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1  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Maleficent's headpiece? (in-progress pics on pg2!) on: September 28, 2010 07:36:21 PM
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!











2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Spray flocking or something like it? on: September 03, 2009 08:40:27 PM
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. 
3  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / There's got to be a better way! on: November 20, 2008 02:34:43 PM
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!
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Stripey skirt & stockings on: November 11, 2008 09:50:30 PM


Crazy striped fabric + lacey stuff + a few drinks = my new favorite skirt!
No measuring, no straight cuts, just hacking and sewing 'cause that's how I roll. 

It's sort of pirate meets saloon girl meets circus ringmaster.







The front is just a plain flat panel, the back is a mass of pleats and ruffles.  You can sort of see the bow back there too.


And here's some stockings I whipped up with a shocking amount of ease out of some stretchy fabric I have.




And the best part?  All that fabric came from thrift stores! 
5  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 21 ENTRIES / Clue Box on: October 05, 2007 07:55:55 PM
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.  Tongue
6  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Need idea help, like everyone else! on: October 03, 2007 11:39:49 AM
So here's my dilemma.
Everything I can think of to dress as isn't so much "halloween costume" but more of a "I'm a crazy fangirl and cosplaying by myself in my bedroom." 
Basically, I have some ideas, but I don't want to have to explain to every single person I meet what my costume is supposed to be.  This rules out Gaz or Tak from Invader Zim, and to a certain extent Leela from Futurama. 
Unfortunately....  those were the only ideas I had. 
My best friend is going as Mario, but I would rather stay home than go out dressed as Princess Peach.  My hair is purple, and I would like it to stay that way with no wigs needed. 

So my question to you is:  Do I settle and dress as something I really don't want to be just for the sake of getting a positive reaction out of near strangers at a party, or do I just go ahead and be Leela like I was last year, even though I had to explain to many people who I was?  (The two eyes thing threw people off a bit, but as I don't feel like making a giant prosthetic eye I technically dressed as Leela from the episode where she hooks up with Adlai Atkins and briefly has two eyes.  Wink )
Or better yet, can anyone suggest any other purple-haired ladies suitable for emulating this time of year?

Oh, my other option that would be easy to assemble would be an HP Sytherin outfit, but as I am morally opposed to dressing as anything generic ("Slytherin  girl" is just as bad as "sexy witch," in my opinion) I would have to go specific and be Pansy Parkinson like I was for the book and movie releases, but the black bob wig I have is itchy.  Tongue 
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / a n00b's first bags on: August 19, 2007 06:43:05 PM
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.
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / A few shirts on: August 15, 2005 09:49:44 PM
Whoo!  First post! 

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. 

Front:


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. 

Here it is, a boring shirt we've all seen.....


But then you look a little closer and.....
 

Much better, don't you agree?
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