I'm finally getting around to posting the results of my massive Halloween crafting surge - my costume turned out so well it's scary... no pun intended. I spent about 2.5-3 hours on my hair and makeup, which really paid off. Unfortunately I don't have a better photo of my garment, but it looked really nice. Let me just say - three cheers for eyelash glue - it was practically holding my face together.
I've decided to save this costume for next year, as I didn't get much of an outing with it this year. Husband was out of town, and many of my friends weren't participating in festivities. I did look good sitting on the couch though!
Please see http://rockinbdesign.blogspot.com/2009/10/halloween-costume-time.html for more info about my costume inspiration. I had a lot of fun with this project, and I hope to use this costume for various activities in the coming year. Why don't people have masquerade balls/dances anymore? It's not an activity that's confined strictly to the Halloween season, and I suppose I could be the one to host a masquerade event... but that probably won't be happening anytime soon.
Sorry for the not-so-detailed pics, but this is a pink playsuit I made a while back as a sample for my clothing line, and decided to just keep as I wasn't planning on producing it anytime soon. I had an opportunity to wear it for one of my photoshoots, so now I actually have some pics of it. Yep, the goofy blonde is me.
Made out of a thick stretch cotton, absolutely bubblegum pink (the pics are a bit toned down). Under the skirt there are attached bloomer hotpants with lace trim on the leg openings, halter neck with princess panels and a back zip. The bust is shaped with darts and gathers, and has a little peek-a-boo cutout with a cute bow detail at the center front. I used teensy rickrack trim in 2 colors on most of the edges. The whole thing is fully lined with white swim lycra. Very thick, modest and supportive all at once. Gotta love cotton playsuits for that reason alone (no see-through issues!).
I'd like to make a few more of these in a limited edition I think.... hmm. We'll see. Thanks for lookin!
This is a very shiny and v.e.r.y. pretty bracelet/cuff that I made using reclaimed leather from an old dead belt, with reclaimed chain stitched onto it in a sepentine pattern. After sewing on the chain, I then attached a multitude of glass and vintage wooden beads to create a deliciously decadent look. The leather is so soft that it just molds to the wrist, and the beading falls in such a flattering way when it's on. The best part about the cuff is that it is nice and tight (but stretches) so the beads don't end up on the bottom of the wrist. They stay put! The closures are two shiny pearl snaps.
I had too much fun making this little bauble. Working with reclaimed materials is the bees knees .
I did this a few years back on a lovely 50's vintage Oriental style dress - this is down near the hem. All hail the mighty girl gang jacket club bandwagon! The Bombshells are still around, just a bit spread out these days... between AZ and IN.
My own design You can tell I was in LOVE with chainstitch!
So, I have this great antique rocking chair that's been in my family for a long time. She was on her last legs decoratively speaking, and she's quite visible because she's my desk chair. I hadn't really given much thought to redoing her until I saw this post --> http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=194715.0 and I was TOTALLY inspired!
I have a ton of trim remnants that were given to me by a friend who's an interior designer. The chair got a heavy dose of fabric, tassels and fringe, because she is meant to be a s.t.a.r. (a star that I sit on all night while browsing Craftster!). 1 giant grab bag of stuff + 1 hour =
Sorry I don't have any before pictures, my camera was being crappy and it was pretty much just bare bones anyway. Also, I like the beat up look of the wood as it is - someday I may get around to refinishing it, but it has character right now. So I left it and just played with fabric and trim. Yum!
I have an ugly door in my otherwise nicely decorated bedroom - and I'd LOVE to cover it with a beaded curtain of some sort (DIY of course). However. I have taken into my home my boyfriend's rather rambunctious kitty - and I'm afraid that a beaded curtain might entice him waaaay too much. I don't want things crashing down in the middle of the night while I sleep, haha.
I'm open to making a solid fabric curtain, any ideas on how to make it not so... fabric like? Slashes or something? Or any ideas on a DIY beaded curtain for cheap?? (I'll figure out some kitty-proofing)