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1  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Alice in Wonderland on: March 22, 2010 12:12:22 PM
Not really halloween costumes, but I'm saving this costume to wear for Halloween this year, so in a way, it is  Wink

We wore these to the Dutch movie premiere of Alice in Wonderland, by Tim Burton of course! There were around 1000 people and most of them dressed up as Alice in Wonderland characters. It was a lot of fun! There was a tea party, with cakes and chocolates and such.

I didn't really draw my inspiration from the new movie, we only knew we'd been invited to the premiere a week before it took place. So I had to make these costumes in little time, much of it is from my wardrobe.

The mad hatter costume is made from stuff we already had lying around, my own wardrobe and my sister's (she is the one wearing stilts). The stilts are hers.
My own costume (Alice stuck in the white rabbit's house) is made especially for this event. I made a blue dress. I didn't want to make the dress look like the one the movie-Alice or the book-Alice wears. I wanted something I could wear in everyday life as well  Smiley  So I made a separate top and skirt in a beatiful, dark blue fabric with tiny black dots.
The rabbit's house is made of cardboard, paint, foam, clay, straw, lots of glue and paint.

This Cheshire cat is the most awesome costume I've seen at the premiere, it is incredibly well made!

The dress

2  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Jack Skellington and Sally costumes (Nightmare before Christmas) *pic heavy!* on: June 19, 2009 04:38:41 AM
thanks a lot for all the comments, it is much appreciated  Wink

lol, it would be great to work at Disneyland  Cheesy
I don't know if anyone has ever seen the Disneyland Jack and Sally, but Jack's head looks a little weird:

makes it easier to breathe though.
(when my sister was thirsty, I had to push a straw through the mouth-hole of the mask so she could drink Smiley but we also took breaks so she could take the mask off and cool down a bit. I heard some people watching this crying out 'it's a girl, jack is a girl!', lol  Cheesy)
3  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Jack Skellington and Sally costumes (Nightmare before Christmas) *pic heavy!* on: June 18, 2009 01:45:54 AM
technically, these are not halloween costumes. We wore these at an annual fantasy event called 'Elf Fantasy Fair' in the Netherlands. but since it's jack and sally, I thought I'd post it here.

I made the sally dress first. I just made a basic dress, and then sewed on the fabric parts. I searched every store to find the perfect fabric colours. I drew on the curls/stripes/dots with black permanent marker. I bought white thights and drew on stitches. I already had the perfect shoes. I dyed my hair red just for this occasion Smiley

The Jack costume was next and it was a lt harder. I made a black jacket, trousers and tie and painted on white stripes with textile paint (this took a very very long time, why is Tim Burton so fond of stripes  Tongue). I used wire at the back of the jacket, so the ends at the back stand out.

We made a walking stick because my sister (in the jack costume) is walking on stilts.
She works part-time at a children and youth circus and is trained to walk on stilts, so I only recommend doing it with practice. Because of the mask she could see very little, that made it even harder. But it went quite well, she never fell or stumbled (she was very confident nothing would happen, she assured me she had never fallen before and I think I was more scared about the stiltwalking than her Wink )

Then the mask, definitely the hardest part of the costume. My first attempt (cheese-cloth and plaster) failed, it wasn't strong enough. The second attempt (paper-mache) worked better. I made a shape of paper mache on balloon, then made it rounder using cotton wool and tape, made many layers of paper-mache on that and finally got a perfect shape. I put on some layers of white filler (the kind you use to fill up small holes in the wall) and sanded in between layers, making it smoother. I cut out eyes and mouth, putting see-through fabric behind the eyes. Inside the mask I glued a (bikers) helmet, to make it fit better and make it more comfortable.

The only thing we bought for the jack costume are the skeleton gloves.

Well enough talking, on to the pics! Not all pictures are ours, there were many people who took our photo, so we found a lot of them on the internet. Enjoy!

^we were talking at eachother here, and someone took a photo. It looks real cute  Cheesy

More than a year ago (april 2008), when I had just finished the Sally dress, I heard that Tim Burton would be in Amsterdam, at the Amsterdam Fantastic Film Festival in Tuschinski cinema. So I dressed up and went to the signing session. I got an autograph and this picture Cheesy he said he liked the costume!  (the quality of the photo is not very good, it was very dark inside)

*** update oct. 05***

Last month we went to the Elf Fantasy Fair in Arcen (near Germany). We took part in the 'personathlon', which is a kind of costume contest. We won second price! Also, I found some new pictures online that I wanted to share Smiley hope you enjoy them!

4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Silver clay necklace and several pendants on: November 22, 2008 08:37:54 AM
aargh...I just typed the entire post and accidentally hit a button so all just disappeared. Nevermind, I'll start all over again  Embarrassed

So I attendend 2 jewellery courses (about 20 lessons in total) and today I had a silver clay workshop. I took pictures of everything so I can finally show everything  Cheesy

First the silver clay: I loved working with it. I molded the clay onto a brass leaf pendant I already had (I bought it before). I added a bead (not made of silver clay, I bought it) and this is the final result (I LOVE it  Grin):

Me wearing it (I made the chain quite long):

The first pendant I made (the one on the left, the other one is not finished):

I forged it out of red copper wire. The stone is a 'carneool' (dont know the proper translation). I love working with copper (though most people at the course work with silver or even gold) I like the way the material looks, and it turns darker after over time, which makes it look 'antique'. Also it's lots cheaper compared to silver  Wink

Another pendant I made, from yellow copper:

The closure, made it from copper wire:

Me wearing it:

I sawed it from a yellow copper plate. The stone is a fake emerald.

That's it for now, there will sure be more to come, because I love making jewellery Smiley
Please let me know what you think  Cheesy
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Flower skirt and checkered blouse on: November 05, 2008 07:23:27 AM
Thanks for commenting everyone  Cheesy

The blouse is based on a pattern, Burda young fashion 7993
but I modified the sleeves, collar and I added the ruffle piece (I don't now how to call it.. Huh) on the front myself. So actually I only used the front and back piece of the pattern. It's a great (and easy!) pattern though, already made 3 blouses like this  Smiley
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Flower skirt and checkered blouse on: November 03, 2008 09:20:39 AM
I had a vintage cotton bedsheet lying around for some time and I decided to make something out of it. I made a wide skirt and an apron as a gift for a friend (don't have any pictures of that sadly..), but here's the skirt:

I also had this blouse that was half-finished, I left it unfinished for months because the sleeves didn't look good. I took the sleeves out and put new ones in, made a collar and sewed on the buttons. I'm glad I did, cause it looks so good now! I intended to sell it at first, but I'm thinking of keeping it  Wink  I'll have to wear something with long sleeves under it though, it's quite cold out here.

Thanks for looking!

7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Steampunk goggles + pinafore-ish skirt on: July 28, 2008 08:05:31 AM
I came across this great instructable for steampunk goggles, so I had to make them
here's the link: http://www.instructables.com/id/Goggles/

They're made from pvc-pipe, leather scraps, plastic sheet, thread, a ring and small buckle (the gold is spray paint). It's very easy and cheap to make.

(looking a bit sleepy but it was late  Cheesy)
I'm planning to make an entire steampunk-costume to go with the goggles  Wink

Next thing I made is this high-waisted skirt/pinafore thing, based on the LBP tutorial, with some left-over fabric
The fabric is quite heavy and not stretchy so I had to make a zipper on one side.

I just can't decide if I should attach the straps to it (didn't do it just yet). I like it without the straps as well.... or do the straps make it look better? please help .. Huh

I pinned one strap on it just to see how it looks:

8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Circus vest on: April 05, 2008 03:26:40 AM
This was a birthday present for my sister Smiley
She lives in Berlin for six months where she works in a children's circus. So I made her a circus vest. At first I planned to make a hoodie but I couldn't get the sleeves right, so I left them out. But I really like how it turned out in the end. It's fully lined with a shiny dark grey fabric. I used the hoodie tutorial:

My sister loved it  Cheesy

9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Red prom dress. on: March 01, 2008 08:28:30 AM
I made the same dress! I recognised it immediately  Wink
I love the bodice and the way you draped the skirt. the fabric is very pretty!
The pattern number is M 5382 by the way Smiley

check my dress here:
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Valentine's Party Dress (first post :D) on: February 25, 2008 12:32:08 PM
Wooo my first post... Shocked I just had to share this I'm so proud of it Cheesy

I made this dress for a Valentine's party. The theme was 'fifties chic' or something like that, but I was going for an 80's look Wink
I used McCalls pattern M5382. http://img.sewingtoday.com/cat/40000/itm_img/M5382.jpg (dress C)
I made the straps and bow in black, I think it looks better than all blue. (and I'm lazy  Wink..making small straps out of fabric was so time-consuming..  I just used some black ribbon)

Sorry for the crappy-quality cell phone pictures.. there's one better picture, taken at the party itself but that's close up, so you can't see the dress very well. Anyways... let me know what you think!

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