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1  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Kangaskhan, I choose you! Pokemon costume 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This was originally made for the London MCM Comic con, which was last weekend, but as it was also intended to be worn on Halloween night to hand out sweets to trick or treaters - and I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
2  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / Giving my gijinka a fluffy skirt. Help please. on: February 15, 2012 03:34:32 PM
Okay, so I'm making a Reshiram gijinka in the form of a ballgown. For the non-gamers here, Reshiram is a feathery legendary dragon Pokemon from the 4th generation >>> http://pokemondb.net/pokedex/reshiram

I've got a design all ready to make a prototype dress, but there's one problem. I don't know how to get the 'feathery' effect without copping out and gluing feather boas to the skirt XD

Here is the effect I'm trying to emulate >>> http://www.buyselldress.co.uk/Sites/buyselldress_co_uk/Uploads/User/bridal-dress-b19b1b20032b1039bb5fa094f9bbd0b4.jpg

It looks like soft tulle cut and/or stitched in a certain way, but I can't really figure it out. Are there any experienced dressmakers who can point me in the right direction?

Any help would be awesome x
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / The ins and outs of the rise-and-fall hem? 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?
4  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / The feet of a metal beetle - query 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?
5  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / making a large anime character soft doll, help please on: June 06, 2011 06:29:56 AM
This is Honey-senpai >>> http://www.absoluteanime.com/ouran_high_school_host_club/mitsukuni.htm

I cannot find a ready-made, full size (or any size) plush of this character so I want to make a soft doll of him myself. In the profile it says he is 4ft 9", although I am planning to make him 4ft even. I have 3 years of sewing experience, mostly making costumes, but don't know how to go about making an anime doll.

I have perused many blogs and tutorials, and have gotten some ideas, but since I am making him quite big I thought I would ask around here if anyone has made large soft dolls before, and if they can give me any advice/helpful tips.

Any help would be greatly appreciated xxx
6  COOKING / Dessert / a cupcake conundrum; icing inquiry... on: February 19, 2011 09:17:45 AM
I've decided to give handmade cupcakes as favours at an upcoming party, but need to know what brand name - or store's own - icing/frosting can sit at room temperature for a few hours.

I should mention that I'm in the UK, and may not be able to get hold of US-only products (which sucks because having been to the US last year, and tried things like Honey Buns, I am now thoroughly depressed because they don't sell them in England Sad ).

Any help you can give will be greatly appreciated ^_^ x
7  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Arcanine hybrid... I choose you! 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
8  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 59 ENTRIES / From drab to fab - dull duvet to great gijinka (seriously image heavy!) 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
9  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / Of rubber mats and dragon feet, help please! 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
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Reversible dress... with sleeves? on: September 20, 2010 05:22:25 AM
Ok, so I've got these two gorgeous bi-stretch fabrics and I want to combine them into one reversible dress with sleeves.

I've found a lot of reversible dress tutorials, but most of them are for toddlers and NONE of them include sleeves. I don't want to show my arms, especially when bell sleeves suit me so well Cheesy Any suggestions would be VERY gratefully received x x x
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