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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help a total ignorant with her vintage singer please (Pics inside) on: November 24, 2008 06:04:37 AM
Oo thank you!   Yay for more info, and yes I'm soo geeking out over my machine!

Well, I have yet to sew with it, but this weekend it got a table Smiley  The same mechanically minded best friend, he brought me his grandmothers sewing machine, lovingly removing his grandmothers 1950 era pink singer, so that I can use the table.   It's a loaner table, as it has much sentimental value to him (his grandmother taught him to sew on that table). I am touched to get to use it.  As for his adorable massive pink sewing machine, in his 30 years he never saw her use that machine it has always been "broken"  his machine he sets up on the dining table.   

OK, so now I have a table, I can rock and roll! (I hope!)  As soon as I get my fiber optic project done I can start playing with my singer!

2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: really cool, omg expencive stockings on: November 20, 2008 09:36:54 AM
I'd use floral spray, be sure to put carboard or something inside the stocking so you do not overspray, and as long as you cover everything you dont want black it should work just fine.

I would avoid the sharpie method, if you sweat it bleeds all over you.
3  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Muppets Statler and Waldorf (In process photos added)(Older costumes added) on: November 06, 2008 02:08:38 PM
those are amazing! I am in awe.
4  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Absinthe - Le Fee Verte - Moulin Rouge Green fairy with lights! lots of pics on: November 06, 2008 12:49:30 PM
Thank you!  I'm a horrible seamstress, so repurposing found materials is the only way to accomplish the job!

I did oogle all the lovely $150 / yard sequined fabrics at high fashion, but I'm really glad I found the tops in china town they worked perfectly (and were way cheaper!).

you cant see it in the picture but the sequins are free hanging ( there is a special word for them i'm sure!), they are attached only at one point on each sequin so they shimmy when i shake Smiley

I forgot to mention the shoes earlier, technically they should be gold, I couldnt find gold in time, so I spray painted a pair of black shoes silver. 
5  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Chim chiminey, Halloween with Mary Poppins on: November 04, 2008 12:24:09 PM
YAY! I love Mary Poppins! Wonderful job and totally recognizable
6  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Beaker - The Muppet Show on: November 04, 2008 12:20:31 PM
Adorable and instantly recognizable!
7  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Absinthe - Le Fee Verte - Moulin Rouge Green fairy with lights! lots of pics 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   

8  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: "Tatania" knitalong on: October 29, 2008 01:33:22 PM
I've reached the dreaded shoulders on the front....

and the pattern suddenly becomes a foriegn language!  going to set it aside a few days and see if a few days break brings clarity
9  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help a total ignorant with her vintage singer please (Pics inside) on: October 27, 2008 11:07:07 AM

So, I spent part of my weekend, with my wonderful engineering minded bestfriend, and he sat down with me, opened it up and in some cases took it apart, we oiled it, and wow, now it really goes!  In his words, it was binding when we first started fiddlign with it, which explains why it was so sluggish when I first fiddled with it.  Now its oiled it rocks and rolls.  Now.. i just have to find a table for it Smiley

I get to try threading it tonight, buut so far so good, I have the missing screw now (it was missing the needle clamp screw).

10  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Help With Wings For Costume? on: October 18, 2008 07:36:05 AM
Steiconi, I did that one year, I had a broken bat kite, pulled its supports out and safety pinned the wings to me, I was a bat that year
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