Cheap & easy costume for a Columbia, not a whole lot of skills required.
Bought & didn't alter: Hat & bow tie (though I need to figure out how to make it stay up). Socks (blue bobby socks, though you can't see them), fishnets.
Jacket: Black blazer bought at thrift store ($1!), gold paint. (Forgot to hem the sleeves.) Bodice: Black tube top, lots of sequins glued on with glitter fabric paint. Shorts: Black knit pants cut off, glitter fabric paint for stripes. (spread wide with finger.) Shoes (aren't pictured because I can't find my cord: Mary Jane style, black. Covered with blue & silver glitter fabric paint. Then lots of blue & silver sequins glued on with more glitter fabric paint.
Well, I guess maybe it would have cost me a bit if I hadn't already had most of the supplies. I actually probably spent more on the makeup.
My first steampunk costume & I didn't really give myself enough time to do what I wanted how I wanted.
I used Burda 7880 for the skirt. If I'd had more time, I'd have added something to make the "bustle" puff things fuller. And have some lengths of antique-looking chains I wanted to add to make it look like it's holding up the bunched front part. Bought the shirt. Would have liked to tea dye it, make it a little dirty/worn looking. Faux corset, I'm pretty proud of that, actually. Bought a leather skirt at the thrift store for $1.29. Ripped it apart. Used an old waist cincher pattern as a guide for making the pieces. The pieces aren't lined or anything. raw edges placed over each other & simple straight stitch. Bais tape to make channels for boning. Used some steel spring boning I had lying around, used some cheapo boning from the craft store. And some zip ties. Whatever I had lying around that day. And a separating zipper in the back to close it. Turned out really great. Googles. Bought them at a costume shop & painted them (they were silver). Chain around the waist, some copper wire to attach the funky little bottle. (It's just full of hot cocoa because I couldn't think of anything more interesting at the last minute.) Also had some pieces of chain in my hair looking like it was holding my bun in place. (didn't get a pic) The shoes I've had, picked up at a thrift store years ago. Love 'em.
Oh, the jacket was borrowed from a friend. It's freakin' sweet.
Also had a leather messenger style bag (also thrift store) and a few other things I never finished.
most (major) thrift stores have a certain day of the week that is super super cheap. Around here, (maybe it's the same everywhere) it's Monday. $1.29 @ Goodwill, $0.99 @ Value Village for whatever color tag. Go that day. Be there when the doors open. Look for leather. Leather anything. Start with the biggest sizes you can, you'll get more fabric. You're looking for leather, not something cute that's leather, just looking for leather. Because that ugly ass leather jacket will make cute wrist cuffs & other accessories. Maybe replace the pockets on a denim skirt or some jeans with leather pockets. Change the straps on a tank top to leather.
Take a plain tee & cut some slits into the shoulders. Simple, hot but not too trashy, tough. See my awesome paint skills....
And to illustrate someone else's suggestion with the d-rings & straps....it reminded my of a top I used to own. Here's some more rad paint skills.... D-rings on the side, attach to the shoulders. Or in the back. Or whatever. The top I had was totally strapless except for bondage-y types straps but it could be done easily with any shirt.
Good luck. And post pics of some of your (way more fun than mine) work clothes.
I've been making cards all afternoon, I finished 3. Only 3 cards in that many hours? Yup. I've been trying new things & it was great.
I always make standard 4.25X5.5 cards. Always, so today I made some larger, different shape/size cards. (CLICK ON THE PIC TO SEE IT BETTER)
This first one is pretty simple. I took some slide mounts & made them less....white. Basically, I very lightly dabbed at the slide mount with various color inkpads & smeared the colors a bit. Stamped a butterfly on some white mulberry paper, piece of vellum over that. Strip of ribbon, all glued down & voila!
I've seen some great cards that incorporate fabric & sewing so I tried some of that on this one. That's white w/tan roses fabric, glued to cardstock. Two colors of mulberry paper "sew" (glued, really, the sticthing is detail) on another slide mount w/butterfly.
This one, I covered a white rectangle or cardstock w/ mulberry paper. The slide mount in the center is another of the butterfly ones but I didn't like it as much, hence the "wish" embelishment. Those are bits of peacock feathers poking out behind the slide mount. Also added some embrodery floss detail for extra texture & such.
A few observations, tis & what not. -slide mounts are fun. -I love mulberry paper. -tip for tearing mulberry paper (or any paper), wet the paper where you want to tear, tear while wet. I used a paint brush to wet the paper. -sometimes smudges are okay (that's how the slide mounts came to look like they do) -when glueing, sometimes paper will start to curl/wrinkle. Place a heavy book on it while it dries.
OKAY! After almost a month, my packaged has arrived. Seriously, the post mark date is 08-28-06. Sheesh. Anyways.....here it is! (lousy pics, what can I say?)
First off, coin purse is too freaking cute. It's like a black vinyl with white w/black polka dot fabric star & lining. I love that th zipper is white, too instead of black, which would have been much more boring.
Goodies inside.. ..a star hole punchie (which is great because the one I have is like 3 years old and from MUCH use, it's not "punching" so well anymore.) ..little calculater that will be much at home with my tiny tape measure and mini pens in my purse ..Garfield Pez dispenser...Garfield, PEZ, can't go wrong there. ..cute beaded bobby pin (which I'm totall gonna make more cuz it's a cute idea) ..marshmallow w/ melted chocolate necklace (mmm...smores...) .."love" magnet ..Green danglely pin, felt pin & cute bottle cap charm thing that says "bliss" (I'm going to put these on my boring white tote bag I carry to work.) .. a sample of mocha scented soap .. And a cute littl beaded charm do-dad that I will hang on my rearview mirror of my new car.
Okay, I did it. I had to stay home waiting for the guys with my new fridge (it's huge by the way) so I figured today would be a good day to clean, organize & purge. I took Bambi's lead and pulled it all out into the living room last night. My guy wasn't to thrilled but I promised to have it done by the time he got home.
Next I vacuumed, then emptied the vacuum & vacuumed again. Then I hung this guy.
Then after much sorting, folding, purging it all started coming together. Here's some before/after combos for ya.
So empty....this is my large pieces of fabric, tub w/ smallest but still worth keeping pieces & a few WIPs. The black and silver thing on top is a wood drawer thing I got from Ikea a while back and made pretty with paint & wrapping paper. It now houses cutting supplies, needles, ribbon & such stuff.
I can find stuff!
In the plastic drawer cart, each drawer is labeled; "Bead Stuffs", "Misc", and "Color" <<means paints, markers, dye...get it? Next to that is a box that houses patterns with 2 grey crates stacked on top. Bottom one has clothes that need altering or reconning, top one has hanging files with paper for my card making. Other card making stuff is kept in the drawer of the desk in my bedroom. I don't make cards often so it doesn't get too messy.
Now that all my thread is on my thread rack, I think I'll need to buy a new one.
Thanks for the inspiration to get off mu duff and do this. My boyfriend thanks you, too.
First off, I'm so showing this to the boyfriend so maybe he'll understand why my craft space looks like it does. Okay, here goes... My craft room is our dining room. ...some pics of the space....
It's not so bad..... I have to keep the floor between the computer & sewing machine clear because I have one chair that rolls from one to the other. I will finally have a break between projects that have deadlines here pretty soon & it seems a good idea to clean up and organize before I start on Christmas stuff, right. We'll see how it goes...