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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Frothy Boned Ruffles on: May 09, 2010 09:45:11 AM
I am wondering how you achieve a hemline such as the one in this dress


I have seen this kind of boned, large-scale frills on other skirts, especially vintage ones and want to recreate it.

I'd be grateful of any ideas, advice or thoughts you have,

Thanks in advance,
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: my first dress to myself on: June 09, 2009 04:45:51 PM
I think its gorgeous! I love the trim around the hem!
Was it your first time making a dress? Not because i think it looks amateurish I'm just curious. I really want to try making a dress but patterns kinda scare me! Any tips?
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: JUST DANCE!!! Urban dance clothes? Cut, slashed, modified on: March 29, 2009 03:35:48 PM
Thanks Ludi!
Those are really inspiring! I especially liked the last link. I will defiantly have to try that.
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / JUST DANCE!!! Urban dance clothes? Cut, slashed, modified on: March 29, 2009 11:06:55 AM
I am not sure if this post is in the right place Huh .... anyhow...

I am making/coordinating costumes for a production of Wonder in Aliceland (that is actually what the play is called!) I is basically a revamped Alice in wonderland. Its is a bit more punk and spunk that your average Alice play. Anyhow, in one of the sceens with the queen in there is a big hip-hop dance number. There are 12 kids (7 girls and 5 boys) between the ages of 11 and 15. The dance is edgy and almost sexy although not in a way that would make it unsuitable for kids. I need to make them some great costumes which will not be restricting to dance in. My colour scheme for them is all red and black. I was thinking of using lots of big tshirts and reconstructing them in various ways.  I could also use some little tank tops in stretchy material for the girls.

If anyone has experience or tips about cutting, slashing and generically modifying tshirts i would be interested. Also if anyone has experience in dance and dance costume i would love any advice you have too!

Thanks a million!
5  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / Re: Costume Cupboard - Ahrrggghhh!!!! on: March 21, 2009 05:20:20 PM
Thanks for taking the time to explain your costume sorting system to me. It sounds like you had a wonderful job for a while! I will definitely bear everything you have said in mind while I continue sorting! Thanks again!! 
6  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / Costume Cupboard - Ahrrggghhh!!!! on: March 11, 2009 12:12:00 PM
I have some how ended up with the ginormous task of organizing and inventorying my schools costume cupboards. I think i volunteered to do it in a moment of weakness and had greatly under-estimated the enormity of the task... I started yesterday. There are 5 large cupboards and 5 smaller ones. If you open any of them stuff falls on your head. The cupboards have been in the same place since the 40's and some of the stuff inside is even older. There are plently of gorgeous costume peices but there is also a lot of crap. Alot of the costumes have been made by students over the years and so hold great sentimental value to the drama department but very poor workmanship. There are also huge numbers of chorus costumes ie. 50 homemade sailor costumes from South Pacific and 30 Indian costumes form Annie get your Gun.  I have also found some amazing things such as a bodice that I would guess could be up to 200 years old! There are also hundreds of accessories, especially hats. Also the head of drama is very reluctant to throw stuff out. Even stuff that hasn't been used in 20 years!
I have been given the task of sorting out this mess and inventorying this messy treasure trove. 

I was wondering if anyone has any tips on arranging costumes. Do you arrange by size, type, period or show. How do you best store hats and other accessories when you can't afford (or have space for) individual hat boxes. What should I do with the more precious pieces? (the very old, very fine or very rare) How should I carry out the Inventory?

I would love answers to these questions and any other tips you might have!
Thanks a million
7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: European Swapper Fest Round 1...The Gallery on: March 11, 2009 11:40:09 AM
The contense of the amazing package I received from Lunastar

I received a beautiful journal/notebook made by Lisette. The cover was wet felted by her and the pages a mixture of cartridge paper and pages from an old dutch book.

I included the close up because i was soooo impressed by the perfectly rounded edges and the pencil holder.
I got two skeins of beautiful handspun yarn in vibrant colors. I think this is a very good reason to start practicing my knitting and crocheting!

Some graet bits and bobs. So sorry for the terrible photo!! completely overexposed...There are ribbons and trimmings, and stickers and all sorts of exciting things. A super cute pencil case, loads of crafting supplies, papers and fabrics, and a dutch craftmagazine!

It was very interesting to look a the magazine. It is surprising how much you can understand from just looking at the pictures!

My favorite MCDHT item was a childrens book. Lisette had translated the various animal names and added some comments of her own!!!! I also fell of my chair laughing when I first read it.
There where loads of other little bits in my package which where all wounderful too. And a kinder egg and some peculiar choclate sprinkles for putting on toast! Bizarre but delisious! Im so sorry for the late posting.....

Thanks a million to lisette for her wounderful package.
8  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Crazy Flower Headpieces on: March 08, 2009 03:41:24 PM
Thanks for all your great suggestions and ideas. The baseball caps are a great idea jennie . I have used them as a base for loads of other headpieces but hadn't thought of using them for this yet.
I know that you can sort of tell that it is a tennis ball but I kinda like that. Me and the set designer have both decided not to go for a traditional wonderland but more of a modern and crazy one. There is loads of recycled stuff going into the sets and costume. This is great when you are working on an almost non-existent budget. Thanks for all your great ideas. Il would love to see more costume from varos productions you have work on. There should be a special theatre board on craftster for costume, set and props as that really is a craft (stagecraft)!! Ill keep you updated on how my costume are going!
9  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Crazy Flower Headpieces on: March 08, 2009 07:22:54 AM
I am so sorry if this is in the wrong place. Its kind of a completed project and yet sort of not....
I am designing all the costumes for an amateur production of Alice in Wonderland. We have huge numbers of cast to dress and very little money - typical Am theater! Anyhow one of the childrens choruses are the flowers and I have made these head pieces for them to wear. They are made from  wire coathangers, old tights and tennisballs. My problem is how to attach them to their heads. The underside is a tennisball with a small slice cut off so that it sits flat on their heads. I have tried thin elastic but as they are doing a dance number they need to be more secure. Anyone have any ideas? Would also love any thoughts you have in how I could improve them, etc.

10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: European Swapper Fest Round 1...The Gallery on: March 07, 2009 04:57:32 PM
Ok folks...
 I think i owe everyone a huge apology! especially my fab partner Lunastar and our great organizer NiinaMaria.
There was a bit of a family crisis happening last week and i was summoned to the land of no internet to attend the funeral and help deal with all the other crap that goes hand in hand with relatives dying.  Its a long, boring and complicated story which none of you want to hear but basically it ment that I was a crap swapper. Anyway, I am now back in the land of the living (and the internet!)

I received my fabulous package on friday of last week. It was huge and filled with all sorts of wonderful goodies! She spoiled me rotten! I am way to tired to post loads of pic now - I will do it in the morning. For now ill just post 2.
One of everything (although you cant see half the stuff!) and one of my absolute favorite thing - an amazing handmade journal. The pages are cartridge and recycled dutch book pages and the cover is wet felted. It is amazing and completely perfect! The inside cover is illustrated by LunaStar and oh i could go on for ever describing how wonderful it is!!!

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