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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: 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!
3  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
4  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.

5  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Discussion and Questions / Update my shoes... on: October 19, 2008 04:04:32 PM

I have this really ugly and boring pair of heels which i bought cheaply once and have only worn once (to a funeral)
Because i hate them and because of bad associations I was thinking i moght try and update them a bit. My usual style is crazy, and sort of bohemiean and whimsical. I like statment shoes and my favorite shoes are from irregular choice shoes http://www.irregularchoicestore.co.uk/. I love how there crazy, cute and unexpected. I was thinking i might stencil my shoes and maybe change the button to one coverd in a cute fabric. Any ideas for designs and colours or tips (about what paint to use etc...) would be greatly appreciated. Thanks a mill!!
6  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Free Crafty Fonts on: September 26, 2008 03:08:26 AM
I'm sorry is this already exists but I couldn't find anything similar.
Anywho I thought we needed a place to share the great fonts that you find for free on the internet. I don't meen the boring wordprocessing fonts but the funky, crazy, crafty fonts which you like to us in you papercrafts. Please only post links for fonts which are free and downloadable for mac and PC. Also, why not post picture of projects where you have used the font.

I'll start with three of my favorites:

"Bleeding Cowboys" - I love this font!!! It is quite abstract and retro although some how modern at the same time? Does that make any sense??!! Check it out!

"Lilith Initials" A really nice floral font with a touch of art deco.

"Jokewood" I like this font. It is playful and is not dissimilar to the classic circus font but it is slightly less imposing.
7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Europe swap - there are loads of US only so why not??!! on: August 28, 2008 03:56:00 PM
I think that some europe only supply swaps would be great as many of the supply swaps are limmitaed to US only. Partners could send more and better stuff as postage would not be so expensive.
Let me know what you think!
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