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11  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Classy Little Blue TARDIS Dress on: April 08, 2013 11:26:12 AM
I've been costuming like crazy since January and just finished this "Sexy" this weekend.  The dress I made to use for another costume and realized it was a familiar shade of blue.  I bought a white corset, since it was cheaper than making my own (and faster).  I had some black ribbon trim and pleated satin trim in my stash that I used to accent the corset to look like the windows of the TARDIS.  I took 3" wide grosgrain ribbon and hand painted on the POLICE BOX info like a sash.  My headpiece is from the costume the dress is intended for, but worked double duty here too.

I'll post in a few weeks the costume that the dress is for (making the corset for that one still).



12  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
13  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


14  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.
15  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
16  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Star Wars Custom Logo Print Coin Purses and Wallets on: September 17, 2012 05:57:02 PM
A while back I had posted about my Purse I'd made from custom fabric I designed http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=404611.0 .  Since I had swatches and extra fabric laying around, I decided to make a few coin purses and clutch wallets for my tiny Etsy shop.  I need another source of income to pay for my costuming habit lol.  The Coin Purse pattern was drafted by me as I went.  It started out as a 4"x4" square with the top corners rounded off.  The zipper opens about 6", going 3/4 way around the purse to allow easy removal/addition of loose change or odds and ends.  There is a little loop for keys or what ever you want.  It coordinates really well with my purse and my own wallet.  I'm so tempted to keep one for myself, but I only had fabric for two.  Surprisingly, the little coin purses took about as long to make as the wallets because of the rounded corners with the zipper.



17  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Doctor Who Glitter Flats on: August 15, 2012 08:21:44 PM
So I made another pair of glitter flats, this time with a Doctor Who theme to them. 

Plain Flats
Mod Podge
Acrylic Sealer Spray
Blue Glitter
Black Glitter
Star Glitter
Silver Sharpie

I took plain black flats (from Payless) and prepped the surface.  I then took mod podge and covered the front half of the shoes and sprinkled on some fine blue glitter and let it dry.  Afterwards I coated the back half of the shoes and blended in strokes of glue to the blue glittered part.  I took the loose star glitter and scattered some in, I then covered it with the black fine glitter and tapped off the excess.  When it was done, it looked like the TARDIS whizzing through space.  Once these were completely dried, they got a few top coats of acrylic sealer.  I finished them with "BAD WOLF" on one shoe and "Tick tock goes the clock..." on the other using a silver sharpie.  They are a hint of geek, if you know what you are looking at, without screaming it out loud.


18  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Coney Island Mermaid Costume on: June 24, 2012 11:03:59 AM
Yesterday was Coney Island's Annual "Mermaid Parade" (http://www.coneyisland.com/mermaid.shtml).  This is my 2nd year going and dressing up.  My costume was actually totally last minute as the original plan didn't work out at all.  If I'd have had more time, it would have come out better in the skirt.  I may even go back to it and add more to the "fin" area as it was't as full as I wanted.  The inspiration is Star Wars Slave Leia meets Flapper became mermaid.

I made the fascinator for under $10.  I sprayed on some gold glitter (which I'm still finding on my person today) and hot glued on a strong hair clip to the back.  I LOVE this thing and would love to wear it every day if I could.


"tail" is a tight pencil skirt with poly organza ruffles for the fins in colors to match the feathers on the fascinator.  The top was made using a cheap $3 bra and covering it with the same skirt fabric and using some gold trim I had in my stash.  The Sequin fringe trim was fun as it swooshed around when spinning or dancing.

Total costume cost = $25!
19  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Green Apple "Candy" Manicure on: June 07, 2012 09:13:01 AM
I saw this idea last summer season and hadn't actually tried it until now (too many ideas, not enough time lol).  Basically you sandwich a loose glitter polish between a "jelly" polish (a sheer polish that you can see through mostly).  I did this great green apple one (looks like a Jolly Rancher!) for summer!

Order of Application - one thin coat each to achieve this look...
Base Coat
Sinful Colors "Irish Green" (pictured)
Wild and Crazy Colors "Call You Later"
Sinful Colors " Irish Green"
Wild and Crazy Colors "Call You Later"
Sinful Colors " Irish Green"
Seche Vite Top coat

It's a layered sandwich of jelly and glitter until I was happy with the color depth.  You could do less or more depending on personal taste.  I found that the recent collection of Sinful Colors neons (bought mine at Walgreens for $1 on sale) are jelly like and would be good for this.  I have a Neon Orange and Yellow at home too I may try!  

20  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Plaid Nails made easy! on: May 01, 2012 07:37:41 PM
Yep, another nail art post and quickie tutorial from me.  The rainbow shatter mani went over quite well with friends, and I decided to try out my art polishes again.  I was going to make a simple pink/blue/purple stripe and do shatter over it again, but I decided to do it plaid instead!  Sorry the photos aren't as nice, I only had my camera phone and office lights.



1. Base Coat
2. First color, vertical stripes leaving spaces between for the third color.
3. Second color, horizontal stripes, leaving a space between.
4. Third color, vertical stripes between the first color stripes to fill in the gap. The 3rd color should be sheer enough to lightly cover the second color and cause the plaid effect to look better.  Let your colors dry about 10 minutes.
5. Clear Top coat of choice and done!
** Before moving on to each step, wait about 5 minutes for the previous color stripes to dry a bit or they will get smeared by the next color application.

I did this in the morning during work between calls... this is when I tend to do most of my art lol.  It gives my nails plenty of time to dry since I'm not doing anything to possibly damage them except typing on a keyboard.
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