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1  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Leeloo Dallas, Multipass...MUL-TI-PASS 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. 
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / My first dress, simplicity 3780 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!

3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / RIP magknits--I want a magknits pattern on: June 02, 2008 01:51:35 PM
As I'm sure many of you already know that magknits has closed it's site.
Because I'm a SUPER procrastinator, I never got around to making a market bag.
I really want to make a bunch for grocery trips, but I can no longer get that pattern.
Does anyone know where I can find the pattern?  (I've looked at similar patterns, but I really liked the magknits one)
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / horsehair braiding for hem on: May 01, 2008 12:28:22 PM
I was thinking about using some horsehair braiding on the hem of my dress to give it a little extra body (i think thats the word i'm looking for)
The fabric I am using for the dress is cotton or cotton blend, but it has a LOT of drape.  I'm afraid that the hem will just lay flat w/o the help of a petticoat.  I don't care for petticoats.
So, my question is: Has anyone used braiding and have any suggestions or comments about the stuff?
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / anyone tried simplicity 3780? 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?

6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / need advice with baby blanket on: January 31, 2008 08:10:25 AM
I'm knitting a baby blanket and wanted to sew on a fabric back (because I HATE seeing the seams on the back of my knitting). 
Should I hand sew or machine sew?
Does anyone have any experience with this.
I'd love to machine sew it because it faster and more professional looking, but I'm afraid that my knitting might get jammed or caught up on the needle. 
Please let me know what ya'll think!!
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / pattern help needed on: August 04, 2007 05:57:41 PM
fyi, this is on simplicity 3807---
I dont know how many of you have done this pattern, but I am at a loss.  I have completed the bodice portion for view G & figured there had to be something wrong w/the instructions when they didnt specify how to insert the back elastic.  I started to work on the lower half of the dress when I realized it doesnt explain how to attach the ties.  I suppose I could do without them (I actually think I may have accidently mistaken them for scrap & trashed 'em), but I'm pretty sure the dress would then look too large....or maternity. haha
well I hope to hear a response/solution soon, because I'm stuck until Monday when thier phone lines are open so that I can ask about errata.

btw... isn't it odd how the simplicity website doesn't address errata AT ALL?  Do they never make mistakes?  Or am I blind?
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / crazy pattern sale at hobby lobby!!! on: July 21, 2007 03:41:45 PM
I went to hobby lobby today to look at sewing patterns for a shirt.  i didnt actually plan on buying one because theyre so dang expensive...
well i walked up and saw a sign that said $.99 simplicity patterns!! 
I bought 11 patterns and spent less than $12 including tax.  I added it up and they would have totaled $167.45 plus tax if I paid retail.

hurry up and go...last day!!!
9  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / paper samples? on: June 28, 2007 05:50:28 PM
I know this is wishful thinking, but does anyone know of a website that might offer a paper sample pack.  and i dont mean "variety" pack, but kinda like a swatch book or color card.  i want to order some patterned/designed paper, but i want to actually SEE it first. 
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