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 ;-)
I've recently become a but obsessed with the Julep nail polishes and their Maven program. Today when i came to work, there was a Maven box waiting on my desk (I had been on vacation) with some beautiful spring shades inside. I ended up using the "Alicia", a soft salmon color, as my base coat. Alone it was beautiful, but I felt I needed something else with it. I happened to have two Essie polishes in my purse (Luxe Effects "Shine of the Times" and "Exotic Liras"). I tried the "Shine of the Times" over the "Alicia" on a plastic spoon I had in my desk drawer - it was beautiful, but not quite what I was looking for. I took out the "Exotic Liras" and decided I had to have polka dots! It worked so well on my Dalek Nails (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=403749.0) so I wanted to do it again. I used a pearl head pin to create the dots by dipping it in the polish and then dotting the nail. After it dried for an hour, I added a clear coat to seal it. I can't stop staring at my nails while typing LOL
I just wanted to share my first ever purse. I've made basic envelope style clutches in the past, but this was my first ever involved purse like this. I used Spoonflower to print a fabric I designed on a cotton/canvas (which I still backed in heavy weight fusible interfacing). I drafted the pattern from scratch by looking online at a purse I liked and tweaked it to suit my wants. I used a faux leather piping and used coordinating pleather trims on the body and to make the handles from. I have D-Rings on the sides that a removable cross-body strap goes on. The inside is lined in a very pretty wavy patterned satin and I have a cell phone pocket, 3 CC slots, and on the opposite side - a large inset pocket for my keys and gum collection. I made the straps from welting cord and wide pleather trim. I made them long enough to sit comfortably on my shoulder and not be too tight (a common problem I have with store bought purses). The bag is about 12" wide x 9" high x 5" deep at the bottom. I've never made a purse before, I've done PLENTY of costume and clothing work, and I figured it couldn't be that much harder.
The symbols on the purse mimic the LV style layout, they are the Rebel Bird (think Princess Leia and her Rebel friends), the Imperial Cog (for Darth Vader and the Empire), the Naboo Royal Crest (for Queen Amidala), and an "SW" in classic Star Wars font.
EDIT 03/10: I just made a wallet to go with it using the tutorial http://www.noodle-head.com/2010/04/gathered-clutch-tutorial.html and omitting the inside pockets (for time's sake). I made one for my friend as a thank you gift (she took care of our cat at her clinic) but her looks more like the tutorial one and not like mine. I made mine to coordinate with the purse by adding the piping and changing the direction of the gathers, I also added the strap. The lining is the same that I used in the purse too.
I saw this adorable pair of ballet flats on Etsy done up all glittery and geeky. I wanted them really bad, but not for the asking price. Being my crafty self, I went out and made my own pair for much less. I actually found a pair of glittery ballet flats at Payless, so the messiest part was already done for me. I did also get a plain pair for another project later on. I drew my design onto the shoe first, and then used modge podge to adhere the glitter. After the red rebel symbols dried enough, I painted a thin black line around the outer edge to make it pop more. I then added the glittery stripes on the sides and hit up newly done areas with some acrylic sealer spray. None of that glitter is coming off, even after scraping with my fingernail.
I have a thing for showing off my geeky ways, but I still want to look somewhat fashionable ;-) I want to get a finer glitter for my next pair of shoes, I'll probably try that Martha Stewart glitter I read about in other glitter shoe posts.
This is probably the pride and joy of my costume wardrobe. I made everything for it except the belt, boots, and gun. I made this back in Oct 2009 for a Wizard World Big Apple Comic Con. Julie Newmar was going to be there as a guest and there was also going to be a replica Batmobile on display. I knew I needed something to wear, after prodding from my friends, I chose Catwoman. My friend btw make an excellent Batgirl and Batman - they wouldn't leave me alone lol. I had never made a body suit before, so this was new territory for me. I read all I could on drafting patterns for them and working with a 2 way stretch. The fabric I used was a stretch lurex/lame just like the original. It was only a 2 way stretch and only 36" wide (and quite pricey at $19/yd) - I needed 5-6 yards for this costume. The legs fabric stretches up and down, allowing me to bend my knees and sit. The chest is on the bias and the back is also up and down. The sleeves are bias cut as well to allow ease of movement. I also have long legs, so there is a seam right below my knees since the fabric was not long enough to go from my natural waist to ankle (41"). I must have taken about 20+ measurements to make sure this fit like a glove. I made a mock-up using a cheap two way stretch poplin I had in my scrap stash, with a few tweaks, it fit purrrrfectly if you will ;-) . I have to say, cutting into that expensive fabric scared me at first, and I've been sewing for 20 years lol. All the inside edges are bound in a foldover elastic, as the raw seams (even after over-casting) still have the metal fibers poking and scratching up my skin. The elastic covered up all the raw edges and made it comfortable to wear... or at least as comfortable as a stretchy metal body suit can be lol. The highlight of wearing this costume was having Julie Newmar come to ME for photos. I was posing by the batmobile and was told to wait as someone else wanted a picture. I turned around to ask my husband if my mask was straight (since he was my handler) and I saw him looking past me with this awe-struck look. I turned around and there she was *swoon*. She is still as beautiful and poised as ever... and was still taller than me while I was wearing 4" heels and she in ballet flats lol. We had several shots together with her own camera and then my hubby took some for me. Even after two years, I'm still grinning like a fool hehe. http://imageevent.com/benaequee/costumes/completed/movietvartcostumes/1966catwoman
I have a "bad habit" with my nail polish obsession according to my husband, but even he was impressed and loved these geeky nails ;-) I used a ridge filler base coat with two coats of OPI DS Treasure and then two coats of OPI Designer De Better for the "body" of the Daleks. I used a pearl tip straight pin and black polish to make the dots going up the side of the body. While the polish was still curing I used the same pin and pressed it into the polish to make the separations between the panels. I then topped with Out the Door. These were a hit at my friend's Dr Who themed Birthday party and went well with my Amy Pond "costume" lol.
My Nails with the 10th Doctor's Sonic Screwdriver ;-)
EDIT: Added new photos from Dragon*Con 2012 I finally finished the shoes 100% and got a little basket with Toto in it.
I figured I should post the dress that goes with my shoe post http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=395794.0 I made a while back. I had always wanted this costume, ever since I was 6 and saw WoOZ for the first time. Out of all the years of costume making I have done, I don't know why I waited until last year to finally make it.
While I did make this around Halloween, it was not strictly a Halloween costume, it will be coming to Dragon Con 2012 too ;-) If I had a $1 for every person who asked me where Toto was that night, I could have retired and done nothing but make costumes for the rest of my days lol. I do have a Toto dog somewhere, but when we moved last year, he got packed up and I think he's in storage. I tried to make it as accurate as I could, but realized too late that my checks on the gingham were too large. This was a relatively easy costume to make. I draped the whole thing on my dress form and then drafted pattern pieces out of that for a better fit. While I was making it, I was watching WoOz for inspiration and for costume notes ;-)
The main reason I had joined Craftster was because I was searching for inspiration for Comic Book decoupage shoes and stumbled into this treasure trove of crafty goodness. I finally got around to making my nerdy decoupage shoes. I used vintage 1980 Star Wars comics that were in well loved condition and not worth anything to save as a comic book. I used 10 comic books and poured over the endless panels cutting out various images that appealed to me. Chewie, R2D2, and the Millennium Falcon were ones that I cut out a lot. I found a great piece of Vader dueling shirtless, buff, Luke *hehe* that is the statement on the outside of the left shoe. The left shoe is the battle between the Rebellion and the Empire. The right shoe is strictly the Rebellion forces. The sole edges are painted in a glittery black paint that reminds me of the night sky (visible in the original picture size linked below) and the upper edges are finished in a black cloth tape and a pin stripe of chrome paint. The heel tip is also finished with the chrome paint. These are the perfect pair of shoes for my nerdy self while still looking oh so chic Now I just need a place to wear them, it's been too wet/cold lately to wear anything other than boots.
I've been in love with the gowns of the mid-late 18th century for a while. Each one was a piece of wearable art with it's gorgeous fabrics and intricate details. As a costumer, I love with watching movies with tons of gorgeous costumes, so of course I had to see Marie Antoinette. I fell in love with quite a few of the gowns from the movie, but was still not ready to tackle a gown like one of those. I waited a few years and honed my skills until I felt I was ready. I researched online, and reached out to friends in the costuming community for pattern advice. While researching, my mother gave me 9 yards of this beautiful light aqua silk she got from an antique dealer. As soon as I saw it, I knew it was perfect for MA's "Daydream" dress with the red velvet belt.
I made everything for this costume. I made the stays, pocket hoops, petticoat, robe, shoes, wig, and trims on the dress. The stays have about 20 yds of plastic boning and I hand sewed all the eyelets on them (first time for me). They are quite comfy too. The pocket hoops aren't anything fancy, but boy do I love how much STUFF they can hold! I went to a MA themed party and had a bottle of Framboise Lambic in each pocket along with all my own things lol. I'm considering sewing smaller pockets inside to organize things like my fan, mirror, lip gloss, and cell phone and wallet. My hubby was very happy that he didn't have to be my purse for a change. The shoes have their own write up http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=397609.0 and are so much fun to wear. The wig I made from a Marilyn Monroe wig that I teased up a bit and then sewed a ponytail extension to the back. I added a giant flower pin and jeweled hair clip to the back.
I used the JP Ryan patterns for the stays, hoops, and the robe/petticoat. It was definitely an experience using the patterns. It took a bit of patience with the sleeves because they weren't exactly made too clear on how to set them properly. I ended up sewing them in backwards the first time in the good fabric and had to unpick everything and do them again. I made the sleeves long to match the movie costume and came up with my own cuff that snaps in place. All the trim was pleated on my machine, steamed, sewn down, and then fluffed up a bit. I think I used a whole 30yd roll of organdy ribbon on this dress. I made the front close with hook/eye tape that is reinforced with boning along the edges to hold the shape and not bunch up.
Overall I'm kind of happy with how it came out for my first attempt. The lower sleeves are a but tighter than I'd like, but I'm going to partially blame that on weight gain during the process and partially on the pattern being too small even after adjusting my muslin. I also need to soften the lines of the hoops somehow, probably with another petticoat underneath the nicer fabric one. Ignore the bunched hem, I hand sewed it and the decorations on my shoes caught the thread right before the photo causing it to pull. I've since ironed it back flat.
Another pair of shoes for one of my many costumes. I didn't want to post it in the costumes section since it really is all about the shoes ;-)
I made these by taking a base pair of leather shoes from eBay and ripping the sole from the bottom and removing the heel tip. I then recovered them in silk to match my dress and glued the sole back on and hammered the heel tip back in place. They were then decorated with pleated velvet trim, rhinestones, a cameo (which I also added "jewelry" to), and vintage silver lace. These were my first pair of "reconstructed" shoes and I LOVE them. They really add the finishing touch to my costume and are quite comfy too. They aren't historically accurate 100%, but they have the feel of the era.
They started out as these bargain shoes from eBay...