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1  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!
2  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!

3  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!

4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Blue and Cream Pleated Bag on: March 29, 2006 11:05:19 AM
http://www.craftster.org/pictures/uploads/29977/compressbag_002.jpg

This is a bag I made this weekend for the Sew? I Knit! Sew-Along: www.sewiknit.blogspot.com.  I thought I would share it here too.  I'm really happy with how it turned out.  I wanted something big enough to carry all my stuff to work on the bus.  

http://www.craftster.org/pictures/uploads/29977/compressbag_005.jpg

Some details:
I used an old belt (faux leather) for the handles.
This is the first zipper I've ever put on a purse.
Dimensions are around 14"x10"x3".
I put lots of pockets inside for all my stuff.
There is a pleat on the top (front and back) that brings it in a bit.
I got the fabric from Wal-Mart on sale for $2/yd! and I used less than a yard.
Started Friday night, put the handles on Sat. morning!

http://www.craftster.org/pictures/uploads/29977/compressbag_006.jpg

Quick and easy!
Let me know what you think!
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Simple Embroidered Tote/Knitting Bag on: February 13, 2006 01:43:01 PM
Using the Jordy model I whiped this up Sat. morning.  I used an Aunt Martha transfer for the knitting poodle, which I started on Thrusday and finished on Friday, so over all the whole bag probably took me 4 hours!  I used white canvas with a printed knit for the lining that reminds me of the Paris Metro.  It's nice and roomy and is now holding the sweater I'm knitting for the Knitting Olympics!

http://www.craftster.org/pictures/uploads/29977/compressknittingbag.jpg

http://www.craftster.org/pictures/uploads/29977/white_knitting_bag_019.jpg

http://www.craftster.org/pictures/uploads/29977/compress_knitting_bag_014.jpg
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Knitting Gift Tags? on: December 21, 2005 01:32:11 PM
I'm trying to find some cute tags I can print out to give with knitted gifts this Christmas.  I know I've seen some cute ones on people's blogs.  Can you help me find some?  I don't have the skills/programs needed to do these myself or I would!  Thanks!  Oh, they don't even have to be Christmas related...
7  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / What are your best Bridal Shower Ideas? on: November 09, 2005 01:11:09 PM
I'm throwing my first Bridal Shower for my roommate (very soon, but ideas are always appreciated since these things happen all the time), but I wanted to start a thread of either theme ideas or just general ideas for Bridal Showers. 

What have you done in the past that's been successful?
What's been thrown for you that you enjoyed?
I just need ideas.  I'm looking for unique ideas, or things that are classic, but I just need some good ideas, or resources for ideas.

8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Phildar Pattern - Know of a Similar One? 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!!
9  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Blackberry from Knitty KAL on: September 14, 2005 12:09:22 PM
First off, here's the link to the free pattern: http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEfall05/PATTblackberry.html

Ok, I decided to start this thread so that all interested could join in the fun.  There were a lot of people interested from the "knitty" thread.  Right now I'm finishing my minisweater, but I'm looking into what yarns are good subs and hopefully will be able to start it sometime next week.

Has anyone else started this?  I've never done cables so this is going to be a new experience, we'll see how it goes.
10  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Completed Projects / Pink and Brown Tee (My first!) on: July 11, 2005 03:19:42 PM
This is my first tee. I used the tut here:
http://www.livejournal.com/community/craftgrrl/3674467.html
I think it worked really well, although it was hard to get the exact detail of the design, but I really like how it turned out, not quite perfect.  I used a plain brown t-shirt I had from the Banana Republic Outlet and some pink acrylic paint I mixed with fabric paint medium, like it suggests in the tut.  Hope you like it as much as I do!

The picture doesn't do it justice, I think it looks better in person.  Anyway, tell me what you think!
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