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11  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / I know it's early but... Christmas crafts? on: September 15, 2010 05:14:28 AM
I know it's only September, but around this time of year I start making lists of who to buy for or send a card to, digging thru my Christmas stuff to see what wrapping paper I've got and if any ornaments need replacing.

Believe me when I say it gets much worse in October lol Cheesy

Is there a section on craftster for Christmas crafts and tutorials?

Thanks again! xx
12  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Pyjamas? on: March 01, 2010 04:05:18 AM

Just a quick question. Is fleece a suitable fabric for making winter pyjamas?

Here in England we seem to have 10 months of winter and 2 months of spring, maybe a few days of summer lol x


dogl0v3r xxx
13  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Arcanine, I choose you! 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!
14  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / Please help - tail advice! 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
15  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Winter fabrics? on: November 30, 2009 03:17:23 AM
Howdy ya'll!

I was wondering what kind of fabric can be used to make winter clothing? Specifically, skirts and jackets. I have an old skirt that I can use as a pattern, but since it will be worn outside and inside, I don't know what kind of fabric would be suitable. I'm hoping you can help.

Thanks again!

16  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / My First Recon - Halloween cloak to pretty dress 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
17  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Expo cosplay Ein and Hercule 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!

18  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / Advice on sewing brocade on: October 10, 2009 10:11:32 AM
First I'd like to say, what on earth would I do without you guys? You've all been such a huge help even though I've not posted any of my finished work yet.

I need to know if chinese brocade can be used to make ruffles, and how easy or hard it is to do so.

Thanks again guys and gals!

19  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / Advice on making a large bow on: September 24, 2009 12:51:12 PM

I am making a kind of Loli goth dress but don't know how to make a large bow that will go at the back of the sash.

The look I'm going for is shown in the attached photo. Obviously my dress won't quite be that short or revealing but it will have the large bow if I can get some advice on how to make such a bow.

Any ideas?

Thanks x

20  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / Advice on sewing two different types of fabric on: September 10, 2009 08:04:09 AM
Hey there,

I'm working on a pair of digigrade legs for a cosplay of Ein (Cowboy Bebop). Basically I'm sewing teardrop shaped 'pillows' to go on my calves and thighs that will go under the cosplay to create the illusion of walking on my toes.

These 'pillows' require that I mix stretchy and non-stretch fabric and I'm wondering if I should change the needle I'm using to sew them. Can I use a ballpoint needle to sew non-stretch fabric to stretch fabric or should I just use a regular needle? I know stetch fabric is an absolute demon to sew, but it's kind of a necessity to get the effect I'm going for.

Any help would be greatly appreciated xxx
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