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61  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
62  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Re: Police Box shoes for 4yr old on: February 12, 2013 08:25:01 PM
SO adorable!
63  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.
64  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.
65  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.

http://imageevent.com/benaequee/costumes/realclothing/wintercoat


66  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Plaid Hooded Fall Jacket on: November 03, 2012 05:33:05 PM
Thanks!  I wish I had taken pictures along the way, but I was so into what I was doing, I forgot this time.  The hood was really easy, think of it as an extended collar... that flips up... and looks like a hood lol.  The measurement and shape of the edge part of the hood that connected to the coat matched what the edge of the collar would have looked like, so attaching it was no different.  
The only thing was that I sewed the hood lining and outer fabric together first to make the hood complete.  I also treated the seam on the edge of the hood differently.  I left a gap of outer fabric showing on the inside to give a more finished look.  I did that by making the lining about an inch shorter than the outer fabric.  I then ironed the edge of the outer hood with a crisp one inch seam all the way down.  The lining was then sewn edge to edge and flipped and pressed.  I don't know that I described that all too well, I may have to take some scraps and take pictures of what I mean when I get some time.
This is my 3rd coat I've made and I love making them, they get so much use compared to the many dresses I've made and only worn once or twice lol.
I'll post my other coat and cape as well.
67  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Plaid Hooded Fall Jacket on: November 01, 2012 07:32:04 PM
Since we had Hurricane Sandy rip through the east coast and I was stuck home, I made a coat!  I was luck to have power and internet, but I was stuck in Brooklyn.  My job has no power right now and my train line isn't running due to flooded tunnels.

The fabric was salvaged from the soon to be trash of a fabric designer.  It was 3 yards and *just* enough.  I would have preferred to have it a few inches longer, but you have to make do with what you have sometimes.  I tried to match the pattern as best I could considering I had to piece together some of it. 

The lining was the only thing bought for this jacket and cost all of $10 in garment district.  It was sold as a poly print, but it feels like silk and held up to a super hot iron without melting.  It might be rayon.  There was only 2 yards of this, but because I didn't have to really worry about the pattern, it was enough.  I love the pattern on it so much, it's just a basic white and black.  The pattern was small enough that it doesn't really fight with the large plaid print.  I wasn't too sure at first, but seeing them together sealed the deal.  I didn't want a plain lining, I like to keep things interesting.

The body of the coat was made using Vogue 8346 view A.  I omitted the upper collar portion and drafted a hood pattern instead.  The hood was attached in the same manner that the upper collar would have originally been.

I also lengthened the sleeves, because these patterns always have shorter sleeves on me (long arms).  The pockets were also made a little wider and deeper.  When it's cold, I like my whole hand and wrist to stay toasty warm.

I added a belt I already had in my stash and I love how it finished the look.

This was taken with my actual camera.


This was taken with my camera phone.  I didn't get one with the good camera because the wind picked up and kept blowing the hood off.


Back of the Jacket... I LOVE the hood so much.


Showing the coat open with the lining.
68  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Captain America Dancing Girl - Lead Variant on: October 22, 2012 11:11:11 AM
Last year I made the back up singer variant of the Captain America Dancing Girls with the red skirt.  This year while making another one of those for a friend, I was inspired to make the lead variant as well.  The costume is the same in the dress construction, but that's it.  The lead singers have the Helmets (or striped hat) and a sequin Bolero/Lapel or red Satin Lapel.  The skirts are blue and white with either a red, white, or blue bodice (depending one which lead you are).  I made both variants of the lead, which can also be switched up (satin lapel and helmet) for a third version seen while touring with the troops.

http://imageevent.com/benaequee/costumes/completed/movietvartcostumes/captainamericausoleadvariants
http://imageevent.com/benaequee/costumes/completed/movietvartcostumes/captainamericausogirl

I drafted the bodice pattern and the bolero from scratch.  The skirt panels and lapels were done by a friend for our group.  I got an unissued helmet from the 1960's from a friend and painted it to look like the one from the movie.  I chose the "A" since that is what the blue top variant wears, it's also the helmet that Cap' wears when he goes on his rescue mission.


Oh my!  Pin-up style.


At NYCC two weeks ago.


For reference, a still from the movie.


Stripe Hat and Satin Lapels version, this is me on stage at Dragon*Con during Masquerade.  We had 10 girls doing the dance with a Cap reading the war bonds lines.


Making the striped hat.  I made a red satin side piece and used white silk ribbons for the stripes.  The frame was 2 layers of heavy weight buckram with a wire frame on the top for shape and base.


A little photoshop fun :-D
69  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Re: Ribbon Shoe Re-Do on: September 25, 2012 11:31:19 AM
These are so cute  Smiley  I love you color choice as well.  I'm glad my "tutorial" of sorts was useful  Grin
70  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Star Wars Custom Logo Print Coin Purses and Wallets on: September 18, 2012 05:14:44 PM
Thanks :-D  I designed the fabric to blend into the other styles of logos out there but still have enough geeky symbols on it, that a true fan would notice.  I have two purses I love, but they scream out Star Wars and have photos from the movies and art on them.  They're great, but when I need something a little subdued, there just wasn't anything - so I made it!
The coin purse shape was completely on the fly.  I knew it had to have a zipper, because I hate loose change rolling around my purse that fell out of my wallet.  That meant it had to open wider too, so it had to zip 3/4 way around.  I've ordered a cotton sateen fat quarter in brown/gold (like Louis Vuitton) to play with because I had a request for that color scheme.  I think I may make another purse from it with a long skinny strap for my Etsy shop.  I'm also working on other sci-fi theme ideas.  I don't want to order fabric until I see how well these do though.
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