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1  Candy Printables/College Student Gifts in Valentine's Day by christysaysrawr on: January 30, 2013 03:01:11 PM
This is the second Valentine's day with my boyfriend- but the first one we are celebrating. His brother's birthday is on Valentine's Day...so it kind of gets it in the way. I'm giving him a lot of little gifts, I plan on giving him one gift till Valentine's day.
I used these:



I've also got a picture frame (dollar store) and put a picture of us inside to keep at his desk at work.

This is what I have so far

I ordered the ipod case online for a few dollars.
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2  Polyvore Inspired Summer Clothes in Designer Clothing Homage by christysaysrawr on: January 29, 2012 03:34:01 PM
This is the polyvore set I made to reflect all the clothes I made inspired by these outrageous expensive designer clothes (at least on a college student's budget)

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3  Old Sweaters into Slouchy Hats- the easy peasy way! in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by christysaysrawr on: January 21, 2012 09:42:10 PM
After many errored times using this tutorial:
I came up with my own way- the lazy way.
Instead of cutting out all the pieces individual- I cut out just one piece!

I figured it out by looking at a knit beanie/hat I already had and realized that it was one piece- not three, four or six pieces!

Taking an old knit sweater, I took the measurement from another beanie and measured along the bottom of the sweater (using the ribbing that's already there- so we don't have to cut it off and reattach later). I then drew this:

I sewed up the sides first, making it into a tube- then sewed the other ends together finishing it off. (I'm not really sure how to explain this- but once you have it sewn into a tube you can pin and figure out which sides go where)

So in the end I got this:

I probably could have made it a little shorter- but I like having it a bit longer.

I also made a little bow for it and sewed it on.

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4  Re: 2011 Costume-Along in Halloween Costumes by christysaysrawr on: October 29, 2011 04:03:18 PM

I also wore white thigh highs with red bows I got at Walmart, just black shoes (not yellow). I also did my makeup purple.
I had to redo my zipper last minute because my previous one wasn't long enough and I had to cut myself out of my dress...
I wore this last night and I was freezing! It was a fun night.
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5  Re: 2011 Costume-Along in Halloween Costumes by christysaysrawr on: October 09, 2011 10:48:33 AM
I finished my costume! ALMOST! I had my mom help me alter the bodice, but unfortunately she pinned it wrong and it turned out way too big! Urgh! So I'll be altering it to make it fit (it's about 2-3 sizes too big in the top....) I also plan on gathering/cinching it in the middle of the bust.

I also redid my ears, since the clipy ones wouldn't stay in my hair.
I used these tutorials:
http://family.go.com/crafts/craft-766435-mickey-and-minnie-ears-t/ (this has a template for the ears that you cut out of stiff felt)
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6  Re: 2011 Costume-Along in Halloween Costumes by christysaysrawr on: October 07, 2011 10:50:13 PM
I've had so many changes of what costumes I've wanted to make, but yesterday I found a tutorial I had to incorporate into my costume! So Minnie Mouse it was!
I used this tutorial for the ears, I made my own pattern just tracing a circle and cutting a little pacman mouth at the bottom.
I went out and bought materials finally!
It cost me less than $15 dollars!
I had a 50% off fabric coupon from Joann's (download their mobile app! I did it on my iTouch)
AND a 20% off your total purchase coupon! (I used this on the other stuff I bought, a hidden zipper, ribbon, &felt)

I just have to hot glue the bows on!

I used one piece of felt- 0.25 CENTS! I cut out two pieces for each ear and sewed them together for durability. And hair clips I had lying around, but probably could have found them at the dollar store.
I just have to make the skirt, or dress, I haven't decided yet, but I have the fabric!
*EDIT: Since I have a partially shaved head the clips aren't staying on my head right and one just lops and moves around too much :/ So I'm remaking my ears into a headband*
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7  Re: 2011 Costume-Along in Halloween Costumes by christysaysrawr on: September 29, 2011 12:43:00 PM
So, as regards the Olive Oyl and Popeye costumes:

I know just how frustrating it is to need things, know EXACTLY what you want, and yet, it seems to not exist.

First, I wanted to help you draft the collar so you can work with just a red sweater or long-sleeve tee. To that end:

Peter Pan Collar Tutorial
Scalloped Hem

Then I went looking at other people's DIY costumes, and HOLY COW, GENIUS! This woman did a RUFFLED NECKLINE! It is entirely within the realm of possibility that THIS is what the original artists had intended!

Thank you so much for all the tips! I really apreciate it, I'm hoping to try and do the ruffled neckline I really like the look of it. Does anyone know where I could find a tutorial for a ruffled neckline? BTW I was able to find a black skirt so I just need to add a thick yellow ribbon towards the bottom. I also got a black polo shirt to start the hubbys popeye costume. I also need to figure out how to add the collar thingy onto his shirt. I kinda have an idea of how I'll do it I'm just not sure if it will play out the way it is in my head.
On Popeye's shirt, if you look up pictures from the original cartoon, it's actually like a really big bandana/scarf draped over his shoulders. I would just make a bandana and stencil (with tape) a black square around it. Note:
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8  Re: 2011 Costume-Along in Halloween Costumes by christysaysrawr on: September 21, 2011 05:22:56 PM
I have decided to go as R2D2. I have an earflap hat that I plan to modify for the top part, and I'm making a simple white dress for the bottom. It's going to be a strapless dress with a circle skirt- because that's all I can make, and what looks good on me, those boxy dresses or tight fitting don't fit me well.
Unfortunately I don't have any friends to complete the Star Wars theme with!
For the dress i was thinking something like this- simple, strapless with a circle skirt-

something like this:

with metallic leggings.
I think the more tight fitting one would work better, but a simple strapless dress with a circle skirt would be more flattering....
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9  Re: 2011 Costume-Along in Halloween Costumes by christysaysrawr on: August 07, 2011 09:22:32 PM
This year I want an easy and recognizable costume. I started on a Mario costume but scrapped it, now I wish I hadn't! I was thinking a jumper skirt, or if all else fails, jeans and some suspenders.
I'm not entirely sure yet. I know for sure I'm going to make the hat, and just use a red shirt I have already, but the overalls I'm worried about recreating into something feminine, yet not over-the-top sexy.

How bout a lolita version?

http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/5009978733/

My original costume I made was a jumper! With this exact design! I wish I hadn't scrapped it now!
Only, I was going to make an actual Mario hat! Now, if only I can find someone to dress up as Luigi!

Now the question, I was thinking about volunteering at a school for Halloween, would this costume be appropriate, or would I whip up something I could move around in? The Where's Waldo Character costume I was thinking would be perfect for working with kids the Friday before Halloween.
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10  Rufio Hearts Lil Snoty Inspired Hoodie in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by christysaysrawr on: March 13, 2011 12:37:29 AM

I was inspired by designers Rufio Hearts Lil Snoty- they do mainly upcycling/recontructions and 80's inspired stuff.

I used three shirts- one being a tank top that had been reconned out of an oversize gray v-neck shirt.
The other two were failed attempts at making leggings, but I salvaged the fabric to come up with this.
The sleeves are loose and too long, so I think when I wear it, I'll roll them up, something I usually do on most of my shirts I have yet to resize- for some reason they will fit in the torso, but are too loose on the arms.
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