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1  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Vampire and Bat sisters (lots o' pics) on: November 02, 2009 02:01:00 PM
Posted by: CaveWomanCrafts:
I've always imagined that happening to me but thought it was just a unrealistic fear, guess not!  I hope your finger is okay!

My finger is ok now!   I feel pretty stupid, because I should know better.  My hubby watches over my shoulder sometimes and when I am navigating around corners and tight areas he always cringes and says, "Geez, BE CAREFUL! You're gonna hurt yourself!"    
I don't even know how it happened honestly, I was sewing a straight line! I told him the needle jumped out and stabbed me. He said that was a likely excuse.  I replied that he might want to get me the kind of gloves they wear with a shark suit for Christmas just in case my machine goes loco again!
2  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Vampire and Bat sisters (lots o' pics) on: November 02, 2009 11:10:08 AM
Really happy with how these came out!  The girls had a blast!

First, the Vampire:

I made the dress made by altering Burda pattern 2463 (medieval princess costume).  I used black velour for the most of the dress because I was going for comfort.  I did make the lower sleeve part sheer for dramatic flow. I am really proud of the dress as I accomplished several "firsts"  (first completed project from a pattern, first zipper, first fitted garment)

I found a pretty cool bat themed fabric and I used it for the center bodice panel.  It was sheer so I had to line it with plain white. (First I tried red satin, but the combo looked brownish) Here's a detail of that fabric:

I made the cape from just a rectangle of black lined with red.  The hardest part was the collar.  I wanted it to be really high, ya know, super dramatic.  I ended up lining both layers (black and red) with iron-on interfacing and used some thin cotton quilt batting in between!  It came out a little on the heavy side, so I used snaps to fasten it to her dress on the front by the neckline.
Surprisingly, the part of her costume that got the most attention was the coffin candy basket

Made from:family size cereal box (cut and reshaped), masking tape, wood grain contact paper, black card stock, black rhinestone beads and a metal tube covered in red electrical tape (I think the tube was from a broken wind chime)

and now . . . not to be overshadowed by her older sister . . . . the Bat with an attitude:

She rocked this costume! This pic was actually taken a dew days before the big night.  She couldn't wait to run around in it (and I couldn't wait to snap a few shots)
I found some super cool shiny, stretchy black fabric. It looked like shiny vinyl, but when I checked it out, it was almost sheer and very soft. (hard to describe and wouldn't photograph well up close) As soon as I saw it I knew it was perfect for bat wings.  Unfortunately, it was a total NIGHTMARE to sew.  I had to scrap my first two attempts and go with simply cutting the wing shape and sewing a strip of leftover velour to the top so I could attach it to the shirt.  The back of the shirt had a black triangle of velour sewn to it that the wings attached to.  I put a snap where the wings attached to the wrist. Here is a lame attempt to draw an explanation

The coolest and most fun was the hood with ears.  I traced a close fitting hood and added some extra in the front so it would go down to her forehead. I used more of the leftover black stretchy velour, put some elastic in the back of the neck seam, all around the face, and a button under the chin so it would stay put.  The ears were made from some black drawer liner (think black yoga mat) lined with purple felt.  I tried a few paper templates and like the vampire collar decided the bigger the better.  Here is a closer detail of the ears:

She is 4 and my hubby and I decided this is the most fun age for trick or treating!

p.s. The finished products were well worth all the frustration, cursing, late night insanity, seam ripping, trips to the craft store, online searching for ideas, and yes. . . .ONE VISIT TO THE ER!  Somehow I managed to SEW THROUGH MY FINGER ON THE MACHINE.  I broke the needle and the tip was stuck in the tip of my finger.  I managed to extract it with tweezers, but had to goto the ER for a tetanus shot and an xray to make sure there was no more needle pieces in my finger.  This happened Friday afternoon and I was back on the machine a few hours later to finish up some last minute details. 
3  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Discussion and Questions / What's your malfunction? Mine is Sharpies on: September 23, 2009 10:00:59 AM
OK. Soooooo, after reading many posts about Sharpies on fabric, I decided to give it a whirl.  Being the cautious crafter that I am, I practiced on an old shirt (old = lasted thru three kids, 5,000 washes, and too stained for Goodwill). After 1 test wash I am glad I didn't give all my clothes a Sharpie makeover!
I outlined the design with fine tip sharpies and filled it in with bold. Before the wash vs. after:

Yes, I have a HUGE Joel McHale crush/obsession and I wanted to make a shirt to show the world.  Why the ink splotches?? This is no way to honor my future husband (current husband: disregard my last statement)
Just practiced and tried out heart designs:

Red ink obviously not so permanent.

This one had a case of mistaken identity and thought it was a stamp. Did a good job of stamping itself onto my cloth shopping bag

WTF???  I used Sharpies. Like actual Sharpie brand permanent markers.  Am I totally crazy? I even left it overnight to dry before washing it this morning.  What's my malfunction??
4  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Ill-fitting snap-up tee to cute stripey pants (w/mini tut) on: September 23, 2009 09:59:38 AM
Genius!  My daughter likes wearing pj pants under her nightgowns and it's hard to find pants that don't come in a set. Now I can make her some . . . thank you!
5  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Re: Doctor Who T-shirts - tracing with Sharpies! :D on: September 23, 2009 07:30:13 AM
**still new around here . . after posting this, I made a new thread of my dilemma with pictures. sorry**

What the??

I finally got off my butt and decided to try this last night.  I used and old shirt (that was too stained for goodwill) to practice. . .turned out so great, I was going to do a couple today.  Had to do laundry this morning anyway so I thought I would try to wash the practice one before I took a sharpie to every everything in my closet . . and . . the INK BLED IN THE WASH!!!

I used both black and red sharpies (bold and fine tip).  
The red ink bled more (and even transferred the exact shape I drew onto another fabric - like a stamp)
The black ink left some small blotches near my design.

I checked the markers I used to make sure they didn't say "sorta kinda permanent" or "you're an idiot".  The fine tip one says "not for letter writing or cloth" but I'm thinking because it will bleed through?
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: i've come out of the closet on: September 23, 2009 06:48:54 AM
I love the idea (and your cabinet).  I am also a closet Hello Kitty fan and have tried to live vicariously through my two daughters.  When I say that I mean, I've  suggested, bought, and designed HK stuff for them for years.  I even offered to paint a HK mural in their room (they politely declined).   To my dismay, they are just not that into it.   **sigh**   They suggested that if I love HK so much, I could design my bedroom around it. . to which my husband simply chuckled. 

Good for you!  I like the idea of it being a little more subtle with just the bow, but I'm sure it would look cute with the rest of the details. 

p.s. Can I come over and live vicariously through you??
7  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: help with vampire costume please! on: September 09, 2009 09:34:14 AM
I've been experimenting a little with the interfacing . I think it will work fine.  Both my girls wear their Halloween costumes for dress up all year long.  I think if I use plastic, it could crack or fold over time (especially when they are fighting over it). 

I ended up getting Burda costume pattern 2463 (like a medieval princess type) and I am modifying it as needed.  I already made the template for the collar and hopefully will have it finished soon.  I am almost done cutting all of the pieces for the dress and will post pics when I get it put together!

Thanks again for the suggestions and help
8  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: help with vampire costume please! on: August 31, 2009 09:23:26 AM
Thanks Aislynn!  I wouldn't have thought of using plastic boning (will be a first).  I am going to the craft store tomorrow so I will check it out. 

I'm a little worried that if I don't do the collar properly, it will be an annoying part of the costume.

Any other ideas or suggestions are gladly appreciated!

9  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / help with vampire costume please! on: August 30, 2009 11:53:59 AM
Need help with vampire costume - how do I make a collar that stands up like this one???

the collar/choker is separate from the dress.  must be lightweight to keep the choker from choking her (sorry I couldn't resist)

I have sewing skills, but don't usually work with interfacing.  I did make a mermaid tail once and I think I put thin cardboard inside to keep the tailfin stiff.

Please help - gotta get started soon!

p.s. this is my first post so forgive me if it is imageless or deadlinked
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