flesh goes.

Make sure to post pictures!
13  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: need help with halloween costumes on: September 26, 2011 07:29:08 PM
If he really likes purple you could have him be an octupus! Make him purple pants and a purple shirt, and with the same material create four extra sleeves to fill with stuffing.
14  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Mermaid costume .... please help suggestions etc on: September 26, 2011 07:27:06 PM
For your hobble skirt you could easily sew a long zipper up the back. That way when you are behind the bar you can unzip it half way or so and no one will see it, but when you come out you can zip it back up and be in full costume again. I don't think it matters if you use frothy fabric at the bottom or make flippers, I've seen both work very well.
15  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Attaching faux fur to a dress for a cat costume? on: September 26, 2011 07:24:40 PM
For adding the fur, I would just tack it on. Tacking is when you sew something on very loosely with the intention of taking it off later. Use a thread similar in color to the fur and it won't show at all. I might suggest adding fur around the bottom and top hems of the dress, maybe make mittens with pay prints on the palms of your hands? I think it'd also be cute if you had a little rat hanging somewhere, like you'd just caught Scabbers.

Good luck on the costume!
16  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: HELP with Wonder Woman boots?! Dyeing/Coloring Stretch Pleather on: September 26, 2011 07:21:07 PM
I have worked super hard on my costume so far, including making my own pattern and sewing a corset, sewing her bullet-proof metal cuffs, hand painting her tiara, and hand painting stars on self-made shorts. I would feel a little lazy just ducktaping the boots. Plus the material is stretch, so if I duck taped them I doubt it'd fit any more. I plan on trying acrylic maybe with a textile medium mixed in? Thanks for the suggestions ladies.
17  CLOTHING / Shoes: Discussion and Questions / Re: Dyeing/Coloring Stretch Pleather? Help with Wonder Woman Costume on: September 26, 2011 07:18:04 PM
Thanks ladies!
18  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / HELP with Wonder Woman boots?! Dyeing/Coloring Stretch Pleather on: September 26, 2011 11:09:22 AM
Hey-o!

I am being Wonder Woman for Halloween, and have already managed to finish every piece of the costume but the boots! I bought a pair of knee high, black stretch-pleather boots at a thrift store, and cut the hem at the top to shape (an upside down V). For coloring I tried spray painting the boots red, and I painted the soles and heal white with acrylic paint. For the lines and boarder at the top I used white tape. They looked great . . . until I put them on. The material stretched and the spray paint did not stretch with it! This resulted in a lot of flaking and cracking of the red spray paint, showing the black bellow. Any ideas for how to dye the leather or make it red so that the color won't chip or crack when put on? Should I give up and go thrift store shopping for boots that are already red?

 Huh Huh Huh

Thanks!


EDIT!

I ended up adding a textile medium to red acrylic paint. The color isn't exactly how I wanted it to be, but its pretty close. I have put these babies on and walked around the house - no cracking or chipping of the paint! Lets hope they hold up - I plan on wearing these as part of my wonder woman costume for my band's first show on Halloween! Thanks for the advice and suggestions ladies!

19  CLOTHING / Shoes: Discussion and Questions / Dyeing/Coloring Stretch Pleather? Help with Wonder Woman Costume on: September 26, 2011 11:07:48 AM
Hey-o!

I am being Wonder Woman for Halloween, and have already managed to finish every piece of the costume but the boots! I bought a pair of knee high, black stretch-pleather boots at a thrift store, and cut the hem at the top to shape (an upside down V). For coloring I tried spray painting the boots red, and I painted the soles and heal white with acrylic paint. For the lines and boarder at the top I used white tape. They looked great . . . until I put them on. The material stretched and the spray paint did not stretch with it! This resulted in a lot of flaking and cracking of the red spray paint, showing the black bellow. Any ideas for how to dye the leather or make it red so that the color won't chip or crack when put on? Should I give up and go thrift store shopping for boots that are already red?

 Huh Huh Huh

Thanks!

EDIT:

I ended up using a textile medium made my liquitex mixed with red acryllic paint. I tried these bad boys on around the house - no cracking or peeling! Thanks for the help ladies!


20  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Glam Rock (Fashion show) on: January 15, 2011 08:11:45 AM
When latex is backed with fabric it is usually called PVC. As for latex without a backing, you can't sew it because all the holes from sewing will rip as soon as you apply pressure. You have to use glue!
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