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1  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / Re: Tim Burton's Alice in wonderland costume skirt on: November 25, 2009 01:07:01 PM
I've been wanting to make this *entire* outfit for a while.  I absolutely adore it!  Doing some research online for ric-rac, I think I found the exact kind they used!  I figured buying it in wholesale was necessary since it will probably take a large yardage amount.  It comes in two sizes: the large is 1+13/32 inches (found here: http://www.cheeptrims.com/store/group.asp?GroupID=17&CategoryID=47) and the small is 11/16 inches (found here: http://www.cheeptrims.com/store/group.asp?GroupID=37&CategoryID=47).  That seems to be the correct proportions from the pictures and they also have a "Dusty Blue" that looks almost exactly like the right color.  For a while I was wondering if I'd have to dye something to get it close to that color, but I'm so excited that I had to share the links.  Each roll of ric-rac comes with 72 and 144 yards respectively, so that seems like plenty.  Maybe you could get more than one skirt out of it?

As for construction, to me it looks like the ric-rac was sewn only to it's self, like lace, and then attached at the waist as an over skirt over some blue satiny fabric in the same shape.  I think they used the smaller ric-rac to add fullness between the sections of larger ric-rac as it goes down the dress since it seems like most of the points line up.  Just a guess though.  I think I'm just going to wing it and see how it goes!

If anyone's had success or attempted it since this post started, please post pictures, I'd love to see!
2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Can I spray paint lace? on: September 18, 2009 01:40:59 PM
Thanks for the ideas!  I'll give some of them a try and post my results!
3  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Can I spray paint lace? on: September 16, 2009 12:07:45 PM
I am making a Marie Antoinette costume for Halloween and I'm really excited but I'm having a hard time finding 7" wide silver lace for the sleeves.  Would it be possible to spray paint (or use another kind of fabric paint) white lace so that it looks silver?  I might just try it out on a small sample, but what I'm worried about is how it will drape and if it will be too stiff after it's painted (I don't want to have to use too much of the white lace I bought if it doesn't work).

Has anyone done this?  Or knows a good source for silver lace? Smiley

Or do you think I should just try to dye it a light gray?  Can you even dye synthetic lace?  I've never dyed fabric before, just yarn.  The dress is gray and light blue and I found some thinner silver lace that I love, but need something big for the sleeves!

Thanks for your help!
4  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Need to make a very POOFY costume... on: September 11, 2009 01:02:39 PM
What about using a hula hoop and somehow attaching it to the fabric around the part you want to be widest or you could use boning and create a kind of "hoop skirt".

I actually made a jellyfish costume several years ago but I wore it more as a hat on my head.  I used a hula hoop and sewed a piece of purple swimsuit fabric (this was good because then it kind of bounced and swayed as I moved around) into a large circle with a channel for the hula hoop, then I cut the hoop and inserted it into the channel.  Then I used a round hat without a top that I found in the bridal section of Joann's to make it into a hat.  I then cut squares of fabric into spirals that I hung from the edge of the hat for the "tentacles".  I added some glittery paint on top to make it more interesting.  I wore regular clothes underneath that matched my color scheme.  People loved it and I almost won the costume contest!

I actually got the idea from the movie "The Boyfriend" with Twiggy, there were tap dancing jellyfish in it and I thought it was a fun idea.

Good luck with your costume!  Post pictures when you're done! Smiley
5  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: I made... well a piggy tribute on: November 13, 2008 11:21:55 AM
Oh my gosh, I loved this game when I was younger (we called it toss the pig).  You are a genius!!  What a great gift idea too!  Would you sell or share the pattern?  I'd love to make some!  So fun!
6  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Brimmed hats for boys and girls (4pics) on: November 13, 2008 10:01:19 AM
Those are really fun!  I love pink and brown too.  Did you use a pattern or just make it up yourself?  I've been wanting to make a hat with a brim like this for a while.

Great job!  I bet your nephew and everyone else will love them!
7  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: 6 Dead Disney Princesses! on: November 03, 2008 12:56:13 PM
Thanks!  Yeah, it was a lot of work, but worth it! 

Coming up with the back stories was probably the best party.  We had lots of ideas... Smiley  It's was fun too because we each kinda fit the personality of the Princess we were.  We were definitely clear on who was going to be who.

It was too bad we couldn't find someone to be Sleeping Beauty but we just told everyone she slept through it... Smiley
8  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / 6 Dead Disney Princesses! 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!

9  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / 6 Dead Disney Princesses! 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!

10  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / Craftster Craft Challenges / Re: Craft Challenge #32 - DIY Halloween Costumes - Due Nov 1 - Nov 5 2008 on: October 31, 2008 12:46:22 PM
Yay!  I'll be entering the 6 costumes I made this year for my roommates and I (all from scratch, although I didn't make everything, but I think it's enough to count).  We had a really fun theme party this year and are hoping to win the costume contest tonight as well!  Can't wait to post them all!!
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