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1  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Mummy Huntress Costume (STEAMPUNK) on: August 11, 2014 05:08:35 AM


SCARF: White Cotton Gauze, Simplicity 2581
HAT: French Pith Helmet, Village Hat Shop
CORSET: Truly Victorian's Edwardian Corset Pattern TVE01
CAMISOLE: White Cotton Poplin, based on Edwardian Corset Covers
PANTS: Linen, Big Sky Riding Skirt Pattern by Folkwear
BOOTS: Victorian costume boots, amazon.com (apparently discontinued/nonexistent)
BANDOLIERS & CATRIDGES: Black Poly & Wide Elastic, Glass Vials
AETHERAY GUN: Spray-painted squirt gun with mounted glass vial top (interchangeable vials)
BELT: Combed Cotton, Brass Grommets, Buckle
TROWEL: Marshalltown, Home Depot
MACHETE: Cheapo from Walmart, wrapped handle and sheath cover in faux leather
GLOVES: Crochet, by Zoia on etsy
SUNGLASSES: Gift

2  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Edwardian 'Pigeon Breasted' Corset (TV-E01) on: August 10, 2014 08:07:17 PM
I thought I'd try a different style corset this time around, and used Truly Victorian's 1903 Edwardian Corset Pattern
(http://www.trulyvictorian.net/tvxcart/product.php?productid=110&cat=14&page=1)



(The Chemise and Bloomers are Victorian, not Edwardian, which makes the corset look more Victorian style in this photo)



Pink on Cream Spot Broche, single-layer corset, with spring steel stays, finished with bias tape, trimmed with lace.



The 'Pigeon-Breasted' Silhouette is achieved by the corset flaring out from the waistline and not compressing the ribs. Rather padding and lace is inserted into the corset to fill out the gap between you and the corset. I did not like/could not quite figure out how the pads (made to go with the pattern) worked... there were no instructions on using the pads, just constructing them, but I found this handy blog, in which the blogger/seamstress reconstructed a different style of padding to use with her Truly Victorian corset (http://wearinghistoryblog.com/tag/truly-victorian/)

And made my own version...



They sort of make me laugh.
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Simple Double-layered Hogwarts Fleece Scarves (with tutorial) on: January 26, 2014 04:40:17 PM


TUTORIAL
MATERIALS:
-Fleece
-Rotary Cutters & Mat OR Scissors
-Ruler
-Thread
-Sewing Machine OR hand-sewing paraphernalia

1. CUT out pieces as follows: (either with rotary cutter, ruler and mat OR scissors)
   -20 rectangles measuring 6x4 inches of COLOR ONE
            (Hufflepuff = Yellow, Gryffindor = Gold, Ravenclaw = Pewter, Slytherin = Silver)
   -18 rectangles measuring 6x4 inches of COLOR TWO
             (Hufflepuff =Black, Gryffindor = Red, Ravenclaw = Royal, Slytherin = Green)
  -4 squares measuring 6x6 inches of COLOR TWO







2. Using scant* 1/4 inch seams, SEW pieces for one side/length together, alternating colors, so that you have used 10 Color One (Yellow in the example) and 9 Color Two (Black in the example). Sew the larger/square pieces on the ends (Black in this case). REPEAT for the other side/length.



*SCANT in sewing terms means that you're erring on the inside, so that your stitching line would be on the inside of 1/4 inch. The seam allowance (fabric on the inside of the stitching line) will be less than 1/4 inch in this case... more like 3/16 inch.



Make sure seams are all on the same (wrong) side

3. Place the two sides/lengths with Right Sides together, and SEW long sides with scant 1/4 inch seams.



4. TURN scarf right side out (so all the seam allowances are inside).



PRESS (carefully, on low setting, fleece is essentially plastic and will melt.)



5. CUT fringe on both ends, through both layers of fleece, about 2 inches deep.



6. Attend Quidditch match and declare your house pride!

4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / ROOOARReady for School! Dinosaur Backpack (McCall's 4610) on: January 26, 2014 03:57:05 PM
This was a gift for my room mate, and when I went to take photos of it, she said my dress form looked like it was 'ready for school'.



 It's not a large backpack, and the straps are not adjustable, but it is cute (not too challenging a pattern with a clean finished product -no visible seams inside or out). The fabric was a spoonflower print by Dennis the Badger on canvas (http://www.spoonflower.com/fabric/1906078) -not affiliated, just love the site and the artist. Because I opted for a canvas fabric, I forwent (wow, that really is the proper conjugation of 'forgo') with the 'sew-in hair canvas' interfacing, and just used regular medium fusible pellon, and then used the fusible fleece for the second interfacing (that adheres to the lining) as prescribed.

5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Elephant Bag (Simplicity 1495) on: January 26, 2014 03:50:13 PM

Simplicity 1495, downloadable version, in corduroy and polka dot cotton.
This pattern is pretty nifty, has some great details.
Side pockets as well as inside pockets, the bow with buckle, and tab/clips to hold the top closed.
6  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Bored At Work Sketch on: November 11, 2013 12:56:15 PM

(Copy/Printer Paper, #2 Pencil)
Thinking of using this to make a card for a friend, but... Is it recognizable?
7  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Kraken! A Steampunk Outfit & Umbrella on: November 10, 2013 06:36:21 PM




Outfit Breakdown:

-Blouse: I made a few years ago out of an old bedsheet for a casual steampunk outfit
-Fingerless Gloves: made from quilter's cotton to go with my first steampunk outfit a number of years ago.
-Hat: from my Steampunk Birthday Party outfit, only trimmed out with red instead of purple.
-Neck Decoration: Strip of red lace.
-Skirt: Quilter's Cotton, my bustle skirt design
-Vest: Sage-ish stripe Upholestry fabric, brass buckles, laces up sides with ribbon through brass eyelets, my Mrs. Fitzsimmon's Supportive design
-Nylons: Dollar Tree! They of course, ripped the moment I put them on, but that's okay for steampunk style...
-Boots: Funtasma Victorian, costume-quality boot (my first... yes, I said first, as in I have three pairs of Victorian Style boots (one of which is a very nice leather pair) even though I don't yet have decent shoes to wear to work everyday for the winter...)
-Umbrella: Black acrylic Painters' Pen (love these!), free-handed.  (I used to do more 'art' than 'craft', primarily drawing and painting, but now I definitely sew more than I delve into fine arts, but it's nice once-in-a-while to bust out the artsy skills.)
8  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Creepy-Cute White Rabbit Plushie (Zombified Alice's BFF) on: November 05, 2013 07:36:21 AM
WHITE RABBIT PLUSHIE
Because every Zombie Lolita Alice needs a creepy-cute plush doll...



I used a very cute free downloadable pattern from here: http://ninimakes.typepad.com/stitch_vill/2010/03/this-is-sunny-a-free-bunny-pattern.html. A great, simple pattern. Front, Back, Ears. I was able to hand-sew him on the bus, stuff and close him up in less than 1hr 20min. The rest was a sick bed project, since I unfortunately contracted a nasty cold on the Tuesday before Halloween :-(, was feverish through the wee hours of the morning and stayed home sick on Wednesday. His coat is made from leftover hounds-tooth suiting, his waistcoat from leftover burgundy baroque satin. And even though you can't quite tell, one of the thread colors in the houndstooth is burgundy, so he's quite stylish. I took the short/lazy way and heat-n-bond-ed the waistcoat pieces directly to him. The coat was made by hand-sewing and with cheater's liquid thread. His eyes are from my button collection, face done with embroidery floss. The pocket watch is a clock-face button with craft foam and a macramed embroidery floss chain. His tail is felt. I really like the way he turned out.


I zombified one (yes, I said 'one', as in I have several) of my Alice outfits because my Halloween costume was a little too intense to wear to work (would get in my way), with blood spatter stickers I made from blank shipping labels (didn't want to ruin my white smock top with fake blood spatter). Here's the post for my unzombified Alice outfit: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=421337.msg4996629#msg4996629
9  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / The BEST Gothic 60s Housewife: Lily Munster on: November 04, 2013 02:11:29 PM
Lily Munster



The series was filmed in Black & White...





The Costumes and Make-up, however were not in grey tones!



Their face make-up was done in green with striking contrasts that read well on film. I used this awesome tutorial for tips (but didn't quite do it justice): http://leadingladymakeup.com/2012/10/09/halloween-series-lily-munster-makeup/

I altered the wig, adding white strips and a 'widow's peak'. Not the greatest, but achieves the effect.



Lily's dress was a pale pink. In tinted photos, it ranges from a purple-grey to pink (if you want to look it up). I made the underdress out of pink satin, using Butterick 4571. The overlay was done by eye, since there are no visible seams in the front of Lily Munster's dress. Also, it's gathered at the front. Mine went a little deep/too much fabric, but oh, well. Ribbon trim, with tassles, a charcoal gray neckline accent, as well as black ric-rac. The sleeves are very full (and were slightly tricky to figure out), and are bat wing cut.



Lily also sports an awesome ruched cloak in several episodes when she goes out about town. Research via the internet led me to believe that her cloak is in fact a copper-bronze-gold color (several photos of the original costume piece in museums were located). It reads great in black and white. I did my best approximation of the cloak, using elastic for the binding for an easier ruching experience. (YOU CAN NOW FIND THE TUTORIAL ON MY BLOG HERE)
10  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / The Untempered Schism (A Doctor Who Insanity Quilt) on: September 22, 2013 03:58:59 PM
Not only was the quilt itself a very late housewarming present for my friends, but I'm also late in sharing it with you guys!
 

This was entirely sewn by hand in the traditional crazy quilt style, except the binding was sewn to the edge by machine, and then folded and hand sewn to the backing. Hand embroidery as well. Lap-sized, but more work than a Queen-sized machine-pieced quilt, for certain!

I got many of the fabrics through spoonflower, many of which no longer appear available (lucky I got them when I did!). The rest were pulled from my scrap, and range from quilter's cottons to flannel to taffeta. (No velvet, since one of my friends does not like the feel of velvets and velours, and a quilt needs to be snuggled.)

   

 

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