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21  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Classy Little Blue TARDIS Dress on: April 11, 2013 07:38:59 PM
Thanks!  I hope to finish more goodies this weekend!
22  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Classy Little Blue TARDIS Dress on: April 08, 2013 11:26:12 AM
I've been costuming like crazy since January and just finished this "Sexy" this weekend.  The dress I made to use for another costume and realized it was a familiar shade of blue.  I bought a white corset, since it was cheaper than making my own (and faster).  I had some black ribbon trim and pleated satin trim in my stash that I used to accent the corset to look like the windows of the TARDIS.  I took 3" wide grosgrain ribbon and hand painted on the POLICE BOX info like a sash.  My headpiece is from the costume the dress is intended for, but worked double duty here too.

I'll post in a few weeks the costume that the dress is for (making the corset for that one still).

23  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Firefly Shirt.................I discovered freezer paper on: March 13, 2013 06:41:52 PM
24  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Doctor Who: Amy Pond - Pineapple Dress Recreation on: March 13, 2013 05:30:44 PM
Thanks!  I don't usually costume "normal clothes" costumes, but I loved the whimsy in this dress, as a dress.  I didn't even know who Amy Pond was until New Years last year ('11 into '12) when friends insisted I looked like her.  I was curious and then ended up obsessed  Grin  Cool
25  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Doctor Who: Amy Pond - Pineapple Dress Recreation on: March 04, 2013 07:57:49 PM
Thanks everyone :-)

I guess I should have posted a reference picture as well since I'm sure not too many people know the dress that well... (THIS IS NOT ME)

26  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Doctor Who: Amy Pond - Pineapple Dress Recreation on: February 21, 2013 06:54:48 PM
I wasn't 100% sure where to put this, but since it was a costume first, based on real clothing, I figured it belonged here.  This is not a purchased dress, I made everything on it.

I tried several times to get the real dress and in my numerous attempts to own one, I failed.  In my failed attempts, I got to know how the dress looked and draped pretty well, and decided it couldn't be hard to make!  Knowing full well that the fabric was most likely custom to the Whistles dress (the original manufacturer), I set out to recreate it.  I put my artistic talents to use to draw the pineapples and then used Photoshop to create the fabric repeat.  I found a fabric printer that would print on poly chiffon and after a few swatches and PDF files, was happy with the results and got 3 yards (60" wide) printed up.  It was the MOST expensive fabric I've ever purchased at $25/yd (not counting S&H), but totally worth it since it was custom.

I got some Navy Blue cotton fabric to flat line the bodice with and a navy jersey to make the skirt lining from.  I used old shopping bags as pattern paper and drafted out a pattern for it based on the high res images I could find online.  I made a mock up from the cotton lining and after a little tweaking, it was how I wanted it.  I then cut into the good fabric and sewed this beauty up.  It took pretty much all of my Saturday to make it, and a bit of Sunday to finish it.  I really love this dress and it's so comfy.  I plan to wear it as a dress, since it was actually made after a real garment from last season.  I even made a matching self covered belt to go with it.  Apparently self cover buckles are hard to find, so I got a vintage one on eBay for $2 that was the perfect size.  It should have grommets, but I didn't want to ruin it, so it just slides into the buckle and holds its own pretty well.

The jacket, shoes, and tights were bought locally or online.

My fabric  Smiley

The back of the bodice  Smiley
27  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Re: Police Box shoes for 4yr old on: February 12, 2013 08:25:01 PM
SO adorable!
28  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Re: Vintage Star Wars Decoupage Shoes on: January 17, 2013 07:24:55 PM
Wow, thanks everyone!!!  I was out of the country since Jan 5th and just got back to realize what happened *blush*.  I'm so glad you liked my shoes enough to put me up there as one of the top 5 of 2012!  I'll admit that I love these so much, I keep them on display in my living room with some of my costume pieces (including my Ruby slippers) and my trophies.  I've worn them a few times, and they actually held up to a misting/light rain that happened out of no where.  I bought more comics for more shoes, I just need to find the time with all my other projects lol.

winddragyn - I'm glad you liked them enough to include them in your blog as well :-D

iheartcooking - Since I used an acrylic gloss medium, it's kind of rubbery in it's consistency, so it only cracked a little, but there has been no flaking off at all.  You can hardly see the cracks, but there are where the toes bend on the shoe, as would be expected and is probably unavoidable all together.
29  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Plum Crazy Winter Wool Coat on: November 04, 2012 07:07:46 AM
The fabric was a steal, all of it cost about $30 in a closeout bin, my hubby was diving into a dumpster type bin full of misc types of fabrics for a set price.  He actually found and coordinated all the fabrics on his own, I was so proud lol.  Depending on where you look, the wool can be anywhere from $5/yd on up for better stuff.  I had a friend actually re-purpose an old wool blanket for a coat and you'd never know.  She found it at a thrift shop for $10.
This pattern was a lot more work than the one I used for my hooded fall jacket.  That pattern was a lot easier to use and still looks great http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=416331.0 .  If you want to make a jacket and want an easier pattern, I'd go with that first.
30  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Plum Crazy Winter Wool Coat on: November 03, 2012 05:48:23 PM
This was my first winter coat I ever made for myself, back in 2008.  The pattern was McCalls 5513 and I used the size 10 to allow me to wear a thick sweater under it and still be able to close the coat.  The fabric was a gift from my hubby as an anniversary present.  The fabrics were Plum colored wool coating, purple plaid wool suiting, and a purple wool sateen.  I went with all wool for warmth, even though I'm allergic to it, it does it's job lol.
I sort of made the buttons from velvet covered ones I found.  I added the rhinestones to it because I had a thing for bling at the time (my phone was COVERED in rhinestones).  I ended up only using 3 buttons since I didn't like the way they looked when I laid them all out, it was too cluttered looking.

I also lengthened the sleeves to make it more wearable for NYC winters. I omitted the applique on the back since it was kind of tacky looking to me. The collar facing is also made of the coat wool in case I want to fold it down. There is also a bit more top-stitching to give it a more professional finished look. I didn't top-stitch down the pleats, I left them open to give it bit more flowiness.


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