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1  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / And So Summerstock begins: My Fair Lady at Weathervane Playhouse (pic obese) 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!
2  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / I am Molly Ringwald 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?
3  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / I just bought a serger for $30..... Now what? 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!
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Ikea Fabric Purse (With Pictures!) 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:

5  CLOTHING / Sewing Pattern Reviews / Vogue 8420 --- Tunic Shirt 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

6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / New Look 6557 --- Dress from Sheets!!! (with pictures!) 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.
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / McCall's Pattern 4403 - Diaper Bag. FINALLY DONE (Lots of pictures) 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!
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / HOW TO: Make your own ottoman!! (Many, many pictures!) on: June 26, 2008 04:12:22 PM
How to make a big, wonderful ottoman:

You will need:
  • Four pieces of 4' long wood
  • Four pieces of 2' long wood
  • Eight pieces of 1' long wood
  • One 4'x2' piece of plywood or something cheaper (just make it sturdy)
  • About 5 yards (or more, if you want) large-scale batting
  • About 4 yards of upholstery fabric
  • A gigantic bag of stuffing
  • Nails
  • A hammer
  • A staple gun
  • Staples for your staple gun
  • At least one friend
  • Some music to keep you sane

Step One:
Lay two of the 4' boards and two of the 2' boards our like so:
Note the use of the 1' boards as ninja weapons. Pretty awesome, eh?

Step Two:
Nail the boards together. Repeat for the remaining boards. You will end up with two rectangles that can also be used to frame your friends like living pictures.

Step Three:
Attach the 1' boards to each corner of one of the frames. For much needed extra support, evenly space two more and put them on the long sides of the frame.

Step Four:
Attach the other frame to the bottom of the 1' boards. You will end up with a rectangular box. This box can also be used as a coffin-esque trap for your friends. Note how the subject keeps her hands near her head. She's afraid. I trapped her in the box. Bwahahaha

Step Five
Take the plywood and nail it to the top of the box. You might want to pre-drill holes for the nails to go into, because this gets a little hard to nail into, unless you have a guide to do it with.

Step Six
Wrap your friends in the batting. Unwrap. Wrap the batting around the sides of the frame. Make sure to save some to cover the top of the ottoman. Staple the batting to the vertical boards so it stays in place. Here is where I run out of pictures because my camera battery died. Sorry!

Step Seven
Place the entire bag of stuffing on top of the ottoman. Put the extra batting on top of the stuffing so it won't move. Staple the edges down.

Step Eight
For an easy way to cover the ottoman, don't cut the upholstery fabric at all. Just center it over the top of the ottoman and staple the long sides down first. Make sure to pull the fabric as tight as humanly possible. (This is where your friends really come in handy.) Staple the fabric either to the bottom of the ottoman or wrap it just inside and staple it in there. If you do this, you won't have to worry about the staples scraping your hardwood floors or catching your rug.

Step Nine
Use your imagination to gather the extra fabric you will have on the shorter sides of the ottoman. We chose to make on really big box pleat on each side, but you could do so much more with it. Staple the fabric down like you did on the long sides.
This is the one picture I could muster out of my camera before it completely died. Sad times.

Congrats! You have just made a really awesome and cheap ottoman! If you're feeling adventurous, you can add pockets to the sides of it. Or you could use one piece of fabric for the top and another for the bottom. OR you could use a different piece of fabric for all 4 sides and the top and put some piping in between the seams to make it look awesomely professional. You pick.

Let me know if you used this as inspiration for one of your own projects!

Here's a picture of the finished project:

9  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Big, crazy ottoman. Seriously. on: June 16, 2008 07:52:27 AM
My friend just moved out of her parent's house and into an apartment with her brother. They needed something sturdy to put their feet on while playing their 15 different gaming consoles. (Seriously. I counted.) So while walking around Ikea, we decided we should make an ottoman instead of buying it. I've re-upholstered some couches for my university's theatre department, so I figured we could do a simple rectangular ottoman.

We spent $7.20 at Home Depot on wood for the frame. And around $40 or $50 at JoAnn's on upholstery fabric and batting.

The whole thing took us around 12 hours to build and staple together. I have a lot of pictures of the process, but my camera battery died completely somewhere during the process, so I only have the picture of the final product I took with my phone. Once I actually unpack and organize everything from my dorm, I'll find my battery charger and post the pictures. For now, here's a crappy one of the finished product.

10  COOKING / Dessert / Rainbow Cupcakes! Or an attempt... on: June 13, 2008 05:03:14 PM
So I made the Rainbow Cupcakes that everyone on here really likes. Or I attempted to make them. Well, they're colorful at least.

The outside. You can already tell they're not quite right. I had to use Halloween cupcake things because I forgot to buy others at Publix, haha.

The inside. They're colorful. But not quite the rainbow I was going for.

Eh, whatever. They're tasty.
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