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1  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Golden Snitch Nipple Pasties on: July 11, 2009 09:04:15 PM






I made these Golden Snitch nipple pasties for myself to wear to the midnight opening of Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince next week. Cheesy
These are my first pasties, they took me two days to make. The wings were bought appliques, but I beaded everything else by hand. There are small gold beads in swirls between the rows of sequins to make the spiral patterns of the snitch.

I usually wear a standard gryffindor outfit; a tie over a white shirt, grey skirt with gryffindor colours trim, and a gryffindor scarf. My plan is to wear the pasties under my white shirt and unbutton onstage at the costume contest for a big reveal. Wink

Update:


I won second place in the costume contest! I now own a light up-noise-making wand and gt a free pass to the theatre (which I used to see HBP again yesterday). The owl beside me won first. Somebody started yelling "Hooters vs Tits!" when we got to the final three! XD
I don't think most of the crowd really got that they were golden snitches, I didn't get the chance to say it into the mike like I wanted to and it was probably a bit hard to see.



It was hard for my girlfriend to get a decent picture of me with the shirt open since I was doing a little dance and closing my shirt again quickly, so here is the best one.
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / 1959 Shirtwaist Dress, sizing issues Help! *img heavy* on: April 29, 2008 04:21:38 PM
I found this adorable vintage 1959 shirtwaist dress pattern, at a thirft store: McCalls 4948

And the size looked exactly right, from the measurements listed. I started a muslin, because these vintage patterns are always tricky size-wise.

I altered the pattern because the original has TWO zippers! WHY? I eliminated the front zipper thinking buttons would be much cuter and easier, and got rid of the side zipper by using elastic to gather the sides instead of sewing them permanently. Tada, it's now a super easy pull-on dress!

But... When I put it on it is huge in the bust and not anywhere near as cute as the picture. It easily fits onto my G-cup dress dummy, and I'm only an A-cup!

I'm pretty good at sizing up and down when everything doesn't fit, or in the waist, but this is mostly in the bust and the shape is tricky because of the collar.

Can anyone help me with how to alter this so it fits better?
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / A grad dress the 50's would be proud of (LARGE images!) on: July 01, 2007 12:41:57 PM
front
close up
back

I designed, drafted, and made this dress from scratch for my grade 12 grad, using a late 50's pattern of my grandmother's as a loose guideline. I've been planning this all year, and I am so happy with how it turned out! My grad was actually in may, but I didn't get a chance to upload pictures until now.

The original pattern was a one-piece dress with an extremely high waist, the only parts of it you can still see is the fold over collar and the fullness of the skirt.

The fabric is one layer of butter yellow taffeta and en electric blue sheer with velvet flowers embossed on it. It's a little hard to see in the photos, but the top is a seperate, boned, fully lined, bodice with 2 points in the front and two in the back. A piece of satin ribbon extends from each point, and then snaps on to the gathered part of the skirt. I sewed little tiny bows on top of the snaps to cover them. Excuse the wrinkles below the bust, I was slouching a little!

The skirt has no crinoline, just a layer of sheer, a layer of taffeta, and the lining. The top layer is gathered up like belle's dress from beauty and the beast! Smiley

I originaly planned to have the top layer be a light lilca colour, but the fabric I found in that colour was $20 a metre! If it was my wedding dress or something I so would have done it, but I made my own dress to save money so I went with an on-sale fabric instead. Nobody else had a yellow and blue dress, thats for sure!

The picture of the back is candid obviously, ^_~ I'm about to fall over trying to put my shoes on. But you can see the little white shrug I wore for part of the night! I also had white little short gloves and a white vintage beaded purse. I'm wearing my grandmothers jewelry, the earrings are clip-ons!

(Sorry I don't have a picture without my hands infront of the top)

4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Points on corset hem? *big pic warning* on: January 13, 2007 09:31:48 PM
I am knitting a corset based on a piece of art, so I'm having to make up the pattern myself. I've never made up a pattern for a knit before, or even really knitted anything with extensive shaping, so I've been doing lots of research and practicing before actually starting.



I'm knitting the corset and the hat, and maybe the sleeves and socks later if I have time. For now I'm just doing the corset, under the flowers at the bust down to the points. I'll be crocheting the edgings afterwards.

One thing I'm having trouble figuring out how to do is the points on the bottom of the corset. I'm planning on knitting the corset 'flat', not in the round, so using the edges for the lacing as shown in the front and knitting a seperate modesty panel to go underneath. That way I have a rectangle basically, instead of a tube, so it's easier to knit and fit. Smiley
For the points, I think something like the method used for the earflaps on this hat:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=21234.0
would work best. Knitting from the bottom up, each point seperately, then joining them as I start knitting the rest.

But I'm not sure I understand her about how to attach the points once you've knit them and put them on holders. Cany anyone explain? Or suggest another method for making the points without having a seam? Any advice on this outfit would be very helpful thanks! <3
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Retro Tank-Top, in shagadelic purple! on: April 16, 2006 12:57:35 PM
http://kiwisprinkles.homestead.com/files/front.jpg
Front view, this is the only shot where you can see the little holes
http://kiwisprinkles.homestead.com/files/side.jpg
Side view, I love the way it flares out in the back
http://kiwisprinkles.homestead.com/files/back.jpg

I found this wonderful wriggly knit fabric at Fabricland years ago and couldn't decide what to do with it. It's not super stretchy and it has tiny little holes built in that make it hard to sew. I finaly pulled it out and used a simple gathered v-neck pattern for the front, and improvised the rest! I cut the back with the stripes going the opposite way for fun, and added three rows of elastic thread to the back to make up for the lack of stretch. I think it looks downright sexy, and very retro chique! Hope you like it!
(excuse the crappy mirror shots!)
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