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1  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: The teeny Tin Man with the Bigass <3 on: November 11, 2016 12:39:20 PM
Thank you all!  Smiley
2  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Completed Projects / Re: Practice Towels on: November 03, 2016 12:12:46 PM
Wow, this is so gorgeous.  I've always thought that weaving would be really meditative, and I love the end product, but I have too many hobbies as it is...
3  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: "In his house at R'lyeh, dead Cthulhu waits dreaming." on: November 03, 2016 11:55:45 AM
You have got some serious crochet skills, lady!  Awesome costume!
4  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / The teeny Tin Man with the Bigass <3 on: November 03, 2016 11:38:33 AM
This Halloween was my first making a costume for my toddler son, who shall henceforth be referred to as Cheeks.  His first Halloween (in 2015) he was an infant, and I was exhausted, so he had to endure a store-bought monkey costume.  So glad I had enough gumption to dress him up this year!



I had machinations of family Wizard of Oz costumes for the whole fam, but I'm a mom of a 15 month old, and my sewing eyes are always bigger than my stomach, so we just have our sweet little tin man!



I used Simplicity 4024 (http://www.simplicity.com/simplicity-pattern-4024-toddler-wizard-of-oz-costumes/U04024A.html) and a silver poly/spandex lame knit from Fabric.com:  https://www.fabric.com/buy/0337429/polyester-spandex-lame-jersey-knit-metallic-silver



The biggest pain in the ass I encountered while putting this together was definitely the joints; they were 36 pieces of fabric to make a total of 12 joints.  The second most pain in the ass thing was the 20 buttons I had to sew on by hand.



For the heart, I used some quilting cotton my aunt gave me <3.  Instead of embroidering the clock face, I used some black Siser Easyweed heat transfer vinyl and "traced" an image of a clock I found online, which I cut with my Silhouette Cameo.  I did a teeny tiny offset (basically an outline of the existing image) to bulk the whole thing up when I destroyed the first version whilst weeding (AKA removing the negative spaces before ironing on).



I used fleece to line the helmet because it's cold Trick or Treating here in Wisconsin.  The funnel is just a $1 cheapie from Farm and Fleet that I spray painted silver.



Because the fabric shows pinholes and is too plastic-y to use an iron on, I used wonder clips to "pin" seams together and "press" the hems up.



Even though it took way longer than I imagined (doesn't everything, though, when it comes to crafting?) I think it turned out pretty well!  Wink  Bonus:  Cheeks didn't seem to mind wearing it at all!



You can see more photos and construction details on my (mostly sewing-centric) blog:  https://sometimessewist.wordpress.com/2016/10/31/if-i-only-had-a-heart/

Thanks for taking a peek!  Smiley
5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: 2012 Stocking on: November 16, 2012 11:56:18 AM
So neat, and so incredibly thoughtful of you!  I'm planning on making some stockings this year, but I just couldn't figure out what I wanted to do...maybe I'll follow your example!
6  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Lil' Elvis on: November 16, 2012 10:04:59 AM
Love this!  He has such a great 'tude to go with it, too!  I totally voted for you on PR.  Smiley
7  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: My first Steampunk frock! on: November 16, 2012 10:03:14 AM
Thanks guys!  You are very sweet  Smiley

Jigdancer - your skirt sounds beautiful!  It is indeed such a deliciously rustle-ful skirt.  But 8 hours with those pleats...man.  My taffeta was fairly compliant (and I used lots of pins) and it took me 3-4 hours to wrestle all of the pleats into submission.
8  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: My first Steampunk frock! on: November 06, 2012 10:27:11 AM
Thank you all very much!  Smiley

Great start into the steampunk foray!  Steampunk is all about accessorizing, so add some details!  I add a few things to my steampunk costume every year.  The initial one I started with had a waist cincher and petticoat, and the quinticential painted nerf gun!  But I've added clockwork and octopus jewelry and other findings since then.  You may not want to do weapons since you're looking mighty classy. Smiley  But you can add some wicked headgear and handgear.  I like to use found objects from flea markets and things from the plumbing isle at Lowes!


I reeeeaaalllly like the vest and the way the top part fastens in the front!!

I definitely do need more accessories!  I was kind of spent after all of the sewing, but I think maybe some handgear next.  I thought about getting a "ray gun" but, I agree, it just doesn't quite fit with the look!  Good to know about trying a hardware store.  Where do you end up wearing your costume?
9  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / My first Steampunk frock! on: November 03, 2012 06:51:43 AM
Here's my Halloween costume, which I started sewing on October 1st, 2012!  Smiley  I used Simplicity 2172, and ended up with this an estimated 24-30 hours later:



I used a poly taffeta for the main fabric, cotton broadcloth to line the jacket, a twill for the bustier, and organza for the neckline and cuffs.  It was kind of an epic journey to complete, all smashed into one month, but I'm happy with how it turned out!





And some close ups:

Bustier


Skirt


Jacket


Additional photos and info on my blog. (see signature)

Thanks very much for taking a peek!  Smiley
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: 50's style Sailor dress on: November 03, 2012 06:30:41 AM
Completely adorable...wonderful job.  I'd wear that in a heartbeat!  You're going to be a hit at the festival.  Smiley
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