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1  Furry Max Costume! Where the Wild Things Are in Halloween Costumes by ManekiSookie on: November 02, 2009 04:56:03 PM
It's been a long time since I've posted anything here, so hopefully I'm doing it right  Tongue

My first Halloween costume plan failed spectacularly, so 9 days before Halloween I decided that I would make a Max costume, and I would make it work! This is the 2nd thing I've ever made and actually worn out of the house (the first being an XXL man's hoodie reconned into a form fitting one for me, so this is my first from scratch), and I pretty much worked on this the whole time I wasn't at work. I learned so much, and it came out amazingly well for my skill level.

It's based off the movie costume, instead of the book.

I didn't take any progress shots since I was in such a rush, and I don't have very good pictures from my night out yet, but I just took some pictures today, including some explaining how I made it. If I get better pictures I'll add them Tongue

I wore the top 2 buttons undone most of the time:

Rawr. I didn't want to go with the fingerless gloves like the movie, because I figured that I would get tired of wearing them after about 30 seconds, so I just made longer arms with thumb holes Cheesy

Couldn't resist a jumping pic: (and in the movie Max doesn't have feet, he just wears his black&white shoes)

And here it is buttoned up. This was pretty much the warmest costume ever, and we went dancing, so that wasn't really a good thing!

And here's a slightly blurry butt shot, so you can see the tail in action:

I honestly finished this less than an hour before leaving the house Halloween, so I didn't have time to clean up the mess in my sewing room until now.

I took some pictures of my ~pattern as I found them on the floor. I've never used a real pattern in my life, so I have no idea how to read one, and I figured I'd just have to modify/resize it anyways, so I just decided to make my own ~pattern.
So, I started with a bedsheet that I bought for $2 at a thrift store. Then I did some measurements and cut out 4 rectangles, roughly 6' long by maybe 1'? I'm not sure, but it was a quarter of the circumference of my body divided by 4, plus a bit of space for extra. Then I draped it over myself and did a lot of pinning and drawing, then took it off and did some sewing, and then I repeated the process many many times, until I had a big ugly blue body suit covered in red scrawls and a million stitches. As I said, I didn't take pictures as I actually made it, but here's the side that I didn't use for a pattern, slipped back onto my body.

So, after I felt that I had a good fit, I cut the pieces that I needed apart along the seams, and I ended up with this:

(there shouldn't be a piece cut out of the piece at the top right there, I just ran out of bedsheet, haha.
Here's a closeup of the back piece around the torso, you can see how many times I redrew and sewed it smaller

This project also marked my first trip to Fabricland! Thus far I've been reconning clothes, and buying stuff at thrift stoes, but oh wow. Fabricland is amazing, although I was totally overwhelmed! I had a super nice woman help me there, I explained to her what I needed, and although she wasn't familiar with Where the Wild Things Are, she did a great job of showing me where I should be looking, and how the pricing/whatnot works.
For the body of the suit I managed to find this weird polyester furry material.. I don't remember what they called it on the sign, and my receipt just calls it "cuddle luscious" Tongue That does describe it well though. In the movie his suit it white, but he gets it really dirty, so I thought it would look odd if I went for stark white. Well this material was a white fur with a brown backing, so as the material wrinkles the brown shows through. It actually ended up looking great, I though. AND it was on sale for $7/yd instead of $20!

for the darker tail I found some material in the fur section, it was $10/yd instead of $33, and it was perfect for what I wanted. Pretty realistic feeling and looking, it's grey with darker tips.

I found these cool looking buttons at Walmart:

and subsequently used the button hole foot on my sewing machine for the first time!

And for the whiskers I found some small gauge insulated wire in my garage:

I tied knots at the end of the wire and used my stitch ripper to wiggle a hole in the fur material from the inside of the hood, then pushed the wire through, and hand sewed the knot to the material, so they'd stay sticking out. I also put wire in the ears, as well as stuffed them lightly with some fabric scraps. The tail I stuffed with shredded foam, it was surprisingly not in the way the whole night, and it wasn't uncomfortable to sit on even.

Here's a picture of the suit not on:

The crown was made from a shoebox, I hotglued it together and spray painted it gold, then I put fur inside the crown, both because it would be more comfortable, and also because I knew it would be less likely to slip down when I wore it without the hood up.

I made the sceptre too, out of shoe box, a wooden dowel, hot glue and spray paint, but I lost it during the night (and by lost it I mean got tired of carrying it around so I left it on a table Tongue ). I did find a picture on facebook that had it in it though.

It was probably the best costume I've ever worn, even if none of my friends knew what I was. Most people had never heard of WtWTA Sad but the half dozen people who recognized me and came up to me were SO excited! Tongue One girl wanted to be Max but couldn't pull it together in time, she even dragged me over to show her sister my costume.

Anyways, if you read all that then thanks! Cheesy And I would love to hear some feedback <3
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2  Little Plaid Wallet in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by ManekiSookie on: August 08, 2007 06:32:53 PM
For my second ever sewing project (which happened to me MUCH more simplistic than my first) I was inspired by CheyElizabeth's post here https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=187229.0

I didn't follow her tutorial to a tee, I saw it on the net a few days ago and then remembered it last night, and decided to give it a try!
I made mine with a button instead of a snap, so I got to try out the buttonhole foot... that was interesting lol. It's super small and simple, but it's exactly what I need for my cards and cash! I like to be able to go without a purse sometimes, and this fits in the front pocket of my jeans perfectly Cheesy

So, here's pics!

The outside is a plaid that I used from a pair of pants that got a hole in them

Here's a shot of it open, the lining is actually from an old t-shirt... I suppose that this could have gone in recons, but I wasn't sure..

it has all my cards and a bit of cash in it, and it still fits in my pocket, I'm thrilled! As you can see from the black blobs there, I still have some thread ends to trim  Tongue I should have done that before the photo shoot, oops!

And here's a pic with one of my cards slid out a bit just so you can see the size of it

It might not be super professional looking, but it does the trick, and it didn't take long at all! <3
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3  My over-ambitious introduction to the sewing world! (pictureful!) in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by ManekiSookie on: August 07, 2007 12:51:00 AM
Hi everyone!
About a month ago I was looking to buy a new pillowcase, and I couldn't find one for less than $10! Finding that to be completely atrocious I set out to make my own. I blew the dust off of my mother's sewing machine (which she got at a garage sale for $2.50 and doesn't know how to use) and managed to make myself two, crooked, slightly undersized pillowcases.
And I was hooked!!!
At that point I decided that I wanted to try a shirt, but I had no patterns, sewing skills, sewing knowledge of any sort, or material!!
So, I hacked apart a pair of dress pants that didn't really fit me anymore, and began attempting to make a shirt from scratch! Smiley
This took me both of my days off, and a few evening hours for the next two days after that, but I'm finally finished and super pleased!
I managed to borrow some grommets and a grommet setter thingy from someone too, so it's got a cute lace up back!!!
So, here's the front

Another shot

lacing in the back! (it's bunching up because of the way I was turning, my photography skills are fail)

And since the black doesn't photograph too well I tried to take a flat picture of it and play with the levels in photoshop so you can kind of see the seams and the crossover in the front and the empire waist (is that what the line of fabric below the bust is called???)

Anyways, I'd love to hear some feedback! I had a blast doing this, and I can't wait to get my hands on some real fabric and try my hand at some other things!
Plus, now that I've discovered the amazing Craftster I have a ton of fun tutorials to try, so I won't have to just fluke it again =P
~Nyki <3

PS. The bottom isn't actually all uneven like it looks in the pics, it's just not that tight and it was all curving and stuff because there's a lot of extra fabric edges on the inside that was making it bunch up funkily T_T
I will stop rambling now!!!! ^^;
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