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91  CLOTHING / Designer Clothing Homage / Re: Marchesa Evening Gown on: November 27, 2011 05:27:49 PM
Thanks everyone, it was my favorite dress so far to create (except my wedding dress). :-)
92  CLOTHING / Designer Clothing Homage / Marchesa Evening Gown on: November 27, 2011 10:36:35 AM
This is a dress I made in 2009 to wear to my sister-in-law's wedding.  My SIL is a women's fashion buyer, and was having a pretty swanky afair, so I needed something that would fit right in.  However, I do not have the budget to fit right in with something off the rack.  I browsed the internet for about week, checking all sorts of different styles of dresses.  I decided that I would then check the Red Carpet fashions of awards shows past.  I instantly fell in love with the style of Marchesa's gowns and knew I had to have one of my own.  I finally settled on a gorgeous empire waist dress in silk chiffon (my favorite!) with heavy beaded trim on the bodice. 
Working in the garment district of NYC and working for M&J Trimming at the time, gave me a great advantage in making this dress.  I found a beautiful 60" wide black chiffon with a slight texture to it that wasn't super airy light.  The trim was a gorgeous bullion embroidered and beaded 3" wide trim - that was $60/yd (yay discount!).  I used Vogue Pattern 1079 because it had the right form for the dress (the original package has a HORRID looking dress on the front).  It only needed a little modification to "make it work" for my needs.  I added a built in bustier to inside to help the dress hold its shape since it would be strapless and have all that heavy beading on top.

My version, taken at the SIL's wedding.  I wore it again a year later to a friend's wedding too.
Making of Page - http://imageevent.com/benaequee/costumes/realclothing/recreationmarchesagown

This is the original dress, I'm sorry I don't have a direct link as it is from their older collections and no longer on their site.
93  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Leopards and Cat Animal Snoods on: November 25, 2011 08:12:03 AM
I have a stash of animal print fabrics, some furry, and decided to make myself a hat.  I've done these before, but as a sample maker for a larger teen accessories company, so I've memorized the pattern by now after 50 plus samples.

I need to make the ears a bit bigger and tweak the shape, they are a little small for a leopard.  They have nice warm fleece lined pockets at the ends of the scarf pieces and adorable "leather" paw pads on the inside.  I used a medium pile leopard plush with a super soft fleece lining.  Can't wait for it to get colder!  I'll be making more of these for friends and family for Christmas too Grin

EDIT:  I made more of these as gifts!  I still need to add the paw pads to them to finish them up.

94  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Captain America USO Girl on: November 24, 2011 10:20:44 AM
If you've seen the new Captain America movie that came out this summer, this costume is from it.  This is the variant worn during the NYC singing scene.  It was made to be flashier than their basic outfits, because lets face it, NYC is flashier Wink

This was another costume I made for Dragon*Con this year.  There was a rather large group of girls gathering from around the globe for a group photo wearing this costume.  We even had some of the other variants as well.  Several of us even marched in the parade with a little marching pattern and chant.  We got so many compliments saying how uniform and organized we looked compared to the other groups lol.

The pleated skirt was drafted by one of the members and shared with the group, as well as the lapels and hat patterns.  I drafted my own bodice pattern.  We all used the same exact fabrics (Casa satin from Joann's and sequined fabric from a place in LA).  This made sure we all had a very uniform look and appeared to be from the movie.  I wore this to NYCC and did get asked several times by attendees if I was with the Marvel people handing out freebies lol.  We also all had the same shoes, gloves, and 48 star flags.

This is probably one of the more fun costumes to wear, even if the shoes are a little un-comfy.  My hair alone took me 2 hours to curl and style... I used a whole can of hair spray practically.  I've since chopped off about 10 inches of my hair, so it should be easier to style next time I go to wear this.

My Making of Page:

The Costume Group Page:
95  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Dorothy's Ruby Slippers on: November 19, 2011 10:00:27 AM
I made these to go with my Dorothy costume.  I sewed all the sequins on one at a time in a fishscale type layout.  I tried to follow the way the originals were sequined as much as possible.

100 gram pack of 5mm Flat Transparent Ruby Sequins
Red Thread
French Heeled shoes (from ebay)
Red Fabric
e6000 glue

I searched high and low for the correct sequins on a single row trim, but all I ever found were the uber shiny metallic ones (not accurate).  I also didn't feel like paying $35 for only 5000 sequins from Schrum Studios.  I spent about 3 hours online searching for the same sequins they sold, and found a supplier with 14,000 for about $13!  SCORE!  I then checked eBay for another 2 hours for a good base shoe.  It had to have a french heel and had to be comfy.  I managed to find a brand new pair of Aerosoles (SO comfy!) for about $20 - double score!  Sure my friends asked why I didn't just buy pre-made ones, or cover them in glitter, or just glue sequins on... because it doesn't look accurate and would look cheap Smiley  I figure if I'm making the dress, I'm making the shoes to match.
I had red fabric on hand already and after sanding the pleather shoe, I glued the edges down and pinned it as I went.  I let it sit for 2 days before taking the pins out and gluing down the inside edges.  The heel tip was removed, the fabric stretched over and stitched in place, and the heel hammered back on securely.
I started by stitching a line down the center of the toe as a guide for the sequins.   I then stitched each sequin down one at a time, knotting at the beginning and end of each row for a secure hold.  This way if a thread snags/snaps, I only lose one tiny row of sequins and not the whole shoe.  The bottom and top edges of the fabric on the shoe were also sewn through the shoe body for extra hold.  I want these to last just as long as the original ruby slippers!
The bows were really last minute and I didn't get a chance to take pictures as I went because I was rushed and had to use what I had on hand.  I will most likely remake them by casting my own gems in the correct cut and size, but these work for now.  I used craft foam as a base and hot glued matching fabric on top and around.  I "made" my own gems by taking pink ones I had on hand and giving them a thin layer of red nail polish lol.  I then used a mix of SS20 and SS16 Siam Swarovski rhinestones around the edges of the bows.  I also glued ruby colored bugle beads to the inside, I would have stitched them on, but again - rushed.  The bows were them whip stitched to the shoe along the edges.  I will be able to easily remove them when I'm ready to remake them.
I wore these in the NYC Halloween parade and they last perfectly through skipping down 6th ave and walking around downtown with my friends.  I have them on display in my living room with my costuming trophies Cheesy

Shoes before and after fabric cover

Bow Materials (minus fabric and foam)

Completed Shoes, ready for the Yellow Brick Road!

My Making of Page
96  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Tim Burton "Alice in Wonderland" Scraps Dress on: November 19, 2011 09:14:27 AM
I'm a huge costume fan and have been sewing since I was 8.  I just posted the link to the shoes http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=395193.0 and figured I post the dress too.  I love the dresses from this movie and this one really screamed out to me.  Maybe it was all the ribbons or the giant flower, I'm not sure, but it's so pretty.  I drafted the entire thing from scratch, made the flower and the shoes.  It was such a fun costume to wear and so comfy too.  I made this for Dragon*Con 2011.

EDIT: New Photo Shoot pics from Central Park at the Alice in Wonderland Statue <3

My dress completed

The original dress from the movie.

My Flower

My Shoes

Trapped in a teapot

My Making of Page
97  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Tim Burton "Alice in Wonderland" Shoes on: November 13, 2011 09:17:57 AM
I just stumbled on this awesome site!  I wanted to share my love for creating shoes.  Generally it only applies to my costuming hobby.  Lately making shoes to match my costumes has become one of my favorite parts of the construction process.  Below is a brief "tutorial" of sorts of how I made the "Scraps" dress shoes.  I used silk ribbons on mine to match the costume ribbons, but any material ribbon will do.
This idea would be cute for regular non-costume shoes too Wink

Basic Ballet flats or flat peep toe shoes
12 yds of 1" wide Black Ribbon
12 yds of 1/2" wide dusty blue ribbon
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Scissors, thread, needle

1. Sew the 1/2 ribbon to the middle of the 1" ribbon leaving a 1/4" of the black showing on each side.

2. Cut out the toe area of the ballet flats (if you don't already have peep toe shoes).

3. Start glue strips of ribbons (personal choice on the layout) to the shoe, starting on the bottom of the shoe working to the top.  When you get to the toe area, tuck about 1/2" of the end of the ribbon under and glue in place to cover the raw edge of the shoe.  I glued 4 yds of ribbon to each shoe.

4. When you are done gluing all the ribbons down, you want to sew two yards of the ribbon to the back inside of the shoe to tie around your ankles.

The original movie costume shoes for comparison...

My costume making-of page

98  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Tatty Devine inspired dinosaur necklace + tutorial! on: November 13, 2011 09:17:33 AM
Thanks for the info, this is such a fun looking project!
99  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: amethyst purple tree of life pendant on agate geode slice on: November 13, 2011 09:15:58 AM
100  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: My black wedding dress!!! on: November 13, 2011 09:11:43 AM
That is a stunning gown and I love how it showcases your ink!
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