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1  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Doctor Who: Amy Pond "Curse of the Black Spot" Pirate Pond on: March 30, 2017 08:36:36 AM
Thank you everyone! I just updated it with the professional photos from the convention (ReGeneration Who 3 in Baltimore MD) this past weekend.
2  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Doctor Who: Amy Pond "Curse of the Black Spot" Pirate Pond on: March 22, 2017 06:54:23 PM
I finally got around to making a new Amy Pond costume. Since most of her stuff is usually RTW clothing from eBay, it was nice to sew something for a change.

I started out with Simplicity 4923, which is a Men's Pirate Costume ensemble. I only needed the coat for this. I altered it a lot to suit my needs and to better resemble the screen costume. I changed the shape of the pocket flaps and added pockets underneath (I hate fake pockets, historically accurate or not lol). I changed the cuff to be a split cuff in the back instead of one giant cuff all around. I changed the placement of the buttons on the front of the coat as well. The jacket was also shortened considerably to be as short as it was in the show (at about knee level for the actress). I think I chopped off 7 inches from the hem.

The biggest thing was incorporating a lining into a jacket where there was none. I needed to line this to help give the outer fabric more structure and give a better finishing touch. I really dislike visible raw seams if there doesn't need to be.  To do this, I used the pattern pieces for the outer coat as a guidance for the lining. The jacket is self faced under the front plackets. Using my previous experience with lined jackets, I applied it to this project. The lining is actually a loose lining and is not attached at the hem. A few hidden tacked points inside help keep it in place.

For fabric, I used a "cozy flannel" from Joann fabrics. I have a really bad wool allergy (fun in the winter *sigh*) and could not use a coating wool for my version. The cozy flannel had the drape that I was looking for, and came in a perfect color! I was not looking forward to dying 5 yards of flannel. The lining is a kona cotton in a coordinating lighter grey. The buttons were purchased on Etsy and are a placeholder until I can find the accurate buttons. They were 35 buttons for $5, so I jumped on them right away!

I know it's not sewn, but I also made the sword Cheesy It started as a wooden sword from Amazon (cheap) and I sanded the heck out of it, used steel wool and then painted a primer base. That base was then sanded, and primed again. That was then wet sanded with 600 grit paper for a glass like smooth finish. I used Rustoleum Metallic Finish in a chrome finish. I let it dry, and then wet sanded that to get it to glass like smooth. A final layer of the chrome was applied and I can actually see myself decently in the reflection. It isn't mirror-like, which is great for this prop. It's a pirate sword, it's beaten up and used. The handle was then wrapped in cotton bias tape for a base and then a thin leather strip over it. The pommel was painted gold for now. I would love to lop it off eventually and put a nice brass knob there.

The cut-off mini skirt she wears is hard to find, and so is an alternative apparently. I found a pair of dark wash jeans that I cut apart and turned into her mini skirt. I used a wire brush to fray the hem and the age the fabric a bit. It was fun to distress a garment lol

The hat was a costume hat off Amazon, but it had this unsightly bright gold trim on it. I used a brown acrylic paint and dry brushed it over the bright gold to antique it a bit.

My completed costume

My lining

Sword prior to painting, but after sanding with various grit papers until it was smooth.

The sword after all the stages of sanding and painting, prior to adding the handle wrapping.

The handle. I just made this up as I went and it looked good to me!

Hat trim before...

Hat trim after

Here's a reference image as well, just in case you are not familiar with the character...
3  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Star Wars Imperial Officer on: March 14, 2017 04:51:45 PM
I know I'm late to the party, but I just found this, and I'd like to say it looks awesome!  If you see this post, I wonder if you would consider sharing how you did it.  I am trying to find something for making a jacket for my sister's birthday in 3 weeks, but so far no luck.  The only things I find involve starting with a chef's jacket, (or the like) and modifying it, or otherwise starting with some civil war uniform pattern for MEN, (which I don't have anyway) and heavily modifying it. 
I'm not the original poster, but I wanted to lend a hand where I can Smiley I made one of these back in 2006 and found a women's pattern that worked as a base. I then added the placket on the front. I used McCalls 4596. which may be out of print by now - but you can probably buy online.
There is also the Imperial Officer Corps forum, which should have helpful links and things - http://www.imperialofficer.com/forum/

Yes, I have a stick and am wearing a skirt instead of pants. It was my own take on an Imperial Morale Officer, which was a joke a friend started years ago.
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Star Trek and Recycled Leather - Swoon Annette on: February 21, 2017 10:57:43 AM
I had an art show at a convention this weekend to submit an item to. Since it was a Star Trek themed con, I went with the obvious choice of Star Trek fabric <3 I'd been dying to make a bag featuring real leather, and this was the perfect time. I had an old jacket that I rescued from being trashed, and used it's leather on this bag. I also accented the side pockets with red piping for a little pop of color, and I chose to go with a red zipper to coordinate with the piping. The bottom has feet, and the lining has a hidden galaxy print in the pocket Cheesy

I also used this handbag as an opportunity for a look at how they are constructed. I've often had family and friends and clients ask how I make a bag, so I figured I'd give a look into what goes on during prep and construction.

5  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Floral Wars Glittery Star Wars Ballet Flats on: January 29, 2017 07:32:10 PM
I haven't posted a shoe project in a long time! I've been so busy making handbags, I just haven't had the time. I finally took a pair of shoes I bought last year (for another project) and used my new Star Wars Floral Wars fabric on them.  The final sealing layer, I added fine holo glitter to give a little sparkle to this already fabulous fabric Cheesy The fabric is a cotton woven from Knitorious Fabric.

6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Floral Wars Galaxy Set - Swoon Annette on: January 28, 2017 10:22:53 AM
Love them both! You always have the best fabric - and display it so perfectly in your pieces.
Thank you! I can't get enough of this fabric and already want to cover two pairs of ballet flats with it.  One pair with Vader and the Trooper, and one pair with R2 and BB8 <3  Light side and dark side.
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Planning my Day, one at a time! Blue Floral Wars Day Planner on: January 24, 2017 08:40:12 PM
I love it! Though, I'd want it to be ALL R2-D2!!! ^_~  I've gotten binder hardware at JoAnn's, it was only a two ring binder, created specifically for the covers they also sell (in their scrapbooking/cardmaking dept).  You then need to get the special two hole punch.  I got one to create a binder to keep my internet usernames and passwords in (since I can never remember all of them!).
I love R2, but that Vader was so pretty. I was torn as to who to put on the front. Luckily I can see them both at least  Grin I've never seen it in there!  I definitely wanted an A6 size, this way I can just buy refills online easily.  I just ordered more hardware too.  It's about $1.40 each on eBay with free shipping Smiley
8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Floral Wars Galaxy Set - Swoon Annette on: January 24, 2017 08:36:03 PM
Those are fabulous!  I love what you did with the miniature version, very clever!  (I noticed you have your sonic screwdriver in there!)  You'll have to tell me how you like Annette as a purse.  I'm really thinking I'd like to make an Annette for myself. 

Thanks! I always have my sonic, it's also a very bright flashlight that has proven useful time and again.  I made an Annette for my sister-in-law (in Star Trek fabric), and she LOVES it.  She loves how much it can hold especially.  Annette was also fairly easy.  I cut and finished both the mini and purse from about noon to 8pm (with an hour dinner break). Granted I know I'm a speed demon, but it really was easy to cut and sew.  The zipper is a little fiddly to get it exact on the top though. I plan to make more Annettes in both sizes for future shows and my Etsy Cheesy
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Planning my Day, one at a time! Blue Floral Wars Day Planner on: January 23, 2017 01:06:22 PM
In an attempt to get myself better organized in both my business and personal life, I knew I needed a day planner. I asked friends for advice and looked at planners online.  I did not realize they they could be so expensive, for something so boring looking.  I wanted something that was ME, something I would actually want to whip out and use.  I set out to design my own planner.  
I went to a local thrift shop and found an A6 sized planner (small enough to fit in my purse, but large enough to be useful) for reference.  I then hit up eBay for the hardware.  You can't exactly go to Joann and find binder hardware laying around.  Luckily these were about $2 from China and came with installation hardware. I used the planner I got from the thrift shop as a base for measurements and how I wanted mine to look.  I liked the credit card slots it had, as well as the larger back pocket. I dusted off my math and art skills to draft a pattern.  I used paper as a mock-up, to see how the pattern was working, and tweaked as I went.  I was finally happy with the pattern and traced everything out on to plastic sheets (disposable cutting boards from the Dollar Tree) to use as the pattern.  Since the sheets are see-through, it let me place my pattern piece on top of the fabric and center the design how I wanted.  
For this planner, I opted for my Blue Floral Wars fabric, that I've been preciously hoarding for special projects. I used black glitter vinyl for the tab, and used black cotton piping (Wrights Brand) for the edges. The hardware was easy to apply, using my rivet setting tool from Michael's.
I LOVE pulling this out of my purse and making notes.  It always gets attention, which results in a business card being handed off  Grin So far, it really has been helping me.  I make a list of what I need at Joann's, this way I don't wander around aimlessly and start buying things I don't really need LOL  I can also make notes with due dates for commissions as well as upcoming conventions.

10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Floral Wars Galaxy Set - Swoon Annette on: January 23, 2017 12:55:41 PM
I was so excited when my Floral Wars fabric from Knitorious Fabrics arrived. There were several colorways to choose from.  I have the light blue already, and just had to have this "Galaxy" one too! I knew, as soon as I got it in, that it was destined to become an Annette handbag for myself.  The fabric pattern is large, but not too large, so it's perfectly sized for the center panels of the bag.  I accented it with black Glitter Mirror Canvas from MiKri World Craft Supply.  There is a black swirly contrast fabric for inside the outer pockets as well.  
For the miniaturized version, I shrunk the pattern to 65% in Adobe.  The zipper was a 12" long zipper for this shrunk down size.  I omitted all pockets and the handles and did not use foam for the structure.  The main fabric and the lining are interfaced with Pellon SF101, and it is plenty sturdy for this small bag.  There is a small piece of stabilizer inside of the bottom for support though.


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