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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: OTT October Holidays 7 GALLERY on: October 10, 2015 04:24:39 PM
Let's see if I can make this work... here's the felted pouch from Kmac! So cute!
2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: OTT October Holidays 7 GALLERY on: October 07, 2015 03:41:43 PM
OMG, so much cute in this gallery! *grabby hands*

I received from Kmac a few days ago. She sent the most awesome little hand-felted (right?) bag for me with a swamp witch on one side, skeletons in a graveyard on the other, and a raven zipper pull. Hits all the bases! Thank you so much, Kmac!  Grin I'll be posting photos as soon as my internet stops being a brat.

3  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: OTT October Holidays 7 (Signups 8/25 to 9/8; MAIL BY 10/7/15 ) on: August 29, 2015 10:23:10 AM
Woot! In! So excited. My themes:

1. Fantasy Taxidermy
2. Skeletons in Love
3. Crows
4. Creepy Cute Monsters
5. Swamp Witch
4  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / Re: HELP! Drag Queen Emergency! (Involves Glitter.) on: September 02, 2011 06:49:35 AM
Well, I think two things happened. One, the glitter is rough. That's to be expected-- I just didn't think of the fact that there'd be anything snag-able underneath. Two, the cape had to be spraypainted, which roughed up the texture of the fabric itself. So.... I'm thinking I'll try to remove the excess glitter, then try the candle method. I really do have high hopes for that.

Oh, this is SO one of those "If I had it to do over again" moments-- but I only had one week to construct all the pieces, so they got the "cheap" and "fast" and not really my version of "good."  Undecided
5  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / Re: HELP! Drag Queen Emergency! (Involves Glitter.) on: September 02, 2011 05:48:15 AM
I don't think it's the excess glitter that's causing the problem, but rather the texture that the stuck-in-paint glitter makes. Thanks for the suggestion, though. Smiley
6  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / HELP! Drag Queen Emergency! (Involves Glitter.) on: September 01, 2011 10:11:17 PM
Eeeek, help!

I'm doing some costuming for a queen friend of mine, who is starring in a stage production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch. For those who have seen the film, I made the "Yankee Go Home With Me" cape. For the rest: I made a VERY large cape. It's got tons of spraypaint on it, and to amp up the awesome, I threw glitter on the paint while it was wet so it'd stick.

One problem: during dress rehearsal tonight, they found it snags terribly on her nylons.  Embarrassed

The show opens tomorrow.

I do not have enough time, materials, energy or money to make another cape. The only choice is to try and get the glitter to stop being so scratchy.

My thoughts, in the order I'll test them:
1. Rub a candle all over it, hoping the wax will cover the glitter enough to remove scratchyness, OR
2. Lightly rub with sandpaper, hoping to loosen the troublesome particles, OR
3. Spray with clear spraypaint, OR
4. Coat with brush-on poly.

I REALLY want to avoid anything that adds more stiffness (which the spray paint/poly will do) or takes a while to dry (ditto), so I WOULD LOVE OTHER SUGGESTIONS. You can tell I'm serious, because I'm using all caps.

Please help.
If they had a "praying hands with doe eyes" emoticon, I'd use it right here.

7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help with a sagging Mother Nature dress on: May 07, 2011 08:59:45 PM
Y'know, I'm wondering if the quickest solution to this query is to make the skirt and baste it onto the bodice. See if it sags. Wink It could always be added to another top if that's what needs to happen.

Probably, too, just testing out the skirt weight VS bodice stretch would be a good idea. It was pretty form-fitting up top, so provided it doesn't alter the hemline dramatically, a little saggage might not even show under the huge effin' cowl.

Thanks for your advice, Aislynn. I'll have to let you know what happens. Smiley
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help with a sagging Mother Nature dress on: May 07, 2011 06:43:43 PM
I hadn't thought of use after the baby. Good point.

Were I to go that route, making the two pieces separates rather than one dress-- any idea how to shape the underdress? I was thinking tube top, or tracing a tank top and attaching the skirt to that. I worry about it messing up the lines and smoothness of the dress bodice, and about it being really warm-- this Faire runs May-June, and last year it reached 90 degrees at least twice. :/

If making it one dress.... The bodice has a stretchy band under it. Would reinforcement with bias tape (placed inside the band) help to disperse the weight of the skirt? I wear cholis (for bellydance) and that's what is done at the bottom of them, at the same point-- bias tape inside a velour tube, to help hold it up under the tatas. Wink
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Help with a sagging Mother Nature dress on: May 07, 2011 09:55:57 AM
I am building a costume dress for a local Renaissance Faire. It's for "Mother Nature," played by a lovely, dreadlocked pregnant girl. By Faire time she will be about 6 months along, and she's showing quite a lot. So...

We decided to go with an empire waisted dress with a double layer skirt. I took apart a shirt and used it as a pattern for the bodice, adding a cowl neck (a huge one that turns into a hood), changing the sleeves. Now it's time to do the dress's skirt.

The top is made from a fairly lightweight stretch material. We wanted stretch so as her belly and tatas grow, the dress still fits. The skirt we have planned is made from olive green stretch velour, and made in panels that flare toward the bottom, both to reduce bulk around her waist (as opposed to something gathered) and to emphasize her growing belly while still stretching to accomodate it. The skirt also has a split overskirt on it, made from very flow-y lightweight lace.

I am not concerned about the lace. It's so thin that I should be able to gather it and sew it directly onto the bodice's bottom. However, I'm worried that the weight of the velour will drag the bodice down or stretch it out in an unflattering way if I sew it to the bodice.

Ideally, I'd like this skirt to be attached to the bodice. That way there's no worry of anything shifting out of place, and it'd be easier for her to get into in a hurry. The only thing I've thought up is to put a set of waist ties at the juncture of the skirt and the bodice, to help take the pressure off the bodice itself.  But if that won't work, we'd played with the idea of having the velour be an underdress, of sorts, which comes up over her bust and is worn under the bodice/lace skirt bit. That way there's no worry of a gap between the velour and the bodice.

Thoughts? I'd be happy to give more info if needed. The deadline for this is fast approaching, so any advice is more than welcomed.
10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: fairy wing pendants!! on: March 07, 2011 02:05:26 PM
LOL, I just saw this now! I'm glad you're hooked. They're too much fun.

One thing I've found, too, is that pastel tissue paper will sometimes go almost transparent when hit with the GA/CA. That's pretty cool. Pigment powders are also nice to dust over them, either wet or after they're dry.
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