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21  Super Sunflower Dress "Flower Monster" in Costumes: Completed Projects by BenaeQuee on: August 12, 2016 01:26:57 PM
Dragon Con is a little over 2 weeks away!  I can't believe I actually finished a costume WELL BEFORE the day before I leave.  Typically I'm sewing/painting/sculpting etc the day before.  Sometimes I'm hand sewing in the car on the way down.  My friend is STILL finding red sequins from my Ruby slippers in her car 4 years later lol.
My friend proposed a group costume to myself an several other friends.  She has this fabulous dress that she made, covered in red roses.  We're going as a walking garden.  Everyone picked a flower they liked best, and I went with Sunflowers since they are my favorite.  Rather than cover my entire dress in sunflowers, I opted to go AS a sunflower.  I sketched out my idea and went from there.  I'm really happy that this pretty much looks like how I envisioned it to be.  My only mistake, getting a closed bottom zipper when I meant to grab a separating zipper.  I realized when it was too late and I had sewn and top stitched the zipper to the bodice *DOH*.

More photos can be seen here - https://www.facebook.com/BenaeQueeCostumer/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1246626712043753

Edited to add photos of the completed costume and the entire group.

Just me

Our whole group

The bodice is pinned to the form, as I can not get it over the shoulders to put it on the form.  Luckily I bend and flex better than the form and can get it on myself with no problems.

My concept sketch.  Originally the skirt was going to have more of a romantic tutu look.  I ended up going with the platter style (sort of) as it showed off the petals better and looked more like a sunflower.  Otherwise it just looked like a oetal skirt and not like a flower at all.

The skirt is a full circle skirt that looks like a sunflower when splayed out on the ground.

This is what holds up the petal skirt.  I made a cage crinoline hoop thing using hoop steel that I had leftover from another project, and green grosgrain ribbon.  I made a long casing for the steel to thread through, by sewing a narrow seam along the edge of the doubled up ribbon. I didn't want the white hoop fabric showing, so I did this.  You then thread though how much you need, and sew it shut.  I made two hoops, the top is 70" circumference and the bottom is 120".  Each is joined by ribbon with about 6" between the waist elastic and the hoops themselves.

The petticoat is 40 yards of tulle made into 22 circles that are stacked on top of each other for super volume, but a smooth look.

To make the bolero, I covered my dress form in a plastic bag and wrapped it up in Duct tape.  I then drew on on the shape of the bolero and collar.  I cut the duct tape off the dress form, down the center back and cut out my pieces to use as a pattern.  This was then copied onto tracing paper and marks were made for cutting and joining of pieces.

The finished bolero.  It is fully lined and interfaced for structure.  The neck has boning from the edge to the nape, so that the collar stands up on it's own and isn't floppy. The sleeves are filled with tulle for the puff, whithout weighing it down.

The final touch is a little bee pin from my vintage jewelry collection  Grin
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22  Wonder Woman - Swoon Blanche in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by BenaeQuee on: July 10, 2016 08:40:02 AM
Swoon updated their Blanche Barrel bag design, and I have to say, I love it so much more now.  It's always been a favorite pattern of mine, but now I can jazz it up even more with the added contrast panel on the front and back panels.  In the spirit of Independence Day, I had decided to make a Wonder Woman Blanche.  Unfortunately, rain cancelled all fireworks in our area, so she didn't get to go out and have fun that day.  Her contrast panels are a star print cotton, accented with a yellow piping.  I used a gold Glitter Mirror Canvas from MiKri World Craft Supplies for the handle connectors, handles, and WW logo on the front.  The red cotton I used for the body of the bag is thinner than the twill I usually use, so it wrinkled more so than normal when I turned the bag, and they won't come out Sad  Otherwise, I am so happy with her!


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23  Swoon Harriet - Beer and Bacon Tote with insulated coozies built in in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by BenaeQuee on: June 16, 2016 07:29:42 PM
In between making things for my Etsy, I like to make things for me. At the end of June, I'll be going to the Fancy Food Show in NYC, this means I need a bag that can hold samples, as well as my regular purse items. I wanted it to be food related and spent about an hour in Joann staring at various options. Anyone who knows me, knows that I LOVE beer and bacon. That is the story of how this beautiful bag was born.
The outside has Beer glasses with various brews, it's accented with a burgundy vinyl, and has Bacon peek-a-boo panels to expand it into a tote. Inside features a 9" zipper pocket lined in bacon fabric. There are also two insulated beer bottle coozies built right in! The outside has a slip pocket on the front, which is perfect for a small tablet or phone. This easily holds a 6 pack of beer (bottles or cans) and two special bottles. A full growler or two half growlers, and two special bottles. Two special bottles and a picnic lunch. A 10lb curious kitty, etc. It has many options for toting around your favorite brews and things.
Vinyl on the purse from MiKri World Craft Supplies, it's a new one called "Wine Not" and is backed with a black flocked/fleece fabric. It was SUPER easy to work with and the color is just gorgeous. There was enough on this roll (12" x 54") to make this bag. The bag is Swoon; Harriet, at 125% size.

4 Pack of Beer and a 64oz growler.  I'm bottle aging that 120 minute IPA, it came out briefly for a photo op and went right back into the cellar Wink

The purse design has expansion panels to make it bigger, that zip up.  I put the bacon fabric in here for a fun little pop Cheesy

I also added bacon fabric to the inner pocket lining hehe

64oz growler and two special bottles with room for more!

Complete with heavy duty purse feet... and a curious kitty (River Tam)

Looks like it holds a 10lb cat pretty easily too   Grin

This is my favorite part, the top stitching.  I stitched the vinyl in the coordinating burgundy thread, stopped at the top of the piece, pulled the threads to the back and tied them off.  I then started just above it in the cream colored thread to top stitch the beer fabric.  The threads were also pulled to the back and tied off to secure them.  I didn't want cream thread on the vinyl, and I didn't want burgundy on the fabric, so I had to improvise.  It was tedious, but so worth it for the final look.

There was not enough vinyl to make double sided vinyl handles, which is better actually.  I lined them in the bacon fabric, lining up the "EAT" and the Piggy to read all across the handle.  This makes the handle more flexible and softer on the skin.  I don't like it when vinyl sticks to my skin in the summer or in general.
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24  Long Tulle tutu style overskirt for my vow renewal dress in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by BenaeQuee on: June 12, 2016 09:37:07 AM
My husband and I are celebrating 10 years of marriage this year.  Our actual anniversary was on May 28th.  We are having a vow renewal on June 25th, and taking all new photos (since we got jilted out of our originals).  I didn't want to wear my wedding dress again, as my tastes have changed, and I wanted something new.  I made my original wedding dress, but I just didn't have time to put something together for this.  I found a PERFECT dress, but it needed a little something extra, so I made a romantic long tulle tutu skirt to go over it.  

I sewed the skirt from scratch, so I wasn't sure if this went in reconstructed clothing, or this category.  The dress is now absolutely perfect.  It's original mint green silk chiffon skirt adds a hint of color under the off white tulle, so it doesn't look to much like a straight up wedding dress.  I sewed hooks and eyes to the dress and skirt to keep everything from shifting around.  I can then wear this skirt with other things if I ever wanted to as well.

Edited to add a photo from our photographer

The Tulle Skirt over the existing dress.

The Dress as is.

Wrangling 15 yards of two layer tulle... it will be a long time before I attempt that again.

15 yards gathered into 32" long.  That left room for the seam allowance.
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25  Star Wars (Swoon Harriet) Purse with surprise features... in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by BenaeQuee on: March 16, 2016 06:46:48 PM
I think this may be my favorite purse I've made yet.  I used the Swoon Harriet, which I LOVE, and my Silhouette Cameo.  The Harriet pattern is super easy and I can make it without the instructions now.  I found this black Star Wars fabric at Joann, and once I saw the metallic gold print, I HAD to have it for a purse!  I cut everything out and was trying to figure out how to make the side expansion panels pop.  Plain black was boring.  While looking over the pieces, I was struck instantly with a solution...

Looks Innocent enough... Metallic print fabric, black twill accents, gold thread for top-stitching...

Until you lift the flap!  But wait, there's more!

Unzip the expansion panels and you get the opening crawl from "Star Wars; A New Hope"!

This one is going to a show with me this weekend, I'll be lucky if it makes it home lol
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26  Miss Maisie (Swoon) in my own fabric design - Star Wars Louis Vuitton inspired! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by BenaeQuee on: March 02, 2016 08:19:36 PM
I'm in love with my fabric design.  It was something I came up with a few years ago and made a few bags out of.  This year I decided to bring it back and make more styles.  This Swoon Maisie style seemed the perfect shape for my fabric.  I've also made a Blanche in this fabric, and a Pearl in my multi color black.  I changed the handle connectors on the bag itself, from what the original pattern called for.  I wanted a simpler design.  I made my own piping from the faux suede I used on the handles, bottom, and handle connectors.  I left off the shoulder strap that the pattern called for, as I did not have enough faux suede to make that part.  I added an additional pocket to the other side of the bag as well.  The pattern only has one, but I LOVE pockets on purses.

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27  A bag for my Silhouette Cameo - Swoon Stella - Star Wars Stlyed! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by BenaeQuee on: February 29, 2016 05:57:19 PM
I'm getting more active at conventions and wanted to be able to offer my customers personalization on items during the show to pick up later on.  This means my Silhouette Cameo has to be able to come with, and be carried around safely (and in style!) with all it's accessories and supplies - that meant a LARGE bag, custom sized.  I love the Swoon patterns, and have made several already, so it was only natural that I wanted to stick with that line. They have the Stella pattern, which is a weekender bag style.  Lots of pockets, sturdy construction, and large.  Unfortunately, still not long enough for my needs.  The Cameo is about 22" long, Stella is only 18" long.  On the advice of a fellow crafter, I added to the folded edge of the pattern pieces by 3" (making each one 6" longer in total") and my bag was now the perfect size.  However, it was a LOT of fabric and stabalizers, and interfacing to cut and fuse.  I probably won't make this pattern again, as it took me 2 days to finish.  I had to walk away from it for an entire day in between.  It was still easy to follow the instructions, it was just a LOT of work.  The pattern was well written, well made, and turned out great.  It holds my cameo and it's parts perfectly, and is plenty sturdy and perfectly nerdy.

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28  Swoon Harriet - TARDIS purse - it really IS bigger on the inside! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by BenaeQuee on: February 29, 2016 05:44:50 PM
I have fallen in love with the Swoon purse patterns.  I just can't stop making them!  Harriet has become a favorite.  She unzips on the side to expand and become even bigger.  I altered mine to add a front slip pocket as well as a inner credit card/ID pockets. The insides of both the slip pocket, and the zippered inner pocket are lined in the Exploding TARDIS fabric Cheesy
*The hang tag on my purse is something I made as well.  I printed on transparency film and used my silhouette cameo to cut them out.  I then cut coordinating white cardstock to go behind the clear layer, and used eyelets to secure them together.

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29  Exploding TARDIS Swoon Glenda Purse in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by BenaeQuee on: February 03, 2016 05:45:33 PM
I've been having fun with Swoon patterns Cheesy  I made the Blanche 4 times already (2 for me, 2 for others).  I decided to get the Glenda next, as a friend wanted a similar style and this saved me time of drafting my own.

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30  Anna's Birthday Dress from Frozen Fever Pic HEAVY in Costumes: Completed Projects by BenaeQuee on: November 09, 2015 09:51:39 PM
Typical to my costuming style, I decided "last minute" that I wanted to wear Anna's dress from Frozen Fever, that she wore for her Birthday, for MY birthday Grin  Last minute would be 2 weeks to construct a Petticoat, blouse, corset, bolero, and hand painted skirt.  Sure thing, easy, no problem Shocked

I started by spending about 2 hours taking screen shot after shot from the short and compiling them into one file that I could take for reference.  I then headed to Joann for a shopping trip, armed with about 10 coupons I'd been hoarding (WOOT!).  I managed to find 8 different fabrics for the costume.  The bolero uses 3 fabrics, a green/blue iridescent organza over a grass green tafetta, with a green cotton lining.  The corset is a dark teal/blue "linen" with a teal satin lining.  The blouse is a pale yellow cotton.  The petticoat is the same pale yellow cotton with an ivory point d'esprit over layer.  The skirt is a sparkly light teal satin. 

The skirt in the short has an obvious ombre effect going from the waist to hem (light to dark) and I KNEW I had to have the same effect for my skirt.  I tried a spray system where you can use your own paint.  I mixed up the perfect darker teal and fabric medium, thinned it for the sprayer, and made a HUGE mess on my scrap piece.  The sprayer did NOT work at all.  Disappointment, big time!  I had to resort to a blue/teal normal spray paint to achieve my effect.  The spray paint was just normal Ace Hardware brand paint.  I used the same thing on my Pterodactyl without any issues, so I used it again for my skirt.  It did stiffen the satin a tiny bit, but that is good, as it helped the skirt keep it's shape in the long run.

The sunflowers were drawn by me in Photoshop and then split into 6 parts to be cut into stencils by my Silhouette Cameo cutting machine.  I cut 10 total sets of stencils, and used each one twice with no bleeding of paint underneath.  I started by painting them flowers a white base layer, and then layered on the yellow, orange, and browns.  Once the skirt was fully painted and dried (about 20 hours of labor to paint alone), the fun chore of adding rhinestones began.  So far, there are 440 rhinestones... I still need about 400 more.  I tore through my stash I had squirreled away.  There are 20 total flowers, 8 are fully rhinestoned in the front.  Once that was done, it was hemmed by using a really wide double fold bias tape in teal.  Since the hem is round, and fabric was stiffened due to the painting, a normal hem would have been difficult and messy looking.  Luckily the cartoon has a thick contrast border on the hem as well Wink

The Bolero was super easy and was a jacket pattern that I left the sleeves and collar off of, and altered the front shape.  It is also bound in a teal bias tape, which is how the cartoon looks too.  This made my life really easy. 
The shirt was a pattern I had altered from my previous Anna dress and then altered further for this costume by making shorter sleeves, changing the collar shape entirely, and putting a partial zip in the front.  Ric Rac and metallic gold bias are trimming on the blouse. 

The corset is just a vogue pattern that I altered a long time ago to fit me and be used for anything I needed a corset for.  It actually zips up the back as I was unable to see any significant closure system in the cartoon version.  The zip is a heavy duty separating zipper.  The Bolero and Corset still have hand embroidery I need to do on them, and that is probably another 30-40 hours of work  Shocked  When I made this, I was so excited that everything was working, that I cut all the fabric layers out and sewed it all together only to realize after trying it on, that I completely FORGOT to cut the heavy interfacing Sad  It was just sitting there, mocking me.  It's okay without it, but I would have preferred it for structure in the long run.

The petticoat is fun and flirty and was made to look like a tulle skirt if I wanted to wear it for something else.  I fully endorse multi-use costume parts.  There are 7 yards of tulle (it was all they had or it would have been 15) and 4 yards of cotton.  The hemline has a horsehair braid to help it keep it's shape with the weight of the skirt over it.

There is also a cute sunflower hair clip in the back and an antique brooch at the neck.  The brooch is a 10k gold, opal, and spinel brooch my mother had given to me years ago on a birthday long past.  It worked PERFECT for this costume  Cheesy

I managed to get the costume done enough to wear for my birthday party and photoshoot and still be recognizable.  I still have a ton of work to do on it to call it complete.

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