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1  Kangaskhan, I choose you! Pokemon costume in Halloween Costumes by dogl0v3r on: November 03, 2013 04:59:42 AM
Check out Kangaskhan!

This was originally made for the London MCM Comic con, which was last weekend, but as it was also intended to be worn on Halloween night to hand out sweets to trick or treaters - and I did not start making it until the second week in October - I hope it is eligible to be entered into this challenge.

Normally when I make a costume I take loads of photos of all the stages, but as I started this one much much later than usual, I only have a few. The head was made out of camping mat foam and the inside of the mouth is covered in black mesh; to make it look darker but also to allow for decent visibility. Below are pictures of the head, both plain fleece and with the details added.

But it wouldn't be Kangaskhan without the baby, so I made that too. It was 95% hand stitched and 5% machine stitched, and also made out of fleece. the facial features were attached with a hot glue gun. Below are pictures of the body, the body with everything stitched on, and the final finished plush.

Here is the costume when I unpacked it in my hotel room. The body is fleece and the pouch was made out of camping mat foam, stitched into the suit itself, with elastic around my waist and hips to keep it in place.

And here are some pictures of the finished costume in action.

Thank you for looking at my costume. I hope you like it x
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2  The ins and outs of the rise-and-fall hem? in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by dogl0v3r on: October 04, 2011 01:14:07 PM
I've only just seen the music video for Cheryl Cole's "Parachute" (yes I know it came out ages ago, but it takes me ages to get into the 'popular' stuff because the radio stations rinse the chart stuff to death) and I am positively in LOVE with the dress she wore.

I'm all set to draft my pattern and add my own personal changes when I realise something - the dress has a rise and fall hem, and I have NO IDEA how to make one of those.

A search on Google proved fruitless, so I thought maybe you guys would be able to help.

Anyone have any idea how to make a rise and fall hem?
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3  The feet of a metal beetle - query in Costumes: Discussion and Questions by dogl0v3r on: July 22, 2011 03:53:33 AM
Can I use a piece of laminate wood flooring to create a solid base for my metal beetle feet?

I won't be having the holes, but I would like that unusual shape. Also, I will be gluing them to the sole of my trainers, what sort of glue would make sure it definitely sticks?
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4  Arcanine hybrid... I choose you! in Costumes: Completed Projects by dogl0v3r on: February 07, 2011 03:57:25 AM
Ta dah!

This gijinka took me AGES! I started it last year when I spotted this really cute design by SilentSasuke on dA.

SilentSasuke has moved accounts and is now drawing under the name Onisuu. PLEASE check out both accounts, they're full of fantastic artwork and designs.

As I said, I started it last year, but other cosplays, illness, work and various life hurdles meant that I kept putting it on hold. Before I knew where I was, a year had passed since I first saw the epic drawing and the artists birthday was quickly approaching. So, I got my arse in gear and got to work. I almost got it done in time, but due to an unexpected hospital visit, I finished it a day late.

The artist loved it though, so the slight lateness didn't matter Smiley
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5  From drab to fab - dull duvet to great gijinka (seriously image heavy!) in CHALLENGE 59 ENTRIES by dogl0v3r on: February 02, 2011 07:43:00 AM
This is my first Craftster challenge, so here we go! Since Im in the UK, I used a currency converter to translate $20 into pounds, so (as of January 14th) 12.77 was my limit.
The item I used for this challenge wasnt ugly in the traditional sense of the word, but the sheer drabness of it was what made it ugly. It was an unloved, quite sad looking thing, but I was determined to breathe new life into it. I was browsing the thrift shops in Liverpool when I saw a really dull, duvet cover and 2 pillow cases. I paid 7.99 for them. (I also bought a cute greeting card with a bulldog on it while I was there, but that was for my personal collection Cheesy ).

Here it is, in its original dullness, awaiting its magical journey into the washing machine, on the way to becoming something beautiful! Please excuse the mess in the kitchen, I have several projects on the go and the house does go to pot when Im engrossed in my crafting. I dyed the duvet cover and only one of the pillowcases, since I needed the other pillowcase to stay white to make the horns and parts of the sleeves and leg warmers.

A quick math quiz! 1 liberated duvet set plus 1 box of blue fabric dye plus (additional supplies from my stash divided by my scissors) plus my sewing machine and glue gun equals

A shiny Houndoom gijinka!

Im sure most of you know what a gijinka is, but for those who dont, Ill explain. A gijinka is when you take an inanimate object or an animal and translate it into clothing. To get a better idea, type gijinka into a Google image search.

Im also sure that most of you are aware of what Pokemon are, and Houndoom is a Doberman-like animal with horns and a pointed tail. Normally, Houndoom is black and orange, but the shiny version is blue and peach. Here is a picture of Houndoom in its shiny form .

The tail is a long grey foam thing (insulation for a pipe) inside a tube of fabric. I made a ribbon to go at the top so it didn't look just plonked on, and because it's detachable it is a bit er... wonky Undecided The point of the tail is made of funky foam.

The horns are made out of upholstry foam - something I always have a lot of because I make costumes heads out of it - and covered with white fabric from the undyed pillowcase. I then stuffed them and glued hair slides to the bottom.

The white round alien head is also detachable, so the garment can be machine washed.

And so to the leg warmers. Made to form-fit my legs, they're elasticated at the top. This was my first attempt at leg warmers, and the fact that there are tutorials here on craftster for making them certainly made it easier.

All in all, I only paid for the duvet set and a box of Dylon Ocean Blue machine dye - because I'm such a tremendous hoarder, everything else was already in my stash Grin

It felt really good doing this challenge. I did some good by buying from a thrift store and recycling something unwanted into something really cute that I can wear to meet ups and anime cons/expos.

Hope you all like it! x
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6  Of rubber mats and dragon feet, help please! in Costumes: Discussion and Questions by dogl0v3r on: January 13, 2011 01:42:00 PM
Ok, so being the obsessed How to Train Your Dragon fan that I am, I have decided to make a deadly Nadder costume.

Here is the dragon in question, in case for some reason you haven't seen the film.

I have the majority of the costume figured out, just one thing has me stumped.

To create a realistic leg I am working foam around a pair of old comfy trainers. The problem is that the foam around the bottom of the trainer could get wrecked if it rains the weekend of the event that this costume is for. I was going to get an outside rubber 'welcome' mat, cut it the shape of the bottom of the feet and glue it using e-6000, but I don't know what would be able to cut through it - or if thick faux leather would suffice instead.

Here is the kind of mat I was thinking of using http://www.wilkinsonplus.com/Floor-Mats/Wilko-Mat-Coir-40cmx60cm/invt/0267049?htxt=136oBCvHNH7SX8O%2BwHFbz9FgoqzFN%2F8FCFNRGTUGAbU3pQeJr8%2BHpE%2FAuabpZiMSmtYOZS6CsAB8%0AkI2PHkwfVA%3D%3D

Any help you guys could give would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance x
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7  Arcanine, I choose you! in Costumes: Completed Projects by dogl0v3r on: February 24, 2010 01:54:51 PM
Behold! My Arcanine cosplay is finished! I wanted to get an early start on the cosplay; it's for the MCM Expo in May this year  Cheesy

I am so so happy with how this came out that I just had to share it with you all  Grin The head is made of 1/2" upholstry foam. I used fleece and faux fur mostly (short-haired on the muzzle and long-haired for the rest of the head), and funkie foam to make the teeth and edging for the eyes. The eyes don't have great visibility but I can still make out where I am and where I'm going.

This photo was taken before I added the long mane at the front of the head.

The tail is very heavy, but creates the perfect 'big and fluffy' look I was going for. I had to attach the tail at the base of the spine and halfway up my back, and it is tacked in several places to stop it weighing the suit down.

Please excuse the mess, I was trying to sort my fabric when I decided to pose for the photos Cheesy

More posing! lol

I will post some more detailed photos when I get the chance.

Thanks for looking and I hope you like it!
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8  Please help - tail advice! in Costumes: Discussion and Questions by dogl0v3r on: January 16, 2010 11:18:41 AM
One of my next cosplays will be of Arcanine, the evolved form of Growlithe (from Pokemon, if you haven't already guessed lol). I've got a body pattern all set out and I know how to make the head, and the hand and feet paws, but what's really got me stuck is the tail...

As you can see it's not the easiest thing to replicate, it's a bit like a squirrels tail with that bend in the middle. Any suggestions?

Thanks in advance!

dogl0v3r xx
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9  My First Recon - Halloween cloak to pretty dress in Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects by dogl0v3r on: November 22, 2009 01:14:53 PM
I am so proud of this, my very first recon!

Here is the cloak...

And here is the dress...

And here is the dress with my over-kimono, sash and kinky legwear lol...

I wore the dress to my Staff nite out yesterday and everyone was impressed with my efforts. We weren't the only work-nite party there, so there were lots of new faces that I'll probably never see again XD I was complimented on my dress and asked where I bought it from; they were all shocked when I told them that I'd made it myself.

I've never felt so confident in a dress and I danced up a storm!

Hope ya'll like it too Cheesy xx
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10  Expo cosplay Ein and Hercule in Costumes: Completed Projects by dogl0v3r on: October 29, 2009 06:44:50 AM
So we just got back from London. We were at the London Expo and we had a great time! We met up with some of our DA friends and got loads of free hugs!

This is me as Ein from Cowboy Bebop, hugging a girl dressed as Akamaru from Naruto. While we were hugging she started laughing and said "This is the softest hug ever!" and I started laughing too.

I made the head out of foam and fake fur, used silk organza for the eyes, and the lips, tongue, inner ears and nose were made of a childrens craft foam called funkie foam. The body was made of fake fur and I used Simplicity pattern 2853 for the basic shape.

This is Stephen, my boyfriend, as Hercule from Dragonball Z. We saw a guy and a girl dressed as Gohan and Videl and just had to get a group shot. Sorry bout the crappy photo, my phone hasn't got the best camera on it.

I altered a bathrobe pattern and used quilters fabric (mostly because I couldn't find a dressmakers fabric in the right colour) to make the gi, and a previously drafted pattern for the baggy pants. He got stopped by so many people who wanted a photo of him Cheesy

This is us with the dog head off. I bought a real red dog collar and had a dog tag engraved with 'Ein' on one side and 'London Expo Oct 09' on the other side. I got both from a key-cutting place near my work and you should've seen the look on the guys face when I told him the tag wasn't for a dog, it was for me!

Sorry bout the crappy photos, I just wanted to share my creations with ya'll!

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