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1  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   

2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Help a total ignorant with her vintage singer please (Pics inside) on: October 02, 2008 06:35:18 AM
Hey there, I have a bad track record with sewing machines, and little experience with them either.   I have a brain filled with garment ideas, and fabric sculptures etc, so I have been keeping my eyes out for a machine and doing research.  Metal parts were a definate must for me, and my budget was tight. I'm prefacing this whole thing with this because I'm a complete ignorant about sewing machines.

I recently bought a sewing machine off of ebay, its a vintage singer the serial number dates it to between 1913 and 1915, and its patent dates are 1910 and 1911, the Gold decal work has the egyptian Sphinx motif (which makes me geek out even further).   It was a bit of an impulse buy, I paid under $60 for it including shipping, and the auction had very little on it, it said
"Vintage Singer sewing machine" - Vintage portable sewing machine, singer-number g40861, is complete, and runs fine, comes with foot pedal, and carrying case, machine is old, it and the case show signs of wear. Thanks for looking.

Well, it arrived yesterday and I am soo excited, but the case it sits in and that covers it broke in shipping, it looks like the machine rocked and broke the case.  I think I can glue the case back together.  If the case ends up being nonrepairable, do I need to make it a new box? or can i sit it on my work table and plow into a project?

But my next questions are, what model did I get? Where can I get a manual on it (because I have no clue how to thread it, or maintain it)?  and what kind of needles can I use in it?

Here is the auction if that helps http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=300260068209&ssPageName=STRK:MEWN:IT&ih=020
 It came with thread comically, old thread, and the machine smells very musty so it was obviously been stored for a long time. There is almost no rust, top or bottom on it, and all parts move smoothly if a bit stiffly, it feels like it needs lubricating- but thats the opinion of someone who knows very little about sewing machines.

 I am beyond excited about this, the machine is  a work of art, and my mechanical side is geeking out being able to see how the parts all interact.

I know yall are probably cringing that its ended up in the hands of a machine killer, but I in my defense, the machines I have killed were plastic filled things, including that serger, and that older brother had issues when I picked it up on the side of the road.

Thank you ever so much for your help, I am soo excited at the prospect of being able to do more than handsew, and to work on such an amazing machine.
Thank you thank you thank you!

P.S. I can post more pictures tonight when I get home if that helps Smiley

3  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / I'm the green fairy? Help! 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!
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Pushing Daisies with A gun Cozy and Olive's scarf 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
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Michaels really needs to stop contributing to my stash... (sale heads up) on: January 22, 2008 05:59:22 AM
I stopped in Michaels on the way home yesterday,   they have their moonlight mohair (normally $8.99)  for $2 each, as part of their "dollar Days" sale. 

I also grabbed some Patons SWS (normally $5.99), for $5, woolease was $2, homespoun was $4,   lots of yarn with about $1 off, but the moonlight mohair seemed to be the best deal they had going.   Just thought yall might like a heads up. 

oh and Hobby lobby has needles 40% off

needless to say, I left michaels with more yarn than I went in there for .... *sigh* my stash is never getting smaller is it?
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Yarn suggestion help! and first sweater jitters) on: December 25, 2007 07:38:24 PM
Ok, Christmas knitting is now behind me, except one important project, a sweater for a sweet and wonderful guy.  Interestingly we both saw the same sweater in Knit 'N Style Oct '07 and liked it, he then promptly shamelessly begged for me to make it ( damn his puppy dog eyes, I'm in a for a big project, he is 6'3" and an XXL).  Anyways, the pattern is the Cables Milano, it calls for Berroco Ultra Alpaca (gauge is 20s / 4"). 

It looks like a lovely but incredibly warm wool according to reviews I have read, if the sweater was for me I would leap in buy the yarn blindly and start knitting (I'm always cold).  The problem is even in winter he rarely wears more than a jacket, and we live in SW Texas.  I'm not expecting him to wear the sweater regularly, but I do not want him dying of heat exhaustion wearing it.  Are there any yarns that will show cabling well and breath a bit more than wool?   Or am I being overly cautious with my first sweater  jitters and the alpaca wool combo breaths well?

Thanks in advance for suggestions and wish me luck! I'm gonna have to math out a way to turn that cable crazy pattern into an xxxl Eeek!

7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Christmas Knitting- attack of Calorimetry and scarves (Image heavy) 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*

8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Heroes last night (Claire's top) on: October 17, 2007 01:47:32 PM
I think I found something new I have to knit, did anyone else notice it?  Sorry I'm at work and don't have screencaps.  it was short/ Cap? Sleeved, ribbed waist, lace patterned and fitted...

It was the top Claire wore in the Heroes episode that aired last night (Oct. 16)

If this thread is totally out of place or not allowed please feel free to remove it, I just had to share my excitement of seeing something that looks like a fun knit...
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Knitted Firefly Class Ship- Serenity Also my first post! on: October 09, 2007 07:32:29 PM
Ni Hao! (Hello!), some of yall may know me as I understand there is a large underground browncoat community here, but for those that don't I'm artcat, for those that do, yes that artcat.

Anyways, because of the persistant insistance of several crafty browncoats out there, I was strongly encouraged to come here and share my most recent impulsive project.  If I dont get this right the first time please be patient with me this is my first post here!

Meet Serenity:

And just like the ship does on the show, her tail end lights up! 
More pictures can be seen here.  I'm new so I cant post pics here yet, the pics at this link include pieces before I joined them together http://www.angelfire.com/tx4/artcat/knitted_serenity/

In the insanity leading up to dragoncon, my brain came up with the idea of knitting a firefly class ship, the idea took root in my head and well I had to knit one. I was good, despite strong urges to start this project I held off till dragoncon was over, pondering ways to do it with limited knitting skills.

over 14 hours total went into this, one skein of white yarn, acid base dye (gray), and some led battery powered motion sensative lights.

Because of the addition of lights and the fact that if the lights die I want to be able to replace them, the rear end of the ship is held in place with stitching that is finished with a bow tie.  The stuffing was snagged from a recliner that was overstuffed and uncomfortable (its much more comfy now!).

I took notes, I'm in the process of trying to make sense of said notes now, so eventually assuming I can figure out what I wrote I will be posting those notes.  For anyone impatient and desperate to have one, what I did was print out the paper model version of Serenity and measure and calculate., well and occassionally just eyeball it.

Originally I hoped to felt it too, buut having never felted anything, and being relatively ok with how it turned out I decided against felting.

Anyways sorry for the long post and I hope yall like it!

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