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1  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Not just any penguin....THE PENGUIN! on: November 08, 2012 02:46:15 PM
I had a really hard time thinking of a female character to dress up for this Halloween, so instead, I decided to do a genderswapped version of my favorite Batman villain...

The Penguin!

...but not the Batman Returns, sewer-dwelling, flippered, face-biting movie version.  The classy gangster comic version.

I sewed the tailcoat (using this pattern), the gold vest (from Simplicity 4079) , the pinstripe A-line skirt (without a pattern), and the bow tie (from this pattern).  I already happened to have the perfect blouse, so I didn't have to worry about that.  

I also added the purple bias tape to the top hat, and I made the gunbrella using a cheap Halloween Tommy-gun toy and a black umbrella.

I unfortunately did not get very many great photos, but I wanted to show the vest, since it's mostly covered in the other photos...so pardon the mirror shot...

Also, gunbrella...I had fun making this. I had take apart the toy gun, and then make the umbrella handle actually fit inside the toy gun.  My friend and I tried to make it so that pulling the trigger opened the unbrella, unfortunately, the trigger just didn't have enough leverage.

And here's the reference photo I roughly based my costume on....
2  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / "Take chances, make mistakes, get messy!" - Ms. Frizzle (Magic School Bus) on: October 31, 2011 10:48:03 AM
The Frizz from The Magic School Bus!

Heres my Halloween costume this year.  It was a big hit at the Halloween Party I went to on Friday! Everybody came up to me and told me about how Magic School Bus was their favorite show/books as a kid, or how all they knew about science came from the Magic School Bus!   I wish I could get my hair to poof more like the Frizz....It used to be super poofy when I was back in Humid ol' Illinois, but Montana is so dry!

Anyhow, I found a few yards of the planetary fabric fairly cheap on eBay, and once I saw it, I know I had to be The Frizz!  I made the dress based off of Simplicity 3673, and added the purple Peter Pan collar.  

To give it some poof I made the petticoat (based off of the tutorial at this site
http://sugardale.blogspot.com/2008/08/how-to-make-petticoat.html).  The little shoe rockets I just made out of clay and attached to my dress shoes.

But I am especially proud of the Saturn earrings.  Theyre just wooden beads painted gold.  I drilled a hole, put the copper wire through, and wrapped it around like the rings of Saturn!  I like them enough that I will probably wear them anytime, not just with the costume.  

And no Frizzle is complete without the Magic School Bus (Shrunk to purse size of course, using the shrinker-scope).  I just kind of winged this one.  A little bit of math, googley eyes, some acrylic paint for the bus details, and some quilt batting, and I made a decent bus-shaped purse!

Essentially, Liz is the only thing I didnt make (I found her online).

And of course - The Real Frizz!

3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Why so serious? Almost. on: September 08, 2008 11:54:17 PM
My friend got this T-shirt with the Joker and Harley Quinn, and was inspired by the Generation Tee book to try and make it cooler... Unfortunately, she failed miserably, and the shirt ended up pretty mutilated.  So she asked me to try and do something with it.  So two evenings and three red t-shirts later....

This is what I came up with:
My friend modeling her new hoodie....


You can't really tell in the pics, but I lined the hood with a black&white diamond checkered fabric.

The sleeves and sides/hood are slightly different shades of red because I had to use what I could find at a local thrift store for the red fabric.  It's pretty noticeable in this picture, but in real life it's not that bad.
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Dinosaur Hoodie! (*three images*) on: July 28, 2008 05:57:54 PM
So I was at a fabric store when I ran across this adorable dinosaur fabric, so of course, I bought some.  Then I was like, "What on earth should I do with it?"  Then I came across a pattern for a long sleeve shirt from Burdastyle (http://www.burdastyle.com/patterns/show/542) and a tutorial for a T-shirt recon (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=100217.0), and I put them together, and presto.  Dinosaur hoodie.  It is my second attempt ever at a top (the first being a 1700's style jacket for a Halloween Costume), and I think it turned out alright.  It's still a little rough around the edges, but I'll have time to fix it up before it's actually cold enough to wear it.

Front View: (Ignore my doofy face)

Back View:

Close up of dinosaurs:

Any constructive criticism would be greatly appreciated!
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Penguin hat on: July 12, 2008 08:57:42 PM
I have been dying to make a hat like this for a long time, and just recently I got on a big sewing kick, so I decided to try.  I don't have terribly much experience sewing, I've done a couple of Halloween costumes and size-altered a couple of my clothes, so this was an adventure, especially since I had to stray from the pattern a bit.

I used the see&sew 4003 hat C pattern for the basic shape of the hat.

I don't know all of the tricks on how to make things fit better, so I was wondering if anybody could help for future reference, how do you make a hat less lumpy?  This hat bunches along the top seam in the front and back fairly noticeably, which is why I'm holding it flat in the picture.

Overall, I'm pretty happy with how this guy turned out.  Next time I make a hat like this I'm going to use white thread for the stomach of the penguin, and I'm not going to be using my crappy sewing machine.  But if anybody has any suggestions on how to improve this, I'd appreciate advice. Smiley
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