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1  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!
2  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!!
3  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / My first polymer clay experience - plant spikes on: March 29, 2010 09:34:58 PM
I've neve made anything with polymer clay before and I needed a small item to complete my package for the For the Love of Faeries Swap so I made some little plant spikes, a faery, a flower and a mushroom:

This one was inspired by TheMidnightOrange's Earth Mother creations:

I cannot believe how much the clay gets like chewing gum once you start working it.  It was a little tricky to work with but i had fun making them!

Please let me know what you think and thanks for looking!!
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Mixed tape Dressform TUTORIAL *edit* on: March 15, 2010 06:15:37 PM
Here are the photos of the making of my very own dress form.  Regular plus size dress forms are like $250.  Instead i spent $15 on tape and $6 on a dowel.  $21 sounds way better than $250 to me and it's the exact same measurements as me.  I used the tutorial from threadbanger, and modified it a bit.  Here we go!!

First put on a bra that you would normally wear (threadbanger doesn't use one) I recommend this ESPECIALLY if you have boobies to speak of.  Cut a head hole and two arm holes in a garbage bag and put it on.  Sexy right?  

Then get some tape (you can use paper tape, duct tape, masking tape, packing tape, etc) I used self sticking paper tape (threadbanger used the kind that you need to get wet and blow dry) It's best to use a type of tape that will hold it's shape well. and you'll need at least 2 or 3 rolls of the 2" wide stuff.

I didn't use the paper tape that you need to wet to stick because i'm a bit clausterphobic and i thought waiting for it to dry would make me ill.  Good thing I didn't use it because i started to loose it a bit at the end just with self stick tape.  I nearly ripped the thing off.  Good thing my friend is so calm and collected... Grin

Start with one big ring around your waist just under the bust then tape a V shape into your cleavage and work your way out and around.  (We didn't start taking pics until what you see)

Side view

Front view

Complete shoulders and back. Outline the spine with one vertical piece of tape to add the back curvature to form and then make "ribs"

Then do the bum almost like the chest part of the form, but with a downward V to get the right curve.

Filling in the bum more:

We started having tape malfunction. The paper tape is stiff but it doesn't stick well. We ended up using masking tape over top of the paper tape to get the stiffness for the mold and then the masking to hold it in place.


Once you have a couple of layers of tape ans it feels firm, you cut it up the back (Don't cut your bra!!) and tape it back together again.

Here it is finished, kinda:

Now all you have to do is stuff the top, shove a pole up the interior and stuff some more (of course you need to tape the bottom, arm, and neck holes shut or the stuffing falls out)

to keep all the tape in place i put a layer of packing tape over the whole thing.  It also makes it so that garments can easily be pulled on and off.  

Seeing your body shape like this is kinda strange.  You have an idea of what your body looks like, but this is a way of giving you a reality check.  For me it was kind of empowering.  I knew i had substantial, um, assets, but it was amazing to see them right in front of my face!!

For the stand, i used an old rolling task chair base, removed the cylinder and found a dowel that fit inside and now i have a dressfrom that not only spins, but also has wheels can be moved around easily.  I don't have any pics of the finished product with the stand yet...  Please let me know what you think!!

Edit:  For those of you that can't figure out where to store it
- use it as a coat rack at the front door,
- 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!!!
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / The Tutu that won't die!! on: February 16, 2010 08:49:38 PM
I made this tutu over 5 years ago and have worn it countless times.  It has been to dozens of costume parties in many variations.  It has had flowers attached and ripped off to be replaced with beads, worn with tights, corsets, bodypaint, ponchos, even worn camping in the woods... and it looks even better every time i wear and abuse it more.  Here it is:

At a Pirates and Faeries Halloween party                                          

With a corset

For those of you who are interested here's a different one i made 2 years ago.
6  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Lizard Twins on: February 09, 2010 07:58:50 PM
My Best friend and I love to dress in matching Costumes for all of our events, only i usually make them and she does the accessories or hand sewing on the detail.  One day she got a sewing machine and i told her i'd teach her how the make something and this is what we came up with:  

The shirt is a simple three piece halter that ties at the back and at the neck.  The skirt is a one piece square with a hole in the middle that an elastic waistband is sewn to.  

We stuffed Plastic bugs and mini snakes in our hair and fishnets and each had a big fake snake to wrap around our necks.  We also glued tons of sequins in patches to look like scales on our temples and bodies.

The Lizard Twins, were later repurposed as the "pirate eating lizard faeries"  For our annual pirates and faeries event.  

Here is us dancing:

Here's a pic of me tying a tutu onto one of the camp staff members (i think we even got him into a pair of fairy wings:

7  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / 400+ Leaf Fairy Dress on: February 08, 2010 05:12:08 PM
I attend a pirates and fairies event every year with a big group of my friends where we dress up in costumes and party all weekend long.  I wanted to share one of my costumes. I figure this is a reconstruct because i repurposed my materials from what they were originally intended for.

I move and install office furniture for a living and one day the boys were about to throw away a bunch of fake trees.  I stopped them and proceeded to cut all of the branches off filling two garbage bags.

Once home, I wiped down (they were super dusty) and peeled all of the fabric leaves off of their plastic backing and sorted them by size.  Then i pinned and sewed them onto a green camisole one row at a time.  

I wore little wings beacuse big ones are harder to maneuver in when you're drinking at night Wink.

FYI - There are over 400 leaves... Here it is:


Here's the dress in action.  
I've been dying to make a skirt out of a bunch of different flower petals the next time i try this.

This one doesn't really show the dress, but it shows how happy i am wearing it!!

Thanks for looking, let me know what you think!
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / My tutu and a baby one too on: January 04, 2008 01:34:00 PM
a couple of pics of of a tutu that i made for an event.  The whole thing used 9 meters of tuille cut into strips tied onto elastic.  I have seen people use this same technique but found that if the strips are cut wider (6-8" wide) and you really pack them on it isn't see-through and doesn't tangle as easily.

It was so poofy that it took all of my energy to not spent the entire night jumping around and twirling - although I have to admit i lost my composure a few times.

I loved mine so much that i decided that i had to make a bunch of them as christmas presents.  Heres a pic of my sister and my 7 month old neice wearing theirs.

Here's the link to the tutorial that i used http://www.flickr.com/photos/ambrosialove/522118984/in/photostream/
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