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41  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / A-Cen costume, how can I do this? on: October 16, 2008 11:31:28 AM
Now that we've moved to the Chicago area we get to go to Anime Central!  My husband and I were talking about costumes, and he thought it would be cool to go as Ramba Ral from Gundam.  We like to have our costumes go together but I'm way to short to pass as Ramba Ral's wife.  So I decided to make some sort of Gouf-girl costume.  To give you an idea of what I'm talking about, here are some images:

Gouf
http://www.toyslogic.com/news_image/news_05_12_2007/image1.jpg

example of a "Gouf-girl:"
http://i74.photobucket.com/albums/i241/takamachi/Gundam%20Girls/1206819712969.jpg
or
http://www.supermechanoid.com/blog/blogImages/0907Gouf.png

I'm not trying to make it exactly like that, but it's the type of thing I'm going for.  I'm just not sure how to go about it.  What kind of materials can I use?  How can I attatch all the pieces?  I may need to remove the shoulder spikes if I want to be in the audience for the masqerade, so those will have to be seperate.  I'm trying to avoid using cardboard, I don't want it to get crushed immediatly.  Any ideas?
42  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / adding pockets on: July 15, 2008 09:56:39 PM
So I've decided that I'm tired of dresses and skirts not having pockets, and now every time I make one, I need to find a way to incorporate them.  I'm working on a dress from this pattern http://www.mccallpattern.com/item/M8107.htm?search=8107&page=1 out of a brown cotton with pink rosed printed on it.  I was thinking about doing side pockets, but the only lining type fabric I have is black or fuchia, and I'm afraid that self fabric pockets will stick to the dress fabric and bunch up weirdly, since cotton loves to stick to itself.  I don't really want to go out and buy lining fabric for this one thing, so would a patch pocket be better, or is black ok?  Now that I think about it I might still have some pink lining from my grandmother's stash, but I'm not sure about that either.
43  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Frugal Craftalong on: June 10, 2008 12:08:50 PM
Would anyone be interested in this?  I've made a few things to save money, but I'm running out of ideas, and I'd love to see what anyone else can come up with.
44  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / top from scraps on: May 23, 2008 10:29:18 AM
I had some leftover black stretch velvet, but not quite enough to make a whole top.  No matter how I laid out the pieces, the best I could do was one sleeve short!  So I used some other scrap fabric to make the top half of the front, and made the sleeves 3/4, and I had enough.  I still haven't hemmed it.  I was thinking about using the contrasting fabric to make cuffs so the sleeves would be long enough but I might just leave it.


If anyone is interested, I used Butterick 3344 view C, but raised the neckline.  The neck isn't really lopsided, that's just how it's sitting on my dressform.
45  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Dress from 3 yards on: January 16, 2008 01:52:06 PM
I bought 3 yards of fabric to make a skirt, but I decided I want a dress instead.  I can't seem to find any pattern I like though.  It's polyester peachskin, so it's rather flowey, and 45 inches wide.  It's a little too, um, polyester for a summer dress, but I'm not sure if I have enough for anything appropriete for cooler weather.  Does anyone know of any dress patterns or tutorials that would look good for this fabric, that only require 3 yards or less?
46  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Final gift finished! on: November 29, 2007 01:33:32 PM
I just finished this a few minutes ago.  I am finished with Christmas gift crafts, except for the secret santa that we haven't drawn names for yet at work, and the 2 pillows my coworker is paying me to make if she ever gets a chance to buy the fabric for them.

I was inspired by this thread http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=163046.0 but made mine pink, and minus any mettalic parts, as my SIL is allergic to everything.

And now, the picture!
47  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Draft dodgers on: November 23, 2007 11:01:49 PM
Is it possible to make a vertical draft dodger?  My front door has a terrible seal where the latch and deadbolt are, and it lets in a lot of cold air.  Can I do anything about this?
48  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Packages for handmade gifts on: November 02, 2007 07:41:08 PM
I'm curious to know what any of you do wrap your handmade gifts.  For the past few years I've just been putting gifts in used boxes from my work and wrapping those.  It makes for some humor on Christmas morning- "You got me... 100 Barnes & Noble membership cards!"  I think my in-laws have gotten used to it by now, my family always used to say "Boxes are decieving."
49  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Farscape costume (only part I made) on: October 30, 2007 07:06:10 PM
I decided to go as Chiana from Farscape, so I had to make myself a comm.  Here it is:



It's two layers of cardboard, top layer wrapped with gold wrapping paper and a hole cut out, and cardboard colored with colored pencil for the middle.  I also glued some ribbon on the back so I could pin it more easily.  It would have been easier to use paint, but I had wrapping paper, so dammit, that's what I used!

The rest of the costume I just put together with clothes I already had, black pants and a corset top, and I lacked the funds to buy knee and elbow pads, so I had to leave that off.  I'm going to wear the makeup though, hopefully they won't send me home from work.
50  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / extra fabric **Added Pictures** on: October 26, 2007 08:41:34 AM
I'm making my grandmother a tablecloth, and it looks like I bought twice as much as I actually needed, so I have an extra yard and a half of fabric left.  I want to do something with it, but I'm not sure what.  She doesn't really cook for herself any more for safety reasons, so she probably wouldn't use things like pot holders.  So what would be a good thing to make from the extra?

Photos of finished tablecloth:


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