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1  The requisite sexy costume, nerdified: R2D2! in Halloween Costumes by latenightmischief on: November 23, 2010 11:35:46 PM
I almost forgot to post this! Totally missed out on the Craftster challenge this year, but that's okay. This ended up being such a fun costume, and really easy to wear. Great outfit if you want to pick up some nerds.

This is the product of hours of hot glue. And paint. And Ribbon. And hand-stitching stiff vinyl with a tiny needle. This isn't the best picture - there are also two LED lights in the helmet, the red one, and a blue on off to the left. I made the helmet using a straw sunhat as a base. I cut out a large circle of grey vinyl, and started hot gluing the edges under the brim of the hat while molding a dome shape, and cut it up into the middle whenever it wanted to fold. I ended up with a pretty rugged dome, with five slits up to the top. It was at this point that i discovered the vinyl didn't want to glue to itself, so I started the two hour process of hand stitching the slits shut. Uggghhh. Carpal tunnel. It ended up okay. Then I painted the whole thing with silver, black and blue acrylic paint. For his little holo-projecting lens, I cut out a hole the shape of a small MAC makeup container, and glued the empty container I had on hand directly to the straw underneath. I did the same with two, blue and red LED finger lights (the kind sold at novelty/gift shops for dancing). The dress was just ribbon and grey leather hot-glued on to simulate R2's various details.
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2  Ungulate costume! Aka, deer, elk, caribou.. Basically I have antlers and fur. in Halloween Costumes by latenightmischief on: October 30, 2009 02:45:35 PM
So I found this post https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=322191.0
After making my Deer costume.. I must have craftster telepathy, cause it seems like I wasn't the only one wanting to craft a deer costume this halloween.

I originally wanted to be a skunk, but then by sheer luck stumbled upon some decorative antlers (meant to be hooks, I think) in a dollar/home decor store with some friends. They stuck them on my head as a joke, and they looked so perfect, I knew I had to be a deer. I had already bought skunk fur, so I just decided to incorporate it and become a general Ungulate (hoofed animal..). I went out last night and got such a range - deer, reindeer, caribou, elk, moose (??), and "ohhh you're from narnia, right?"  But I like it. I needed a pretty easy costume to work in this weekend.

Anyway, so I just wore all black, with black boots to be my hooves, and cut my portion of fun fur in a rectangular panel as wide as my torso, to form my fuzzy underbelly! I then just grabbed the two corners of one end and pinned it up behind my neck, so it created kind of a bunched halter, pinned it to my waist to give the panel a bit of shape, and then just let it drape and trimmed the bottom corners. I made a little tail as well.

The antlers I hot-glued between two thin, plastic headbands (the kind of cheap ones that break all the time). The antlers were flared at the base, kind of like natural antlers are, so my idea was to pin them in between the headbands, above the flare, to make them secure. I hope this is making sense. So once they were glued between the two headbands, with a very generous helping of glue, I wrapped brown ribbon around the headbands - between the antlers and down either side. I did this as tightly as possible. next I glued the ends of the headbands together and wrapped them in ribbon as well (to make it a little more comfortable for behind the ears, and to essentially created one headband). I left a considerable amount of ribbon hanging from either end so I could tie the headband to my head, like a classic fabric headband. This was an essential step, without it the antlers would fall forward if I bent over. Once tied to my head, I styled my hair by pinning the front sections back, covering up the headband and ribbon.

These pictures are from last night, when I wore it out for the first time. I think I'm going to attach some ears before I work on saturday (I work in a pub, so I'll wear my costume). Maybe that will help with all of the Narnia/Centaur references..

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3  Re: OH DEER. Antlers?!?!? in Halloween Costumes by latenightmischief on: October 30, 2009 02:30:08 PM
Hey! Crazy, I just finished a deer costume yesterday and wore it out last night.. then found this posting today. I was going to be a skunk, since I found this awesome fur, but then I randomly went into a home decor/dollar store (yes, these combos exist) trying to find a pumpkin carving kit. I instead came across individual antlers that are meant to be used as hooks. They were small and not too heavy, and looked so real, so I had to switch my idea up.

I ended up being kinda more of a reindeer/caribou/elk deer.. since I still wanted to use the fur I originally bought for my skunk costume.

Anyway, my antlers ended up being perfect and completely sturdy on my head. The key is for them not to be too heavy, or too wide. Mine stuck pretty straight up.

Here's how i did them:
The antlers I bought were flared at the base, kind of like real antlers. I had a bunch of those thin, plastic headbands that you buy at the dollar store on hand, so I attempted to use those as my base. I positioned and hot-glued the antlers between two headbands (using tons of glue, just in case!), so that they sat a bit above the flared base of the antlers and kind of pinned them in. then i wrapped brown ribbon as tightly as possible around the headbands, between the antlers, and down a bit on either side. Then I hot-glued the ends of the two headbands together so that they formed one big headband, hot-glued ribbon to the ends, wrapped it around the ends to secure, with extra hanging off so I could tie the headband tight around my head when I wear it.

Then I styled my hair, pinning the front of my hair back over the headband, so that you couldn't see it at all.
Ta da! secure antlers!

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4  Framed Earring Holder in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by latenightmischief on: July 11, 2008 12:47:35 AM
I made this super easy and super sharp earring holder last weekend. I'm sure it's been done before, many times, but I thought I'd throw it out there. I really wanted something that would allow me to hang my earrings on the wall of my room, be big enough to fit a lot (as I've noticed many earring holders are quite small..) while keeping with the decor in my room. And I came up with this!

All that's required is an old frame (best bought at a second hand store, where it's just the frame without a backing), some hardware cloth (like small chicken wire - i think i got 1/8 inch size), and a glue gun. I didn't have to use much glue since I cut the wire just the right size to shove into the recessed area of the frame in the back.  In total it cost me about 3 bucks
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5  crochet/fabric beachy dress in Crochet: Discussion and Questions by latenightmischief on: March 21, 2007 10:10:10 PM
i just designed this dress and really want to make it, though i realized that the look i want requires crochet.. and i have absolutely no idea how to do that.. i was thinking i could just find some old crocheted dress or sweater or something and reconstruct, but then i realized this would be almost impossible and the look i'm going for requires a nice design and interesting stitch. maybe i could do an imitation thing and find some wanna-be-crochet lace? is there any hope? or am i gonna have to rethink this project..  here's a basic idea of what i was hoping to go for:

(beige areas are obviously the potentially crocheted bits)

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6  A calculator costume? I THINK SO!! in Halloween Costumes by latenightmischief on: October 26, 2006 06:23:00 PM
aiight so i just finished my costume last night after slaving away for hours.. bought a grey sack-ish dress from value village, tailored it a bit, then added my buttons.. screen.. and you have, a calculator dress. I really wanted something fun, unique, and easy to wear.. this baby'll be perfect for navigating parties, bars, etc.  i might hem it a bit cause the length seems a little awkward. oh and another thing, the screen says 5318008 which on a calculator reads "boobies" when you turn it upside down. had to do it... throwback to grade 6 hah

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7  Re: 2005 Completed Costumes Scrapbook (completed projects with pictures go here) in Halloween Costumes by latenightmischief on: September 25, 2006 08:18:55 PM
Last year (2005) I was a 50's housewife. it was pretty fun and a comfy costume that i didn't have to adjust all the time, etc.
This isn't that great of a picture, but this is the only full body one i have

Im on the far right, obviously. and if you're interested, the two girls in the middle are FBI agents which was written on their backs as well, the girl in the garbage bag/duct tape outfit was "Derelict" pronounce dara-leekt, aka high fashion trash from the movie zoolander. she also made some orange peel earrings. the girl on the far left is a nascar driver, and then the other girl is a lumberjack.

there's one kind of showing the neckline and my hair.

I found an dress with awesome potential at value village. It was one of those sack dresses from the early nineties that have a tie at the back, and went down to about my ankles. So i cut it shorter, and took in the sides around my chest so it was more hour-glass shaped and tight around my waist. It has a reasonably low-cut collar too. Then i bought an old white table cloth from the same store and constructed an apron. add some pearls, white heels, and pin up my long hair and tada! a 50's housewife.
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8  Need help on hamburger design!! in Halloween Costumes by latenightmischief on: October 27, 2005 08:42:19 PM
 heyy my friend works at mcdonalds, and at they`re allowed to where costumes on halloween. so we decided she should go as a hamburger. however, it can`t be an obtrusive costume, with lots of extra frills and things. so i designed this...  we`re thinking she`ll buy a beige tank top, then i`ll somehow alter the rest for her.. but.. i dont know how.. ive altered clothing in the past, (painted, stencilled, etc.) but i want the stripes of colour to go all the way around.. and just painting it would leave cracks, since the shirt is gonna be stretchy. and if i just sew the other colours on, it won`t all stretch.. have any of you ever tried anything like this?? i dont want to mess up, since its her only option right now as a costume.. and i'm pretty excited about it!

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9  Donnne most of my costume.. in Halloween Costumes by latenightmischief on: October 20, 2005 07:28:46 PM
hey i just went to value village today (hate it, way too expensive now, and they make a huuge profit)
anyways, i wanted to be a 50`s housewife, so i bought one of those classic early 90`s sack dresses, with the bow in the back, but this was a bit differant, red with white polka dots, and a blazer-like open collar. some cool detail in the back.  but it was like.. down to my ankles. and sack -like. so i cut and sewed it to fit me, to flare out at the hips, and go to just under the knees. then i made an apron out of a tablecloth i bought at VV as well (they wanted 7 bucks for it! but i brought it down to 5). i`m gonna wear my mom`s white pumps with it too, then have a string of pearls, maybe hit up an oven mitt and bring along a batch of cookies..  oh and do my hair up all 50's. i might sew sleeves on later, since the dress came sleeveless and i was a bit lazy. but it still feels like its missing something..  what do you think? suggestions..?

the cool back.. i don't know why the original dress had that open crossing strap thing going on

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10  Spare Tire Cover!! in Completed Projects by latenightmischief on: November 15, 2004 07:16:19 PM
heyy. i put my sweat and blood into this thing for.. 3 whole days.  It's a plain white spare tire cover i purchased for my VW Van then i painted it with a hippie west coast theme, since i live on the west coast of canada. can't wait to take this puppy out camping!

  my hand painting it...

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