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1  The Flash, and a 4-Hour Harley Quinn in Halloween Costumes by KimberlyErin on: October 28, 2009 03:54:10 PM

So Saturday was my boyfriend's birthday/Halloween party.  We do it every year and everyone always dresses according to one theme- this year was comic books!  I made his costume well in advance, but due to another costume order (from a girl who wasn't at the party) I didn't have a chance to make mine until FOUR HOURS before the party.  (I drafted the pattern the night before, but I only had four hours to cut and sew and add the zipper and make the diamonds!  Aaaah!)  Also, I originally made it fully-lined, but it was SO UNCOMFORTABLY HOT that I had to cut the lining out... frantically.

This was only my second attempt at drafting and sewing bodysuits and I'm pretty pleased with how they turned out.  (The first one was a loose-fitting panda costume, so this was really my first time making a bodysuit that fits the body closely.)

I used spandex for both.  His lightning bolts are made of a strange plasticky canvas material, and my diamonds are just spandex, which is double-sided-taped to foam, which is then double-sided-taped to me.  They look a little sketchy though.  It's too bad I didn't have time to make the collar, gloves, and wrist ruffles, but I still think it looked pretty cool... and everyone recognized it!

I might turn it into a Queen of Hearts costume for the actual night of Halloween!  I'm still throwing ideas around in my head, but I really just want to wear it again but make it look like a (relatively) different costume.

Thanks for looking!


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2  Re: What should I do with this impossibly gorgeous fabric? in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by KimberlyErin on: August 28, 2009 09:44:52 AM
I made a skirt out of a ruffled fabric kind of like this (though it was a stretchy jersey type, not silk.  Also, it was not as beautiful!).  The width of the skirt was over three times (!!) my waist measurement and it didn't look too bulky at all once I gathered the top.  I think it depends on how the fabric drapes- if it's stiff, it might look bulky if you gather it, but if it falls easily you'll probably be okay.

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3  Star Trek's Data! in Halloween Costumes by KimberlyErin on: May 25, 2009 01:44:55 PM

All this talk about the new Star Trek movie has inspired me to post photos from last Halloween.  My boyfriend hosted a robot-themed party, but we couldn't think of any interesting costume ideas that would work for both a guy and a girl.  He finally suggested Star Trek so I made him a Data costume!  He got really into it and did his hair and makeup too, and I think in the end he pulled it off very convincingly.

(I was Seven of Nine.  I didn't make mine- it's just American Apparel- but my eye-piece makeup was super-cool!  I had it done at MAC.)

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4  Re: Men's t-shirt to cute girly top in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by KimberlyErin on: May 25, 2009 06:48:36 AM

The "I have too much fun with Paint" tutorial!  Red lines indicate things you're modifying.  Let me know if you have any questions or if anything isn't clear.
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5  Men's t-shirt to cute girly top- with tutorial in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by KimberlyErin on: May 24, 2009 01:37:39 PM

So I had a pub crawl to go to yesterday, and our "ticket" was a large men's t-shirt.  Usually girls just cut up their shirts, but I wanted something a little cuter and more finished-looking, so this is what I did with it.  You can see the original on my boyfriend (a pretty standard t-shirt), and then my modified version.

It was super easy and took less than an hour, and was so much more flattering than the original.  It's pretty self-explanatory but if anyone is interested in a tute I'd be happy to draw one up!

Let me know what you think, or if you have suggestions for future pub crawl t-shirt modifications!

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