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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  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?
5  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / Uh, first-time screenprinter? on: January 28, 2007 08:37:01 AM
Haha, I totally sound like a noob at this. Oh well.

I'm using a very easy screenprinting tut (click me!) to screenrpint a basic Jockey 100% cotton t-shirt (in a very bright green). I'm done some surgery to it, of course, because even a men's small is huge on a 14-year-old.
So I wanna screenprint this big logo that's like 8x10.5 inches onto the t-shirt, which means it'd take up a large amount of t-shirt space. The black is obvious, seeing as it'll be used for most of the logo. But I wanted to also use orange on it, and possibly white. I have 2 questions: one, how would I go about adding these colors? Layers, I know, with white first, then orange, then black. But how exactly would it work?
And question number 2 is, what is a good but cheap screenprinting/silkscreening ink I could find at the local Michael's that comes in white and orange and black? Or can I just get the white and the black, and add some food-dye paste to some white seperately to get orange?
Help me pleeeeease.
(also, if possible, the type of ink you iron to set would be nice.)
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