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1  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: je suis un champignon magique on: November 11, 2012 05:00:24 AM
merci bien!  Grin
2  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: je suis un champignon magique on: November 07, 2012 02:24:50 AM
why, thank you! my husband also thinks im the cutest mushroom ever Wink

3  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: je suis un champignon magique on: November 05, 2012 02:15:41 AM
thanks! since our school's halloween party had over 100 folks attending, there was not a lot of time for photography.  my husband and i had a good time going out to the woods to get some proper pictures Smiley
4  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / je suis un champignon magique on: November 04, 2012 02:28:35 PM

one of my students sings "champignon" all the time.  he doesnt sing a song about mushrooms--just the word champignon (i teach English to native french speakers).  he cracks me up.  ive always been drawn to mushrooms and often get teased about photographing them in our romps in the woods.  so this year, i decided to be a mushroom. 
there's no way i can afford fabric here, so i buy sheets at the salvation army for most of my sewing projects.  i can find really nice quality linen sheets sometimes, which is what this dress is made of.  i cut the pieces and, before sewing them, dyed them with coffee along with some lace i bought.  i wanted the ensemble to be uniform in tone but not in shade so i let the pieces soak for different amounts of time.  i made bloomers, a dress (i used the bodice from simplicity 2648), a tiered half circle skirt, a fishtailed half circle overskirt, a sort of ruffly dickie from an old buttondown and a jabot.  plus my mushroom hat.  i learned a lot about sewing hats.  lots of math.  the mushroom gills were made from a tree skirt used to protect our green friends in the swiss winter.  in fact, that was the inspiring bit of the costume.  i walked into the hardware store, saw the tree skirts, and promptly tried one on my head.  much to the horror of one of the shop employees.  underneath it all, i wore a red and white polka dot tulle petticoat i made last summer for our wedding. 

5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: cheap fabric online in Europe on: February 24, 2012 01:20:50 AM
HURRAY! thank you, all
6  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Gizmo Costume on: November 02, 2011 01:57:46 PM
7  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: i am not your seorita on: November 02, 2011 01:03:54 AM
thank you! i dont think the swiss folks really got the reference but i felt foxy Wink
8  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Make up - Day of the dead! (With Finished Costume!) on: November 01, 2011 11:55:23 AM
LOVE! the rose in the teeth! ha!

you both look awesome Smiley
9  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / i am not your seorita on: November 01, 2011 08:12:04 AM
i find myself missing things from the US, and california in particular.  like taco trucks.  thus, this year for halloween, i decided to pay homage to one of my favourite things: sugar skulls

inspired by a vintage look, i bought a few sheets at the salvation army and started working.  i drafted the patterns, dyed, sewed, added ribbon, and embroidered. 

to fashion the embroidery, i spent time researching traditional mexican embroidery flowers and techniques.  i drew on the design with pencil and had a good time playing with my embroidery thread.  it had been a long time.

the roses were also made with fabric from the salvation army.  i ripped strips, cut a scalloped pattern and then burned it, gathered the straight edge, sewed the layers together, and used my handy glue gun to attach each flower to a hair clip.   

10  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Forest Wall on: June 23, 2011 04:22:51 AM
oooofph! textured walls! evil when trying to do cool things!

but it looks awesome  Grin
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