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71  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Re: Vintage Star Wars Decoupage Shoes on: January 29, 2012 02:41:32 PM
Thanks for the comments everyone.  I actually got a chance to wear them to my friend's birthday party on Saturday.  I think they spent more time off my feet than on as people always wanted to see the detail of the shoes.  They all instantly got the 'story' on each shoe without me having to point it out, which felt great.  They were very comfy and didn't fall apart at all. 
The only thing I noticed, and had a feeling would happen, was the area where the foot naturally bends (the creases) is where the comics cracked.  I figured with normal wear it would happen, and it's not terribly noticeable unless you take them off an closely inspect them.
72  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Robe la Franaise, 18th century (many pics!) on: January 29, 2012 02:35:37 PM
Great job and good choice on fabrics.  The mask adds to it nicely and I love your hair style.  Wonderful job on the trimming too!
You may want to tie the strings in the center of your panniers a little tighter to flatten out the front and back of your gown more though.  It will lay a lot flatter and not pouf out so much.  If you don't have ties, you can simply add ribbon from front to back inside the skirt of the panniers and tie until flattened a bit more.
This extant example shows what I mean by the flatter shape
73  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Re: Vintage Star Wars Decoupage Shoes on: January 24, 2012 06:34:07 PM
These rock! Did you use regular Mod Podge for them?
Thanks!  I didn't have a chance to go to the art store to get Modge Podge (it's out of my way) and I had some Liquitex Gloss Medium and Varnish laying around from past painting projects.  I used that to do this as I remember having luck in my old art classes with it.  I do want to actually get a sealant spray to finish them off before wearing them out full time.
74  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Re: Vintage Star Wars Decoupage Shoes on: January 24, 2012 07:37:06 AM
Crazy awesome shoes!!!! I wonder how that would look on flats? Hmmmm...thinking...thinking
It would cute on flats, but I have a thing for heels :-)
75  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Re: Vintage Star Wars Decoupage Shoes on: January 22, 2012 01:20:40 PM
Those shoes ROCK!! How long did it take you to make those?

Go to a party, that would be THE place to wear them.

Thanks!  They only took about 30 minutes to make.  The long part was finding and cutting out all the images.  Gluing them on took less than 10 minutes.

I do have a fellow Star Wars fan's 50th birthday party this weekend...
76  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Vintage Star Wars Decoupage Shoes on: January 22, 2012 10:52:19 AM
The main reason I had joined Craftster was because I was searching for inspiration for Comic Book decoupage shoes and stumbled into this treasure trove of crafty goodness.  I finally got around to making my nerdy decoupage shoes.  I used vintage 1980 Star Wars comics that were in well loved condition and not worth anything to save as a comic book.  I used 10 comic books and poured over the endless panels cutting out various images that appealed to me.  Chewie, R2D2, and the Millennium Falcon were ones that I cut out a lot.  I found a great piece of Vader dueling shirtless, buff, Luke *hehe* that is the statement on the outside of the left shoe.
The left shoe is the battle between the Rebellion and the Empire.  The right shoe is strictly the Rebellion forces.  The sole edges are painted in a glittery black paint that reminds me of the night sky (visible in the original picture size linked below) and the upper edges are finished in a black cloth tape and a pin stripe of chrome paint.  The heel tip is also finished with the chrome paint.
These are the perfect pair of shoes for my nerdy self while still looking oh so chic  Wink Grin  Now I just need a place to wear them, it's been too wet/cold lately to wear anything other than boots.

Original Size http://photos.imageevent.com/benaequee/costumes/realclothing/jewelryandsuch/IMG_0115.JPG

77  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: The Expendable Yeoman (2-in-1 Trekkie Costume) on: January 11, 2012 01:37:54 PM
Nice Skant!  I used that pattern too and it was WAY off when they translated the original patterns to modern day fit.  I normally wear a size 6 dress and had to use the 14 pattern.  I also found that I had to extend the hem a lot, as well as the sleeve length and width.  You def need some cheer style shorty shorts under this ;-) LOVE your hair and purse!!!
This was the way mine turned out (complete with Princess Leia Buns)
http://photos.imageevent.com/benaequee/costumes/completed/classicstartrekscantuniform/websize/TOS%20Skant.jpg
78  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Marie Antoinette "Daydream" Dress on: December 23, 2011 06:32:58 AM
I've been in love with the gowns of the mid-late 18th century for a while.  Each one was a piece of wearable art with it's gorgeous fabrics and intricate details.  As a costumer, I love with watching movies with tons of gorgeous costumes, so of course I had to see Marie Antoinette.  I fell in love with quite a few of the gowns from the movie, but was still not ready to tackle a gown like one of those.  I waited a few years and honed my skills until I felt I was ready.  I researched online, and reached out to friends in the costuming community for pattern advice.  While researching, my mother gave me 9 yards of this beautiful light aqua silk she got from an antique dealer.  As soon as I saw it, I knew it was perfect for MA's "Daydream" dress with the red velvet belt.

I made everything for this costume.  I made the stays, pocket hoops, petticoat, robe, shoes, wig, and trims on the dress.  The stays have about 20 yds of plastic boning and I hand sewed all the eyelets on them (first time for me).  They are quite comfy too.  The pocket hoops aren't anything fancy, but boy do I love how much STUFF they can hold!  I went to a MA themed party and had a bottle of Framboise Lambic in each pocket along with all my own things lol.  I'm considering sewing smaller pockets inside to organize things like my fan, mirror, lip gloss, and cell phone and wallet. My hubby was very happy that he didn't have to be my purse for a change.  The shoes have their own write up http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=397609.0 and are so much fun to wear.  The wig I made from a Marilyn Monroe wig that I teased up a bit and then sewed a ponytail extension to the back.  I added a giant flower pin and jeweled hair clip to the back.

I used the JP Ryan patterns for the stays, hoops, and the robe/petticoat.  It was definitely an experience using the patterns.  It took a bit of patience with the sleeves because they weren't exactly made too clear on how to set them properly.  I ended up sewing them in backwards the first time in the good fabric and had to unpick everything and do them again.  I made the sleeves long to match the movie costume and came up with my own cuff that snaps in place.  All the trim was pleated on my machine, steamed, sewn down, and then fluffed up a bit.  I think I used a whole 30yd roll of organdy ribbon on this dress.  I made the front close with hook/eye tape that is reinforced with boning along the edges to hold the shape and not bunch up.

Overall I'm kind of happy with how it came out for my first attempt.  The lower sleeves are a but tighter than I'd like, but I'm going to partially blame that on weight gain during the process and partially on the pattern being too small even after adjusting my muslin.  I also need to soften the lines of the hoops somehow, probably with another petticoat underneath the nicer fabric one.  Ignore the bunched hem, I hand sewed it and the decorations on my shoes caught the thread right before the photo causing it to pull.  I've since ironed it back flat.

My Making of page http://imageevent.com/benaequee/costumes/completed/marieantoinettedaydream


My Dress


The Original


My shoes *heart*
79  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Leopards and Cat Animal Snoods on: December 22, 2011 01:07:33 PM
I gave these as gifts and they were a huge hit with my coworkers!  I also made one for my niece, and am making a poodle one for my friend.  I've had two more coworkers come to me know and want one too :-D  I'll take pictures this time as I go.  I'm going to try and create a PDF of the pattern when I find some time.  So it may be a while.  I'll update here when I get it done.  Hope everyone has a great holiday season and a happy new year!
80  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Rawwrrrrrr Leopard Snood on: December 10, 2011 10:15:18 AM
Any chance on a tutorial? :3

also: did you just have that fabric laying around from where you worked, or do you know of anywhere that i can find longhair faux fur at an affordable price?
I work in the NYC Garment District, so I'm lucky that I have dozens of places to shop for various fabrics.  All the long fur I was finding was pricey at $45/yd or more.  I found this gorgeous long black fur that I wanted to make a cat from, but it was $75/yd and they wouldn't do 1/2 yd Sad  The lower pile furs are okay at $5 - $15/yd.  This leopard fur was only $8/yd for a 60" wide fabric.

I may do a tutorial, but I'll have to alter the pattern since it was based off the one for the company I was making samples for (not my pattern).
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