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1  Leeloo Dallas, Multipass...MUL-TI-PASS in Halloween Costumes by geniebueller on: November 02, 2010 09:28:00 PM
So after much internal debate, I decided to be Leeloo from Fifth Element (one of the greatest movies of all time!).
I struggled with the idea of wearing skin tight pants and bearing my midriff, but I just had to do it!

Me and my friend who bravely dressed as Zardoz.  He made his costume too, and I think he did a pretty badass job of it.  (If you don't know Zardoz, check it out at your own risk.  Thankfully, I love Sean Connery enough to not think less of him after watching the movie.)

I found another Leeloo downtown!

I made the suspenders using Jia Jem's wonderful tutorial.  You can find it at http://jiajem.com/suspenders.html   Let me just say that working with liquid silicone is stress inducing!!!  Here are some progress shots of the suspender construction:

It was interesting trying to figure out how to best fuse the seams, but I think my tangled mass of suspender/mould worked out just fine. (I wish the suspenders looked as orange in person as they did in pictures that I took with my phone)

The pants I sewed using fabric purchased from www.spandexworld.com (for all your spandex needs)
I painstakingly sewed the black stripes by hand.  The stripes are 1/4 inch black elastic.  It took about six hours to sew the two vertical stripes on the front because the elastic and spandex stretched at different rates, so the pants had to be held taut the entire time.  I didn't sew the back stripes due to time (and sanity) contraints, and the four horizontal stripes were actually just sewed as loops, pulled onto the legs and tacked into place rather than entirely sewed on. I just sewed 2 inch black elastic as the waist band instead of purchasing a belt. 
The wig is a cosplay wig that was midback length and trimmed to the shoulders.  I couldn't do the twisties in the hair because it made the tracks visible.   Embarrassed
My dad made me an amazing Multipass and a stencil for the elements tattoo. 
The shirt was just a purchased shirt which I cropped.
The costume still needs some perfecting, but I think all the hard work and panic attacks paid off. 
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2  Re: Anyone know how to do this? in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by geniebueller on: September 06, 2008 08:01:49 PM
I'm dont know crochet, but I saw this while trying to figure out single crochet.
The stitches look an awful lot like tunisian crochet

You may try fooling around with this.  perhaps alternate verticle & horizontal sections (complete verticle section & begin horizontal on the left edge of the previous section, etc)
I dunno
Check out the site though

I found while trying to crochet, its actually very easy as a knitter to keep the stitches on the hook & end up with tunisian.

hope this helps
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3  My first dress, simplicity 3780 in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by geniebueller on: June 16, 2008 12:10:41 PM
So, I've been lazy & haven't posted pics of my dress yet.
My friend got married on May 17th & I made the dress I wore from Simplicity 3780.
I had only previously made pajama pants, a summer top, and a poodle skirt (I made the poodle skirt when I was 8, haha).
I wanted to make a mock-up first to see how well I understood the pattern & used some bargain fabric from Hancock.  After working with the fabric for a while, I fell in love.  Luckily the mock-up turned out perfect, so it became the final product.
One of my crafty friends thought it was Amy Butler fabric.  Nope!  Super cheap, I think it was $1.50/yard.
I was very pleased with the way it turned out. 
*** I hope my super-white skin doesn't hurt your eyes!

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4  Re: anyone tried simplicity 3780? in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by geniebueller on: April 26, 2008 10:23:39 AM
gave up half-way through? well, i tend to do that with all of my projects if i dont give myself a deadline...
another question on this...
any suggestions on fabric?
I saw a nice print cotton a while back.  it was brown w/ 1/4 inch teal polka dots. i thought this matched up w/ solid teal for the trim might be nice...
this pic/swatch is similar but the dots are more of a jewel tone

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5  anyone tried simplicity 3780? in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by geniebueller on: April 24, 2008 03:55:38 PM
Hi all,

I bought simplicity 3780 1950's Retro a while back & wanted to know if anyone's made it yet...(havn't had any luck searching the web)
I want to make it for a wedding in a couple of weeks, but I don't want to spend days on it if its a bad pattern.  I made another simplicity pattern (3807)a while back and there were so many errors in the pattern/instruction that I gave up, not to mention it made me look like I was pregnant--in front AND back. 
Well, let me know what you guys think.
It's a gorgeous pattern...

Oh yeah, and do you think zipper & boning detail is too much for an intermediate sewer?

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