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11  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / A classic - Princess Leia (photos with Han Solo and random guest stars) on: November 05, 2012 09:23:07 PM
After deciding on our Calvin and Hobbes costumes for last year, I told my fiance that this year it was his turn to choose who we'd be. After much debate and flip-flopping, he told me he'd always wanted to be Han Solo and Princess Leia - so I sucked it up and made myself a princess gown. Nowhere near as exciting as a tiger suit, but I digress.... Wink

Sadly, the only photos I have are photos from work with other people in them! So, here is the best full-length shot I have, with my coworker the Pink Lady:

The only shot I have with the hood up (I didn't think it was sticking out that much - I look like a shy nun!) with the Pink Lady and Sally the ragdoll:

My scruffy-looking nerf herder and I:

And a quick shot from the side, since it's the only thing I have close to one showing the hood down. (Holding the cake I made my fiance, since his birthday was the same day as the Halloween party we attended!)

My dress/gown was sewn out of bedsheets (and completely lined with more bedsheets!) from a pattern I made up as I went along, with guidance on the shape from a costume site. The belt was a last minute dash to the fabric store where I picked up some vinyl and cut it to shape, and sewed velcro on the back. I then cut fun foam pieces in the shapes of the "metal", and covered them in duct tape. I hot glued an unpunched pinback button front onto each piece, and glued them to the belt - then did a little decorative stapling around the edges when they started to fall off, haha.

My hair is done up with two pairs of socks rolled into my buns. I wrapped it as you'd wrap with a bun roller thinger, then pinned it in place and wrapped each bun in a hair net, and pinned some more.

With all the amazing entries this year I feel inadequate even entering, but I had to enter my favourite contest of the year! All grumping about being the Princess aside, I did actually have a lot of fun in the costume, and aside from the tight neckline it was very comfy to wear. We dressed up to hand out candy and the highlight of my night was when I dropped a goody bag in a little boy's bag, and he said "THANK YOU PRINCESS LEIA!" before running off. Too cute. <3
12  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Calvin and Hobbes - Let's go exploring! (Tons o' pics) on: November 01, 2011 07:14:23 PM

My boyfriend Bryan and I opted for a less typical "couples" costume this Halloween, and decided on one of my favourite comics. My costume is completely handmade (by me!) and his shirt was made by us. We opted for thicker stripes on the t-shirt than Calvin usually has since this shirt is probably 4 times the size Calvin's shirt would actually be, so we made the stripes about four times as thick. Bryan already had black pants and running shoes, and the wig came from a costume shop. Had we had another week or so I probably would have tried to make it! Wink We were inspired, of course, by the one and only Bill Watterson's Calvin and Hobbes.

P.S.: I make mention of the pattern number later on- I actually modified the pattern so that the crotch would hang lower, so that my legs actually start at my knees, since Hobbes had short legs and a long torso. Smiley Oh, and I added a tail - hehe.

My foot paws are made from canvas runners covered in foam and fleece with felt paw pads. The gloves are four finger gloves made from fleece. I printed multiple pictures of Hobbes from different angles to try to get the stripe placement as accurate as possible, but it changes here and there from comic to comic.

Without further ado...

I present to you now, Calvin and Hobbes, complete with my Ode to Costuming as a Boy & His Tiger. I thought of Bill Watterson's epic poems from the beginning of the treasury books and knew I had to write this in rhyme. Wink

Months before All Hallows Eve my boyfriend Bry and me
Were searching on the internet for what wed choose to be.
We thought of all the standards, the cliches, the old and true,
But soon settled on a costume that would be something brand new!

Yards of fabric, foam and love went into Hobbes pelt,
I used some fleece, I used some fur, of course I used some felt.

I must say that head was sure the hardest part to make,
I was clueless but excited for a challenge to undertake.

I stitched plastic canvas up with yarn to make my noggin frame
While Bryan dab dab dabbed at his t-shirt which once was plain.
He used screen printing ink, duct tape and a stencil brush,
While I worked on foaming up my head so it looked plush.

The tiger suit was made from McCalls M6251,
A pattern for onesie pajamas that was truly second to none.

The stripes were sewn on afterwards, as was the belly white,
Getting everything pinned in place was really quite a fright.

Much seam ripping and re-stitching later, finally it was done,
A boy and his tiger together at last, all ready to look for some fun.

And remember, if ever you find your life too dull and boring,
Call us up, well put on our suits, and take you out exploring!

Process photos: Bryan's shirt, my crafting face, and two of the Hobbes head in the works.


Thanks for looking! We had a blast!

13  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Need help finding orange sweatshirt fleece or an alternative - any ideas? on: September 12, 2011 03:33:30 PM
Does anyone know where I can find orange sweatshirt fleece, or something similar, online?

I'm trying to find some for a costume, but I'm not really succeeding - finding a lot of fleece but no sweatshirt fleece. It's for a set of full pajamas (as in top and bottom together, like footed pajamas without the feet), so I don't want it to be super hot.

Odds are I'll be in it for most of the day at work, so I don't want anything I'll be sweating in halfway through the morning, haha. I'm in Canada, so something a little warm is definitely not a bad thing. I plan on just wearing shorts and a tank top underneath anyway.

Any help is very much appreciated!
14  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Mario & Luigi hats for twin boys on: May 13, 2010 07:08:00 PM
Just had to share these adorable hats I made for mama24boyz' twins in the Mario Bros. swap! (If you check out the swap gallery, she posted some absolutely ADORABLE shots of her boys in the hats. What a couple of cuties!)

Link to the page with pics of the twins: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=345282.50

Had to try one on for myself, since I'm a "M"ary! Wink

I came up with the pattern from googling random things relating to Mario hats until I had enough of an idea of how to construct one to start hacking away at my fleece stash. I can't wait to make more! Cheesy

15  COOKING / Dessert / Mario cake! on: April 03, 2010 07:17:14 PM
I made this cake in the fall for a coworker's nephew's 5th birthday party. He had a Mario-esque party out at a farm in town. It was great for the kids - the farm had this "Pumpkinfest" going on, so they had all sorts of fun activities... followed up with apple cider, hot chocolate, chili, hot dogs, soup and cake! Yum!

Without further ado, I present the cake! It's not nearly "clean" as I hoped it would be, since I ended up in a bit of a rush at the end. The figures are made with colour flow, the whole cake is covered in marshmallow fondant. The bottom two tiers are an amazing "perfectly chocolate" cake recipe from Hershey's (SO good) and the hat is made of Rice Krispies treats. Smiley

Thanks for looking! Smiley
16  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Engrish Swap? on: January 23, 2010 06:34:22 PM

I'll start off by saying I'm a big fan of "engrish". Who wouldn't love a stenciled engrish t-shirt, some clever "human dumpling" earrings, or a CD wallet for all their "Eric Crapton" albums?  Grin

For those who have no idea what I'm talking about, check out www.engrish.com

Anyone in for a silly ol' Engrish swap?
17  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Polymer clay Christmas earrings on: December 08, 2009 08:35:18 PM
A few of my latest crafty creations! I have far too much fun making cute little things. The pics are a little dark, unfortunately. Sad I think the reindeer are my favourites!

I made some little holly leaves & berries as well, but haven't managed to get a good pic yet. Sad
18  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Lucille Ball in black and white on: November 01, 2009 09:17:43 PM
I've always wanted to do an entire stage production in black and white, especially since seeing Pleasantville. I decided that my Halloween costume would suffice, and suggested that my boyfriend and I should be Lucy & Ricky for Halloween. He couldn't make it up this year though (long distance relationship Sad) so I went solo as Lucy.

By the time these pics were taken, my makeup had begun to wear off a bit, but it's the basic idea. I can't believe I actually dyed my hair black for this! I'm beginning to wonder if it was a mistake, haha. First time ever dying my hair... usually it's a light/medium brown.

My mom and aunt helped me make the dress, I made the earrings and did my hair and makeup. The arm coverings were made from tights (I wanted lighter but this was the only shade gray they had)... and the gloves, belt, purse and shoes (which aren't visible except very slightly in one pic) were thrifted.

(basically only posting that for the visible shoe. Wink)

Sans gloves, at work, with Dexter the Pirate Dog. Hard to work with those gloves on, especially when they're too small for your hands! (This and the next shot were taken when I first dressed up on Friday and used a video tut for the hair, which failed miserably. My hair was way too thick and I had to half-arse it at the last minute by shoving as many combs and bobby pins into it as I could).

Playing the role of the housewife, also sans gloves. Mmmm, apple danish and homemade marshmallows, with a generous helping of chocolate bars and gummy candies! Eat up, kids! (Is it weird that our office is above a dentist? Wink)

And a closeup from when I got home on Saturday night, after a fundraising party where I got hit on by a 60 year old man who had just been humping a Wheaties box, as well as by a guy who told me he thought I looked drunk and easy, which was a feat, considering I'm a virgin who doesn't drink, hahaha. He then proceeded to tell me he was "in pretty good shape" and gave me his business card, what a winner!

*cough* So anyway, hope you enjoyed my little rambles along with the pics. C&C are always appreciated! Smiley

19  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Beatles Yellow Submarine shoes - 9 pics on: September 19, 2009 09:57:44 PM
I made these totally sweet shoes (sorry, had to toot my own horn for a minute Smiley) for my partner, hippiejo76, in the Beatles swap. I fell in love with them and even tried to fit my feet into them (despite being two sizes to small they were just a little too tight....) then realized I knew she would love them and sent them on their way. Smiley I'm glad they found a loving home! Now I just have to make more. Wink

Thanks for looking! Smiley
20  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / You've Got the Touch! -Transformers stenciled tee on: July 11, 2009 04:18:30 PM
A friend commissioned this from me, and hokey smokes, at first I wondered what I had gotten myself into... but I was so pleased with the result in the end that it was all worthwhile! She found a shirt with this design online, but rather than buy it for her boyfriend, decided to ask me to recreate it. They must have been out of stock or something.... in any case, I present the most ridiculous stencil I've taken on to date!

It's a mix of fabric painting, freezer paper stenciling, and freehand painting. I'm pleased as punch with it, even though I know nothing about Transformers... just that the line is from the theme song. Wink

The only thing I'm not happy with is the amps ... the blue circles on them were done in fabric paint, and they're a bit wonky. I  mean, hey, I was zonked by the time I put the finishing touches on this thing, but I'm still my worst critic!
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