Duh, why didn't I think of cheap hair spray? My experience with synth hair has most just been dreads or loose extension installs, so I've never really needed to lock it into one specific place before. I think a combo of hair spray and some strategic bobby pins should sort the black layer out, and might work for the purple swirls too. Like, if I just tuck the ends of the purple in at the tips of the horn with bobby pins. Luckily I use cheap hair spray on my own hair, so I have tons of it around. Now I just need to wait for the damn glue to dry so I can get back to work!
I think I overestimated the effort the horns would take, I'm starting to think the cloak will actually be the most difficult part. Dammit, I hate sewing sleeves...
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!
Oooh, electrical tape sounds like it would be pretty cool. I was going to do the segmenting by using different colors of hair, like a sort of swirl of black and purples. Gaaah, I really need to get started on it! Time's running out!
This may not be much help, but I've been Leela several times. I already have long purple hair with bangs, so that was the easy part. I made the first armpiece last minute from a soda bottle and acrylic paint, but I don't recommend that because the paint started to chip off and the plastic edges hurt my arm after a while. My second armpiece I made from cheap craft foam. I LOVE the idea someone had of using a sock and painting it on, sounds perfect for a small child.
And as for a jacket, you simply must get as close as possible to Leela's "Off-the-rack, lime green affair!" Last year I tried to actually sew a recreation of it, but I was using very tricky fleece and after many hours wasted on the stupid sleeves, I scrapped it and wore a green sort of blazer thing, which looked awful. Luckily it was a warm Halloween and I didn't need it much.
Gun was just a cheapo "space man" gun from the dollar store, I didn't even need to paint it and it lit up and made laser-y noises. Boots were easy of course, I already had several pairs. Boot covers sound pretty easy to do, otherwise I'm sure child-sized can be found online as was previously suggested.
I tried several variations on the eye, but nothing worked because without my glasses I'm blind as a bat. So if anyone asked, I said I was specifically Leela from the episode where she dates a plastic surgeon and briefly has a false second eye. But for such a small child, I like the idea of an eyepatch worn on the forehead.
I realize now after typing all that out it reeeally probably doesn't help at all, but can't just delete 10 minutes of typing. So.. sorry!
Oooh, thank you so much, that video was PERFECT, why didn't it show up in my Google searches? Arrg! The makeup tutorial is going to be a big help too, even though I can't afford MAC or Kryolan and probably won't do green skin since I might have to do a burlesque show that same night and need to be semi-versatile.
I never even thought of using floral foam, which is shameful considering my mother used to be a florist. I think that's going to be my course of action, I'll probably use floral wire to attach the horns to a big headband and then pin my natural hair up and around to hide the seams. I might try to trim my bangs into a V, but I think it's more likely that I'll just use a TON of gel to make myself a devilock sort of thing. Sa-weeeet!
Now I just need to make myself a badass cloak with a giant collar and loooong ragged bell sleeves.
On an unrelated note, I finally convinced the boyfriend to let me make him a Dementor (from Harry Potter) costume, even though he absolutely does NOT do Halloween. I blame his painfully repressed religious upbringing, but it's nice to know he'll make sacrifices for me. A Dementor and Maleficent sounds like a very romantic pairing.
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!
So I've got a bunch of these little mini top hats that I got for pennies and would like to jazz up for my burlesque troupe. The problem is, they're pretty cheap, thin, very shiny plastic. I would love to cover them with fabric, but I don't have the time or patience to go through all that, plus I know I wouldn't get the creases/cuts/whatever I had to do to make the fabric lay flat look right.
Ideally, I would like to spray them with something that would give them a matte fabric-like finish. My plan so far is to flock them, but is there anything easier than this? Some sort of flocking spray, or a spray that will give the appearance of something other than cheap plastic?
I haven't found anything so far in my research, but beyond "spray flocking" I can't think of what to actually search for. Thought maybe someone here would have an idea?
Edit to say: I have found flocking spray, but only in white to make fake snow on holiday junk. I'm looking for something black, and purple if I can find it.
Ah ha! I was still hopelessly confused and getting frustrated, until I grabbed a bit of scrap fabric and actually tried it, and it suddenly all makes sense! This is why my sewing machine is precariously set on a chair right next to my computer. I'll try bias tape to deal with the half-finished bags I've already made with rounded handles, and after that I think I'll just stick to rectangular ones.
You may have noticed a recurring theme in all the replies: iron. Ironing can make a world of difference in you final project. Once you get in the habit of ironing ever other step or so, you'll kick yourself for not having acquiring the habit sooner.
*sigh* Yes, I know you are right. I will admit that I have a problem with ironing, namely that I hate it. I suppose I'll have to set a mini ironing board and iron up next to the sewing machine so I don't have to go down a flight of stairs every time I need to iron.
(If you look in the purse forum, there's a great tutorial for sewing up a zippered pouch that goes into detail about the zipper)
She's probably referring to the very tutorial that I learned to sew zippers from!
I really only sew them to bags and whatnot, so it's not too terribly difficult but they do get tricky. My number one advice for zippers, especially for things other than clothes, is MAKE SURE THE FABRIC'S ALL FACING THE RIGHT WAY!!!
I mean, quadruple check that shit- especially if you're sewing something with a lining.
NOTHING is more infuriating than when you flip the fabric around after spending 20 minutes on the zipper from hell to find that you've got the wrong side of the fabric facing out. I've got a pile of these bag-abortions because I'm usually so angry that rather than ripping the seams and starting over, I throw it across the room.