Update: Two floral foam cones, half a pack of black fake hair, and a ton of spray glue later, I'm about halfway done with the horns.
(Excuse my stupid face!)
One looks great, one looks super wonky. Mainly at the tips, you can really tell in the second pic. I would love to know what method the guy in the video used to attach the hair to the foam. I may be able to fix the one messy tip with just a bobby pin, now that I come to think of it.
I'm going to add more hair, this is the base layer of black before I add swirls of purple, so hopefully I can fix the tops then. I was even thinking about getting some little plastic pointy black horns from the Halloween store and fixing it to the tips and then affixing the ends of the purple hair to that, otherwise I'm not sure how I'm going to neaten up the ends and attach the purple hair. The spray glue didn't work too terribly well, it's ALL OVER my hands and I can't get it off. I'm thinking about steaming them once it dries, since the hair is KK it's heat-reactive and maybe it'll make the hair tighten up and stay where it is. All it would take is one snag and it would pull it all over the place. Or maybe some sort of clear sealant spray would lock it all down? Oh well, luckily I have a few weeks to finish!
So for Halloween this year I'm going to be Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty, and I'm starting with the headpiece because that's going to be the most difficult. I was thinking a fun spin on it would be to make the headpiece out of black and purple fake hair, which works out well because A. I already have all the hair supplies and B. My natural hair is dark purple so it should blend well.
I can't decide what to use as a base, though. I want it as lightweight as possible, and something I can easily wrap and secure the hair to. I want it pretty big, my only idea so far is some sort of wire frame? I don't know how tricky that's going to end up being though, maybe I need something a little more solid. Also, how should I attach it to my head? Maybe just mount it on a black headband?
I haven't done much of this type of crafting, mostly just light sewing, hair extensions, pasties, that sort of thing. Nothing this... substantial. If anyone has any advice, I'd appreciate hearing it.
Here's some fun pictures I've been using for inspiration!
I am tearing my hair out here. I'm going to try to explain my problem best I can, I thought it probably belonged here instead of the purse-specific thread.
Basically, I am making bags where the top looks like this:
The two sides of the bag come together at the corners, and there are cutouts for a handle. Each side is two layers, outside and lining. I need an easy and simple way to line/cover the inside edge of that handle-hole. I thought to myself 'Oh, I'll just stitch a ribbon around it, it'll be easy!' A day and a half later I've thrown it across the room more times than I can count. It's impossible to keep it neat around the curved edge, or even to keep it down. If I do manage to curve it around and sew it down, it looks lumpy and terrible.
Is there any way to fold the edges under or cover it with ribbon or SOMETHING so that the rough edges aren't showing? I want it to look nice from the inside and the outside, not just the outside! I'm open to changing the shape of the handle cutout as well if it'll help.
I am going insane! Please say someone can help me!
*gasp* I did not know this thread existed! Here's my bit of show off:
My Sacred Chao The "I'm 18 and have some money whooo time for a tattoo!!" tattoo. Hail Eris!
What the apple looked like the first time, when the artist apparently didn't know the meaning of "shading"
Now! Much thanks to my sister and brother in law, who said it was just so ugly that they had no choice but to get me a gift certificate to have it fixed by a different artist.
I am currently saving money for my next tattoo, which will be the "giant back piece" tattoo. A precarious-looking stack of books up my spine with a tea cup and saucer balanced at the top, between my shoulder blades.
*ahem* I also harbor a not-so-secret desire for a Dark Mark.
It's nothing special, in fact it's actually not very good. But I like it! And it's my very first challenge, so I feel like a big girl crafter now. So far, it holds my excess spools of thread. I think I might add handles to it and use it to carry my knitting projects, once I finally get around to learning how to knit!
Here it is, my terribly uneven Clue Box!
Basically I just cut a clue board up, glued fabric to it, then sewed the fabric together with tiny little stitches that hurt my fingers like crazy. Most of the cards and pieces were missing from the game, so no I did not ruin a perfectly good game of Clue.
Here's my Leela costume from last year, which I may reprise this year.
I guess all I really made was the arm thingy and the ponytail, which isn't very visible in that picture. The hair was loose extensions that I had had installed with microrings a month or two earlier. I had to remove them as extensions because they were looking pretty bad and worn, but I salvaged them via a very strange convoluted and time consuming process by which I wrapped thread around the tops of the hair bunches and them tied them together.... I don't know why I did it that way. Anyway, that was attached to a jaw clip, and there's my ponytail. The army doohicky was made from a plastic soda bottle and some paint. I tried to find "an off-the-rack lime green affair" for a jacket, but failed. If I do it again this year, I'll make that too.
If I had known how easy it is to make some styles of bags and purses, I would have started making them long ago. But as it is, I've only been at it for a week or so. But this is what I've come up with so far:
The first few are all slightly modified in different ways versions of the straight sided cosmetic bag. ( http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=176509.0 ) Mine are made of much lighter fabric though, so they're all floppy. I also made a teeny tiny version of this bag, about two inches long and one inch high. It was adorable, but I gave it away before I took pictures.
Two matching-ish cosmetic bags that I made for my boyfriend and myself. Mine has the rainbow striped lining, his has the blue striped lining. (I even sewed his name in there, because I'm a broke girlfriend and this was his birthday gift.)
A much larger leafy patterned version, shown here in slouchy positing for your lining-viewing convenience. Perhaps I'll give this one to my mother...
My favorite so far, this is part of a lolita-inspired outfit that I've almost finished with. Just needs a cute handle...
And last of all, this little thing that I slapped together with no pattern and barely any measuring. I think it came out okay for something that I basically eyeballed. I'm mostly proud of how I lined up the pattern of the various pieces, but you can't actually see that in this picture.
Well anyway, there was my very first show-off post!
Edit: Forgot to mention that they're all entirely handsewn, and took about 1-2 hours each.
Had a few problems, didn't really think it through very carefully, but who cares?
The quote is a satire of the pro-life argument that doing anything to conflict with the body's ability to be impregnanted amounts to "playing god" and even committing murder. Don't bitch at me if you're pro-life, though, I just think it's a funny line.
Here's my very first shirt surgery. It started out HUGE! I cut off the sleeves and collar and tied some bows to give it a square neckline. The I sliced up the sides, cut horizontal slits, and tied every other little flap together. ALMOST no-sew, I put a few stitches in the bows to keep everything in place. I think it's good for my first try, no?
I guess the others aren't really reconstructions at all, they're just... fun. I did both of these today.
Here's my 'white trash corset", I just took a wifebeater, threw a bunch of safety pins on, and laced it up.
Back: (I know it looks weird, I didn't feel like taking it off again to adjust the lacing.)
Now this is a shirt my mom bought me years ago. She also got me one that said "I kissed the lead singer," but I had to return it because my boy was the guitarist.