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1  Absinthe - Le Fee Verte - Moulin Rouge Green fairy with lights! lots of pics in Halloween Costumes by artcat81 on: November 04, 2008 12:19:08 PM
Forgive the picture glut, this has been an over two year project, unfinished it won two awards back in June of this year at a small local convention (my very first costume contest!).  I'm not sure if this even counts in the challenge, but I really wanted to show off all of my hard work Smiley  This random wild hair project turned into a bit of an obsession.

I got a wild hair to recreate Kylie Minogue's green fairy costume from Moulin Rouge, about two years ago, and started gathering supplies.

The original:
Knowing sewing is not my strongpoint, I started gathering as much stuff I could buildoff of as possible, the corset i built onto is a cheap $35 one off of ebay with minimal boning, the sequined fabrics are two reconned tops, the shorts are storebought dance shorts.  beaded fringes are mostly from ebay.

June picture, I warn you I was running a fever and was super sick, wearing a bad wig and most of the sewing was done that afternoon and entirely by hand.
  I was thrilled by the results, up until i saw this picture.

Horrified by just how bad the costume looked, i took it back down to the components and began a rebuild of it.  My biggest complaint was the corset looked too short.

This is a good shot of the corset shortness and also the awesome sequins that adorn the corset http://www.texasartcat.com/costumes/P1000527.JPG

Meanwhile, I got distracted by the sparkles... in attempts to recreate the CGI effects, and to make my light obsession happy, I added lights,  Pics of it after lights were added and rebuild had begun. http://www.texasartcat.com/costumes/P1000521sm.jpg

By Dragoncon (thanks to being a passenger for a 14 hour carride), my rebuild was nearly complete! I gave up on the hideous wig, added a single strap to keep the sequin and bead encrusted corset from falling victim to gravity.  I also extended the sequined corset top to give it the illusion of being longer. Also decided the drapey over fabric wasnt shear enough soo it got repurposed for the bustle, and additional shear green fabric was bought and added.  there are Cubic zirconia faceted beads throughout I added in to add additional sparkle.

here is green fairy as of DragonCon (September)
  a bigger version can be seen here http://www.texasartcat.com/current/greenfairy.jpg

here is a better picture of the wings, made with cellophane and coat hangers, and painted to add detail http://www.texasartcat.com/costumes/DSC06703.JPG I wish I was better at glow in the dark photography, these wings also glow in the dark (green of course), and flouresce under black light.

I'm hoping to have final rebuild pictures up soon- aka halloween pics (and proof that I can curl my kneelength hair)  but probably not in time to compete.   Overall I'm happy with it, though I already have a complete rebuild in my head, for now I will content myself with a complete remaking of the wings, I can make them bigger, better, and with fiber optic glowey light up goodness! Also I have an oversized inflatable green beer bottle I need to recon Smiley

For some reason folks keep confusing me with tinkerbelle...

Sorry to have written a book!  but enjoy Smiley  oh and if you want to see more pics of it, http://www.texasartcat.com/costumes/index.album/costumes?i=15   

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2  Re: Help a total ignorant with her vintage singer please in Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions by artcat81 on: October 12, 2008 09:13:22 AM
Nope, mine is setup a bit differently from that one, adn thank you everyone for the help!

Please forgive all the pictures I went a bit camera happy because its just soo pretty, pretty sure its a model 127, but again any info is most welcome

and if it helps, yall can go to my flickr http://flickr.com/photos/24145253@N07/sets/72157607957146188/ to see bigger pics
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3  I'm the green fairy? Help! in Costumes: Discussion and Questions by artcat81 on: August 20, 2008 06:03:57 AM
ok, so last year I talked about making the Green fairy costume from Moulin Rouge, well, it came to fruition, I've already worn it to one convention, and came away with two costuming awards for it. But, I'm not happy with it yet, so its still majorly in progress.  I'm attending Dragoncon next week, and plan to bring it with me.
Keep in mind, this is all handstitched over found objects because I've never really learned how to sew, especially with a machine.  This was done over an existing corset I picked up off of ebay, and its paired with metallic lime green dancers booty shorts.

I've attached a 3/4 view of it on my jerry rigged dressform, yes there are lights in it, they are much more visible in person without the flash.  My question to all of you awesome craftsters, what else does it need?  I'm really not happy  with how it looks in the side view, there is  anoticeable gap of skin between the corset ending, and the shorts beginning... do you think I could disguise that with more beaded fringe? Or, should I let out some of the extra sequined fabric that I tucked under and stitched in place? ( I cut up two sequined tops to cover the corset, and didnt trim them to size)

 Kylie Minogue's corset was much longer bodied than mine... think it would look funny if I let the sequin fabric out a bit?

Also, I got a wild hair to add fiber optics into the wings, the fiber optics havent arrived yet, and it would mean a complete remaking of wings... think I should go that route or no?

here is the original w. cgi enhancements for comparison http://www.smh.com.au/ffximage/2005/05/18/kyliemoulinrouge_gallery__392x550.jpg


and here is a pic of the costume from the night it won, please ignore the goofy look, the woman caught me adjusting the wig, not to mention I was running a high fever for the 2nd day in a row.

Thank you in advance for constructive criticisms!
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4  Re: Cherry Blossom Branch Lights - Updated w/process; tutorial to come... in CHALLENGE 27 ENTRIES by artcat81 on: May 27, 2008 06:43:50 AM
Thank you so much for posting this, I just finished wiring one up myself for a friend as  wedding gift, its beautiful

and lit

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5  Re: Questions About Hairstyles! in Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions by artcat81 on: March 26, 2008 06:42:09 AM
yes I have tried spritzing my hair with megahold sprays and curling with an iron, the results only last for about 4 hours ( and this is only attempting to curl the last 12-18" of my hair, not the full kneelength head of hair).  The sad part is using a heated curling iron and curling just those last 18" still takes me about 4 hours to curl with an assistant, by the time i curl the final pieces the first ones have fallen.   I have very silky fine hair, and a lot of it.  For reference here is my natural color and hair in its natural state

Snowyangel, any suggestions on specific hairspray brands that work better for you?

I have plenty of time to experiment as I dont have to have this figured out till June.

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6  Re: Questions About Hairstyles! in Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions by artcat81 on: March 25, 2008 06:00:31 AM
I have kneelength super straight hair that wont hold a curl for more than 2 hours, even when it was short as in shoulder length it wouldnt hold a curl.

I am trying to recreate this hair for a costume I am doing,

I can get my hair up so that it looks like hers in the back,  completely disguising how long my hair truly is. (it involves a braided bun with a ponytail out the center, the ponytail is then curled and pinned over teh bun completely hiding the bun). 

After some research I think rag curls are my best option, since a curling iron + mega hold gel on the ponytail section results in 4 hours of curling with if I am very lucky 4 hours of curls.    Any ideas on how to convince my hair to stay curly for at least 3 hours?
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7  Re: Cherie Amour-along (knitty fall 07) in Knitalongs by artcat81 on: February 26, 2008 03:20:19 PM
ok, its done, but shows you how good i am at taking pictures and uploading them, here is a progress pic

  Action shot to follow
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8  Pushing Daisies with A gun Cozy and Olive's scarf in Knitting: Completed Projects by artcat81 on: February 26, 2008 03:18:49 PM
I just got the pics uploaded so I thought I should share,

  KNit using Lion Brand, Lion Suede, made to fit a small pistol, modeled after a Mackerov holster, Inspired by Emerson Cod's in an episode of pushing daisies (you have to love a Private Investigator that finds stocking knit relaxing). knitted on size 9 needles, and when I get a chance I did write the pattern as I went I just have to find it again soo a pattern is coming, as soon as I have it up I will let yall know.

  Olive's Scarf also from an episode of Pushing Daisies ( I believe the episode was corpsicle),  it was knit on size 15 needles, using hand dyed wool roving (superwash) bought from the sheepshed.  The purpley additions were my own personal choice and not screen accurate
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9  Re: Jayne-along in Knitalongs by artcat81 on: February 07, 2008 06:21:55 AM
This would be a lesson in check your gauge, and a casualty of my usual, headfirst plow through it no pattern knitting, this hat was knitted about 2 years ago.

my friends all call it the most special hat ever, I knitted it for my dad who loves it being oversized and sleeps in it, however my friends and other family steal it constantly.  I have made other "proper" sized jayne hats since this umm.. accident in knitting, but this is by far the favorite.

as you can see.. it goes everywhere   

anyways let this be a lesson to you all, if you insist on using big needles and even bigger yarn... you must make compensations in the pattern for it, or, you end up with a grapefruit sized pompom. I realized about 5" into the hat that I had a problem with it being big, and because its me, frogging never entered my mind, Ithought I could fix it as I went, and then when I realized my attempts to fix it failed, I went ahead and made the pompom to scale.

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10  Christmas Knitting- attack of Calorimetry and scarves (Image heavy) in Knitting: Completed Projects by artcat81 on: December 23, 2007 08:29:46 PM
I am a slow knitter, but tickled pink I managed 4 calorimetry in apprx 1 week, around a fulltime and part time job!

I dragged out the work to phtograph and before I could get the lens cover off, Marx the cat was "asleep" on my work, as such he ended up modeling stuff for me Smiley


- pale blue was acrylic super soft baby yarn- caron Simply soft?
-stripey blue was patons sws in the blue colorway- denim? Navy?
- stripey purples and magenta's was also paton's SWS- natural plum
-mottled earth tone one was random acrylic skein that I was given as a gift (least fav to work with, it was scratchy and sweaty feeling)

the pale blue one I cast on 120 stitches,  definately too big, the other 3 are 90 stitch versions, buttons all raided from the family button hoarde.

Lattice Scarf- adventure in yarn overs... experiments leading up to lace!

Caron Bliss- "Majestic" Color
Knitted on size 13 needles, no set pattern, mainly k1, yo, k1, repeated. used 2 skeins

Chaos Scarf!

2 skeins of "angel Hair" from Joann's, seed stitched border, chaos cabled interior based on the roll of a 4 sided dice ('cause I'm a gaming geek too).  Unfortunately the thing is soo gorram fuzzy the cabling is understated. This was my introduction to cabling, and waay fun, but cables slow me down majorly.

I have another few pieces I may add to this thread when I dig one out, and finish the other tomorrow (yip yip alien should be done tomorrow and available for photographing on Xmas day).

*edited to add a better calorimetry shot and ocrrect spelling, yip yip alien to come*

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