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21  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.


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
22  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.

23  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.

24  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!
25  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!  

26  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.
27  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Rainbow Manicure with OPI Shatter on: April 22, 2012 01:27:36 PM
I had pinned this idea on Pinterest and finally decided to try it out.  I'm quite polish obsessed (too much according to DH) and had bought out some of the Color Club Art Club art polishes a while back ($0.50 each on sale!).  I haven't used them yet, because I'm not too steady with the skinny brushes and they sat for a while.  I decided to dig out the neon rainbow colors and give this manicure a try.

1. Clean your nails and give them a good base coat of choice (I used Seche Base Ridge Filler since it's milky white).
2. Remember ROYGBIV (Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, Violet) when making a rainbow.  Obviously, there is no indigo and the red is replaced with hot pink.  Start with the (R) and paint skinny lines from the cuticle to the nail tip and continue with each color until you have a whole rainbow on your nails.  It looks pretty enough like this and you could leave it, but it really pops with the black shatter ;-)
3. After your rainbows have dried about 15-20 minutes, polish on a thin layer of black shatter (I like OPI) and let this dry.
4. Finished with a top coat of choice - I used Seche Vite for an ultra glossy finish.  This could probably look pretty cool finished with a matte top coat, but I happen to love a glossy shine.
5. Clean up shop, chances are, you got a little polish on your cutes and the edges - I know I did.  Use a small angled paint brush dipped in nail polish remover to clean the edges and cuticle areas.

DH loved this so much, he told me not to spend money on a salon mani again LOL  Okay, I'll just buy more polish with it ;-)

28  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Fluffy Pink Layer Cake Dress from "Firefly" on: April 18, 2012 02:15:00 PM
I figured I was in a ruffle mood with my Can Can costume and decided to post this ruffled masterpiece too.  I'm normally not a fan of pink, but I LOVE this costume and the episode ("Shindig").  This was another one that I had to hand ruffle over a 100 yards of ruffles.  I didn't get a ruffle foot until the last layer (birthday gift from my brother and SIL).  All my notes are in the link of my making of page http://imageevent.com/benaequee/costumes/completed/movietvartcostumes/kayleeshindigdress.

My Dress (I had a fun photoshoot in Central Park!)

My Materials and trims

Because I'm forever 'perfecting' my costumes, I made the skirt MUCH larger last year for Dragon Con.  The bottom hem was expanded by about another 24".

The real dress from the show.
29  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Turquoise/Black Can Can Costume on: April 14, 2012 05:36:49 PM
This is actually a costume I made a while back inspired by a beautiful corset my husband got for me as an anniversary gift.  I was watching Moulin Rouge one day and decided that I needed a Can-Can outfit for Dragon*Con and thus this costume was born.  I worked at M&J Trimming at the time and had access to a lot of great trims and bits and got a great employee discount to help with it.
At the time I had to make this, I didn't have a fancy ruffle foot for my machine (lords know I wish I had!), so all 70+ yds of ruffles were HAND PULLED, pinned in place and sewn down.  My back hurts thinking about doing all that to this day lol.  Once I completed the skirt I was able to finish the bodice, make the shorts, garter, hat, jewelry, hair clip, shoe clips, and a cute pouch to hold all the accessories in.

30  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Kaylee Frye Layer Cake Ombre Nails on: March 25, 2012 11:17:27 AM

Ombre nails made easy (but messy). In order from cuticle to tip... OPI DS Refelction, Essie Exotic Liras, OPI DS Sensation, OPI Strawberry Margarita, and Essi Luxe Effects Shine of the Times. They were painted onto the make up sponge, and then 'stamped' onto the prepped nail (ridge filler as a base coat). I repeated this for each nail.
I then used q-tips and a thin angled paint brush to clean up the polish from my fingers themselves (you WILL get a LOT of polish on your fingers doing it this way). It's a little time consuming, but the end result is pretty!
Afterwards I brushed on a very thin coat of OPI DS Sensation since it is very sheer and a coat of the Essie Luxe effects. A clear coat was added to protect all that hard work.
You can do this with any color combo, but I was feeling in a very Kaylee Pink mood today. I call these the Layer Cake nails ;-)
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