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31  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Princess Yue Inspired WaterTribe Jacket (Pic Heavy): on: November 01, 2010 03:31:40 PM

I made the coat from the Simplicity 2508 Inspired by Project Runway pattern. Its actually a nice pattern because it was really simple to construct and there were allot of options to tailor the coat to your personal preference.

The jacket is hand painted on the back with the koi fish (the moon and the ocean spirits) circling each other to reference the Sacred Spring where Yue was given the gift of life. The jacket is also trimmed with some faux fur and pieces of silk brocade that was upcycled from a jacket that I found a few years back.

The coat is made out of quilters flannel suede and lined with cotton and insulated with quilt batting which makes it super warm, but winters here are often in the negative numbers so that is definitely a good thing. The buttons were a nice find online for all of 99, wahoo!


Front Brocade Detail:

I was inspired to make this after seeing this beautiful costume: http://www.cosplay.com/costume/262140/
But I didnt want something that I could only wear for Halloween or for a cosplay event so I decided to make a modern take on a WaterTribe jacket with Princess Yue and that costume in mind.

I was going to cut the front in a circle that was shorter than the back but I dont wear skirts and I thought that it would just look strange with a pair of pants so I decided to stick with an even long hem.
My Original Sketches:


The coat took about a month to make, but I also worked on allot of other projects during that time period so with that and work I could have finished it allot sooner.

Even though its ridiculously heavy I still love this coat and I am so happy that its done and it was so much fun for Halloween.

Princess Yue Bethrothal Necklace:

For the bethrothal necklace I found this beautiful button at a local craft store and it reminded me of the pendant on Yues necklace so I sewed it onto a heavily interfaced chocker made out of my coat material. I needed to interface the fabric because its a metal button and somewhat heavy so I didnt want it to pull on the fabric. I then used snaps that I fastened to the ends to open and close it.

Bethrothal necklace:

*Thanks to my bestest friend and fellow craftster Graverobbergirl who had to put up with me bugging her for fabric and faux fur opinions for the last month or so.
32  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Steampunk Scoodie on: October 31, 2010 10:17:41 AM
I have been dying to make a scoodie for a while now and since winter is just around the corner I thought this was the perfect time.

I used the rest of the fabric from my Halloween costume/Winter coat and hand painted some Steampunk gears and motif onto the hood.

The back is a little large, well a lot large, but I wanted a hoodie I could wear even if my hair was in a pony tail. I hate when hoodies are too small to fit my ponytail so I went a little overboard.

The faux fur lining is so soft and comfy. The blue fabric of the exterior is a beautiful quilters suede that I really want more of now (sadly its all gone).

To make the scoodie I used the instructions provided at the link below and then I made some alterations to work with my design. Thanks to the author for sharing her instructions.
33  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Scooby Doo Costume on: October 11, 2010 12:08:51 PM
Scooby Doo Halloween Costume

So another of my little cousins needed a Halloween costume (I have many cousins considering each of my parents are one of 8 children nearly all of whom have had children on their own). She is a huge Scooby Doo fan so it was the natural choice for her costume. It is made of microsuede and the spots are made with fleece that was zigzagged on.

I had a lot of trouble getting the Scooby Head to sit on the hood of this correctly and as for a pattern is was another of my favorites, the improvised pattern (AKA: I winged it). The Body is a simple dress with a zipper in the front and a hoodie.

For Scoobys head I had an old Scooby Doo stuffed animal that was my dogs and it was ready for the garbage bin so I pulled apart his head and used the pieces as a pattern to make a new head for the costume. Frankly it was a huge pain in the you know what and if I ever made another Scooby Costume I think I would skip the head and just sew some ear onto the hoodie and call it good enough.

I was happy with the costume overall though and so was my little cousin who keeps wanting to wear it around the house.
34  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 55 ENTRIES / Cooking Mama Apron (Picture Heavy) on: October 06, 2010 07:50:07 PM
I am a huge fan of Cooking Mama so I insanely decided to sew together hundreds of 1 inch by 1 inch squares to enter in the challenge. While it came out really cute it was an insane amount of little squares.

I started out by drawing Mamas face and then I placed a grid over it and began adjusting her facial dimensions to give her a pixilated look.

She has a total of 900 squares (if my math is correct) cut out with a rotary cutter and cutting board.

Then I began laying out the rows or squares and sewing them together. After many many hours the top of the apron was finally done.

Then I improvised an apron pattern (AKA: I winged it). I added a pocket to the bottom and painted on Mamas favorite phrase Dont worry - Mama will fix it.

I love how it turned out even though its far from perfect. Hope you enjoy!

P.S. A special thanks to my best friend Aimee for listening to me complain about the never ending number of squares that had to be sewn together to make the top!
35  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Snuggy 2.0 on: October 05, 2010 04:04:26 AM
So my little cousin is madly in love with the snuggy and wanted one for Christmas but my Aunt said she was not paying that price for a blanket with arms, especially since it has no back.

So I made her Snuggy 2.0

It is basically a long shirt dress made out of fleece. To make it I simply took a baggy shirt of hers and then added a few inches to each side, Ive learned that due to its bulk fleece seems to shrink on me once Ive sewn it so definitely add at least 3 inches to each side to give it enough room to be baggy and add to the snuggle factor. I cut and sewed it just like a shirt and then I added some cute buttons in the front as decoration (it velcros closed). Its a snuggy with a back and its really simple to make!

36  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Starburst Quilt on: October 05, 2010 03:17:48 AM
This quilt was made as a gift for my best friend from High school as her college graduation gift. Is it obvious her favorite color is orange?

Made from a standard Lonestar quilt pattern that I then played around with in Paint to get the color placements that I like.

37  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Dusk in the Forest on: October 04, 2010 07:28:24 PM
Its not great but I was watching Bob Ross and I thought Id give trees a try with acrylics (even though I realize Bob was painting with oils).

Made with acrylic paint on heavy duty watercolor paper and a very large fan brush to get the right texture for the pine trees.

38  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / road runner and wile e coyote mural on: October 04, 2010 06:41:58 PM
This is a mural I finally finished for my dads cabinet that he asked me to do months ago but I just haven't managed to finish until now. Hope you enjoy!

Acrylic paint over plexiglass cabinet doors
39  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Queen of Hearts Skirt on: October 04, 2010 06:20:35 PM
Queen of Hearts Skirt:

So I am making another of my little cousins a Queen of Hearts costume for Halloween and this is the skirt for the costume. It was pretty simple to make. I just took 4 large red satin panels that have a beautiful raised swirl pattern and alternated them with four black cotton panels that I zigzag stitched on red hearts. Then I hemmed the skirt and put in a draw string waist to make it adjustable and give it some shape.

Its a simple costume that can be paired with a red or black shirt and I might make a little Bolero to go with it in the future if I have time before Halloween.

40  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Princess Yue inspired Kids Costume on: October 04, 2010 04:29:06 PM
Princess Yue inspired Kids Costume

I am currently working on making myself a Princess Yue inspired double breasted coat (again the key word is inspired). And I had enough fabric left over after cutting out my coat to make a childs Princess Yue costume as a kind of practice run with this fabric because Ive never used Quilters flannel suede fabric before or heard of it for that matter.

This is my kids sized Princess Yue inspired Halloween costume. It is hand painted on the back with the koi fish (the moon and the ocean spirits) circling each other to reference the Sacred Spring where Yue was given the gift of life. The costume is also trimmed with some faux fur and pieces of silk brocade that was upcycled from a jacket that I found a few years back.

For the pattern I cheated and took my younger cousins dress and used that to ballpark the size and shape of the costume. This is my practice piece and all in all the dress took about 3 days to make and I am so happy with how the Koi fish on the back turned out (as is my little cousin who is dying to wear it for Halloween). Now I just have to finish mine in time.
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