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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Tudor Rose Purse on: September 23, 2010 08:13:35 PM
What a beautiful piece of art!!  You have an amazing ability to visualize and create something in 3D.  It's a talent that not too many people have.  Bravo!!

BTW - Love that canadian smocking.  Need to figure out how to do that!!
2  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Mermaid costume fit for a pirate party!! on: September 23, 2010 05:26:40 PM
Thanks!  It was a bit of a challenge to make the opening for my legs just right so that it wasn't baggy, but sill have enough room for me to walk comfortably.
3  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Mermaid costume fit for a pirate party!! on: September 22, 2010 10:44:38 PM
I attend a pirates and faeries event every labour day weekend and we always have a pirate party on the Sunday night.  I usually dress as a Viking, but this year i wanted to be a bit more girly.  I had no idea what to do until i went to this Indian fabric shop for some scarves and found this beautiful sequined fabric.  Immediately i thought MERMAID!! and bought a meter for only 10 bucks!!

i bought 2 sequin appliques and some shimmy fringe and more sequin trim for another 15 bucks.  Then i went home and sacrificed one of my fave bras (which was on it's way out) and started to pin the stuff to my dress form Sue Ellen.  This is what i came up with:


I did a lot of hand sewing (which I HATE doing) for the bra and omitted a few pieces of trim.  for the tail i used my sewing machine and stuffed it with cotton batting and sewed a piece of fabric on the inside to hold it all in.  I used non-rolling elastic for the waistband. The sequin fabric was VERY heavy and i needed it to keep the tail from falling down.

The fins are made out of two wire coat hangers that i bent into shape and sewed covers out of 4-way stretch fabric.  Adding the shimmy fringe and the sequin trim on the tail cost me 6 broken machine needles but i think it was totally worth it.  For the event i went burlesquey with red lips and some purple flowers in my hair.  Here are some photos of me in the finished product:


later outside with a shawl (it was really cold!!)

Back view:

This was by far one of the most time consuming to make and most fun to wear costumes that i have made to date.  

I went to another pirate event a week later - more photos:


Hope you like it! Let me know what you think or if you have any questions!
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Mad Hatter Tea party - LOTS of photos!! on: September 22, 2010 12:55:30 AM

I attend a pirates and faeries event every year and this year i was in charge of the faerie tea party and an in honour of the movie i decided to do a mad hatter themed one.  

I made my skull and heart costume from some fabric i found in the quilting section about 2 years ago.  I have re purposed it a few times as a mobster, a viking and the best so far: The Mad Hatress  I used Simplicity pattern 3629, and made it fully reversible with lining that is black with silver bones.  

My photos of the costume are all in action, but i think you get the idea and there are a few good ones of the others in the tea party.

Here is Alice the Mad Hatress (me) and the red queen

Me madly trying to unwrap items for the tea party - 'I'm late, i'm late!"

And the Miss march Bunny and the Hatress again, (all of the teapots have tags that say 'Drink Me'):

Me taking a break from doing the tea service:

And Just for fun here are a few photos of the other people at the tea party and their amazing costumes:

We had a white queen and an Alice:

The Caterpillar:

No tea party is complete without 'eat me' cupcakes:

The most amazing hat ever!

Aunt fey

Hope you enjoy, let me know what you think!!
5  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Cigarette Girl Costume - Burning Man! IMG HEAVY on: August 22, 2010 11:30:28 PM
This is just AMAZING.  I cannot believe all of the thought and time that you put into these pieces. I have always wanted to go to burning man but have another event that is on the same weekend.  i hope you have a blast and that your costume gets happily dirty.  Cheesy 
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: 108 Painted Coasters Later... on: June 23, 2010 11:02:16 PM
love that saying it's going into the vault
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Mixed tape Dressform TUTORIAL on: April 22, 2010 08:19:05 PM
For the people who want to know where to store it - use it as a coat rack at the front door, or keep it in your bedroom, it's a fun way to figure out what to wear when you go out, it's like playing barbies with your own clothes!!!
8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: For the love of Faeries swap Gallery! on: April 22, 2010 08:12:46 PM
ladies all of these packages are amazing!! Brunette_Bombshell  i love the lantern and i love woodland's Dryad.  you guys have put so much time and energy into you projects for each other.  Thanks again woodland for hosting the swap <3
9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: For the love of Faeries swap Gallery! on: March 31, 2010 08:11:29 PM
Thant toilet paper holder is a neat idea and i love the embroidery on it.

For those of you that haven't seen it, i got the idea for the wooden spoon wand from Knickertwist here:

I'm so glad you guys like the faery house!! i spent so much time on it.
10  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: For the love of Faeries swap sign up Feb 2-12th and New sendouts April 5th on: March 29, 2010 09:42:41 PM
I want to post my fairy box but am not sure what topic to post it under. Any suggestions?
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