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51  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Hey there Mr J! Harley Quinn Costume Inspired Tote on: July 24, 2015 11:12:54 AM
Awesome tote--you really nailed all of the design elements that scream Harley.  Is there a reason you didn't do the white collar on the back side too?
Thank you!  I actually left it only one side for two reasons.  1, the satin stitching on curves for the applique is tedious. 2, I really liked the red and black checked design as well.  I figure you won't really see the back of it as much, so it didn't really need more work added.  Also, if a person wanted to show off the red/black side only, they could Cheesy
52  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Hey there Mr J! Harley Quinn Costume Inspired Tote on: July 21, 2015 11:31:18 AM
So, recently, I left NYC and my desk job to head to MD and work for myself and my etsy store.  I had a ton of ideas, but no time to do it and certainly no space (my work space was 2'x4' total).  I'm slowly getting inventory together and making some of the things that have been hiding in my head for the last few years.  I still have a TON of ideas, I just need about 4 more of me to get them all made lol  It's one of the nest choices I ever made in my life  Cool

A friend had suggested that I make a Harley Quinn bag, after seeing my Wonder Woman bag.  I had ideas for how to make one, so that just pushed me further into actually doing it.  I also have sleep masks and makeup bags in the works for Harley.  It's just a lot of work to make her designs with those little appliques.  This tote is inspired by her costume, with the signature red and black, and her little harlequin pom pom collar.  The inside is interfaced with a heavy weight material for structure and shape.  The whole bag is 100% cotton material since it seems to hold up well to washing and ironing over time.  I'd say each bag takes about 2-3 hours to cut and finish, so I probably won't make that many for my shop.

I designed the tote pattern as well as the overall look.  I use the same base tote pattern for my structured totes, which is different from my regular flat totes.  I wanted a purse like feeling with these, so I wanted space and body to it.  There is even a handy two part pocket for a cell phone and wallet Cheesy

53  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Anna's Adventure Dress from Frozen on: February 27, 2015 04:51:27 PM
Okay, so I don't have the video since it's on my husband's phone and I'm still figuring out how to edit it to not be huge.  I also only have one photo, as she's 3 and doesn't stand still.  This is especially true when thinks that her aunt is really Anna and pretends to be Aunt Kristin so that no one else will know (this is all her saying!).  She was showing Anna everything, her castle, her dolls, her horses, her shoes lol.  We managed to get one photo, and I think my SIL has pictures of us on the trampoline (in costumes of course).

Please ignore my face, I'd just taken a flight across the country and was up since 3am NYC time and it was 8pm PST when this photo was taken lol
My brother said that she is very shy around new people, but took to Uncle Will and "Anna" right away.  I was Anna the whole weekend.  If you called me Aunt Kristin, you were promptly corrected with a "no, Anna"  Grin  It will take her a while to realize that it was really just Aunt Kristin as Anna and not the other way around  Cool
Because my niece is so darn cute (love that widget to death!) here's a picture of us at the San Diego Zoo the next day (after Anna had her beauty rest lol)


Last weekend, my friend (great hobby photographer) and I got together in Bryant Park (NYC) to take some pictures with the frozen over fountain and the ice skating rink.  He said it was like an episode of "Once Upon a Time" but Anna ends up in NYC.  It was the first shoot in 9 years where we didn't have to avoid people in the background of photos since it was based on Anna exploring NYC.  This was his story line and I liked it Cheesy
http://imageevent.com/benaequee/costumes/davidngphotoshoots/annaadventuredress



54  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Anna's Adventure Dress from Frozen on: February 08, 2015 09:01:19 AM
Congratulations! This has been chosen as a Featured Project! Smiley

Thank You!!!  Grin
55  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Anna's Adventure Dress from Frozen on: January 28, 2015 07:08:59 PM
This was something I never saw myself doing.  I liked Frozen, but it wasn't a costume I really needed for my "wardrobe".  However, this past Halloween, I made a tiny Elsa dress for my (almost 3 year old) niece who was a Frozen fanatic.  I hand sewed on about 500 large sequins to the bodice... again, for a toddler, and hand painted a cape with sparkly snow flakes.  I included the most adorable letter from Elsa's "royal tailor" on how to "wear" the gown and how her mom can let the hem out as the queen gets taller.  There were also gloves with sparkly snow flakes I painted on and rhinestones, because come on, rhinestones!  I unfortunately do not have a photo at the moment, as she's in CA, and I'm in NY.  Which brings me to Anna's dress.  
Why did I choose to make this?  For my niece, sort of.  I'm headed to CA in about 2 weeks for Gallifrey One (Doctor Who con) and decided that a side trip to San Diego was in order while we were out there.  I can't be any old aunt who shows up and brings hugs and kisses and probably another costume and toys.  I had to really wow her.  So, I decided that I wanted to make Anna's Adventure dress to go with my niece's Elsa dress!  The plan is to get into character, ring the doorbell, and wait for her to open the door and have a 3 year old melt down (the good kind).  My brother is so excited and can't wait.  She doesn't know Anna is coming to her house Wink  There will be video and photos, which I will update here Cheesy  I can hardly wait!

Anywho, that's the back story, now onto the costume photos!  Details on what I did and how are here - http://imageevent.com/benaequee/costumes/completed/movietvartcostumes/annaadventuredress

EDIT (NEW PHOTO):



My favorite part, my first time ever doing embroidery!  I've avoided it for over a decade and finally bit the bullet and did it.  It wasn't so scary or daunting, and was actually kind of relaxing lol.  I'll remember I said that I as I embroider the 30 appliques on the skirt Shocked




I have material for the cape coming this week, so that will be added as well, but that's for a photo-shoot back here in NYC in 4 weeks.
56  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: The Gatekeeper and the Keymaster from Ghostbusters on: November 07, 2014 09:00:04 AM
Thank you everyone Cheesy
57  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / The Gatekeeper and the Keymaster from Ghostbusters on: November 05, 2014 05:45:32 PM
This year marks the 30th anniversary of Ghostbusters, and what better way to show my love than with a costume!  I made these for Halloween this year since we had a few parties to attend and needed something comfy to wear.  My usual wardrobe of costumes are more for cons and contests and not for parties where drunk people hang out.





I bought a gold/black cross weave lame for the underdress and a red/orange cross weave poly chiffon for the overlayer.  I had to draft the pattern, making sure it was true to the movie shape.  Her sleeves are so flowy, and the gold and sheer layers hang free from one another. They are only joined at the wrists and the neck opening.  The lame was such a pain to work with, as I've never sewn with it before.  I had to cut extra seam allowances to allow for french seams, otherwise all my work would have unraveled and pulled apart over time.  I also needed to make sure it was not itchy, so serging was out of the question since it would have left a raw metallic fiber near the skin.  I treated the sheer layer with the same french seam method for a finished and durable seam.  The hem is a baby rolled hem on the sheer layer and a serged edge on the lame (it did not want to roll).

I got the wig from a place that was going out of business and seemed to have a huge supply of 80's styled wigs for $5 - SCORE!  I pinned it to a foam head, flipped it upside down and teased and sprayed it.  I sewed a comb into the front to keep it in place.  This is probably one of my most comfortable wigs lol.

The makeup was intense!  I had to study screen shots and buy certain shadows and shimmers I would not normally ever wear.  Luckily the clearance section of Walgreens is my best friend.  I can't pay $20 for an eyeshadow I'll only ever wear for this.  I'll pay $1 for a palate of colors though!  I had to buy bronzer for the contouring, which I've never done before.  Youtube tutorials are your friend for this.  I still didn't get it quite as intense as I would have liked, but I'm happy with it.  It took me about 20 minutes to get all that stuff off my face.  I finished the look with a custom manicure to match the costume.  A gold and red and orange glitter ombre effect.

I can't very well be a Gatekeeper without a Keymaster, so I dressed up the hubby too!  We found a yellow polo and stripey blue shirt at the goodwill, he had the pants and shoes already.  I got the glasses off eBay (non script).  I made the helmet during my lunch break at work.  The collander came from eBay as well since I could not actually find one at Goodwill locally lol.  I work in Tech Support, so we have a TON of wires that are junk and have no use other than clutter.  I cut off the plugs from AV cords, and used old telephone handset cords.  Some heavy duty hot glue and a little patience, and a helmet was made.  I made a lining out of thin strips of packing foam, so it sits on his head nice and comfy without slipping.











58  COOKING / Dessert / "I want him alive..." Han Solo in Carbonite Cake on: July 27, 2014 10:22:53 AM
My husband and I met through Star Wars almost 12 years ago.  I saw it only fitting that I make him a Star Wars themed birthday cake, so I chose Han.  I already had the deluxe Han in Carbonite ice mold and was debating the ways to make this cake.  The mold itself is not very large.  I was originally going to press fondant into the mold and then layer in cake on the inside.  This didn't seem like a good idea since I needed enough cake for 20 people lol.

I ended up deciding to use only the bottom detail of the mold with the Han part (not the sides with the carbon chamber details).  I poured in about 3/8" of chocolate and stuck him in the freezer... how fitting.  I then set to making my Red Velvet recipe that friends and family have enjoyed for years (and was requested by the birthday man).  I decided to make a 'plank' of cake to set the chocolate piece on.  I did 3 layers of cake with a cream cheese frosting in between.  I then carved the cake as evenly as possible to be flat on top and flat on the sides.  The whole thing was covered in the rest of the cream cheese frosting and stuck in the freezer for 20 minutes.

I then used the Satin Ice brand of fondant and kneaded it out and rolled it out with some added corn starch.  My kitchen was hot and a bit humid, so the fondant took that humidity to itself.  I had to add corn starch a few times before it would hold it's shape without dropping.  The cake I made back in November for my own birthday (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=429108.msg5123444#msg5123444) did not have this problem since my kitchen was nice and cold and dry.  With the help of my hubby, we were able to get the large sheet of fondant onto the cake Smiley  I actually cut out the middle of the fondant on the top (to the size of the giant Han chocolate) and carved out some cake to press him into the middle.  I cut out the bits for the control panels on the sides of the carbonite block and used a dab of water to stick them to the body of the cake.  I then dusted the whole thing in a pewter colored edible luster dust and finally pressed M&M's into the panels for the 'lights'.  

We had the party at our favorite bar and the cake was a hit with the party as well as people who walked into the bar and saw it sitting there.  The birthday man was happy and said it was the best cake I made for him yet, and I made him an R2D2 dome cake for his 30th birthday years ago lol.  I had so much fun making this, I'm already thinking of what to make next Smiley






59  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Wonder Woman Themed Vintage Style Swing Dress on: July 07, 2014 12:41:39 PM
I used Butterick 5882 to make this dress.  When I saw it, it screamed out Wonder Woman to me.  The accent piece on the top was very reminiscent of the wings on WW's bodice.  I found the starry fabric at a little place in the NYC garment district.  The red and yellow fabrics I had in my stash from other projects.  The lining was just a blue cotton broadcloth.  I had a petticoat in my costume stash and wore it under the skirt for added volume, as it hangs much better that way.

I put it together with the sole purpose of wearing it for Independence Day celebrations.  It was a hit at the two parties I went to Cheesy  When it got colder that evening, I wore a simple white cardigan with it.


60  COOKING / Dessert / Re: My first successful fondant covered cake - Doctor Who! on: November 20, 2013 06:32:35 PM
Thank you everyone!  I updated the first post with the BBC link!
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