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1  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / A few costume ideas on: October 09, 2009 02:55:03 PM
All right, so I have a love of making costumes myself for Halloween. I hate the $30 slut costumes with an unholy passion, doubly so because all the girls at my high school wear 'em.

I have a couple ideas for this year, because of various reasons. Mostly, nerdiness. And cheapness.

First idea, and the one I'm working on: Ghostbuster. I bought a jacket and pants that are almost exactly the same colour, so I'm going to sew them together at the waistband. The proton pack is harder, though: I'm improvising it, but don't have much money, nor time to assemble it. So I'm not sure how that'll turn out.

Second idea: fem!Captain Hammer! I was thinking cargo pants, a black v-neck t-shirt with the logo on it, and borrowing my friend's knee-high boots with chunky heels and a platform. I'm not sure how I'd do the gloves as of yet... Suggestions on that?

Third idea, which is looking more likely as I have more trouble working on the proton pack: fem!Dr Horrible! I mean, I think I could make his labcoat, being crafty, and he just wears white pants, which are easy enough... However, there are a few things I'm confused on:
  • The gloves! I'm still baffled.
  • The boots! I'm also baffled on that one.
  • Where does one buy the welding goggles?
  • How would I make the gun? I was thinking maybe PVC for the nozzles, and silver spray paint, but I'm kinda vague. Suggestions?

What does everyone think?
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Steampunk quick jewelry? on: March 04, 2009 08:30:17 PM
Okay, so I'm Cate, a longtime lurker and occasional poster. Hi.

Anyways! I'm going to a party on Saturday (arriving at the kid's house at 5pm, and he lives a good 20 minutes away, so I need to be all good and done by 4:30pm), and I got a really cute dress at the local Goodwill for cheap (like $3 cheap). I thought it'd be cute to make all steampunk, y'know? This was a week and a half ago, mind.

Now, the party's nearly here, and I'm having... Issues. I've got all the clothing components (a dress, which I'll put a picture of/link to in here; a brown herringbone blazer that looks lovely with the dress; black thigh-highs; gold flats), but I have no accessories. Which is Bad, because nobody seems to have clocks or watches or anything, and Goodwill only had two clocks with plastic gears, and I can't find the watch I was thinking of using to get a few things.
Here's the extra twist: I have a budget of... $4, and I have tomorrow and Saturday morning left to do get materials, because I'm busy all Friday (school and then chorus stuff until about 9:30pm). I can work all three days, however, and even do it in school if it's possible to do without glue-guns and it's a small project.
What I have going in my favour is thus:
  • My little brother will collect anything shiny, so I am going to ask him if he has any old-fashioned skeleton keys, as well as anything clockwork or chains or old-looking.
  • I can knit pretty well, and have basic sewing skills, as well as 'throw it the f*** together' skills. I'm pretty creative when I want (or need) to be.

Help? (x-posted over to the knitting area)

ETA:

It's actually as low or boob-push-up-y as it looks in the picture. It just slipped a bit. And I am aware that I need a strapless bra. Gonna ask the mumster to take me to get one tomorrow...
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Steampunk super-quick knits? on: March 04, 2009 08:29:14 PM
Okay, so I'm Cate, a longtime lurker and occasional poster. Hi.

Anyways! I'm going to a party on Saturday (arriving at the kid's house at 5pm, and he lives a good 20 minutes away, so I need to be all good and done by 4:30pm), and I got a really cute dress at the local Goodwill for cheap (like $3 cheap). I thought it'd be cute to make all steampunk, y'know? This was a week and a half ago, mind.

Now, the party's nearly here, and I'm having... Issues. I've got all the clothing components (a dress, which I'll put a picture of/link to in here; a brown herringbone blazer that looks lovely with the dress; black thigh-highs; gold flats), but I have no accessories. Which is Bad, because nobody seems to have clocks or watches or anything, and Goodwill only had two clocks with plastic gears, and I can't find the watch I was thinking of using to get a few things.
Here's the extra twist: I have a budget of... $4, and I have tomorrow and Saturday morning left to do get materials, because I'm busy all Friday (school and then chorus stuff until about 9:30pm). I can work all three days, however, and even do it in school if it's possible to do without glue-guns and it's a small project.
What I have going in my favour is thus:
  • My little brother will collect anything shiny, so I am going to ask him if he has any old-fashioned skeleton keys, as well as anything clockwork or chains or old-looking.
  • I can knit pretty well, and have basic sewing skills, as well as 'throw it the f*** together' skills. I'm pretty creative when I want (or need) to be.

Help? (x-posted over to the jewelry area)

ETA:

It's actually as low or boob-push-up-y as it looks in the picture. It just slipped a bit. And I am aware that I need a strapless bra. Gonna ask the mumster to take me to get one tomorrow...
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Doctor Who Romana Scarf on: January 20, 2009 09:07:27 PM
That is an awesome scarf! What's the material? I am considering searching for some white wool, just to make myself a really easy scarf that's still nerdy, and nice and long, as to keep me warm. I'm currently knitting the Fourth Doctor's Scarf, from season 16, and it's very... Well, it takes a lot of patience.

Does she wear other scarves as well? I might have to make more than one, so I can have an array of very long, rather nerdy scarves.
5  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Discussion and Questions / Re: First Attempt Printing directly on fabric on: April 13, 2008 07:59:28 PM
this is a LOOOOONG time after people stopped replying, but...

is it possible to do this on t-shirts? *newbie at this*
6  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Re: Dalek Love, baby onesies and change purse on: April 13, 2008 07:44:03 PM
ahmygod. Dalek = win. have a batch of cookies! *gives you batch of Dalek and TARDIS cookies*

how does one get the super-nice, not-very-transparent images? just print out the serious full-color thing? *needs to make a crapload of Doctor Who things*
7  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Re: T.A.R.D.I.S. girl on: April 13, 2008 07:41:30 PM
that's amazing! a few quick questions, though.
1. what paper did you use? that's so clear, the white and black both! it's wonderful. :3
2. does is get all ripped up from the stretchy parts? 'cos whenever i do an iron-on, if the shirt is ribby, the iron-on gets tears.

Also, I'm jealous of the new season starting...here in the States we won't get it for at least a year. gah!

guess what? SciFi channel, April 18th, 19.30 and 22.00 or 23.00 (can't remember which)! they're starting series 4 on there, beginning with Voyage of the Damned. Cheesy
8  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Re: can someone direct me to a pattern? on: April 02, 2008 02:53:58 PM
*points above* sorry! that's not what i'm looking for. i've looked at poppets and it just doesn't strike me as the sort of thing i want. the plan is for these to be the kind you can cuddle up in bed with, all huggable and squishy. and i'm not an awesome sewer in the slightest, so the poppet would be way over my head, i fear.
9  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / can someone direct me to a pattern? on: April 02, 2008 12:45:37 PM
knitted or sewn, either would make me happy, as long as i like it.

so i am a huge nerd, all right? that's the basis for this.
so i want to knit/sew dolls! dolls of characters from what are now probably my favorite 2 tv shows in the universe (Doctor Who and Torchwood, respectively). i want to make Ten, Rose, me (i dunno why but i want one of me), Jack, Martha, maybe Nine, maybe Donna. i have a very specific idea for the dolls, though:
- long, skinny arms/legs/body/neck
- 8 to 12 inches tall
- a head that's circular or close to that
- NOT flat (i.e. knitted in the round, or somehow sewn to be 3D)
- soft and cuddly
- easy to customize (to give the girls curves is the main thing)
- big hands and feet (or customizable to add that)
- easy and, if possible, fast

any suggestions?
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Faux-chet Cloche Hat on: August 03, 2007 08:49:00 AM
great hat. i'm thinking of making a cloche for my halloween costume (being a flapper). quick question: is it felted?
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