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11  Star Wars (Swoon Harriet) Purse with surprise features... in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by BenaeQuee on: March 16, 2016 06:46:48 PM
I think this may be my favorite purse I've made yet.  I used the Swoon Harriet, which I LOVE, and my Silhouette Cameo.  The Harriet pattern is super easy and I can make it without the instructions now.  I found this black Star Wars fabric at Joann, and once I saw the metallic gold print, I HAD to have it for a purse!  I cut everything out and was trying to figure out how to make the side expansion panels pop.  Plain black was boring.  While looking over the pieces, I was struck instantly with a solution...

Looks Innocent enough... Metallic print fabric, black twill accents, gold thread for top-stitching...

Until you lift the flap!  But wait, there's more!

Unzip the expansion panels and you get the opening crawl from "Star Wars; A New Hope"!

This one is going to a show with me this weekend, I'll be lucky if it makes it home lol
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12  Miss Maisie (Swoon) in my own fabric design - Star Wars Louis Vuitton inspired! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by BenaeQuee on: March 02, 2016 08:19:36 PM
I'm in love with my fabric design.  It was something I came up with a few years ago and made a few bags out of.  This year I decided to bring it back and make more styles.  This Swoon Maisie style seemed the perfect shape for my fabric.  I've also made a Blanche in this fabric, and a Pearl in my multi color black.  I changed the handle connectors on the bag itself, from what the original pattern called for.  I wanted a simpler design.  I made my own piping from the faux suede I used on the handles, bottom, and handle connectors.  I left off the shoulder strap that the pattern called for, as I did not have enough faux suede to make that part.  I added an additional pocket to the other side of the bag as well.  The pattern only has one, but I LOVE pockets on purses.

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13  A bag for my Silhouette Cameo - Swoon Stella - Star Wars Stlyed! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by BenaeQuee on: February 29, 2016 05:57:19 PM
I'm getting more active at conventions and wanted to be able to offer my customers personalization on items during the show to pick up later on.  This means my Silhouette Cameo has to be able to come with, and be carried around safely (and in style!) with all it's accessories and supplies - that meant a LARGE bag, custom sized.  I love the Swoon patterns, and have made several already, so it was only natural that I wanted to stick with that line. They have the Stella pattern, which is a weekender bag style.  Lots of pockets, sturdy construction, and large.  Unfortunately, still not long enough for my needs.  The Cameo is about 22" long, Stella is only 18" long.  On the advice of a fellow crafter, I added to the folded edge of the pattern pieces by 3" (making each one 6" longer in total") and my bag was now the perfect size.  However, it was a LOT of fabric and stabalizers, and interfacing to cut and fuse.  I probably won't make this pattern again, as it took me 2 days to finish.  I had to walk away from it for an entire day in between.  It was still easy to follow the instructions, it was just a LOT of work.  The pattern was well written, well made, and turned out great.  It holds my cameo and it's parts perfectly, and is plenty sturdy and perfectly nerdy.

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14  Swoon Harriet - TARDIS purse - it really IS bigger on the inside! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by BenaeQuee on: February 29, 2016 05:44:50 PM
I have fallen in love with the Swoon purse patterns.  I just can't stop making them!  Harriet has become a favorite.  She unzips on the side to expand and become even bigger.  I altered mine to add a front slip pocket as well as a inner credit card/ID pockets. The insides of both the slip pocket, and the zippered inner pocket are lined in the Exploding TARDIS fabric Cheesy
*The hang tag on my purse is something I made as well.  I printed on transparency film and used my silhouette cameo to cut them out.  I then cut coordinating white cardstock to go behind the clear layer, and used eyelets to secure them together.

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15  Exploding TARDIS Swoon Glenda Purse in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by BenaeQuee on: February 03, 2016 05:45:33 PM
I've been having fun with Swoon patterns Cheesy  I made the Blanche 4 times already (2 for me, 2 for others).  I decided to get the Glenda next, as a friend wanted a similar style and this saved me time of drafting my own.

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16  Anna's Birthday Dress from Frozen Fever Pic HEAVY in Costumes: Completed Projects by BenaeQuee on: November 09, 2015 09:51:39 PM
Typical to my costuming style, I decided "last minute" that I wanted to wear Anna's dress from Frozen Fever, that she wore for her Birthday, for MY birthday Grin  Last minute would be 2 weeks to construct a Petticoat, blouse, corset, bolero, and hand painted skirt.  Sure thing, easy, no problem Shocked

I started by spending about 2 hours taking screen shot after shot from the short and compiling them into one file that I could take for reference.  I then headed to Joann for a shopping trip, armed with about 10 coupons I'd been hoarding (WOOT!).  I managed to find 8 different fabrics for the costume.  The bolero uses 3 fabrics, a green/blue iridescent organza over a grass green tafetta, with a green cotton lining.  The corset is a dark teal/blue "linen" with a teal satin lining.  The blouse is a pale yellow cotton.  The petticoat is the same pale yellow cotton with an ivory point d'esprit over layer.  The skirt is a sparkly light teal satin. 

The skirt in the short has an obvious ombre effect going from the waist to hem (light to dark) and I KNEW I had to have the same effect for my skirt.  I tried a spray system where you can use your own paint.  I mixed up the perfect darker teal and fabric medium, thinned it for the sprayer, and made a HUGE mess on my scrap piece.  The sprayer did NOT work at all.  Disappointment, big time!  I had to resort to a blue/teal normal spray paint to achieve my effect.  The spray paint was just normal Ace Hardware brand paint.  I used the same thing on my Pterodactyl without any issues, so I used it again for my skirt.  It did stiffen the satin a tiny bit, but that is good, as it helped the skirt keep it's shape in the long run.

The sunflowers were drawn by me in Photoshop and then split into 6 parts to be cut into stencils by my Silhouette Cameo cutting machine.  I cut 10 total sets of stencils, and used each one twice with no bleeding of paint underneath.  I started by painting them flowers a white base layer, and then layered on the yellow, orange, and browns.  Once the skirt was fully painted and dried (about 20 hours of labor to paint alone), the fun chore of adding rhinestones began.  So far, there are 440 rhinestones... I still need about 400 more.  I tore through my stash I had squirreled away.  There are 20 total flowers, 8 are fully rhinestoned in the front.  Once that was done, it was hemmed by using a really wide double fold bias tape in teal.  Since the hem is round, and fabric was stiffened due to the painting, a normal hem would have been difficult and messy looking.  Luckily the cartoon has a thick contrast border on the hem as well Wink

The Bolero was super easy and was a jacket pattern that I left the sleeves and collar off of, and altered the front shape.  It is also bound in a teal bias tape, which is how the cartoon looks too.  This made my life really easy. 
The shirt was a pattern I had altered from my previous Anna dress and then altered further for this costume by making shorter sleeves, changing the collar shape entirely, and putting a partial zip in the front.  Ric Rac and metallic gold bias are trimming on the blouse. 

The corset is just a vogue pattern that I altered a long time ago to fit me and be used for anything I needed a corset for.  It actually zips up the back as I was unable to see any significant closure system in the cartoon version.  The zip is a heavy duty separating zipper.  The Bolero and Corset still have hand embroidery I need to do on them, and that is probably another 30-40 hours of work  Shocked  When I made this, I was so excited that everything was working, that I cut all the fabric layers out and sewed it all together only to realize after trying it on, that I completely FORGOT to cut the heavy interfacing Sad  It was just sitting there, mocking me.  It's okay without it, but I would have preferred it for structure in the long run.

The petticoat is fun and flirty and was made to look like a tulle skirt if I wanted to wear it for something else.  I fully endorse multi-use costume parts.  There are 7 yards of tulle (it was all they had or it would have been 15) and 4 yards of cotton.  The hemline has a horsehair braid to help it keep it's shape with the weight of the skirt over it.

There is also a cute sunflower hair clip in the back and an antique brooch at the neck.  The brooch is a 10k gold, opal, and spinel brooch my mother had given to me years ago on a birthday long past.  It worked PERFECT for this costume  Cheesy

I managed to get the costume done enough to wear for my birthday party and photoshoot and still be recognizable.  I still have a ton of work to do on it to call it complete.

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17  Doctor Who Bad Wolf Purse made from Swoon Blanche Pattern in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by BenaeQuee on: September 24, 2015 09:07:49 AM
I'm a huge nerd, I love all things sci-fi in books and movies/TV.  While Star Wars will always be my number one love, I also can't get enough of Doctor Who.  I recently looked through my stash of nerd purses and realized I did not have a Doctor Who one!  I already had some TARDIS fabric and glitter HTV and recycled purse parts, so set out to find a pattern.  I think I spent about 4-5 hours scouring the net for something that looked like the Louis Vuitton Speedy bags (I love that shape).  I found the Swoon Patterns Blanche design and was set.  I loved the addition of the outside pockets as well.

I have made a wristlets, and one of my favorites was a Bad Wolf wristlet.  I used that design for my larger purse.  I do not yet have a cutting machine, so any HTV work I do is cut by hand.  Luckily, my husband wasn't doing anything, so I put him to work cutting out the letters for me lol.  I then used the instructions to see where the handle supports would be placed on the bag as well as see where it starts to bend underneath to form the bottom.  I then placed the letters on the fabric so that it would read well when it was finished.

I didn't have any of the foam interfacing that the pattern calls for, so I used a thick felt I had on hand and a spray adhesive for applique work to fuse it to the fabric.  It was then basted in place on the edges.

I LOVE this bag and can't wait to make a few more designs I have in mind.

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18  Pterodactyl from Jurassic World in Costumes: Completed Projects by BenaeQuee on: September 13, 2015 02:04:37 PM
LONG POST, sorry, I like details lol

This costume started out as a joke for Dragon Con, on Thursday night.  Normally, your average Dragon Con Thursday costume is something simple and easy.  You save the crazy elaborate things for Friday or Saturday.  I decided to mix it up a bit and took something that was meant to be quick and cheap, and make it more serious.  As a costumer, I just can't do quick and cheap and jokey.  It pretty much goes against my grain lol.

I started by finding a decent fabric (lycra) that had a skin like texture and was brown.  I sewed up a body suit with attached wings and a tail (LOVE the tail!).  It was then painted, while I wore it, by my husband.  I directed him where to paint and how to blend, and he did a great job.  I then went over some areas on my own until I was happy.  The wings were painted while laying flat on my gravel driveway.

The head is a paper pattern base I found on Etsy (search Pterodactyl mask).  I used poster board to make it out of and contact cement to hold it all together.  More fragile seams are held additionally with strong tape on both the front and inside of the mask.  It was then covered in layers of thin upholstery foam and basic craft foam until I was happy with the shape.  The seams and upholstery foam were covered in plaster to fill in any gaps or obvious looking seams.  It was sanded smooth and hit with a thick latex paint layer and left to dry outside in the sun.  There was spackle added in areas where the plaster didn't quite fill.  It was allowed to dry, was sanded, and then painted with latex again.  Any final areas that needed filling, were filled in and sanded.  Those spots were painted and dried.  The final mask was then treated to layers of spray paint blended until I was happy with the colors and texture.  The multiple layers of foam, plaster, and latex let the final product be flexible with minimal cracking.  Teeth were made with pinking shears and craft foam, the tongue was also red craft foam - using a hair dryer to shape - painted slightly.  The eyes are antique 1" upholstery tacks that my mom gave me and I painted with acrylic paint, and then epoxied to the mask.

The boots are awesomely ugly hidden platform boots that zip up the calf and offer excellent ankle support for running around.  I glued the front tongues in place and then covered the boots with fabric.  They were painted to coordinate with the suit painting.  The heels and hidden platforms were painted black to give the illusion that all I have are 4 Pterodactyl toes to stand on lol  These boots are my favorite part of the costume, and really comfy - surprisingly.

The claws for the feet and hands are made from sculpy.  Unfortunately, one of the foot claws was broken when the bell hop at our hotel dropped it off the cart upon check out Angry  Those are glued to the feet and then sewn on, I have to figure out how to safely remove it and make a whole new claw.  The piece that broke off was no where to be found Sad  They lasted wonderfully as I walked around for two days of the con (Thursday and Sunday) with no issues.  The toes are thick upholstery foam that I carved into a toe shape and glued to each boot.  They were then covered in matching fabric.

It was an EXTREMELY popular costume at the con, I could barely chase my husband around (dressed as Jimmy Buffett saving his Margaritas) without someone wanting a photo lol.

My progress photos...
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19  Hey there Mr J! Harley Quinn Costume Inspired Tote in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by BenaeQuee on: July 21, 2015 11:31:18 AM
So, recently, I left NYC and my desk job to head to MD and work for myself and my etsy store.  I had a ton of ideas, but no time to do it and certainly no space (my work space was 2'x4' total).  I'm slowly getting inventory together and making some of the things that have been hiding in my head for the last few years.  I still have a TON of ideas, I just need about 4 more of me to get them all made lol  It's one of the nest choices I ever made in my life  Cool

A friend had suggested that I make a Harley Quinn bag, after seeing my Wonder Woman bag.  I had ideas for how to make one, so that just pushed me further into actually doing it.  I also have sleep masks and makeup bags in the works for Harley.  It's just a lot of work to make her designs with those little appliques.  This tote is inspired by her costume, with the signature red and black, and her little harlequin pom pom collar.  The inside is interfaced with a heavy weight material for structure and shape.  The whole bag is 100% cotton material since it seems to hold up well to washing and ironing over time.  I'd say each bag takes about 2-3 hours to cut and finish, so I probably won't make that many for my shop.

I designed the tote pattern as well as the overall look.  I use the same base tote pattern for my structured totes, which is different from my regular flat totes.  I wanted a purse like feeling with these, so I wanted space and body to it.  There is even a handy two part pocket for a cell phone and wallet Cheesy

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20  Re: Anna's Adventure Dress from Frozen in Costumes: Completed Projects by BenaeQuee on: February 27, 2015 04:51:27 PM
Okay, so I don't have the video since it's on my husband's phone and I'm still figuring out how to edit it to not be huge.  I also only have one photo, as she's 3 and doesn't stand still.  This is especially true when thinks that her aunt is really Anna and pretends to be Aunt Kristin so that no one else will know (this is all her saying!).  She was showing Anna everything, her castle, her dolls, her horses, her shoes lol.  We managed to get one photo, and I think my SIL has pictures of us on the trampoline (in costumes of course).

Please ignore my face, I'd just taken a flight across the country and was up since 3am NYC time and it was 8pm PST when this photo was taken lol
My brother said that she is very shy around new people, but took to Uncle Will and "Anna" right away.  I was Anna the whole weekend.  If you called me Aunt Kristin, you were promptly corrected with a "no, Anna"  Grin  It will take her a while to realize that it was really just Aunt Kristin as Anna and not the other way around  Cool
Because my niece is so darn cute (love that widget to death!) here's a picture of us at the San Diego Zoo the next day (after Anna had her beauty rest lol)

Last weekend, my friend (great hobby photographer) and I got together in Bryant Park (NYC) to take some pictures with the frozen over fountain and the ice skating rink.  He said it was like an episode of "Once Upon a Time" but Anna ends up in NYC.  It was the first shoot in 9 years where we didn't have to avoid people in the background of photos since it was based on Anna exploring NYC.  This was his story line and I liked it Cheesy

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