So, recently, I left NYC and my desk job to head to MD and work for myself and my etsy store. I had a ton of ideas, but no time to do it and certainly no space (my work space was 2'x4' total). I'm slowly getting inventory together and making some of the things that have been hiding in my head for the last few years. I still have a TON of ideas, I just need about 4 more of me to get them all made lol It's one of the nest choices I ever made in my life
A friend had suggested that I make a Harley Quinn bag, after seeing my Wonder Woman bag. I had ideas for how to make one, so that just pushed me further into actually doing it. I also have sleep masks and makeup bags in the works for Harley. It's just a lot of work to make her designs with those little appliques. This tote is inspired by her costume, with the signature red and black, and her little harlequin pom pom collar. The inside is interfaced with a heavy weight material for structure and shape. The whole bag is 100% cotton material since it seems to hold up well to washing and ironing over time. I'd say each bag takes about 2-3 hours to cut and finish, so I probably won't make that many for my shop.
I designed the tote pattern as well as the overall look. I use the same base tote pattern for my structured totes, which is different from my regular flat totes. I wanted a purse like feeling with these, so I wanted space and body to it. There is even a handy two part pocket for a cell phone and wallet
This was something I never saw myself doing. I liked Frozen, but it wasn't a costume I really needed for my "wardrobe". However, this past Halloween, I made a tiny Elsa dress for my (almost 3 year old) niece who was a Frozen fanatic. I hand sewed on about 500 large sequins to the bodice... again, for a toddler, and hand painted a cape with sparkly snow flakes. I included the most adorable letter from Elsa's "royal tailor" on how to "wear" the gown and how her mom can let the hem out as the queen gets taller. There were also gloves with sparkly snow flakes I painted on and rhinestones, because come on, rhinestones! I unfortunately do not have a photo at the moment, as she's in CA, and I'm in NY. Which brings me to Anna's dress. Why did I choose to make this? For my niece, sort of. I'm headed to CA in about 2 weeks for Gallifrey One (Doctor Who con) and decided that a side trip to San Diego was in order while we were out there. I can't be any old aunt who shows up and brings hugs and kisses and probably another costume and toys. I had to really wow her. So, I decided that I wanted to make Anna's Adventure dress to go with my niece's Elsa dress! The plan is to get into character, ring the doorbell, and wait for her to open the door and have a 3 year old melt down (the good kind). My brother is so excited and can't wait. She doesn't know Anna is coming to her house There will be video and photos, which I will update here I can hardly wait!
My favorite part, my first time ever doing embroidery! I've avoided it for over a decade and finally bit the bullet and did it. It wasn't so scary or daunting, and was actually kind of relaxing lol. I'll remember I said that I as I embroider the 30 appliques on the skirt
I have material for the cape coming this week, so that will be added as well, but that's for a photo-shoot back here in NYC in 4 weeks.
This year marks the 30th anniversary of Ghostbusters, and what better way to show my love than with a costume! I made these for Halloween this year since we had a few parties to attend and needed something comfy to wear. My usual wardrobe of costumes are more for cons and contests and not for parties where drunk people hang out.
I bought a gold/black cross weave lame for the underdress and a red/orange cross weave poly chiffon for the overlayer. I had to draft the pattern, making sure it was true to the movie shape. Her sleeves are so flowy, and the gold and sheer layers hang free from one another. They are only joined at the wrists and the neck opening. The lame was such a pain to work with, as I've never sewn with it before. I had to cut extra seam allowances to allow for french seams, otherwise all my work would have unraveled and pulled apart over time. I also needed to make sure it was not itchy, so serging was out of the question since it would have left a raw metallic fiber near the skin. I treated the sheer layer with the same french seam method for a finished and durable seam. The hem is a baby rolled hem on the sheer layer and a serged edge on the lame (it did not want to roll).
I got the wig from a place that was going out of business and seemed to have a huge supply of 80's styled wigs for $5 - SCORE! I pinned it to a foam head, flipped it upside down and teased and sprayed it. I sewed a comb into the front to keep it in place. This is probably one of my most comfortable wigs lol.
The makeup was intense! I had to study screen shots and buy certain shadows and shimmers I would not normally ever wear. Luckily the clearance section of Walgreens is my best friend. I can't pay $20 for an eyeshadow I'll only ever wear for this. I'll pay $1 for a palate of colors though! I had to buy bronzer for the contouring, which I've never done before. Youtube tutorials are your friend for this. I still didn't get it quite as intense as I would have liked, but I'm happy with it. It took me about 20 minutes to get all that stuff off my face. I finished the look with a custom manicure to match the costume. A gold and red and orange glitter ombre effect.
I can't very well be a Gatekeeper without a Keymaster, so I dressed up the hubby too! We found a yellow polo and stripey blue shirt at the goodwill, he had the pants and shoes already. I got the glasses off eBay (non script). I made the helmet during my lunch break at work. The collander came from eBay as well since I could not actually find one at Goodwill locally lol. I work in Tech Support, so we have a TON of wires that are junk and have no use other than clutter. I cut off the plugs from AV cords, and used old telephone handset cords. Some heavy duty hot glue and a little patience, and a helmet was made. I made a lining out of thin strips of packing foam, so it sits on his head nice and comfy without slipping.
My husband and I met through Star Wars almost 12 years ago. I saw it only fitting that I make him a Star Wars themed birthday cake, so I chose Han. I already had the deluxe Han in Carbonite ice mold and was debating the ways to make this cake. The mold itself is not very large. I was originally going to press fondant into the mold and then layer in cake on the inside. This didn't seem like a good idea since I needed enough cake for 20 people lol.
I ended up deciding to use only the bottom detail of the mold with the Han part (not the sides with the carbon chamber details). I poured in about 3/8" of chocolate and stuck him in the freezer... how fitting. I then set to making my Red Velvet recipe that friends and family have enjoyed for years (and was requested by the birthday man). I decided to make a 'plank' of cake to set the chocolate piece on. I did 3 layers of cake with a cream cheese frosting in between. I then carved the cake as evenly as possible to be flat on top and flat on the sides. The whole thing was covered in the rest of the cream cheese frosting and stuck in the freezer for 20 minutes.
I then used the Satin Ice brand of fondant and kneaded it out and rolled it out with some added corn starch. My kitchen was hot and a bit humid, so the fondant took that humidity to itself. I had to add corn starch a few times before it would hold it's shape without dropping. The cake I made back in November for my own birthday (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=429108.msg5123444#msg5123444) did not have this problem since my kitchen was nice and cold and dry. With the help of my hubby, we were able to get the large sheet of fondant onto the cake I actually cut out the middle of the fondant on the top (to the size of the giant Han chocolate) and carved out some cake to press him into the middle. I cut out the bits for the control panels on the sides of the carbonite block and used a dab of water to stick them to the body of the cake. I then dusted the whole thing in a pewter colored edible luster dust and finally pressed M&M's into the panels for the 'lights'.
We had the party at our favorite bar and the cake was a hit with the party as well as people who walked into the bar and saw it sitting there. The birthday man was happy and said it was the best cake I made for him yet, and I made him an R2D2 dome cake for his 30th birthday years ago lol. I had so much fun making this, I'm already thinking of what to make next
I used Butterick 5882 to make this dress. When I saw it, it screamed out Wonder Woman to me. The accent piece on the top was very reminiscent of the wings on WW's bodice. I found the starry fabric at a little place in the NYC garment district. The red and yellow fabrics I had in my stash from other projects. The lining was just a blue cotton broadcloth. I had a petticoat in my costume stash and wore it under the skirt for added volume, as it hangs much better that way.
I put it together with the sole purpose of wearing it for Independence Day celebrations. It was a hit at the two parties I went to When it got colder that evening, I wore a simple white cardigan with it.
I calling this my first successful attempt at fondant covering a cake, as my last two were genuine "cake wrecks" (tasty though!). I ended up buying Satin Ice after reading a few reviews, instead of trying to make my own again. I had to knead in more navy blue coloring since the blue in the tub was quite bright and not "TARDIS Blue" at all. I did it in small batches, adding powdered sugar to dry it out after adding the gel color. The stars are cookie cutter shapes and then brushed with lustre dust. Same with the "ribbon" on the bottom, it was also the fondant with dust. The cake was a red velvet recipe that I've been using for years (always a popular cake when I make it) with a chocolate mousse filling. The cake was the Wilton brand pans that leave a hollowed out heart shape to be filled. I knew this was perfect for a Doctor Who themed cake since The Doctor has two hearts! When you cut into it, it looks like a heart Sorry I don't have a photo of the inside, it got devoured before we realized we should have taken one LOL The TARDIS on top is solid chocolate in the perfect TARDIS blue color. The details were brushed in lustre dust. The little Amy is not edible, but is an action figure since I costume as her quite frequently... I'm in costume in the photo Funny enough, the BBC was at the bar (The Way Station, in Brooklyn) filming for a special airing on Nov 25th. They managed to make the whole bar sing "Happy Birthday" to me and filmed it for the special with my cake front and center (OMG HAPPY DANCE!). I made sure they got a slice of cake as well! EDIT: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-25006466 The BBC Clip!
I wanted to share a teeny tiny "tutorial" of sorts on making my mask. I debuted this costume at NYCC 2013 (more pics to eventually follow). The mask was a scary thought at first, since I've never made a prop before. I always choose costumes that require only a sewing machine, fabric, and notions. I sculpted a lot in HS in various ceramics classes and as a hobby, so that part was easy to remember, but nothing ever had to be wearable before.
I started out with a plain white costume mask from the art store ($5) and sanded the surface with a rough grit sand paper all over the front. I then cut the eyes to look more like the actual ones (as close as I could given the shape they were already). Afterwards I cleaned the surface with rubbing alcohol to get off any sanding dust and drew on the details that would be added in clay; I used a reference image from google for help with the details. Search "Clockwork Droid Mask" and a lot of images pop up. https://scontent-a-iad.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/994628_655181084521655_2050430553_n.jpg
I then bought "Paperclay" (http://www.paperclay.com) from the art store for about $6. If you've never worked with it before, it's great stuff! You can smooth it out with a little dab of water and when it dries, if you need to add more detail you can. Keep in mind that the more water you use and the thicker the clay, the longer it will take to dry. I started by adding in the facial features themselves to build up the mask's dimension. Sure you can simply paint on the design, but the 3D effect will look more stunning in the long run. https://scontent-a-iad.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn2/1381239_655181081188322_2008953712_n.jpg
I then painted the whole thing white with two coats of gesso, painted on the purple (female droid) cheeks, the red lips and "eyebrows" and used a metlalic gold painters pen on the details. I then went crazy and DREW ON the crackle effect (I'm insane) with a mechanical pencil (nice fine point). The whole thing was then gently rubbed with a tissue to give it that aged look by using the pencil's natural smudging ability. It was then sealed with a few top coats of clear acrylic spray. https://scontent-b-iad.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-frc3/1375688_660746737298423_670424901_n.jpg
Seeing as laundry day usually results in a few single socks now and then, I knew I had a black laying around that I had hoped a mate would be found. I made sure to stretch it out and hold it up to my eyes to verify if I could see out of it. After a few tries, I found a single black dress sock worked best lol. Why buy fabric when single socks are plentiful!? I hot glued the bottom eye edges, let it dry, and then pulled it tight and glued the sides and top. I am able to see out of it remarkably well, I just have tunnel vision is all. Hold it up to your freshly teased/styled wig, and you have a clockwork droid mask! https://scontent-b-iad.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-frc3/q88/1377516_10153332489520015_764259900_n.jpg
I've always loved the Tenth Doctor and his quirkiness. I never really did a gender swap costume before, so I decided to try it on ten. If you aren't familiar with gender swap costuming, you take the opposite gender character and turn it into something you might wear, but is still recognizably that character.
I love seeing femme Tens, but I wanted something different. I love the 1940's style suit and fashion in general and went in that direction with my version. I was in the Philippines for work in January and was bored on the plane ride from NYC (omg 21 hour flight), so I sketched out my idea. When I got home I was able to start sourcing things.
The fabric was going to be the hardest. I could get it from a reproduction house for about $60/yd , Spoonflower (kind of cheap looking), or traverse my backyard (NYC Garment district). I opted to scavenge NYC and came up lucky at Mood Fabrics. I found a beautiful brown wool suiting fabric with a teal pin stripe for only $18/yd. I got 5 yards (yay gift card for my birthday!) and was super happy! I then hit up my usual little fabric store and found a funky TARDIS interior'esque lining fabric. I love awesome linings on my coats (see my other posts), and this was no exception. Luckily the lining was only $3/yd lol.
I then had to decide if I wanted to draft a pattern from scratch as I usually do, or try and find a suit jacket pattern at least (the skirt would be easy without a pattern). While searching through patterns, I found one that about 95% exact to what I had imagined in my head and drawn out... THAT NEVER HAPPENS! I was so happy that I didn't have to draft something up! I can, and it works, but sometimes a premade pattern for such a fitted garment is easier All I changed was to taper the sleeves more and add a back "belt" treatment (like Ten's coat had). I also made the peplum piece more full and longer. I wanted something dramatic in the rear for a simple suit jacket
Accessories were next. My drawing had the model wearing a tilt hat, Louis heeled oxfords, sonic screw driver, and Ten's signature swirly tie. Luckily I had the sonic, an had painted a replica of the tie for my hubby last year. The hat was found on Etsy and was a vintage wool hat. The shoes were found on eBay and were originally a dark brown and beige. I removed the original ribbon from the hat and took a black Grosgrain ribbon and painted on the "POLICE Public Call BOX" to it. There is a simple bow on the opposite side. I get so many compliments on the hat alone lol. The shoes were painted to mimic the famous Chuck Taylors that the Doctor always wears. I painted mine Cream and made the front toe area white and added cream silk ribbon for laces I LOVE THESE SHOES!
I had actually finished the coat and skirt in April. When I went to try it on in about mid august, I realized I shrank. I had to undo the lining and take in the entire coat by about 3 inches (YAY!) and make the sleeves just a wee bit narrower. At least the skirt was easy enough to make smaller lol.
This was my version of a Sansa dress. It isn't any one specific gown from the show, but rather something I came up with based on what she wears and how the dresses are patterned. I started with McCall's 4491 costume pattern as a base. I modified it like crazy by adding seams, making the back closed, changing the neckline, making my own sleeves, and making the front a robe style front instead of solid. It was a good starting point for my own idea. The skirt was lengthened by 3" to accommodate my long legs (I'm 5'7"), otherwise it would have been way too short. The front and the sleeves are trimmed in a burgundy piping to coordinate with the dress fabric. It has a scarf that goes along the bust-line and down, as well as a petti-skirt for body. The Scarf is just one long piece of shantung that goes to the floor and simply drapes around the neck. It is pleated the whole way down for a cleaner look. The pettiskirt took me 30 minutes to make. It's a 3 yard long rectangle that is the length of my waist to floor (42" in my case). The top edge was gathered and then sewn into a waistband. It closes in the back with a hook and eye. The bottom edge is simply serged to keep it from fraying. The little bees are a stand in until I can find nice enough dragonflies, or make my own. Costume Page - https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.630126143693816.1073741835.142393185800450&type=1
I was bored today, so I made this I got to leave work early, so I went fabric shopping. I then got home and put this together in about 4 hours. It's a pattern I made and had used before for another dress, so I changed it up a bit to make it maxi dress instead. I loved the print on the fabric, with the detail on the selvage edge. It still needs to be hemmed, but otherwise, it's wearable I have a slip dress I wear under this, since it's sheer lol EDIT: I added a "belt" to it and hemmed it. I added a photo of me wearing it, since the dress form doesn't do it justice