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1  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Peter Pan, Disney Fairies, Hook and Nana the dog! on: November 25, 2014 12:01:57 PM
I just finished a production of Peter Pan as the costume and set designer.  We had 58 people in the cast and somehow they all went on stage in a costume (although it was a pretty near thing at the end!).
I have to say that the costumes of this show are some of my favorite that I've created.  I thought I'd share some.  My Peter concept was distressed since there's no one there to take care of him so I did a fabric with a great leaf like print under his main tunic and razored the fabric...as well as sewed seams with a leather cord for extra texture.

My favorite thing to work on was the fairies.  I made each set of wings to a custom size for the actor and they are made to work without elastic.  I took a screenshot of each of the fairies wings from the movie so the veining is accurate for the character.  I found a great stretchy glitter netting and did the veining with fabric paint.  They moved great on stage!  Each of the dresses I used parts of at least two different patterns to get the dress I was going for.

And another of my favorites was creating the head for Nana.  I had almost run out of time so I made it in two nights...but it came out pretty good anyway Smiley

and a view of the inside

Hook is definitely one of my favorite costumes but although I designed it, I farmed out the sewing and construction.  The hat was originally an ugly halloween pimp hat that I had someone cover with the brocade fabric from the vest (which is really a curtain...lol) and the shoes are cheap Walmart women's ankle boots that I cut down and added a buckle by cutting links off of an ugly cheap bracelet and mouting on elastic.

2  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Olaf Costume!!! on: November 12, 2014 04:55:03 PM
wow!  Thank you for making this a featured project! 
Too bad I forgot to enter the costume contest...oops  Roll Eyes
3  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: My beautiful Fairy...Goodwill finds remade and wings! on: November 03, 2014 09:26:39 AM
Wow...thanks. Didn't expect this much love from everyone. Smiley

I really enjoyed the creativity of trying to figure out how to use each dress.
4  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Olaf Costume!!! on: November 03, 2014 12:04:40 AM
 I love a challenge and Olaf was so much fun to make!!

In order to make the proportions work, we decided she had to be on her knees.  She was awesome and crawled around most of the day (she had on my construction knee pads).

I made the base of the shapes out of a foam that's intended for sound muffling under laminate floor.

And then I covered it in batting.

I created a tracing paper pattern for the fabric.

I made a slipcover out of stretchy white lycra and hot glued it to the base.

And then I finished the details.

It was a great Halloween and she ended up in a lot of people's pictures!  She was like a character at Disneyland Smiley

I made all three of my girls' costumes in only one week...I think it came out pretty well Smiley  I love Halloween!

5  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Rufio, Rufio, Rufio! Bangarang! on: November 02, 2014 11:29:02 PM
My daughter wanted to be Rufio this Halloween.

and just in case you don't know who that is...it's from the movie Hook with Robin Williams

I had the greatest luck at Goodwill and found grey suede boots that I spray painted red, an 80s leather jacket which I cut up and lots of red tshirts for making fringe.
I found bags of little bones at party city that were meant to be party favors. To make the hair, I got a red mohawk wig and cut out some of the weaves then did a corn row braid in her hair to attach it to. 
She was totally happy with it Smiley
6  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / My beautiful Fairy...Goodwill finds remade and wings! on: November 02, 2014 09:10:15 PM

My middle daughter wanted to be a fairy/dryad.  I went to goodwill and found a bunch of dresses to use as my fabric.  2 linen, one maxi skirt, one organza dress and a dress that I kept as the base of the coat

After I sat and looked at them and we looked at inspiration pics on pinterest, I came up with my design:

The sewing took me 2 days and I cut, serged and sewed about 75 leaves.

But probably my favorite part of the project was making the wings.  I made wings that didn't need elastic.  They went down the back of her dress.  I found a great strectchy multi-colored green sheer with glitter...it was perfect fabric!  I made the wings out of 12 guage galvanized steel wire.  I taped together the two bases and wrapped the wire with floral tape.

I stretched and hot glued the fabric and used fabric paint for the veins.

They sparkled so brightly in the sun Smiley

Under the coat was the dress I made out of the organza with some weaving on the bodice.

And I made the crown out of the same wire and floral tape.

I love how pretty it came out Smiley

7  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!
8  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
9  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!
10  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
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