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1  And So Summerstock begins: My Fair Lady at Weathervane Playhouse (pic obese) in Costumes: Completed Projects by HannibalSmurf on: June 08, 2010 01:54:43 PM
This is my first year doing Summerstock, and I have been appointed the Costume Intern at the Weathervane Playhouse in Newark, Ohio. Along with the costume designer, assistant costume designer, and costume apprentice, we were able to put together all of My Fair Lady in 9 days. Mostly, I'm super proud of how the Ascot scene in Act I turned out. If you've ever seen the movie or the play, it's the scene where everyone is at the horse race and is dressed in nothing but black and white. Doing this in 9 days with practically no budget and very few resources available proved to be a daunting task, but we pulled it off miraculously.

Pics are a little dark, but you'll get the idea.


Summerstock continues with Miracle Worker next week! Stay tuned for more pics!
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2  I am Molly Ringwald in Halloween Costumes by HannibalSmurf on: November 06, 2008 05:27:05 PM
I am a petite redhead with short hair. I was born in 1988, but my favorite movies involve the Brat Pack. I look awesome in pink. Who else am I going to be for Halloween other than Molly Ringwald?

I got the patterns for my shirt and skirt off of the 1980's section on www.momspatterns.com. I didn't end up actually making either of the pieces until Halloween night, and finished about 2 hours before the party I was going to started. I got the boots and belt at Goodwill. The most expensive part of the costume was the fabric. I bought it on sale at JoAnn's, but I was trying to get as close to the original costume as possible. It ended up being about $40 in total. All in all, the whole costume cost me about $50, which isn't bad if you compare whole costumes complete with accessories at places like Party City.


Me. As Molly Ringwald.

My best friend and I at the party. She was the Mexican Daisy Duke.

A screen shot from the movie for comparison.

How did I do?
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3  I just bought a serger for $30..... Now what? in Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions by HannibalSmurf on: October 03, 2008 10:40:38 AM
So my costume shop foreman simply didn't want her old serger anymore. She just sold it to me for $30. It works. I just need to thread it and get it cleaned/serviced. I am in love with it. I walked out of our theatre building today beaming hugging the machine.

Here's a picture of my new best friend:

Now the question is... How do I thread the thing? I've used a serger countless numbers of times in the shop, so once I get it threaded, I won't have a problem with it. I just don't know how to get it to that point.

Any suggestions? I'm excited to start using it!
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4  Re: Show off your dorm room! in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by HannibalSmurf on: September 09, 2008 04:53:10 PM
So I live off campus in an apartment with one of my best friends now, but last year we lived in the dorms, so I can post pictures of that room.

All of the dorms at our school are apartment style, with a living room, private bathrooms and a kitchen. The particular building we lived in has 2 bedrooms that you typically share with another person. My actual roommate moved out and got a private room after first semester because she had mono, so by default, I also got a private room! Hooray! These pictures are of my room after Roommate moved out.

This is my massive (king sized) bed. Once Roommate moved out, I just pushed our two beds together and made one massive one.

I called this desk my "school desk" because I had two, and used this one for computer/printer/studying. The rack with all the purses above my desk is actually a kitchen rack from Ikea, but it works for purses pretty well.

This is my sewing desk. The way I had my room arranged, I didn't have space for a chair for that desk, so I just pushed my bed closer whenever I had a project for class or for personal means.

Our dorms actually used to be a hotel from the 1800s, which partially burned down and then was revamped as a dorm, so each apartment/dorm room had at least one fireplace in it. It just so happened that the fireplace in our apartment was in my bedroom. The mantle was very convenient for holding all my movies.

Halfway through second semester, I found a use for this big tapestry that was just hanging out in my scrap fabric box. I made a little tent for my fish! They were happy about it, lol.

My TV was too big to sit on my dresser with the DVD/VCR on it as well, so I had to kind of perform a balancing act with the two.

The closet became so much more expansive once Roommate moved out, lol. Still it wasn't long before the closet became a big mess.

From the bed, this is what you see. The right door is my bathroom and the left is my closet. Note the exposed pipes on the ceiling. They leaked. It wasn't so fantastic.

My (then) boyfriend and my suitemate (now apartment roommate) demonstrate how to jump on my bed properly.

Bonus picture: This is me (pink hair) and my other suitemate before we went out the the 1950s dinner theater all of our RAs put on for us. We're standing in our living room, and you can see kind of into our kitchen, through the doorway on the right. The door behind us went out to the hall.
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5  Ikea Fabric Purse (With Pictures!) in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by HannibalSmurf on: September 05, 2008 11:57:40 AM
Going to Ikea is always a bad idea for my wallet. I ended up at the fabric section, naturally, and found really awesome fabric that I knew I had to make a purse out of. In a manic fit 2 nights ago, I cut out, sewed, and finished the whole thing.

So here it is...

Inside view:

Pockets I added:

With stuff in it:

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6  Re: Post your photography in here :D in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by HannibalSmurf on: August 30, 2008 08:12:12 PM
Sorry for the 14 pictures...

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7  Re: Show Off Your Hair! in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by HannibalSmurf on: August 30, 2008 01:18:32 PM
Evolution of my hair...

1. 2005 - Senior Homecoming - I had to set my hair in curlers for 48 hours to get my hair to stay curly for the duration of the dance
2. 2005 - First semester finals - This is the longest my hair was since I was about 3 or 4. I cut it the day after this picture was taken.
3. 2006 - Graduation day - Hair's still long, but slightly easier to manage with about 6 inches taken off.
4. 2006 - Summer - I got a bad cut and ended up fixing it myself. I think I did a pretty good job with the layering...
5. 2006 - Later the same summer - The layers grew out a little and this is what it looked like after I took a flat iron to it.
6. 2007 - Spring Break - Speaking of flat irons. I cut off a small amount of hair some time between the previous summer and when this picture was taken, and kept it that same length until summer.
7. 2007 - Summer - I cut off a lot and got a ton of layers. I found out I looked cute if I used the flat iron to flip up the ends.
8. 2007 - Rilo Kiley comes through Atlanta - I finally start dying my hair! I naturally have reddish blondish brownish hair, which changes colors almost daily. However, I wanted to guarantee my hair would be red every day, so I start dying it.
9. 2008 - January...? - I get bored and put pink highlights in my hair. Also, all of my layers seem to have disappeared at this point.
10. 2008 - Spring Break - I decided to get rid of the pink, and have it professionally taken out. I decide to see what I'd look like if I had medium brown hair. This is the only time I've had it professionally dyed. The brown doesn't last long at all, as I get sick of it and dye it back to red.
11. 2008 - Summer - I get sick of having the same hair and cut it all off. It's never been this short in my life, but I ADORE it.
12. 2008 - Last Week - Hair has grown out a little, but I dyed it the most intense red I've ever had. You can't really tell in this picture because of the flash, but the red is actually a really dark shade. Very unnatural. I love it.

Up next - I'm saving up my money to get it professionally dyed again, but this time some very fun colors (ie pink blue and purple all at the same time). You can count on pictures.
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8  Vogue 8420 --- Tunic Shirt in Sewing Pattern Reviews by HannibalSmurf on: August 29, 2008 11:43:41 AM
Hancock Fabrics is having a sale on Vogue patterns and I had to buy something. So I found this shirt and knew I needed it in my life. I bought some green cotton jersey fabric to make it with.

I was wondering if anyone had used this pattern before. I've never used a Vogue pattern, but have heard that they're not that easy to work with. If anyone can give me any tips, I'd greatly appreciate it.  Grin

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9  New Look 6557 --- Dress from Sheets!!! (with pictures!) in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by HannibalSmurf on: August 28, 2008 07:37:46 PM
So I never really thought about making a dress out of bedsheets until I found shesxautomatic's post from many months ago (here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=227744.0). I actually already had that same pattern, and from seeing the finished products in that post, I knew sheets worked well with the pattern. So I went to Goodwill and found really awesome sheets. When I got back home from school after finals, my mom and I sat down one night and started this dress. By the next afternoon it was done. Hooray easy patterns!!

Here come the pictures...

Front of dress.

Side of dress (PS: Look at my wonderful shoes!)

Back of dress

Bonus is a closeup of my wonderful shoes I'm kind of obsessed with.

I'm in the process of making a dressier version out of the pattern. Will post with pics when I finish.
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10  McCall's Pattern 4403 - Diaper Bag. FINALLY DONE (Lots of pictures) in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by HannibalSmurf on: July 02, 2008 02:03:16 PM
So after trying to sew this for about two months, I'm finally done! Between two constantly breaking sewing machines, class, and slightly confusing sewing instructions, I doubt I will ever touch the pattern again.

BUT - I'm really proud of my work. This is probably one of the best things I've made since I've started sewing.

This is for my cousin and his wife. They are very soon expecting their first child. They don't want to know the sex of the baby, and are very non-traditional about the colors for the baby's room. The colors in the room are slate blue, khaki and white. It took me a while to find the right fabric for this bag, but once I found it, I was really excited to see the finished product.

Here it is Smiley

outside of bag

inside of bag

bonus bib i made to match the bag!

it's reversible!

bib with bag

other side of bib with bag


Let me know what you think!
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