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1  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Black and red corset on: October 13, 2011 10:46:22 AM
Really nice work. If you hadn't said anything about the grommets I wouldn't have looked closer. And even when I did I could see nothing wrong. So don't worry about them. Chalk it up for next time.
I certainly hope you got an A!
2  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Mad Max Costume on: October 13, 2011 06:36:50 AM
This looks really great.
I once worked on a production of MacBeth done all in Mad Max. Black leather every where! It's a fun style as you have to work with found pieces.

Nice work!
3  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / Re: Fabric Help on: October 12, 2011 07:51:18 PM
Mongrel!
Here is the tutorial for you: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=392656.0
Sorry for the delay. I hope it's clear. Let me know if you have any questions.

And post pix of your final costume!!
4  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Covering shoes tutorial on: October 12, 2011 07:48:29 PM
On a different topic listing, someone asked about covering shoes. So I put this together for her.

These particular shoes are for the 1960's version of Robin (as in "Batman and..."). They have wings in the back of the shoe. So you'll need stiff fabric. My final fashion fabric was inexpensive Christmas velour.

First I made a mock up using a scrap of duck fabric. I lightly sprayed the back of the fabric along the straight edge with a spray adhesive. Let it dry a moment so that it will easily remove later when you need it to. I laid the straight edge along edge of the sole. Because of the curve, the straight edge will have to be trimmed to fit the sole. Lay the fabric over the vamp of the shoe and draw out the center front line. Do the same with the center back line as well.


Put the shoe on and draw out the final shape of the shoe: how high should the vamp go up your foot? Does it curve up in the back? At this point, just draw out the basic shoe shape. We'll add the wings later.


Peel off the pattern and trim it. Repeat the process with the other side of the shoe. Put the both on to make sure everything lines up pretty close.


Peel the patterns off and lay them on the fashion fabric. Add seam allowance to the top vamp, around the opening and in the center back. Then sketch out the wing in the back. Remember to have enough seam allowance there too. Trim the bottom up to the edge of the pattern. Cut out two lefts and two rights. Be careful if you have one-sided fabric to cut the two lefts (or rights) from both sides of the fabric.


The wings will need facing. Lay the piece out right side up on the wrong side of the fabric and cut out facing for each wing.


I reinforced the wings with interfacing, then stitched them - right sides together - to the main cover.
Then line up the center front and center back seams and stitch those. Fit the cover on to the shoe and make fitting adjustments as necessary. Turn down the seam allowance in the shoe opening and tack down.
Finally glue the cover along the edge of the sole using your favorite glue. Spray adhesive is a pain but it gives a nice smooth finish in the end. My wings needed a little tacking at the heel to make the stay up. Suede, like on the originals, would probably give a better stiffness. Have fun!
5  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Re: Wonderwoman Boots! on: October 04, 2011 07:41:22 AM
They look great. Glad you were able to find the right stuff to make them work!
6  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / Re: Sewing a nun's veil / habit / headpiece HELP! on: October 04, 2011 07:35:33 AM
When I've made these in the past, I tacked a black half circle to a white stretchy headband. Then made the balaclavas like Alexus1325 suggested.
If you are looking for a bit more authentic, make the headband from a starched white fabric strip held together at the ends with elastic. Still give a firm hold and no one sees the elastic.
7  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / Re: What would you wear if... on: October 04, 2011 07:25:54 AM
Just a thought also would be that her clothes would be a decade or so behind the fashion of the times. And it is possible that she has been wearing the same skirt for the past 10 years. The fashion of rows of trim at the bottom of the skirt came from repeatedly letting down the hem and trim covered the wear marks.
8  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: 2011 Costume-Along on: October 04, 2011 07:15:57 AM
I am amazed at all of you. I don't know where you find the time and then post it! I have finally collected most of my material but I haven't slightest idea when I'm going to get a moment to start. I have to start learning how to say "no".
9  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Zombie Mad Hatter Costume Help! on: September 30, 2011 08:34:11 AM
I like Alexus1325's idea. If you wanted to you could also tack on an exagerated collar and cuffs. And a loud man's tie. Short cropped pants with striped or tacky socks. You might be able to find a 80's vest as well to go under the jacket for a pocket watch. It would be a shame, but you could smash an old watch so the guts are hanging out. It depends on how far you want to take it.
10  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Rapunzel and Fairy girly costumes on: September 30, 2011 08:28:16 AM
Adorable! Cheesy
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