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61  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Gathered Clutch on: March 10, 2012 12:54:39 PM
Great clutch!  I was so inspired and loved that tutorial you use linked to, I made two of my own.  They are VERY easy to sew up if you aren't making the inner pockets, and it only took maybe an hour tops to make each of them.

PS: I must have your TARDIS mug hehe
62  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Re: the "betsylu" ruby red slippers on: March 09, 2012 08:09:24 AM
Love the shoes!!!  I'm going to have to pick up some of that!  Working with the loose glitter is annoying, though it looks nice and is fairly cheap - it's not the best for shoes from what I've found.

I'm not very tall, 5"7", but am taller than my husband and most of his family.  I was recently chastised for wearing 7" heels to a family affair because I'm "tall enough already"  Roll Eyes  Hubby didn't mind, left his head at a 'comfortable' level to my chest for dancing LOL  Grin  Embrace the tall and show off the long legs that others wish they had  Wink
63  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Completely Custom Nerd Purse on: February 28, 2012 07:57:17 AM
Thanks everyone!  I've taken it to work (where everyone else is a geek too) and it was well received.  I've already got requests from friends to see if I can make more lol
64  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Completely Custom Nerd Purse and New Wallet! on: February 26, 2012 08:21:05 PM
I just wanted to share my first ever purse.  I've made basic envelope style clutches in the past, but this was my first ever involved purse like this.  I used Spoonflower to print a fabric I designed on a cotton/canvas (which I still backed in heavy weight fusible interfacing).  I drafted the pattern from scratch by looking online at a purse I liked and tweaked it to suit my wants.  I used a faux leather piping and used coordinating pleather trims on the body and to make the handles from.  I have D-Rings on the sides that a removable cross-body strap goes on.  The inside is lined in a very pretty wavy patterned satin and I have a cell phone pocket, 3 CC slots, and on the opposite side - a large inset pocket for my keys and gum collection.  I made the straps from welting cord and wide pleather trim.  I made them long enough to sit comfortably on my shoulder and not be too tight (a common problem I have with store bought purses).  The bag is about 12" wide x 9" high x 5" deep at the bottom.  I've never made a purse before, I've done PLENTY of costume and clothing work, and I figured it couldn't be that much harder.

The symbols on the purse mimic the LV style layout, they are the Rebel Bird (think Princess Leia and her Rebel friends), the Imperial Cog (for Darth Vader and the Empire), the Naboo Royal Crest (for Queen Amidala), and an "SW" in classic Star Wars font.



EDIT 03/10: I just made a wallet to go with it using the tutorial http://www.noodle-head.com/2010/04/gathered-clutch-tutorial.html and omitting the inside pockets (for time's sake).  I made one for my friend as a thank you gift (she took care of our cat at her clinic) but her looks more like the tutorial one and not like mine.  I made mine to coordinate with the purse by adding the piping and changing the direction of the gathers, I also added the strap.  The lining is the same that I used in the purse too.


65  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Geek Chic Glitter Flats on: February 26, 2012 08:07:21 PM
I saw this adorable pair of ballet flats on Etsy done up all glittery and geeky.  I wanted them really bad, but not for the asking price.  Being my crafty self, I went out and made my own pair for much less.  I actually found a pair of glittery ballet flats at Payless, so the messiest part was already done for me.  I did also get a plain pair for another project later on. 
I drew my design onto the shoe first, and then used modge podge to adhere the glitter.  After the red rebel symbols dried enough, I painted a thin black line around the outer edge to make it pop more.  I then added the glittery stripes on the sides and hit up newly done areas with some acrylic sealer spray.  None of that glitter is coming off, even after scraping with my fingernail.

I have a thing for showing off my geeky ways, but I still want to look somewhat fashionable ;-)  I want to get a finer glitter for my next pair of shoes, I'll probably try that Martha Stewart glitter I read about in other glitter shoe posts.
66  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Absolutely Purrrrrfect... 1966 Julie Newmar Catwoman on: February 19, 2012 12:17:39 PM
This is probably the pride and joy of my costume wardrobe.  I made everything for it except the belt, boots, and gun.  I made this back in Oct 2009 for a Wizard World Big Apple Comic Con.  Julie Newmar was going to be there as a guest and there was also going to be a replica Batmobile on display.  I knew I needed something to wear, after prodding from my friends, I chose Catwoman.  My friend btw make an excellent Batgirl and Batman - they wouldn't leave me alone lol. 
I had never made a body suit before, so this was new territory for me.  I read all I could on drafting patterns for them and working with a 2 way stretch.  The fabric I used was a stretch lurex/lame just like the original.  It was only a 2 way stretch and only 36" wide (and quite pricey at $19/yd) - I needed 5-6 yards for this costume.  The legs fabric stretches up and down, allowing me to bend my knees and sit.  The chest is on the bias and the back is also up and down.  The sleeves are bias cut as well to allow ease of movement.  I also have long legs, so there is a seam right below my knees since the fabric was not long enough to go from my natural waist to ankle (41"). 
I must have taken about 20+ measurements to make sure this fit like a glove.  I made a mock-up using a cheap two way stretch poplin I had in my scrap stash, with a few tweaks, it fit purrrrfectly if you will ;-) .  I have to say, cutting into that expensive fabric scared me at first, and I've been sewing for 20 years lol.  All the inside edges are bound in a foldover elastic, as the raw seams (even after over-casting) still have the metal fibers poking and scratching up my skin.  The elastic covered up all the raw edges and made it comfortable to wear... or at least as comfortable as a stretchy metal body suit can be lol.
The highlight of wearing this costume was having Julie Newmar come to ME for photos.  I was posing by the batmobile and was told to wait as someone else wanted a picture.  I turned around to ask my husband if my mask was straight (since he was my handler) and I saw him looking past me with this awe-struck look.  I turned around and there she was *swoon*.  She is still as beautiful and poised as ever... and was still taller than me while I was wearing 4" heels and she in ballet flats lol.  We had several shots together with her own camera and then my hubby took some for me.  Even after two years, I'm still grinning like a fool hehe.
http://imageevent.com/benaequee/costumes/completed/movietvartcostumes/1966catwoman

http://photos.imageevent.com/benaequee/starwars/wizardworldbigapplecon2009/websize/IMG_6623.JPG
http://photos.imageevent.com/benaequee/starwars/wizardworldbigapplecon2009/websize/IMG_6588.JPG
I *heart* Julie Newmar


I also made the claws and necklace ;-)
67  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Re: Vintage Star Wars Decoupage Shoes on: February 15, 2012 06:18:23 PM
Those are absolutely amazing! I love the way they look, and the fact that you made them yourself! Gorgeous. Did you buy new shoes to make them, or did you use a pair you already had?
Thanks!  The shoes were new to me, but were a great eBay find for under $10!
I *love* these shoes! How weather proof are they? I'd love to make some but unless they could put up with the occasional damp then (given where I live) there's not much chance they'd last a week!
I don't dare try to take them somewhere damp as I don't want to risk anything.  However, I have heard of a silicone clear spray that can be sprayed on to help with the water resistance.
68  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Dr. Who Dalek Nail Art on: February 11, 2012 05:06:55 PM
I have a "bad habit" with my nail polish obsession according to my husband, but even he was impressed and loved these geeky nails ;-)  I used a ridge filler base coat with two coats of OPI DS Treasure and then two coats of OPI Designer De Better for the "body" of the Daleks.  I used a pearl tip straight pin and black polish to make the dots going up the side of the body.  While the polish was still curing I used the same pin and pressed it into the polish to make the separations between the panels.  I then topped with Out the Door.  These were a hit at my friend's Dr Who themed Birthday party and went well with my Amy Pond "costume" lol.

My Nails with the 10th Doctor's Sonic Screwdriver ;-)


This is a Dalek for those not as Geeky as me lol
69  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Drothy Gale - Wizard of Oz on: January 30, 2012 03:16:18 PM
It looks great. I think the poofiness of the skirt and sleeves help to make you look more little girly.
The poofiness was actually the wind blowing up my skirt lol  It was one windy parade *oops*
70  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Drothy Gale - Wizard of Oz on: January 30, 2012 06:32:24 AM
EDIT:  Added new photos from Dragon*Con 2012  Grin  I finally finished the shoes 100% and got a little basket with Toto in it.

I figured I should post the dress that goes with my shoe post http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=395794.0 I made a while back.
I had always wanted this costume, ever since I was 6 and saw WoOZ for the first time.  Out of all the years of costume making I have done, I don't know why I waited until last year to finally make it.


While I did make this around Halloween, it was not strictly a Halloween costume, it will be coming to Dragon Con 2012 too ;-)  If I had a $1 for every person who asked me where Toto was that night, I could have retired and done nothing but make costumes for the rest of my days lol.  I do have a Toto dog somewhere, but when we moved last year, he got packed up and I think he's in storage.
I tried to make it as accurate as I could, but realized too late that my checks on the gingham were too large.  This was a relatively easy costume to make.  I draped the whole thing on my dress form and then drafted pattern pieces out of that for a better fit.  While I was making it, I was watching WoOz for inspiration and for costume notes ;-)

Here's my page with my progress and some info
http://imageevent.com/benaequee/costumes/completed/dorothygale
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