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1  6 Dead Disney Princesses! in Halloween Costumes by LolaBella on: November 03, 2008 10:18:32 AM
(Cross posted from Halloween Thread as well)

We had a theme party this year for Halloween: "Happily Never After"

We all dressed up as different Disney Princesses that had been killed in different ways.

I made 6 costumes, pretty much all from scratch, for our group (below I list what I did and didn't do), which was kinda stressful, since I've never done so many projects at once, but it was worth it!

The group before the "dead" makeup:

After:

My favorite was Snow White. 

I made everything from scratch without a pattern.  For the shirt I used an old navy blue tshirt, cut the neck into a v shape and sewed on the gold ribbon detailing down the front. Then I added the blue puff sleeves (I used a regency pattern for their shape) and red felt "slits".  Then I glued two layers of white felt together for the collar which I sewed onto the shirt as well.  I made the skirt out of two yards of fabric and it has a basic elastic waist band.  Snow White and her prince were killed by seven angry dwarves who were mad their maid was leaving them....

Next we have Ariel, the Little Mermaid.
Unfortunately I don't have a great picture so you'll have to refer to the ones above for now.  I created the skirt without a pattern following the general instructions from the book "Sew What! Skirts" for a straight form fitted skirt.  I don't have a good pic yet of the bottom of it, but I used stiff tulle for the flippers.  I created the sea shells without a pattern as well.  I stuffed them with quilt batting and then sewed the lines on them and attached together and added ties and a clear halter strap to help keep it up.  Ariel was strangled by seaweed...


The last one I made completely from scratch was Pocahontas.  She didn't want an off the shoulder dress similar to the one in the movie, so I just created a very basic shift and added faux suede fringe.  I also made the turquoise necklace out of cardboard, which I spray painted.  She got an arrow through the head... something about an accident with John Smith...

For Belle and Cinderella we had some prom dresses that we added to to create the costumes.

I was Cinderella - who was bludgeoned in the head with her glass slipper by her jealous ugly step-sister.  I added the peplum and sleeves (again made without a pattern - they are both stuffed with tulle to give them some volume), which are detachable since the dress wasn't mine.

For Belle we added extra fabric around her shoulders for the "off the shoulder look" and around the skirt to mimic the flouncing.  Unfortunately Belle was the victim of domestic violence (some habits die hard - once a beast, always a beast).


Last we have Jasmine who was mauled by her tiger.  This was an old medieval costume that was originally a dress.  My friend cut it in half, turned the bottom of the skirt into pants and then I helped add the gold bands to the bottom of the shirt and to the pants as well as put elastic into the bottom of the pants.

So there you have it!  Six costumes and if you can believe it, I did them all in just two days!  Not sure if I ever want to make so many at once again, but it was so worth it.  Everyone loved the idea and we had a blast acting dead all night!

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2  6 Dead Disney Princesses! in Halloween Costumes by LolaBella on: November 03, 2008 10:06:42 AM
We had a theme party this year for Halloween: "Happily Never After"

We all dressed up as different Disney Princesses that had been killed in different ways.

I made 6 costumes, pretty much all from scratch, for our group (below I list what I did and didn't do), which was kinda stressful, since I've never done so many projects at once, but it was worth it!

The group before the "dead" makeup:

After:

My favorite was Snow White. 

I made everything from scratch without a pattern.  For the shirt I used an old navy blue tshirt, cut the neck into a v shape and sewed on the gold ribbon detailing down the front. Then I added the blue puff sleeves (I used a regency pattern for their shape) and red felt "slits".  Then I glued two layers of white felt together for the collar which I sewed onto the shirt as well.  I made the skirt out of two yards of fabric and it has a basic elastic waist band.  Snow White and her prince were killed by seven angry dwarves who were mad their maid was leaving them....

Next we have Ariel, the Little Mermaid.
Unfortunately I don't have a great picture so you'll have to refer to the ones above for now.  I created the skirt without a pattern following the general instructions from the book "Sew What! Skirts" for a straight form fitted skirt.  I don't have a good pic yet of the bottom of it, but I used stiff tulle for the flippers.  I created the sea shells without a pattern as well.  I stuffed them with quilt batting and then sewed the lines on them and attached together and added ties and a clear halter strap to help keep it up.  Ariel was strangled by seaweed...


The last one I made completely from scratch was Pocahontas.  She didn't want an off the shoulder dress similar to the one in the movie, so I just created a very basic shift and added faux suede fringe.  I also made the turquoise necklace out of cardboard, which I spray painted.  She got an arrow through the head... something about an accident with John Smith...

For Belle and Cinderella we had some prom dresses that we added to to create the costumes.

I was Cinderella - who was bludgeoned in the head with her glass slipper by her jealous ugly step-sister.  I added the peplum and sleeves (again made without a pattern - they are both stuffed with tulle to give them some volume), which are detachable since the dress wasn't mine.

For Belle we added extra fabric around her shoulders for the "off the shoulder look" and around the skirt to mimic the flouncing.  Unfortunately Belle was the victim of domestic violence (some habits die hard - once a beast, always a beast).


Last we have Jasmine who was mauled by her tiger.  This was an old medieval costume that was originally a dress.  My friend cut it in half, turned the bottom of the skirt into pants and then I helped add the gold bands to the bottom of the shirt and to the pants as well as put elastic into the bottom of the pants.

So there you have it!  Six costumes and if you can believe it, I did them all in just two days!  Not sure if I ever want to make so many at once again, but it was so worth it.  Everyone loved the idea and we had a blast acting dead all night!

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3  Re: 2008 Completed Costumes Scrapbook! (completed project pictures & links go here!) in Halloween Costumes by LolaBella on: October 31, 2008 12:01:19 PM
This year I made 6 costumes!  Crazy, but we had a really fun group idea, so it was worth it. 

We're Dead Disney Princesses,and we had a"Happily Never After" party last night.

Here we are before our dead makeup:


I made Snow White, Ariel and Pocahontas all from scratch without a pattern, and then the other three (mine, Cinderella, Belle and Jasmine) were made by altering prom dresses and altering an old "medieval" dress.

Here we are after we died:


Cinderella was bludgeoned with a glass slipper by her ugly stepsister, Ariel got strangled by seaweed, Pocahontas got an arrow in the head, Jasmine was mauled by her tiger, Belle had an abusive boyfriend and Snow White (and her prince who isn't pictured here since I didn't make his costume) were killed by the seven angry dwarves.

Lots of fun!

Full thread: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=276913.0
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4  Re: Circular Shrug / Vest - Scale Model - TUTORIAL in Knitting: Completed Projects by LolaBella on: October 31, 2005 09:10:59 AM
I didn't do mock rib for the body just 1x1 rib and I used a k1f&b for the increase and it worked fine.  The m1 would have worked about the same, but probably better if you do the mock rib to keep the same look. 

Mine is finally done!  It fits, just barely, but is a little high over my chest, but I still like it and finished it just in time to wear to church yesterday!

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I used black Red Heart Grande on size 15 needles.  I did 5.5" of 2x2 rib and about 18" of 1x1 rib for the body.  I'm glad it's done and now I want to do a smaller gauge version in a deep red or orange with the mock rib.
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5  Re: Circular Shrug / Vest - Scale Model - TUTORIAL in Knitting: Completed Projects by LolaBella on: October 25, 2005 12:33:48 PM
Knitchick: that looks *great*!!!  And I totally agree on the long sleeved shirt underneath, I just need to get one myself! 

I'm on the last couple inches of 2x2 rib right now, but I think I ended the middle section too soon.  Either way I'm going to have to iron the heck out of it, cause I want it to be more flat.  I'm for sure going to be making another one of these, in of course a smaller gauge.  I *love* it! 

And did anyone see the new Phildar magazine?  It looks like they have something similar with sleeves, but the only picture I have of it, it's kind of hard to tell...


It's this red sweater here on the left.  Kind of hard to tell, like I said.
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6  Re: Boobholder/Minisweater (link to free pattern!) in Knitting: Completed Projects by LolaBella on: September 26, 2005 08:37:58 AM
I finished mine last weekend too, but have been slacking on posting a picture.  Here it is:



I've worn it a couple of times and everyone has commented on how cute it is, but since I made it I can see all the flaws in it.  It gapes in the back a bit, like a lot of others on here, and I think I need to block it, becuase it rolls a bit in the front.  But I still like it and it was fun to make!
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7  Re: Phildar Pattern - Know of a Similar One? in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by LolaBella on: September 23, 2005 01:23:42 PM
Ok, one more question and then I'll stop, I promise!  Tongue

What kind of a stitch pattern does this look like? 



The picture isn't that great quality I know, but I've looked through a bunch of big books and I find similar ones, but not exactly what I'm looking for.  I'm going to try my hand at making up my own pattern for this one (with some help) but need to figure what the closest stitch would be.

Thanks again for everybody's help!!!  Cheesy
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8  Re: Blackberry from Knitty KAL in Knitalongs by LolaBella on: September 23, 2005 09:32:08 AM
I'm working on the back and I'm using 10 needles, but I think I should have gone with a size 11.  I'm on the last part of the 3rd rep and it only measures 5 and a half inches.  It's so frustrating.  I can't figure out how to knit the pattern so it will fit my gauge and I can't just buy the yarn that it calls for...  My sides are turning out icky and the yarn itself is partially unraveling so if I'm not constantly paying attention I don't put it through the whole loop, but part of it, then it makes a weird gap, and I'm just not a happy person.


Sorry it's getting frustrating for you!  I haven't started the back since switching to a smaller gauge (probably should have, since you're having so many problems) but the sleeves seem to be going fine.  They are a good size , not too baggy since I'm doing the smaller gauge, etc.  Hope you can figure everything out.  I'd say try a bigger size needle or else do a different size in the pattern.  I'm doing the small size with a smaller gauge becuase I want it to be more snug.  Hope this helps and everything turns out!

I am thinking about making another one with no bobbles and ending at the elbows.  I think it would be pretty easy to adjust the pattern.  I like layers poking out of my clothes (like a thermal type top)...and I would use a bulky yarn and not a super bulky yarn.  Any thoughts on this?Huh  

I think that would look awesome!  This is a great layering piece and having shorter sleeves would make it very versatile! Smiley  I'd probably do it in a less bulky yarn so it could be a springtime sweater too.
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9  Re: Blackberry from Knitty KAL in Knitalongs by LolaBella on: September 21, 2005 08:00:49 AM
Ok, so I frogged one last time but I think I've got it now!  Here's a picture of my progress!  I started with a sleve because I wanted to work on some cables.  I'm using Red Heart worsted weight with 10.5 US needles (it's a dark green color).



I think it's going to turn out!!!

eta: I actually did 14 rows of ribbing on the bottom of the sleeve because I want them to be longer and I have really long arms...  plus I'll probably do more than 10 rows of ribbing around the sweater too, so now they will match! Smiley
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10  Phildar Pattern - Know of a Similar One? in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by LolaBella on: September 20, 2005 09:57:41 AM
I am in LOVE with the new Phildar Tendances Automne-Hiver 2005/2006 magazine.  There seem to be so many great sweaters, but I'm a little hesitant to buy it since my French isn't what it used to be and I'm still an experienced beginner.  But there's one I just have to have...

Anyone know of a similar pattern to what this sweater is??  The left green sweater... I haven't seen anything like this before...



Or even what you think the stitch used might be.  I really want this sweater bad!!!

Thanks in advance for any help!!
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