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1  Doctor Who: Amy Pond "Curse of the Black Spot" Pirate Pond in Costumes: Completed Projects by BenaeQuee on: March 22, 2017 06:54:23 PM
I finally got around to making a new Amy Pond costume. Since most of her stuff is usually RTW clothing from eBay, it was nice to sew something for a change.

I started out with Simplicity 4923, which is a Men's Pirate Costume ensemble. I only needed the coat for this. I altered it a lot to suit my needs and to better resemble the screen costume. I changed the shape of the pocket flaps and added pockets underneath (I hate fake pockets, historically accurate or not lol). I changed the cuff to be a split cuff in the back instead of one giant cuff all around. I changed the placement of the buttons on the front of the coat as well. The jacket was also shortened considerably to be as short as it was in the show (at about knee level for the actress). I think I chopped off 7 inches from the hem.

The biggest thing was incorporating a lining into a jacket where there was none. I needed to line this to help give the outer fabric more structure and give a better finishing touch. I really dislike visible raw seams if there doesn't need to be.  To do this, I used the pattern pieces for the outer coat as a guidance for the lining. The jacket is self faced under the front plackets. Using my previous experience with lined jackets, I applied it to this project. The lining is actually a loose lining and is not attached at the hem. A few hidden tacked points inside help keep it in place.

For fabric, I used a "cozy flannel" from Joann fabrics. I have a really bad wool allergy (fun in the winter *sigh*) and could not use a coating wool for my version. The cozy flannel had the drape that I was looking for, and came in a perfect color! I was not looking forward to dying 5 yards of flannel. The lining is a kona cotton in a coordinating lighter grey. The buttons were purchased on Etsy and are a placeholder until I can find the accurate buttons. They were 35 buttons for $5, so I jumped on them right away!

I know it's not sewn, but I also made the sword Cheesy It started as a wooden sword from Amazon (cheap) and I sanded the heck out of it, used steel wool and then painted a primer base. That base was then sanded, and primed again. That was then wet sanded with 600 grit paper for a glass like smooth finish. I used Rustoleum Metallic Finish in a chrome finish. I let it dry, and then wet sanded that to get it to glass like smooth. A final layer of the chrome was applied and I can actually see myself decently in the reflection. It isn't mirror-like, which is great for this prop. It's a pirate sword, it's beaten up and used. The handle was then wrapped in cotton bias tape for a base and then a thin leather strip over it. The pommel was painted gold for now. I would love to lop it off eventually and put a nice brass knob there.

The cut-off mini skirt she wears is hard to find, and so is an alternative apparently. I found a pair of dark wash jeans that I cut apart and turned into her mini skirt. I used a wire brush to fray the hem and the age the fabric a bit. It was fun to distress a garment lol

The hat was a costume hat off Amazon, but it had this unsightly bright gold trim on it. I used a brown acrylic paint and dry brushed it over the bright gold to antique it a bit.


My completed costume


My lining


Sword prior to painting, but after sanding with various grit papers until it was smooth.


The sword after all the stages of sanding and painting, prior to adding the handle wrapping.


The handle. I just made this up as I went and it looked good to me!


Hat trim before...


Hat trim after


Here's a reference image as well, just in case you are not familiar with the character...
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2  Re: Star Wars Imperial Officer in Costumes: Completed Projects by BenaeQuee on: March 14, 2017 04:51:45 PM
I know I'm late to the party, but I just found this, and I'd like to say it looks awesome!  If you see this post, I wonder if you would consider sharing how you did it.  I am trying to find something for making a jacket for my sister's birthday in 3 weeks, but so far no luck.  The only things I find involve starting with a chef's jacket, (or the like) and modifying it, or otherwise starting with some civil war uniform pattern for MEN, (which I don't have anyway) and heavily modifying it. 
I'm not the original poster, but I wanted to lend a hand where I can Smiley I made one of these back in 2006 and found a women's pattern that worked as a base. I then added the placket on the front. I used McCalls 4596. which may be out of print by now - but you can probably buy online.
There is also the Imperial Officer Corps forum, which should have helpful links and things - http://www.imperialofficer.com/forum/


Yes, I have a stick and am wearing a skirt instead of pants. It was my own take on an Imperial Morale Officer, which was a joke a friend started years ago.
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3  Star Trek and Recycled Leather - Swoon Annette in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by BenaeQuee on: February 21, 2017 10:57:43 AM
I had an art show at a convention this weekend to submit an item to. Since it was a Star Trek themed con, I went with the obvious choice of Star Trek fabric <3 I'd been dying to make a bag featuring real leather, and this was the perfect time. I had an old jacket that I rescued from being trashed, and used it's leather on this bag. I also accented the side pockets with red piping for a little pop of color, and I chose to go with a red zipper to coordinate with the piping. The bottom has feet, and the lining has a hidden galaxy print in the pocket Cheesy

I also used this handbag as an opportunity for a look at how they are constructed. I've often had family and friends and clients ask how I make a bag, so I figured I'd give a look into what goes on during prep and construction.
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4  Floral Wars Glittery Star Wars Ballet Flats in Shoes: Completed Projects by BenaeQuee on: January 29, 2017 07:32:10 PM
I haven't posted a shoe project in a long time! I've been so busy making handbags, I just haven't had the time. I finally took a pair of shoes I bought last year (for another project) and used my new Star Wars Floral Wars fabric on them.  The final sealing layer, I added fine holo glitter to give a little sparkle to this already fabulous fabric Cheesy The fabric is a cotton woven from Knitorious Fabric.







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5  Planning my Day, one at a time! Blue Floral Wars Day Planner in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by BenaeQuee on: January 23, 2017 01:06:22 PM
In an attempt to get myself better organized in both my business and personal life, I knew I needed a day planner. I asked friends for advice and looked at planners online.  I did not realize they they could be so expensive, for something so boring looking.  I wanted something that was ME, something I would actually want to whip out and use.  I set out to design my own planner.  
I went to a local thrift shop and found an A6 sized planner (small enough to fit in my purse, but large enough to be useful) for reference.  I then hit up eBay for the hardware.  You can't exactly go to Joann and find binder hardware laying around.  Luckily these were about $2 from China and came with installation hardware. I used the planner I got from the thrift shop as a base for measurements and how I wanted mine to look.  I liked the credit card slots it had, as well as the larger back pocket. I dusted off my math and art skills to draft a pattern.  I used paper as a mock-up, to see how the pattern was working, and tweaked as I went.  I was finally happy with the pattern and traced everything out on to plastic sheets (disposable cutting boards from the Dollar Tree) to use as the pattern.  Since the sheets are see-through, it let me place my pattern piece on top of the fabric and center the design how I wanted.  
For this planner, I opted for my Blue Floral Wars fabric, that I've been preciously hoarding for special projects. I used black glitter vinyl for the tab, and used black cotton piping (Wrights Brand) for the edges. The hardware was easy to apply, using my rivet setting tool from Michael's.
I LOVE pulling this out of my purse and making notes.  It always gets attention, which results in a business card being handed off  Grin So far, it really has been helping me.  I make a list of what I need at Joann's, this way I don't wander around aimlessly and start buying things I don't really need LOL  I can also make notes with due dates for commissions as well as upcoming conventions.






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6  Floral Wars Galaxy Set - Swoon Annette in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by BenaeQuee on: January 23, 2017 12:55:41 PM
I was so excited when my Floral Wars fabric from Knitorious Fabrics arrived. There were several colorways to choose from.  I have the light blue already, and just had to have this "Galaxy" one too! I knew, as soon as I got it in, that it was destined to become an Annette handbag for myself.  The fabric pattern is large, but not too large, so it's perfectly sized for the center panels of the bag.  I accented it with black Glitter Mirror Canvas from MiKri World Craft Supply.  There is a black swirly contrast fabric for inside the outer pockets as well.  
For the miniaturized version, I shrunk the pattern to 65% in Adobe.  The zipper was a 12" long zipper for this shrunk down size.  I omitted all pockets and the handles and did not use foam for the structure.  The main fabric and the lining are interfaced with Pellon SF101, and it is plenty sturdy for this small bag.  There is a small piece of stabilizer inside of the bottom for support though.

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7  Star Wars Vintage Bed Sheet Bag - Swoon Blanche in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by BenaeQuee on: January 06, 2017 12:11:35 PM
My friend asked me a few months ago if I could make her a purse from her vintage (1977) Star Wars bed sheets.  Seeing as they were all cotton, I had no problem with it.  This is a great way to reuse those old sheets that the elastic has all worn out on and can't really be sheets any more.  The best part is, she let me keep the extra fabric!  I am so going to be making one for myself, with a matching wallet  Grin
I finished this in mid-November, but she just got it last week for her birthday - she LOVED it.  Especially since Leia is prominently displayed on one side, it means even more now with Carrie's passing  Cry







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8  My Adorable Niece as Ariel the Mermaid in Halloween Costumes by BenaeQuee on: November 05, 2016 08:45:14 PM
This year I did not make myself something new, well not entirely, but adorable little niece got something instead!  She dug through my fabric stash and found the mermaid scales and the purple fabric and excitedly announced "This is ARIEL fabric! Can I be Ariel for Halloween?".  I was going to make her Snow White at her original request, but she's a girl like her own aunt, constantly enlarging her costume list.  Since she picked out the fabrics from my stash, I couldn't say no.  She'll be 5 in January, soon I can teach her how to sew as well Cheesy 
Now, I couldn't just make a costume, a girl needs accessories too!  I made her a seashell tote bag to gather her Halloween candy in, and a coordinating hair flower with a starfish and Swarovski rhinestones (no plastic stones here, I busted out the good stuff for her!). My sister-in-law picked up a red wig for her to help finish off the look.  I was worried she wouldn't last with the wig, as I know how annoying they can be, and 4 year-olds aren't exactly up to dealing with annoying things for the sake of a costume lol.  She kept it on and loved it! 
I used Simplicity 8098 with some modifications. I turned the shells sideways on the bodice to mimic Ariel's, added a peplum to the bodice waist to hide her belly as she gets taller, and added tulle for the fin instead of fabric.  I had a 40 yard bolt laying around, I used about 2 yards for the fin. I drafted the tote bag pattern myself and made the shell applique on the front from a shiny blue spandex, pellon flex foam, and patience.  I used the applique stitch on my sewing machine to seal the edge of the shell, and then used a straight stitch (along the edge of the app stitch) to sew it to the bag front.





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9  Damask Wars Barrel Purse - Swoon Blanche in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by BenaeQuee on: October 28, 2016 09:15:53 AM
I LOVE this Damask Wars fabric!  I want to make everything from it, it's such a perfect and simple design!  Since my birthday is in a little over a week, I decided to try and treat myself and made this bag.  I needed a simple black bag (and nerdy) in my wardrobe, and this fabric was the perfect answer.  I added silver glitter mirror canvas from MiKriworld Craft Supplies to make the fabric pop.  I can't wait to take it out this weekend and show it off!
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10  Damask Wars Dark Side Vanity Case - Swoon Olive in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by BenaeQuee on: October 26, 2016 07:03:30 PM
I'm in love with this fabric from Knitorious Fabrics (Damask Wars - Dark Side) and this Swoon pattern (Olive).  I've had Olive stashed away for a while now.  I kept pulling her out to make something and was never happy with my fabrics and put her away for another day.  Along came the Damask Wars fabric and I KNEW I finally had a reason to sew her up!  I made this the Heavy Woven Damask Wars, black kona cotton from Joann, and a grey cotton with silver stars from my stash (might be from Joann?).  The handle is made with silver Glitter Mirror Canvas from MiKriworld Craft Supplies.
This pattern was a joy to sew, it was very easy to put together and cut.  I look forward to actually trying some other fabrics now that I know what it looks like.


The front features a slip pocket!




The handle is silver glitter vinyl with a cotton lining (I was low on vinyl).  The handle connectors are riveted to the gusset after being sewn securely.


I put my tag on the inside, as it just didn't work outside.  It would have covered Boba Fett's head on the back Sad
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