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nicegirl512
« on: November 05, 2004 07:11:04 AM »

I usually go completely nuts for Halloween but this year I was planning a trip and thought I'd just wear an old costume.  Ha!  I could not stay away from fun fabrics and my sewing machine.

Here are some pics of the Snow Fairy costume.  I sewed fake fur and icicle garland and everything that wasn't nailed down.





I don't have a good picture of the cape, which is my favorite part, but you can see a preliminary picture here.
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« Reply #1 on: November 05, 2004 07:50:36 AM »

gorgeous, how did you make the things over your eyes?
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« Reply #2 on: November 05, 2004 08:30:56 AM »

gorgeous, how did you make the things over your eyes?

Thanks!

The eye thingies (should think of a more official name) are made out of craft foam covered with fabric paint, the kind that comes in little squeezy tubes and dries shiny and is called Scribbles or something, and affixed with spirit gum. They're a real pain in the arse to make just because fitting is so hard.

Take a piece of paper, put it over your eye, and then *carefully* trace the bony ridge around your eye socket with a dullish pencil. Then block in enough extra paper for the thingy and cut it out. Hold it up to your eye. Make minute adjustments and 12 different patterns for an hour.

Then get a piece of scrap craft foam (the thin kind, not the double thick kind). Trace your paper pattern onto it. Spend another hour making 4 different patterns with tiny adjustments.

Once you finally have your pattern, trace your craft foam pattern onto the foam you want to use, flip it over and trace it again (so you have a left and right), and cut out.  Put against your eyes one final time to make sure they're correct.  Keep your pattern so that if you ever want to make these again you do not have to go through the annoyingness of making a new pattern.  It really takes two *(*&$ hours, at least for me.

Then plan your design and decorate. I put down a thin layer of white shiny fabric paint (spread with a toothpick) over white craft foam so it would have a shiny base, then decorated with silver glitter paint and regular shiny silver paint and put acrylic jewels into the paint. Let dry overnight.

To wear, spread spirit gum onto the back of the eye thingies where they will attach to your face. Let dry for a few minutes until tacky. Apply, pressing them on until they stick. If you have sensitive skin, do not use spirit gum that close to your eye, it burns. They stayed on all night with no problems, even though I ended sucking face with some random guy for an hour.  Ah, Halloween.  They don't hurt *too* much to pull off at the end of the night.  I took mine off and went to bed, and in the morning used spirit gum remover to get the rest of the adhesive crust off.  The remover is very drying, so I wanted as much of the spirit gum to come off on its own while I slept before using the remover on my face.  I got my spirit gum with remover off eBay, because it's surprisingly hard to find in DC.  Who knew.
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« Reply #3 on: November 08, 2004 05:54:55 AM »

Thanks alot for explaining it to me, my daughter and he bestfriend have to dress up for some anime thing and this will save me some frustration.
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« Reply #4 on: November 11, 2004 10:38:01 AM »

OMG!! too cute (i'm kinda l8 tho!!!) halloween kinda snuck up on me this year but next year!!! (am i thinking too far ahead??) i'm going to be a gothic sluty fairy.... kinda lyk a gathic thinkerbell!!! LoL!!! omg but i love ur costume!!! LoL!!
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« Reply #5 on: November 11, 2004 04:36:08 PM »

I want a cape!!!
Is it a faux fur cape? It looks kind of like that eyelash yarn...
Thank you for the super eye mask tutorial, I will have to make some for my vigilante crime-fighting. I mean, for wearing around the house   Grin
 Great costume, I bet you were the belle of the ball.
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« Reply #6 on: November 12, 2004 08:38:38 AM »

I was wodnering how this would turn out! It looks great!
For some reason it reminds me of Batman Forever- the one with Val Kilmer. Maybe Ivy wears eye things like that?
Faboo!
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« Reply #7 on: November 12, 2004 11:19:20 AM »

I want a cape!!!
Is it a faux fur cape? It looks kind of like that eyelash yarn...

It's faux fur, I cannot crochet very well and can't knit at all, though now I want to improve my crocheting enough to make a muff out of eyelash yarn.  So cute!

The cape was very easy, just a half circle with a little half circle cut out for the neck, I lined it with white stretch velvet, pin your ties to the right side of the crushed velvet and tack them down, then sew the fur and velvet around the edges right sides together, leaving enough room to turn it right side out and making sure the catch the ties.  Turn right side out and hand sew your opening.  I used hot glue to attach big pom poms to the ends of the ties.
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« Reply #8 on: November 12, 2004 11:26:26 AM »

Thank you for the Eye thing tute!!

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For some reason it reminds me of Batman Forever- the one with Val Kilmer. Maybe Ivy wears eye things like that? Faboo!

I think she said in a diff post she was Poision Ivy a diff time...Or it could be too much smack in the 80's....  Who knows

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« Reply #9 on: November 13, 2004 02:10:55 PM »

i love the way your skirt gathers at the bottom!  it looks awesome... how do you do that?
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« Reply #10 on: November 15, 2004 12:01:47 PM »

i love the way your skirt gathers at the bottom!  it looks awesome... how do you do that?

Well, I'm not always the meticulous seamstress I should be, so that was pretty quick and dirty.  I don't know the "official" way to do this, but here's how I did it.

I made a circle skirt a little below knee length and hemmed the bottom with the rolled hem foot.  The I determind how high up I wanted the pleats to be, which for me was about midthigh and about 10 inches from the hem.  I made 12 equally spaced marks around the hemline (doesn't matter how many you do, since a circle skirt is sooo wide I did 12, but you could also do 10 or 8 and have it look fine).  Then I started from the hem and folded under a little over an inch, then I folded back over and under etc forming pleats horizontally until I reached midthigh length.  I pinned the pleats in place, ironed them, and then sewed over them.  I didn't do a perfect job, they are not spaced perfectly evenly and are not all at exactly the same height, but it was good enough for me.  I think the type of fabric is important, I used a snowflake printed lame which is both very lightweight and a little stiff and that worked quite well.  I don't think it would look right with a heavy fabric or one without any body.  You can't tell from the picture but there is a petticoat with like 12 layers of tulle under it to poof it out.
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