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1  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Ursula costume! on: February 01, 2014 08:57:50 PM
Wow....thank you sooooo much. This is the second year in a row I got a best of year for a costume. I am beyond honored!
2  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Featured Project for Costumes October-December 2013 on: January 15, 2014 09:17:55 PM
Wow! Thanks so much for adding my Ursula to the featured projects Smiley 
I am always so honored when other craftsters like my work since I respect the heck out of all or you  Wink
3  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Ursula costume! on: January 06, 2014 02:31:41 PM
I just looked at every project you've ever posted on here and I can not believe I've not seen Any of them before now, where have I been?! Your costumes are spectacular! Way to raise the bar. If I start now my kids might have something half as good by this October, lol. If only they could make up their minds this early on, they change them about 200 times, ha!

Thanks craftylittlemonkey!  It all started so innocently and has bloomed out of control...the halloween costume thing gets harder to top every year but I love the challenge! And not too many more years before they won't be trick or treating anymore...but thank goodness for theater!
4  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Ursula costume! on: December 30, 2013 02:01:42 PM
Congratulations! This has been chosen as a Featured ProjectSmiley

Awesome!  Thank you sooo much!
Whenever my craftster community shows me love it means so much more than when non-crafty people tell me something's good...you guys know what you're talking about.

This project has made me so happy already and sharing it with everyone makes me even happier Smiley
5  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Ursula costume! on: December 29, 2013 03:27:53 AM
I used floor underlayment...bought it at Home Depot.  It's a thin (2mm) polypropylene foam.
Pretty pricey at $65 for 100sq ft but I made 15 different costumes out of it including Ursula.
I made a corset style belt out of thick interfacing that I created using the duct tape and saran wrap method.  For each tentacle I cut two identical swirl shapes and then one long triangle the length of the underside of the swirl shape.  I then hot glued them together in a triangle...it reinforced their shape and they had great structure.  I spraypainted them a black hammered metallic spray and cut some circles out of pipe insulation which I sprayed purple.
Here's the underlayment

6  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Ursula costume! on: December 24, 2013 07:04:33 PM
I just finished our run of The Little Mermaid...I designed set and costumes and it was amazing!
My favorite costume that I designed and constructed is Ursula...totally original head to toe (see my post on the wig)...it just made me happy to look at it...hope you all like it!
The bodice is covered with cut up VHS tape and my favorite little detail is that one of the tapes was "The Little Mermaid"...love inside jokes Smiley

7  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Little Mermaid musical...Ursula Wig and Ariel Wig! on: December 24, 2013 06:52:34 PM
Thank you so much, creepy! (that's her screen name...I'm not insulting her...lol)
8  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Little Mermaid musical...Ursula Wig and Ariel Wig! on: December 10, 2013 12:34:36 PM
Here's the PR shot with the actresses wearing the wigs Smiley
Photo by me too Smiley

9  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Little Mermaid musical...Ursula Wig and Ariel Wig! on: December 09, 2013 12:22:03 PM
Lol...you called it!  Prince Eric was begging to try it on!  My kids at home were drooling over it and volunteered to "Test" it for me...to make sure it "worked" Wink
They actually had to stop a rehearsal because everyone was freaking out over how it was vibrating and undulating while she talked.  lol. She stopped the rehearsal and said:  "OK, let's all take a minute to stare at Ursula's wig."
Those are the moments that I love!
10  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Little Mermaid musical...Ursula Wig and Ariel Wig! on: December 09, 2013 02:11:11 AM
I am simultaneously loving and stressing over this show!  I design costumes as well as set and we are getting down to two weeks to show time and I have A LOT to do!
But I had to share the wigs!

I am so proud of Ursula's wig!

I did a duct tape and saran wrap mold of the actresses head that I then put on my wig form and stuffed so I would have the right head size.  I made the hairline and some cross strips out of fun foam and then I glued a wig cap to it.  I put a couple of coats of white spray paint to make everything white and then I started cutting foam from chair cushion foam squares.  I pinned them on so I could get the look I was going for and still play around a bit longer.  Then I took them off by row to remember roughly where they went and then hot glued them onto the base.  It came out so good!  When she talks and walks the hair moves.....very cool!  I decided not to paint it because in the light the foam glistens.

Ariel's hair is awesome too!

The first little picture is the wig I ordered from Amazon.  I ordered two at about $13 each.  I detached the weaves from one wig and attached them to the other by sewing them to the wig base.  I then back combed, teased and hairsprayed to get the swoopy bangs.  All-in-all it doesn't look like a crappy $13 wig Smiley

OK...enough of a break!  Back to costume making!
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