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11  Classic Wolverine! (Now with boot cover tutorial in comments) in Halloween Costumes by cxcaitlyn on: November 02, 2010 10:21:56 AM
So my mom told me that she was getting a group together for Halloween about two weeks ago, and everyone would be going as superheros. What could I be with such short notice on a college kid's budget?

Wolverine of course!

Wolverine has always been my favorite X-men character because of his general bad-assery. This is the original that I modeled my costume after:

My entire costume was made by hand, except for my eyelashes. The majority of the costume was made using t shirts and cardboard. The black was a shiny miscellaneous fabric I stole from a jacket sleeve.

Here are some in-process pics:

One boot cover completed, halfway through another...you can see the t shirt I used on the left side

Pizza box belt buckle, it's really bright red but the pic doesn't show it.

Top, fitted tank made from a t shirt with appliques. I alternated the pattern of the stripes from the original image to better suit a female figure.

Buckle and one set of claws, pre-paint
I used this tutorial for the claws:http://badgerlala.deviantart.com/art/Tutorial-Wolverine-Claws-148310493
They worked pretty well but after the second night I wore them the cardboard was getting a little too bendy for my preference, they probably wouldn't have stood up to a third night of use.

Finished covers:

Full Costume:


Note my boyfriend's attempt at a costume here  Grin:

(Normal people just don't compare to us craftsters!)

I had a blast making this costume, and it was even more fun getting people's reactions in public! A ton of men kept coming up to me and whispering 'WOLVERINE' in my ear...I was like, really is that what I am? I hadn't noticed lol. Someone else told me that I 'won Halloween,' so here's hoping I win this contest as well!

Thank you for your vote, if you vote for me!

(Also, I am more than willing to make a tutorial on any or all aspects of this costume, so feel free to ask if you want to be Wolverine next year!)

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12  Re: ~TWO TINY THINGS FAVE BAND SWAP GALLERY!!!~ in The Swap Gallery by cxcaitlyn on: October 13, 2010 06:43:26 PM
My angel came through!

(and I was spoiled!)

I was really excited when I saw this on the package...

...and even more when I found these inside!

(probably shouldn't have posted that online, so please don't stalk me!)

I got these awesome magnets:

And this cute box opens to reveal...

A necklace!

And finally, my favorite of all:

A "Bad Romance" mug:

I also got a Ghirardelli bar....which was consumed before I could get a picture of it  Roll Eyes

Thank you for everything!! Grin

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13  Re: The Swap Your Crafts Could Smell Like Gallery in The Swap Gallery by cxcaitlyn on: September 27, 2010 04:38:35 PM
Eep! Sorry for replying so late, but I'm super busy all the time!  Cry Cry Cry

Without further adieu, here are some photos of the awesomeness I received last week:

( I love the 'diamonds'!)

I apologize for the crappy quality, I had to use my webcam...

Backside of the tote

The detail on this is amazing, and I love the expression!

And next, my own dream kitchen:

A close up:

And when he's not enjoying the cake he baked for me, Isaiah can relax on a horse:

Also included was a bottle of Old Spice body wash and candy! (I love the extras!)

I'm sorry I posted so late; I loved everything!

(Feel free to post more images if you've got 'em)

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14  Re: ~TWO TINY THINGS FAVE BAND SWAP GALLERY!!!~ in The Swap Gallery by cxcaitlyn on: August 20, 2010 12:47:17 PM
Since my partner is apparently in the process of deleting her account, and because my tracking number tells me that she's had it for almost two weeks, I'm posting pictures of what I sent her.

The first is a bracelet inspired by her favorite lyric by Regina Spektor: "We counted up our feelings and divided that up even, and called that calculation perfect love."

I used pages from an old math notebook I'd used and decoupaged that along with the quote to make this:

Her favorite band is Weezer, and because she requested functional items for her first semester in college, I made this pencil pouch using the logo and the band members:

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15  Re: If This Were The Tree Of Knowledge, I'd Steal the Tamborine! in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by cxcaitlyn on: July 14, 2010 04:26:18 PM
Thank you for the inspiration! I made this last night, but changed the neckline:

This was super easy, thank you again for the idea!  Grin
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16  Creepy Statue Chess Set becomes Lakers Chess Set! in CHALLENGE 51 ENTRIES by cxcaitlyn on: June 06, 2010 04:48:30 PM
My boyfriend has an equal love for both Chess and the Lakers (hopefully they'll win the Finals again this year, or I'll be dealing with quite an unhappy fan!), so when I thought combining the two would be a perfect option for both this challenge and a random gift!

While searching for a random chess set I could modify from various thrift stores in the area, I came across a set that, while disturbing, gave me the idea to make each piece represent each player instead of simply the team colors. I didn't take any before pictures  Roll Eyes but I still had the original box.

The pieces were in about the same condition as this box - scratched, felt all or nearly removed....

With disturbing faces that (supposedly) looked like they were carved.

The original pieces were 'wood grain (plastic)' and creamy white-ish that was disgusting all together. According to the box this set was made in 1957, so that likely explains the condition (and I apologize if I've destroyed a valuable antique!)

So, I did some research, and the purple 'team' is the Lakers' players as they stood in the 2009 championships, and the gold 'team' is what sports critics have dubbed the best Lakers' players of all time - Kareem, Worthy, Magic, and the like.

I spray painted each piece in solid purple/gold, and did the same for the purple on the board. I then hand painted each chess square, jersey number, and face based on google searches. Following that, I re-felted all of the bottoms with matching felt, and I will seal each piece after I find a sealant that I'm sure won't instantly destroy what I've painted.....

Commence random pictures:

Pao Gasol

(Yes, I know Gasol is wearing a necklace....I had to work with what I was given!  Tongue)

Derek Fisher

Kurt Rambis

Feel free to ask any questions you may have...I hope you like this!
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17  Re: Spring Cleaning 2010: Fill a FLAT RATE Box; GALLERY send by 5/22 in The Swap Gallery by cxcaitlyn on: May 21, 2010 07:35:21 PM
I received from Dawnstrees Wednesday and everything is amazng! I'm so sorry I didn't post sooner - it's been hectic here, to say the least. Anyway, on to the pictures:

A ton of fabrics - mostly reclaimed from old clothing. I always reuse wherever possible, including while crafting, so this is right up my alley! I'm looking forward to working with new textures (I typically stick to cotton and jersey), and I love the Japan-inspired shirt!

I'm a VERY beginning knitter (as in, I'm 1/4 finished with my first scarf ever...) but this is inspiration to keep trying!

Lots of things in this picture: Wood crafts, magnets, and cross stitch fabric. I like to paint and don't generally get the chance to so this is great! Also, I love the magnet sheets! Oh do I have plans for these... Wink I was out of the fabric for embroidery, so what good timing!

Cute stickers, envelopes, scrapping/note paper, and dawnstrees' card in the front! The colored paper is heat sensitive, you can see my hand print on it to show the effect - this is so cool! I didn't know that even existed lol.

Rocks from her dh's grandfathers collection - the one in the front left reminds me of a necklace I had as a child. Not sure what I'm going to do with these yet, but they look really cool!

Close up of the card - so pretty! I love the papers you used on this.

Thank you so much for everything, I can't wait to use it!  Grin
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18  Re: Dollar Store Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by cxcaitlyn on: May 20, 2010 06:37:35 PM
I received from skullseamstress yesterday!!

This awesome chandelier is made out of paperclips. Yes, paperclips.

(In-progress shot, it's been dark here lately so skullseamstress let me use her pics  Grin)

This was taken straight from my wists - I can't wait to get the light fixture to finish it off!

You can see more pictures here http://www.flickr.com/photos/flickrsy/sets/72157624136329228/

Thank you so much, this is so cool!!!
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19  Re: Reduce Reuse Recycle Round 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by cxcaitlyn on: March 28, 2010 10:37:32 AM
I'm glad I'm getting such rave reviews  Wink I had a lot of fun making everything, and it's even better when it's recycled. The method I used for the coasters was actually a little less complicated than the lizzyjoan method; I cut the paper into 1/2 inch wide strips (doesn't matter how long), folded them over the long way, and coiled around, gluing as I went. Pretty simple, but since a piece of paper folded in half still isn't very thick it can take awhile.

If you like the bag, I posted a tute the other day https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=342542.0 . It's fairly long-winded, but it is very simple and should still be easy to understand.

And as a matter of fact, it was very sunny the weekend before I sent, so I managed to get decent pictures:

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20  Epic bag and skirt tutorial - two crafts in one! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by cxcaitlyn on: March 26, 2010 07:57:47 PM

So I dont know if anyones done this before, but I didnt find a tutorial, so I decided to make one.
How to make a Skirt AND a tote bag, out of a skirt thats half your size:
(This could probably work for a skirt thats too big for you as well with your own modifications.)

You will need:

One thrift store full length skirt in a pattern you like, size doesnt really matter as long as it widens towards the bottom.
One coordinating t-shirt-size depends on you. I used a mans XL, needs to be long enough to be your hips measurement from above bottom hem to below neckline.
Small amount of coordinating fabric you could easily use scraps; need less than a yard.
Interfacing (if desired)
General sewing supplies

To start, hold the skirt up to your body to decide where you would like the new waistline to start. Make sure the new section will be wide enough to fit around your hips if it is a smaller size; too large is ok. Mark the section, and lay flat on the ground.

Cut the skirt in two horizontally, cutting through both layers.

The top half becomes the bag, and the bottom the skirt.

Skirt Tutorial: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=342541.0

Tote Bag Tutorial:

*In order to follow this tutorial according to my instruction for the lining portion, make sure the top of your skirt has a folded-over top edge on the inside. Look at the final photos of the lining to see what I mean*
First, lay the top portion of the skirt flat, and cut sides as desired. I left my edges tapered, but you can just as easily cut it square. Make sure youre cutting off the zipper if there is one while you do this, or it could create problems later. Youre aiming for two equal sized, hardware-free panels. Also, remove whatever tags you dont wish to have in the final bag with a seam ripper. I left the brand but took off the size.

Make sure you keep the scraps you cut! Its easiest if you cut in large portions as opposed to smaller, because youll be using those to make the handles.

For handles, if there is enough leftover use the scraps to make both sides of each handle. There wasnt enough for mine, so I used some of the leftover t-shirt from the skirt project to make the bottom side. There arent any pics of this (dont ask me why I apparently was spacing out), but I essentially folded the sides together and topstitched. Im sure there probably good handle tutorials out there anyway, but maybe Ill post pics when I make another one. If you dont have enough after cutting the sides off to make straps, you can always cut a couple inches off of the bottom and use that instead.

When you have made the straps, mark where youd like the handles to go, and cut into the top edge of the panel with a seam ripper. The folded edge will hide the handle.

Sew where youve pinned like this - [X], but on the outside only!! The flap should still be.flappy.

It should look like this when youve done that.

Mark the same section on the other panel, making sure its even, and attach the second handle.
Next, youll need to get your lining fabric and interfacing.

Youll need enough interfacing to fit the whole outside panel, but your lining only needs to be enough to go a little past the bottom edge of the interior flap.

Put all the pieces for each side together, and cut 1 or 2 square inches of both corners. Doesnt matter what measurement really, as long as its even.

When this is done, iron the interfacing on the back of the outside portion. Now is the time to embellish as you see fit. I painted some lovely snails, but you could embroider or do whatever. (Painting is best after interfacing, embroidery might be easier in a hoop before it? Try it.)

When your embellishments are dry/finished, you can proceed with the lining. Pin the bottom of the lining to the bottom of the outside, simply to keep it even while you pin the top. Pin the piece underneath the bottom of the flap, and sew over the stitching that is likely already there. You will have the remove the bottom pins to sew this, because it is only sewn to the inside, not the part with the interfacing!
If youre fancy you could add a pocket before that step.

If you prefer a boxy tote, iron the edges like I have done here. If you prefer a rounded tote, skip this.

Pin ALL right sides together like I have done here:

Be very sure that the top edge is even with each piece or the bag will not come out right. Try to keep the bottom edges of the flaps even as well.

Sew around all edges, EXCEPT the cut out corners and part of the bottom lining big enough for your hand to fit. I used a stronger stitch on the edges of the interfaced portion than I did with the liner.

Proceed to boxing the corners. Basically, at each corner pinch the open edges until the seams meet and the unsewn side is flat, creating a box shape.

After this, turn right-side out. Flip the open edges you used to turn inside out, and topstitch close with coordinating thread.

Congratulations, youre finished! Heres a pic of my finished project:

This is one I made for a swap I just finished:



These were my first tutorials, I hope they made sense! If you use this, let me know and post some pics!

Comments appreciated Wink

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