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1  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Spirit Tracks Princess Zelda on: November 04, 2013 05:27:18 AM
A recent Zelda addiction led my oldest daughters to pick Zelda themed costumes this year.  My 10-year-old wanted to be Zelda, while the 11-year-old wanted to be Saria.
  Zelda proved to be quite the challenge, more than just the "blonde princess" that she said would be easy to do.  kids....
    I drafted a dress pattern based on a skirt and shirt that fit her well, creating the golden chest plate shape out of fabric, as I did not have the time to mold anything.  I made the gold belt and tiara in a similar fashion: shapes out of fabric, instead of molding. My husband created a stencil for the symbols hanging from her belt, the center symbol being a 2-layer stencil of red then yellow.  Considering, I had just over a week to make it, including adding the gold at the neckline, then taking it in because it was floppy, she was pretty happy with it.

Here is what she wanted : http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20120203005954/nintendo/en/images/2/22/Zelda_Spirit_Tracks.png

and here is what she got:

Shoulder detail, and skirt pleats:

Neckline, with top stitching to imitate the beveled look:




My Princess Zelda (also with the feather details behind her ears):

With Saria:

 And here is a pic of Saria, for reference: http://images1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20110427001435/zelda/images/7/78/Saria_Artwork.png

 Oh! OH!  Both girls also became recent ocarina players, purchasing them from the Renaissance Festival, and practiced a few songs to be able to play them while Trick-or-Treating.

Thanks for looking!
2  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Disney's The Black Hole Humanoid, and Wolf's Rain's Blue on: October 31, 2012 11:33:21 AM
a couple more costumes for you.    a last minute costume, based on the blue wolf hood (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=372996.msg4389447#msg4389447)  i already had. i decided to dress as Wolf Rain's Blue character's human and wolf form. http://images2.fanpop.com/images/soapbox/blue-the-human-wolf_24119_1.jpg?cache=1249313641

  i found this tutorial http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Make-Cute-Kitty-Paw-Mittens/#step1, and made some paws to go with the hood.

it's a bit dark, but the fur is the same dark blue fur from the hood.   i left off the pads on the toes, because i am lazy.

forgot: wolf eye makeup...

and without the hood

 and my husband decided to dress as the robots from Disney's The Black Hole.

  i found some "mint in package" discount jersey sheets (the hem was VERY crooked), and studied my model (above).  i cut a pattern from an oversized sweat shirt, and only attached the arm strips at the shoulders.  there is an invisible zipper in the back, and 1/2 in cording through the collar. also, super shiny stretch material for an undershirt and fingerless gloves (he was dressing for a halloween performance for his band, and needed to be able to use his fingers)

happy halloween!
3  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / M.A.S.K. Vanessa Warfield and X-men (cartoon) Storm on: October 29, 2012 06:22:58 AM
   as with most of us craftster fans, i made my kids costumes.   each time there's something new to figure out, and when i do, i gain more confidence in my sewing.   although, my window is cut short because our particular city is really stupid and has Trick or Treat, or Beggar's Night, on the Thursday before Halloween.
   this year, my oldest, who just REALLY got in to M.A.S.K. wanted to go as Vanessa from Venom's side.

my nine year-old wanted to go as Storm from the 90s X-men cartoon

     my oldest was a tad picky about the coveralls that she would wear, and it was impossible to find a Storm costume like the cartoon, so i committed to making coveralls for both girls. and it had to be done well because both of them decided that they wanted to be able to wear the coveralls as normal clothes for school. ( i love these kids)    i used a shirt and pants from each daughter to make a pattern. then made a muslin mock-up and marked the waist line. we had lots of fit issues, and i learned how to adjust a pattern for a full bottom Wink  the back pockets are from the jeans, and the front pockets  are similar to the Diesel Hush jeans.   Storm ended up with a black jumpsuit, like the movie, to minimize visible panties.

lots of top stitching, as you can see.

 and i even made spats, using a Threadbanger tutorial, for Vanessa's boots.

and on the kids

4  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Maple Bacon Muffins on: September 27, 2012 06:57:47 AM
so, we've been on quite the muffin kick.   the salty-sweet bacon craze inspired me to find a maple bacon muffin recipe.  disappointed by the lack of flavor in the recipes i found through google searches, i concocted my own.

   1c. + 2 Tbs. all-purpose flour         1 egg, beaten                                         
   1.c wheat flour *                          1/4c butter, melted
   3/4c. sugar                                  4 Tbs. maple syrup
   2 tsp. baking powder                     1 Tbs. maple extract (imitation is okay)
   1/4 tsp. salt                                 6-10 slices bacon, crumbled or chopped
   2/3c. milk
  * you can use all-purpose in place of the wheat flour. i had it on hand, and threw it in.

   Preheat oven to 400 F. In a large bowl combine flour, salt, baking powder, and sugar, make a well in center.  in another bowl stir together wet ingredients. pour in well, and stir just until combined. stir in bacon, and divide in to 12 muffin cups. sprinkle tops with sugar (it gives it a wonderful crunch) and bake for 18-20 minutes.

  mmm, bacony goodness.  although, my brother suggested a whole slice of bacon in each muffin Wink
5  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Cocoa Wheats Flavored Muffins on: September 15, 2012 08:12:54 AM
so, while trying to whips up a quick batch of chocolate muffins, and being slightly distracted by my "little helper,"  i made a mistake that ended up being pretty tasty. (i forgot the baking powder)  after a few bites, my husband and i agreed that they tasted like Cocoa Wheats: a hint of chocolate and not super sweet.  and they look like them too!

   1/2 butter, melted          1 egg, beaten          2/3c. milk
   1 tsp. vanilla                 1 3/4c. flour
   3/4-1c sugar                    1 heaping Tb Hershey's Special Dark Cocoa

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.  mix all ingredients well.  batter will be a little thin.   divide into muffin cups (regular size), sprinkle tops with sugar, and bake for 18-20 minutes

6  COOKING / Dessert / Raspberry cream white cake with ganache on: October 14, 2011 06:05:33 AM
for my mother's birthday, back in august, i was inspired to try something a little fancy.  i searched and searched for recipe similar to what i wanted, and came up with this: 3-layer white cake with raspberry whipped cream topped with ganache.  i used this recipe for the layers, and based my whipped cream on the one here too: http://www.yumsugar.com/Celebrate-Spring-White-Cake-2970478



and the cake plate my mother gave me, that she bought when we lived in West Germany Smiley

7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / dress, inspired by a scrap on: October 14, 2011 05:43:52 AM
a local fabric store was going out of business after 50 years. found lots of goodies in their sale. one was a remnant of mesh embroidered with beautiful flowers. as soon as i saw it i new what i wanted to make with it.  two years later i was able to create the dress. ( i got pregnant with my son in between, and had to wait for time, motivation, and my shape to come back Wink )  i'm not great at creating patterns, so i altered New Look 6468, cutting out the panel for the sheer embroidered remnant, and adding a small lace-up section

8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / jacket clone on: October 14, 2011 05:37:20 AM
my husband found a neat zip-up from goodwill 11 years ago, and asked me to make another one for him.  so, we found some cheap fabric at jo-ann's (that way if this didn't turn out, it was no big loss) and i went at it, carefully tracing all the panels of the jacket, marking seam allowance, and trying to adjust pieces that had stretched and were misshaped. there were tons of panels, side tabs, and lots of top stitching.  it was a little stressful, but both my husband and i are extremely happy with the result.  i think i'll be making another soon.

here's the finished product

and the new jacket by the old one

9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / a collection of shirts i've altered on: October 13, 2011 06:47:28 AM
just a few things i've made over the past few years (all are linked thumbnails Wink )

nothing too special. cut image from old Garbage shirt, attached to an altered long-sleeve T. (the sleeves flare slightly)

my friend asked me to save his worn-out Alice in Chains shirt. and this is what he got

resized a giant men's shirt, and cut out letters and Haro image from a green shirt

one of my favorites, it took a bit to figure out how to make the web more stable.

striped shirt from goodwill into two new shirts

another striped shirt into a T with envelope neckline, and white band

and used the turtleneck, cut in two, to make cuffs for a track jacket

cut out the image, and used scraps to add more detail for an Evangelion tank top

and last, found a GIANT moo-moo at goodwill, "new with tags," as they say. transplanted the mandarin collar and key-hole to a white shirt (it ended up with short sleeves) also, made vents at the bottom trimmed in the fabric from the moo-moo

and turned the rest into a skirt, with exposed white ruffle underskirt, and tie waistband (it's a little hard to see, but it's tied into a bow)

thanks for looking!
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Curtains to skirt & top on: October 12, 2011 06:29:44 AM
I needed an outfit to wear to a friend's wedding. i raided my fabric stash and found this giant remnant from the curtains i hemmed in our living room.  i winged the skirt, and added an exposed ruffled lining.  the top was from New Look 6468, the top band cut from the curtains. the weather was nice enough that i also got to wear this for my anniversary date last night Smiley

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