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1  Re: Chicago's own Blind Mag's costumes in Costumes: Completed Projects by shadowsforsale on: January 10, 2010 09:02:19 PM
Vegantastic, the hood is actually really easy. Measure how much of the neckline you want it to cover, and that's your bottom measurement. Cut that in half from the back seam, and that'll be how big you need to make the bottom line of your hood pieces(in red in the badly done paint sketch below). The purple line is the opening of the hood, and make that much taller than you think you need. I did mine by putting my coat on, measuring from the point I wanted the hood to end from, and making it very slack to the center of the top of my head(I did right at my hairline, in line with my nose to make it center-ish), and that's that measurement. Then I drew a very slopey---technical term, that---line to do the back. The bigger the slope, the fuller the hood, basically. I tested it in muslin first, to make sure it would drape how I wanted, and paperclipped that to my coat, since pinning would leave holes in the vinyl.

Hope that helps!

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2  Chicago's own Blind Mag's costumes in Costumes: Completed Projects by shadowsforsale on: August 26, 2009 06:44:49 PM
I was Blind Mag in Chicago's Repo! The Genetic Opera shadowcast for their first two shows, and instead of spending a ton of money on costumes, I decided to make mine. Natural decision, right? Since Mag's basically only got the three costumes, I had a fairly easy time of it. Sorry about having some links, the pictures were showing up sideways despite my turning them in photobucket. I'll try to figure out what's wrong, and fix them when I do.

Sanitarium Square, I didn't want to mess with the micropleats that were involved with recreating the Cavalli dress from the movie, so I used the opportunity to remake the dress Keira Knightly wears in Atonement. The reactions I got from castmates and audience both were worth two sleepless nights.

Chase the morning was where Mag met the god daughter she thought had died. I love this coat, it's so fantastically swishy! It was also my first adventure sewing vinyl. It wasn't so pleasant at the last show, though, since I was running a fever..
The hood, I can pull down over my face and snooze in backstage.

Chromaggia was my favorite costume to put together, because it meant I got to make a corset. I wasn't going to do an underbust with feathers like the movie, because I'm a little too busty for that, but I had more fun with this than I would have with feathers.

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3  Re: Twilight Rnd. 5 Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by shadowsforsale on: April 15, 2009 11:57:29 PM
I'm sorry! I fell off the face of the planet. I didn't mean to! My shadowcast sucked me in, and thus I fail at life.(It's true. I died twice for that show.)
The Jasper tin, which I adore:

The tshirt has mysteriously disappeared. I have a feeling my sister can be easily named the culprit, as that was her favorite part of my box. Floggings will be administered until I get my shirt back.
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4  Who's in the forest strolling? in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by shadowsforsale on: May 31, 2008 02:15:51 AM
Momiji, of course! Ok, my sister got me watching Fruits Basket, and while I don't like anime at all, this little bunny was too adorable. One of my co-workers has a daughter that loves rabbits, so naturally I had to make her daughter a new toy.. that just happens to also be a purse! I love making things for that little girl.. and since she's just getting to the age where she likes purses, and since she positively adores backpacks, I couldn't resist. I don't think it's too bad for my first purse/stuffed animal. Fun to combine the two!

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5  Rain on prom night + satin dress = sad sister in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by shadowsforsale on: May 02, 2008 05:05:41 PM
I made my little sister's prom dress over the course of three afternoons before an early morning work shift, and three all-nighters this week. It's crepe-back satin, which I found on clearance at Hancock, and the 5 yards of satin and the two different trims only cost me about $15. Woo for being well under $100, and looking great! This is the second prom dress I've made, the first was my own(and the first thing I'd ever made), but this is the first I've done without a pattern.

The original sketch, which she and I came up with after watching 300:

The dress itself, before hair and makeup:

She's not a girly girl, so that she loves this dress, and isn't grousing about being dragged to prom by a friend in need of a date, is a huge thing. And what would you say if your tomboy sister asked for a prom dress, even though prom was in exactly nine days when she asked? Yeah, I couldn't say no either.
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6  My boyfriend's back.. in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by shadowsforsale on: April 05, 2008 11:16:11 PM
..and I'm gonna have a breakdown. After a rather messy breakup, my ex-fiance had decided to call me a few weeks back, and told me he wanted to try again. No big deal, right? I didn't hear from him again, but heard from his mum(who I'm friends with still) and realized, oh crap, all of my tax papers are down there! So I'm driving down in about 10 hours, to be staying with Amy, hopefully being able to avoid Nathan(though now that he knows I'll be there, I wouldn't put it past him to randomly show up). Some of my co-workers are worried and told me not to go, since I've been having panic attacks about it for the past three days. The other ones who know I'm going said, 'Be careful, but look hot.' So these are my dresses that say(I hope!), 'Nathan, eat your heart out.'

My infinity dress:

It's just jersey fabric, nice and soft, with a handkerchief hem. I'll probably give this to my sister after this trip, since she's a bit of a tomboy she never wears dresses or skirts but likes this one, so I figure, why not?

My new sleep dress:

This one is insanely stretchy fabric of unknown content.. I think Amy and I got it at a Walmart sometime about a year and a half ago. My dad saw me in it today and went, 'You're going to sleep in that? What are you, nuts?' Apparently he feels it's too nice for a sleep dress. It's my own pattern, based off the look that ballet skirted leotards have, without having to be a leotard. Smiley Did I succeed? Will he beg for me to come back?
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7  Bloomers make the world spin backwards.. in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by shadowsforsale on: February 10, 2008 08:03:30 PM
But they're so fun to wear! I can't not smile when I wear them. I'm also prone to waltzing around with my cat whilst wearing them, which he doesn't seem to appreciate too much.  Roll Eyes This is the first part of an outfit for a convention, the other parts will be posted as they're made, unless I forget to, or get too busy making the ball gowns my sister decided we have to wear that weekend. Weirdo. On to the pictures! Sorry they're so dark, I sew in the basement and the overhead lights died a tragic death. And sorry if they're big..but there are only two.

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