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1  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / shawl for mermaid costume on: October 24, 2008 05:54:47 PM
So my friend has a mermaid costume for a boat festival and asked me to make her a shawl to keep her warm this weekend. I bought some blue tie-dyed fleece and some green fleece, some glitter garlands to look like seaweed, strung shells, and a decorative net.

I cut the green fleece to look like strips of seaweed and used that to edge the blue fleece that i had sewn into a mini-cape, then i attached the netting to the cape, and interwove the garlands, shells and some extra green fleece.

tada! (took about 3hrs total)

2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / A renaissance festival dress for this saturday.. on: September 23, 2008 07:55:14 PM
so here's what will be devouring my supposed "free time" this week..
my baby sister (who at 13, is not so small @ 5'5 and 160lbs) is going to the md renfest this saturday, and because she's a chubber and is still going through her "adolescent growth" stages, we decided not to make her a court dress yet. (she's got some boobies and we wanna wait and see how her shape changes before we invest that kind of money and time into a full on gown like mine and her other older sister's.

so we are making a merchant / pirate lady dress. (think classy pirate, like.. sir francis drake?)

i already have a corset for her (white brocade, made to go under a dress) and the peasant shirt i made last week.

so we sat down and this was the quick sketch we finally agreed on:

the bodice will be cut in a deep v so that the top of her pretty little corset will show through, and we're gonna put a layered peplum along the bottom, the skirts we well layer and the top skirt will pin up into the bodice.

i cut the fabric today, here's a spread to give you an idea..

hopefully she doesn't change her mind (which she does often) or i'll have to kick her little butt and sell the dress Tongue

not sure how to make the hat though.. i was thinking felt and stiffen it with glue or a dip.. ::shrug:: i have a big black feather for it tho.. Huh
3  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / When there are no customers.. NEW STUFF page 6 on: September 15, 2008 09:09:58 PM
I grab my sharpies.

the bar singer



 philly hipsters

self portrait

bear-adise (for my kid sister)

hollow threats (an 8th grade cat fight)

self portait, bipolar

Panda (for my other sister)

Americana (color)



4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / it didn't kill me afterall! on: September 15, 2008 08:36:21 PM
So everything was going soo well..

i drafted out my lovely little pattern pieces.. i cut my fabric..

i started stitching the internals of my corset

i got my channeling all done

and i was getting to work with cutting my steel boning..

and i slipped..



here are the causes of this extremely painful (and still swelling) blood blister

1. lack of sleep..
2. compensating for said lack of sleep by sewing while drinking energy drink

3. using my dad's crappy arse pliers 'cause mom moved/hid mine


 so let that be a lesson to me..
and a cautionary tale..

sleeping and working on your project the next day is FAR more intelligent than trying to ward off your body's natural "fark i'm exhausted" signals.

and just to emphasize.. OUCH. OUCH. OUCH.
5  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / I've been busy!! Pics from the MD reniassance festival, page 12 on: September 11, 2008 09:40:22 AM
 Cheesy So it's been about a lifetime since i logged on, and i've been busy Smiley

So here goes! I make my own patterns for each of these and am hoping to open up my own little custom clothing shop by the end of the year!

this first project is a dress for my sister's 8th grade graduation dance. She wanted a baby-doll dress, and for a treat I took her up to Mood Fabric in NY (yeah the store from Project Runway) to pick out some excellent fabric. We used Silk charmeuse and organza (electric blue). This first shot is my muslin mock-up, followed by a few "in progress" shots, and then her at the dance.

6  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / renaisance festival!!! starting my yearly dress on: June 08, 2005 09:35:38 AM
well, last year i documented a dress on here and you guys all seemed to enjoy reading up on it so here i go again. i'm gonna start fromt he very begining this time

i have made some prelim sketches, i'm going for middle elizabethan, a little less tudoresque than last years, with a high wired ruff with peacock feathers
instead of satin i'm either going to find a nice baroque silk or a pretty velvet.. i'm debating between 3 colors, blue, green, or violet

here's the sketches, lemme now what you think

7  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / i made a jedi robe yesterday on: May 18, 2005 08:44:09 PM
i used a simplicity pattern but altered the layout to be more accurate..
pattern 5840
it had the basic shapes but they were simplified for ease and although my boyfriend would have been just as happy with the afforementioned layout, i personally would not settle for it.

the layout provided a decent robe shape, but was too tight to the body and was more medieval than jedi i suppose to avoid copyright infraction so i flared the panels out an extra 4 inches at the bottomed and tappered them up to an extra inch and a half under the sleeves. i also added 3 inches to the bottom so that it would hang more "obi-wan anh era" secondly the sleeves were much to tight, so i also flared them out a good two inches at top and 3 at bottom to give them a good tunnel and less bell hang. the hardest part of the robe was the hood. getting it to look like anakin's hood from e3 which was less like the other jedis and echoed the dark mystery of the emperor palpatine robe from rotj. it had to be long in the back and wide at the shoulders, but not come to the point that the pattern layout suggested. i dropped the tip of the hood 2 inches down at an angle from the top, which was placed 3 inches from the intended fold line form the pattern, so that rather than have the tip hang striaght from the top of the hood, it would appear less "wicked witch"-like. i also increased the fullness of the hood by making the inverted curv th the neckline curve outward instead the creat a bag like approach. i gathered just enough around the shoulder line that it hung over the eyes rather than off the back of the head. with the dark brown wool suiting i used it was almost perfect.

the next part was the tunic. due to lack of.. erm.. monetary support, i was unable to purchase a good gauze and had to opt for basic cotton.. it worked well enough, i made the sleeves an extra 2 inches wider and avoided the cheap look of velcro by attaching more accurate ties instead at either side of the waist.

the shoulder armour pattern provided was completely inaccurate. i used a black suede look moleskin fabric here that was heavy enough to avoid the need of interfacing, and rather than end the guards at the waist as the layout provided, i decided to drop them all the wayt o the knee in accordance with anakin's leather ones from attack of the clones. instead of attaching these to the little waistband piece provided, i kept them separate.

the next part was the belt, which is essentually like a cumberbun with a cord tie aroudn it. the pattern piece worked well enough, but rather than use a cord i once again opted to be difficult. anakin's outfit in e3 shows a small belt rather than a tie around his waist, which looked much more.. erm.. refined. so i cut an old thin belt and attached it to the back of the cumberbun piece and made it so that it wrapped around and buckled in the front. i then attached the shoulderguard pieces to the front inside of the cumberbun to avoid too many layers and provide ease of motion  Cheesy
 overall i thought it turned out quite well for being done in 12hrs, and my boyfriend, who is going to the premier as we speak, was grinning like an idiot. i'll have pictures posted tomorrow when i get ahold of his digital camera. ::dances::
 Roll Eyes
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / little women costumes for theatre on: November 08, 2004 09:30:10 AM
these are driving me freaking nuts.. i cannot find a simple pattern for a plus sized girl who is playing marmee and i was wondering if you all have any ideas
9  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / some of my stuff.. recently uploaded heh on: October 08, 2004 06:40:51 AM
fingers with marble, acrylic
girls, ink
american patriotism, pencil
music storage space, oil pastel
remorse, linocut print
female, pen

pointalism, ink
portrait series
close up, roy liechtenstein style, acrylic
close up, sketch, pencil
10  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / costume pics, progress thus far on: October 03, 2004 06:06:53 PM
woot, this is my renfaire dress thus far, i have two weeks to finish eeek and the hand beading hurts like hell hahaha ummm. yea.

and the corset to go underneath in the drea leed elizabethan style
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