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91  Absinthe Faerie / Green Faerie! in Costumes: Completed Projects by smashu on: January 17, 2010 10:22:28 AM
When I was younger, I constantly wore wings out of the house. Faerie wings were my favorite and I actually became quite well known for wearing them (among other costume pieces) to school Smiley I haven't worn them for any reason in quite some time so I was extremely excited when I got to make them for this costume!

I used green powder over the entirety of my exposed skin which took quite some time as I had different shades for contouring. I didn't want to make myself look completely flat, especially on the contours of my face. Additionally, I had elf ears which were somewhat a pain because it turns out they are quite impossible to do the initial adhering by yourself. This is a two person job! Luckily I got some help last minute for which I was very grateful.

The costume was two separate dresses, the top layer made of a two-toned voile that I frayed around the edges. The under dress was made of green satin.

I decided I needed strapless wings so I opted to experiment with a version that I created to slide in between my bra band and centre back by way of a reinforced circle of metal wire. I was worried it might not stay in there but it didn't come out once. And I also had the ease of just plucking it out from my back when I was navigating through extremely busy areas.

The wings themselves were made of green tinted cellophane. After cutting out the wing shapes I wanted, I took two different gauges of wire and made veins running through them, using the largest pieces to adhere them to the circle base. Then, I ironed the top and bottom wing pieces together and to finish, repeated ironing with a textured piece of fabric on top so they would have a discreet pattern across them.

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92  Mad Men Inspired Clothing! Joan & Betty ;) in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by smashu on: October 11, 2009 06:07:17 PM
I made these quite some time ago but had an excuse to photograph them in a Mad Men inspired shoot recently for a vintage sewing challenge. I had a blast! Both are vintage reissued Butterick patterns, the Joan dress is from 1960 and the Betty dress is from 1947. I've got a bit more info on my blog but I thought I would share with everyone here since I haven't posted in quite some time:)

Me as firecracker Joan Holloway (Christina Hendricks and I have MANY things in common lol)

Me as the unpredictable Betty Draper
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93  Re: 1940s / 1950s Swap - send by 6/3 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by smashu on: July 01, 2009 08:43:01 PM
Picked up my package on Monday, finally got a chance to photograph it today! Hannahkarina sent me a lovely package with a sweet vintage style card. Great painting and bracelet she made for me:

Mascara and vintage fabric, Wooden purse and button/embellishments::

Thanks for a great swap!
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94  Harley Quinn Inspired *BANG* Pistol Purse in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by smashu on: May 28, 2009 05:18:45 PM
This purse was for the Burlesque Swap for the lovely Sarahpanda inspired by the lovely villianess Harley Quinn:D

The gun purse is made out of faux leather and padded to make it more three dimensional. There is a smallish zipper compartment on the back of the gun and a small loop on the mouth that the change purse can be clipped on to! I imagine it would be kind of annoying to have it on there the whole time lol The change purse has a velcro closure and the *bang* part I cut out by hand in shiny pvc and stitched down.

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95  Re: Burlesque Swap : The Gallery in The Swap Gallery by smashu on: May 28, 2009 05:15:27 PM
Wow, everyone's creations are so pretty and unique! I love it:)

My package to sarahpanda got to her earlier than I expected, I was very happy to see she likes it all! I did a Harley Quinn photoshoot before I sent it off to her for my sewing blog, here are a few of the pics:)

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96  Re: Burlesque Swap : The Gallery in The Swap Gallery by smashu on: May 20, 2009 04:19:10 PM
Teasers for sarahpanda;)
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97  Re: I Love Musicals Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by smashu on: April 18, 2009 10:23:17 AM
So my partner hasn't been able to post pictures yet and I've been dying to put what I've done up on here! On top of these, I also sewed a shirt and screened some of the lyrics on it but I don't have really good photos of it so hopefully she will be able to put her own some time Smiley

I designed an 80s inspired bag because my partner loves the 80s and bright colors. I screened the fabric with the "RENT" logo before sewing it all. I used a magnetic closure.

I made a corset reusable cup sleeve:) I don't drink coffee so this was an adventure lol (the coffee cup in the pics is just a flat one I printed out so it looks a bit funny lol) The inside is lined with leopard fabric.

Spur of the moment I made a scarf inspired by Mark's scarf in the show
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98  Re: Repo! The Genetic Opera! (The SWAP GALLERY!) in The Swap Gallery by smashu on: April 15, 2009 06:27:10 PM
I picked up my awe inducing package from acidtrix today after a strange accosting incident in my lobby lol Whewf, small concession for the amazing things that she has bestowed upon me! I'm extra excited because there is a Repo showing Friday night at which I will be wearing my newly modified Amber Sweet costume.. And my birthday is Sunday Smiley I feel so spoiled and happy right now! Yay!

Everything came in a big box, which I skipped happily down the street to my apartment with. On a side note, bubble wrap? Guilty pleasure. lol Smiley There were so many cute things inside!

The Pavi painting, how gorgeous is this! The canvas is extra deep too, it is so well done:) Acidtrix made a special point of changing the colors to my favorite ones: red, purple and black. I can't wait to hang it up on my wall so all my repo obession friends can also be enamored!

Then she made me two one of a kind pieces of jewellery in sterling silver which I have been wearing as soon and I opened their little boxes with shining eyes lol She has got mad skills! The curves and outline of the Zydrate necklace alone could make a less skilled smith lose their mind. I totally bow to her powers of metal lol

I'm going to wear the necklace instead of doing the AS chest scar so I tried it on with the upper portion of my costume.. (I'm going to try to get some pictures on friday when I'm completely outfitted)

And lastly and wonderful card, monster bandaids (hell yes!!), a cute cute cute kimmidoll, and a button pin that says "corporate fashion has no passion. sew it yourself!"

I'm so extremely happy and thankful for everything! Acidtrix is amazing:)
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99  Re: I Love Musicals Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by smashu on: March 26, 2009 04:47:04 PM
I got my package from PaperWings today! She went with my supreme love for Repo: The Genetic Opera! Everything came in this pretty box.. That GLOWS IN THE DARK! I tried to take a photo with my small camera of it glowing but it didn't work out lol There was a very cute card too:)

And inside was a beautiful pendant inspired by Shilo's cameo:

And lastly, a really pretty skirt made with this ausome fabric and lace trim! I put them on together lol For those of you who haven't seen the movie, the image on the right is a screen cap so you can get the idea:

Thank you PaperWings! Smiley
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100  Re: OTT 21 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by smashu on: March 25, 2009 03:53:29 PM
YIPPIE! Yay I've recieved my first swap package from the wonderful susanab! We have  gnomes, cupcakes and peppers in this gallery so far.. but no DINOSAURS!:D

She made me a really cool wristband that snaps on with a palm tree detail sewn on top! It is super cool:)

My impression of a trex:


Thank you so much!!
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