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1  Re: Katy Perry Costume help. in Halloween Costumes by alli.illektro on: October 10, 2010 03:06:26 AM
i think this and the lady gaga meat dress (or maybe the caution tape and beer can rollers) are gonna be the most popular costumes this halloween. here what i would do..

you need:
- a blue bra that fits
- 2 6in diameter styrofoam donut shapes (in the floral arranging section of the craft store)
- 2 tan colored tagboard (or similar) strips (about 20 inches long)
- 2 white colored tagboard circles about 7.5 in diameter
- white 100% SILICON caulk (from the hardware store)
- seed beads or similar to use as sprinkles and something to use as a cherry (fimo ball? wood bead? whatever you can find)
- tape
- hot glue
(im using donut shapes as the base for the cupcake rather then half a sphere because you've gotta fit it over the cup of a real breast, flats on curves don't work so well, i think the hollow of the donut will make it sit better and more comfortably)

ok soo...

1. take the white tagboard circles, find the center and cut about a 1.5 inch (at the widest part) wedge out of it.
2. take the edges you just cut out of the circle together to make a shallow cone shape (the wider you cut the base of the wedge, the taller the cupcake top will be)
3. congregate the tan strips and glue them around the edge of the styrofoam donut shapes.
4. glue the cone on top
5. use the silicon caulk to "frost" the "cupcake" it will dry rubbery and will look just like whip cream. (do this outside because its toxic and be sure not to get it on anything you cant throw away as it isn't water soluble) make sure to frost it rather thinly because this stuff dries kinda heavy.
6. before your "frosting" dries decorate them as you like
7. hot glue it onto the cups of the bra!

ta da! easy and should be pretty light. Smiley
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2  mint A-line lolita JSK in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by alli.illektro on: September 17, 2010 09:57:53 AM

gosurori pattern (im sorry i dont know which one exactly, it was a scan someone posted) i tweaked the color a little to make it more true to life. it looked really blue on my camera but its a really nice bright mint color! also, you cant see the sparkly on the chiffon that well. IRL its gorgeous! i made this in about....8 hours. Smiley i think the a-line shape is a life saver for those of us who think the typical gathered lolita skirt is really unflattering on them. (i.e.- me.) and it seems faster to make....less gathering! what do you think?

xoxo alli illektro
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3  Re: Japanese Lolita Fashion Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by alli.illektro on: August 14, 2010 07:18:35 PM
 Cheesy i just recieved my package from broknwingz! omg, everything is AMAZING and especially since i was no longer really her partner, she went way out of her way to STILL craft for me! on to the pics!
this is my wearing the amazingly cute dress she made me! it fits perfectly and the shape is REALLY flattering! i love it!

heres the super cute cutsew!

both together, the dress has a little chain of glass pearls that has clips so you can take it off for washing!

thennnn there was this AWESOME bag, its the perfect size for books and my mini laptop! i love it! kitty, did you make this bag from SCRATCH!?

its like a fold-over tote style messenger bag, and the grey will go with lots of my wardrobe
there's a little wristlet/pencil bag to match the dress (complete with pencils! tehe)

little necklaces and a glass pearl bracelet! which i will wear ALL THE TIME!

and lastly but not least, a hardcover journal/notebook covered in a pretty classic floral print with pink lace around the edge:

whew! long post, lots of pictures  but everything was so cute and awesome i wanted to share it all. thanks so much hun! lets wear our lolita outfits somewhere together sometime! xoxoxo
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4  Rebel Rebel! in Costumes: Completed Projects by alli.illektro on: April 26, 2010 07:37:19 PM
i just finished my costume for my friends bowie party! i have a better wig on order but it will take about a month to get here Sad this one from my old ziggy stardust costume (also posted on here) will have to do. im SUPER proud of this, its done really technically well and comfortable too! hooray!

and a reference photo:

anyone know where i can get a red plastic prop guitar? i have a real fender strat thats navy blue with a white pick guard but i dont really want to carry that around. Tongue
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5  John Galliano Jacket from Showstudio in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by alli.illektro on: April 09, 2010 11:23:02 AM
If youve been watching the sew-a-long boards you'll know this jacket. a second batch of us have attempted the dreaded John Galliano jacket. i just finished mine. i made some changes to the detailing (placement of the eyelets and snaps) and also made the long sleeve removable with snaps at the shoulder. i didnt plan on being able to actually WEAR such an avant garde piece but i really think its rockin. check out the sew-a-long boards to see some other craftsters take on the same piece!

without sleeve:
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6  Re: The Mysterious Galliano Pirate Jacket - Help Me Decipher It or Sew-Along! in Clothing Sewalongs by alli.illektro on: April 09, 2010 01:43:21 AM

i took some artistic liberty when it comes to the eyelets and appliqued grosgrain pieces. oh! and also, i added snaps to where the long sleeve attaches to the shoulder so that it can be removable.

definitely wearin' it with my white docs Wink

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7  Re: The Mysterious Galliano Pirate Jacket - Help Me Decipher It or Sew-Along! in Clothing Sewalongs by alli.illektro on: February 10, 2010 08:32:18 PM
hey kids! so ive finally gotten around to going to the fabric store and finding fabric i like so im back to work on this thing. im almost done with the exterior one. then i need to make ANOTHER one to use for the lining (but that one should be easier, no extra flaps or straps.) you know- this is actually REALLY EASY. if you can sew well enough to put in a zipper that is really the hardest part. Smiley  i chose to kinda stick with the original color scheme without using actual flags. my white fabric tho has black lettering kinda printed on it all messy like- it says "dirty england" all over it Smiley i like the punkness i gives it. Oh! and i took the hard road and did the patchwork sleeve. worth it. to the pictures!

(from the front, flap up)

(front side, flap down)

(side view)


its gonna look rad lined and edged in red. i just need to pick up some d rings and snaps. hope this is encouraging! post pics! i wanna see how you're doin!

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8  Re: The Mysterious Galliano Pirate Jacket - Help Me Decipher It or Sew-Along! in Clothing Sewalongs by alli.illektro on: January 24, 2010 08:37:57 PM
alright guys- i finished my muslin rough draft!

i didnt bother to do the grosgrain appliques on this one, just wanted to make sure i knew where everything went. surprisingly, the pattern pieces are so well marked i found this WAY easier then any commercial pattern i've ever used! i sewed the seams on the outside just so i could see my markings and placements. it actually looks cool highlighting the unique piecing of this jacket.

im not sure i want to do that weird little gathered thing in the middle of the back on the top. its strange. and i like the deep v on the back without it, also i didnt put the flap with the eyelets on the back on the practive version either though i will on the final.

i kept noticing it saying something about "corset back" which confused me at first because as far as i can tell there is no corset-ry in here...so i think maybe thats just a turn of phrase?

one question, whats the deal with that button stand? where does that go? thats my only missing piece!

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9  Re: The Mysterious Galliano Pirate Jacket - Help Me Decipher It or Sew-Along! in Clothing Sewalongs by alli.illektro on: January 22, 2010 01:25:06 AM
im gonna try to keep technical drawings and details of the whole process as a guide for others as we go (and because things arent very clear otherwise, to me anyway!)

alright im gonna keep adding details and editing these "maps" of the pattern .pdf as we go. for now, the basics that i know:

red numbers = the main numbered pattern pieces (as far as i can find)
yellow = the pieces you will need if you make the long sleeve out of individual pieces
blue = discard able (doubles of other pieces)
orange pieces = elastic (or grosgrain?) elastic i think.

let me know if we sort anything else out, i will update the 'maps'

tally ho!
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10  prep school blazer- FROM SCRATCH! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by alli.illektro on: January 02, 2010 02:04:15 PM
hey everyone! so i've wanted to find a navy blazer with a tartan interior for a loooong time, finally i just bought a pattern and decided to try it myself. now, if you've seen other things ive made on here you know i RARELY use a commercial pattern. this is not because im better at making patterns then they are but because i never learned how to use them properly. Tongue BUT but...this time i decided to try to make it EXACTLY following their directions, fully expecting to curse wildly and end up throwing it in a pile out of frustration never to be finished.

well ta da!
i actually did it! (though the way the instructions showed was much more difficult then necessary, they have you the lining in a WELL screwed up manner.)

the pattern: Mcall's M5935
the fabric: navy moleskin (in LOVE) and cotton tartan
the time: about 10 hours total?

this is probably the MOST technically difficult piece ive ever attempted and it turned out beautifully if i may say so myself! i hope i inspired other who think they cant make something like this!
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