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1  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Pterodactyl from Jurassic World on: October 03, 2015 09:43:43 AM
Congrats! This has been chosen as a Featured Project!  Grin
Thank you!!!
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Doctor Who Bad Wolf Purse made from Swoon Blanche Pattern on: September 24, 2015 10:33:01 AM
I'm sorry...YOU MADE THIS!?!? This is the most amazing thing I have ever seen! I don't even have a clue how one would go about doing that...just amazing! Shocked
Thanks!  The pattern is the Swoon Blanche.  The pattern is easy to use, you can then add in whatever details you want to make it special Cheesy
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Doctor Who Bad Wolf Purse made from Swoon Blanche Pattern 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.

4  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Pterodactyl from Jurassic World 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...
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Hey there Mr J! Harley Quinn Costume Inspired Tote on: July 24, 2015 11:12:54 AM
Awesome tote--you really nailed all of the design elements that scream Harley.  Is there a reason you didn't do the white collar on the back side too?
Thank you!  I actually left it only one side for two reasons.  1, the satin stitching on curves for the applique is tedious. 2, I really liked the red and black checked design as well.  I figure you won't really see the back of it as much, so it didn't really need more work added.  Also, if a person wanted to show off the red/black side only, they could Cheesy
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Hey there Mr J! Harley Quinn Costume Inspired Tote 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

7  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Anna's Adventure Dress from Frozen 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

8  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Anna's Adventure Dress from Frozen on: February 08, 2015 09:01:19 AM
Congratulations! This has been chosen as a Featured Project! Smiley

Thank You!!!  Grin
9  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Anna's Adventure Dress from Frozen on: January 28, 2015 07:08:59 PM
This was something I never saw myself doing.  I liked Frozen, but it wasn't a costume I really needed for my "wardrobe".  However, this past Halloween, I made a tiny Elsa dress for my (almost 3 year old) niece who was a Frozen fanatic.  I hand sewed on about 500 large sequins to the bodice... again, for a toddler, and hand painted a cape with sparkly snow flakes.  I included the most adorable letter from Elsa's "royal tailor" on how to "wear" the gown and how her mom can let the hem out as the queen gets taller.  There were also gloves with sparkly snow flakes I painted on and rhinestones, because come on, rhinestones!  I unfortunately do not have a photo at the moment, as she's in CA, and I'm in NY.  Which brings me to Anna's dress.  
Why did I choose to make this?  For my niece, sort of.  I'm headed to CA in about 2 weeks for Gallifrey One (Doctor Who con) and decided that a side trip to San Diego was in order while we were out there.  I can't be any old aunt who shows up and brings hugs and kisses and probably another costume and toys.  I had to really wow her.  So, I decided that I wanted to make Anna's Adventure dress to go with my niece's Elsa dress!  The plan is to get into character, ring the doorbell, and wait for her to open the door and have a 3 year old melt down (the good kind).  My brother is so excited and can't wait.  She doesn't know Anna is coming to her house Wink  There will be video and photos, which I will update here Cheesy  I can hardly wait!

Anywho, that's the back story, now onto the costume photos!  Details on what I did and how are here - http://imageevent.com/benaequee/costumes/completed/movietvartcostumes/annaadventuredress


My favorite part, my first time ever doing embroidery!  I've avoided it for over a decade and finally bit the bullet and did it.  It wasn't so scary or daunting, and was actually kind of relaxing lol.  I'll remember I said that I as I embroider the 30 appliques on the skirt Shocked

I have material for the cape coming this week, so that will be added as well, but that's for a photo-shoot back here in NYC in 4 weeks.
10  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: The Gatekeeper and the Keymaster from Ghostbusters on: November 07, 2014 09:00:04 AM
Thank you everyone Cheesy
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