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1  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / Help identifying fabric! on: June 26, 2012 12:00:57 PM
So I just got someone asking me about making them a Joker Arkham Asylum suit and before I even begin going down that road I want to figure out prices etc...I can't figure that sort of stuff out without knowing what fabric to buy. I know my fair share of fabric types but I just don't know what type this is/would be considered.

Could anyone tell me what this fabric is?


thanks for any and all help given!
2  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: 1950s Secretary Burlesque Outfit [image heavy][nsfw possibly?] on: April 11, 2012 07:01:18 AM
The shoes were hard and I kinda messed them up but they're only for stage use so it didn't matter to me if they weren't perfect, I got glue alll over the outside of the fabric. I basically just laid the fabric over the shoes cut a similar pattern to their shape and glued it to it. I used an exacto to cut away all the extra and then put a black trim along the top edge of the shoes...Adding the bow also helped to cover some of my mistakes.
3  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / 1950s Secretary Burlesque Outfit [image heavy][nsfw possibly?] on: February 28, 2012 12:39:39 PM
My burlesque troupe, Rigor Mortis Revue, performed back in November at the Kentucky Tattoo Convention in Lexington, KY myself as well as some of the other girls took a super long road trip from Philadelphia down there to perform several numbers.

I first got the idea to do this number when sitting around the house listening to my boyfriend's Itunes, a strange song came on and I knew it would perfect for a burlesque number it was I need you by Shelly Duvall. I built up this whole image in my head of what it would be, a zombie secretary obsessed with her boss. I sketched up an outfit and came up with the most gorgeous and intensive costume I've put together yet (well maybe not as intensive as my dress robes). Here is my costume for the number. I sewed together everything but the top the gloves and the stockings, everything else I either made or embellished all by myself =)

Here you can see the skirt, shoes and hat that I made for the outfit (hair and make-up done by me as well)

A close up of the front of the fascinator

Here you can see more of the details of the fascinator that I made, it's made from french netting, green/black shift taffeta, there is a flower i made from the taffeta as well as some tule, mesh and chiffon and lace i had sitting around and the center has grey swarovski elements in it and the whole thing sits on a black&green feathered semi-circle

photos of the skirt in action!

You can see a little more of the shoes and the HUGE petticoat I wore to make the skirt all flouncy <3

Here is the beautiful beaded bra I made to go with the whole thing, there are tons of layers of trim and I covered an old bra and completely reconstructed parts to give it the perfect look.

Here you can see more details of the bra (wonderfully modeled by my pillow who is also modeling the super awesome spiderman pillow case I made for it)

The back of the bra

The original shoes, both a before and after I pulled everything off of them

The shoes once I was finished with them, and my cat who refused to move for the photo

A side view so you can see the beautiful trim I used

The pasties to top the whole thing off

I also made panties to go with it but I only have a shot of them on me so I figured I'd go without adding those in. Plus since I performed my number I have bedazzled them with gorgeous rhinestones!

[EDIT: I finally got around to adding the front piece of lace and bedazzling it]

I hand laid over 150 rhinestones in a gradient from white to yellow to green to black. Took about 3 hours with breaks and time to look up and watch grey's anatomy but not too bad if I do say so myself.
4  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Faux Leather Outfit on: October 03, 2011 12:05:24 PM
I'm a burlesque performer based out of Philadelphia, performing with Rigor Mortis Revue, our troupe had a photoshoot for Girls and Corpses magazine and they wanted to do an on location shoot with an apocalyptic theme. All the girls were made to figure out their own costume based out off of their character and personality, I immediately got to sketching out a design for it and this is what came from those sketches!

The "leather" is faux leather vinyl stuff, I know nothing about fabrics just how to make them into pretty stufff. I probably spent less than thirty dollars on the whole thing too!



Group shot

The skirt laces in the back and then the bustle is attached after. The top laces in the front and the back. This fabric was actually pretty easy to sew through. I got up to six layers through my machine before I had to hand sew!
5  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Wizarding Dress Robes on: December 06, 2010 01:50:38 PM
So me and my best friend went to Infinitus this past July. If you don't know what that is it's a huge Harry Potter convention/conference in Florida. It was complete with it's own Yule Ball, once we heard there would be a ball we set to work making Dress Robes.






I went as Luna Lovegood, my dress robes weren't based off of any actual outfit she wore but more my own design based off of her personality. I made the dress I wore underneath as well there are just no photos of that. the collar of my robe was adorned with white, yellow and green swarovski elements

My friend went as Hermione Granger and her dress was loosely based off of Rose from the Titanic's dress as shown in the link bellow. I did not make the dress she wore under her robes however I did do a slight adjustment by adding some lace to make the neckline a bit more modest.
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Dress forms on: December 06, 2010 01:22:33 PM
So I've been sewing for a little bit now and I'm just finding myself needing a dress form more and more these days and as I got to looking I can't help but notice that they all seem to be too big. I have a smaller frame and I'm trying to find a dress form that will actually go down to the measurements I am.

I know I can make my own dress form but I was hoping to get one that was adjustable seeing as I often do projects for friends as well. Does anyone have the same problem or know of a good form that fits my measurements?

Bust: 32
Waist: 24
Hips: 34

Everything I find is bust 33 waist 26 at it's smallest!  Huh
7  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / How do I dye Chiffon&Spandex on: June 26, 2010 09:01:01 AM
I'm making a gown for a ball I'm attending and I have purchased white chiffon and white spandex in the hopes of dying it sage green to a deep hunter green I want the colour to fade from a nice sage green at the bust through waist and then to slowly fade down into a nice deep rich hunter green colour. Now I've purchased two packets of RIT dye one packet of Kelly Green and one packet of Hunter green. On the back of the package is says that you can use a bucket and sort of dip dye it which I think would give me the most control with my colouring, but how to do I get it to smoothly fade from one shade into the next? Are there any specific tricks to dyeing chiffon/spandex that I need to know?

8  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: What are your bad sewing habits? on: December 15, 2009 12:37:36 PM
I start to hunch over my work as I sew and sooner or later i'm parallel to the floor D=< it really kills my back&neck =(

Cutting out my fabric for a project....and then never doing anything further.

Never ever doing pleats....and always wanting to. I had a skirt almost all the way finished I just had to pleat it for it to be in one whole piece D=<

I'll thread my needle and then lose it. or I'll just get finished sewing something up and cut the thread and lose my needle. I'm sure that there are at least two sewing needles in every mattress I've ever owned.

Never estimating correctly how much thread I'm going to need, it's always too much or not enough.

When my clothes have reached that point where normal people would throw them out....I put them in the fabric bin.

When people say "I'm throwing out some old clothes...do you want to take any?" I look through it all and take half of it...if I won't wear it...I'll take it for fabric =X

Buying things that I know I'm going to have to fix up. "Oh well this dress is a size 4 and I'm a size 2....I CAN FIX THAT!" oh sweet dear dress closet...why are you so full?

Doing projects for others and never finishing my own.

Hems. They don't exist in my world.

Planning projects that I decide will include a sewing machine, both of mine are broken.

Owning TWO broke sewing machines.

Planning to buy a third one instead of repairing the other two -.-;

Not yet owning a dress form. Taking things on and off repetitively is getting pretty tiresome...yet I will not make a dress form...or buy one.

Not using patterns.

Being hella cheap =)
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Less than 2$ on: September 21, 2009 03:47:43 PM
That's adorable.
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: cotton gingham cowl-neck bias dress on: September 21, 2009 03:45:54 PM
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