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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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 ;-)
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".
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. http://imageevent.com/benaequee/costumes/completed/originalcreations/madamezircon