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21  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Dresden Files Swap (SIGNUP 7/24-8/07; SEND OUT 9/11) on: August 04, 2011 11:33:44 PM
I  dunno, I can't hate on the TV series much. It's an amalgamation of the earlier, less serious books and the normal SyFy channel cheesiness. There are moments that get close to the books, but not quite.

I have to say I thought the actors all did a good job, including Bob (and there's good reason he's a person not a skull, you can find the terrible CGI test footage online.) I'm not sure they could ever make Dresden Files a good movie series, because there's so much going on plot-wise. HBO could make a kick ass miniseries, though.
22  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Dresden Files Swap (SIGNUP 7/24-8/07; SEND OUT 9/11) on: August 01, 2011 10:21:48 AM
Like many of you guys, I didn't catch onto Dresden Files until a little while ago, so I read everything until Changes in one big swoop. It's been practically impossible to get used to having to wait for the new books!!!!

Just finished Ghost Story and am already salivating for Cold Days...
23  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Retro-Future Armor on: March 07, 2011 10:52:27 PM
That's so cool! plus, you can grate cheese!
24  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / Elizabethan Unmentionables on: March 07, 2011 01:02:45 AM
I am preparing a new costume for the local Ren Faire and realized that although I'll be fully decked out in farthingales and corsets and whatnot, I'll also likely ride the giant swing... Which means I aught to have some kind of bloomer-like things on. Does anyone know what was historically accurate for the period? Or at least what I can get away with?
25  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Toothless from How to Train Your Dragon on: March 07, 2011 01:00:29 AM
I demand a pattern! or a tutorial, or something! He is super adorable!
26  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / Re: Renaissance style men's jacket & short trousers - pattern help! on: March 07, 2011 12:55:47 AM
I used this pattern: http://www.amazon.com/Simplicity-Sewing-Pattern-3677-Costumes/dp/B0040ZWDOW

I didn't do Doctor Who, but I did an almost identical outfit from the same general time period. You will need to do a different vest/waistcoat. The LACMA has some free historical patterns, if you're ambitious: http://www.lacma.org/art/ffpatterns.aspx

Here's what my outfit looked like, in the end (I'd suggest making the breeches much more fitted!)


27  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / Re: Any advice before I completely destroy my costume? on: March 07, 2011 12:50:09 AM
If you hate grommets, or are worried about the fabric being too thin, try just sewing around the hole. You'll probably have to do it by hand, but it's a life saver.

You can also use jewelry pliers-- that's the only way I can ever attached the metal grommets.
28  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / Re: corset dress? Help! on: March 07, 2011 12:48:33 AM
Try laughing moon mercantile: http://www.lafnmoon.com/patterns.html

They have DVD classes. If you are doing a real fitted corset and haven't made one before (especially if you have curves), I highly suggest taking it slow. I tried to rush into a full corset and ended up having to have a professional rebuild it with me. Simplicity and the like have corset patterns, but I found that they miss steps and often try to cover too many sizes at once.
29  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / Re: Costume Dress Help on: March 07, 2011 12:46:24 AM
I'd try looking at turn of the century recreation patterns. I think you're unlikely to find that neckline from a run-of-the-mill pattern maker... Some of these (especially the undergarment patterns), look pretty close: http://www.pastpatterns.com/1900.html
30  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / Re: I want to make a Steam Punk outfit for my 6month old grandaughter lol on: March 07, 2011 12:40:18 AM
Laughing Moon Mercantile has excellent Victorian patterns, though not for children's sizes. If you feel like steampunking yourself, I highly recommend them.
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