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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Cosplay Swap on: January 23, 2010 04:06:44 PM
Okay, so I have seen lots of boards for anime/manga swaps and lolita swaps that mention cosplay, but not a straight forward cosplay swap. I know there are a lot of cosplayers on here.  Tongue

What I am thinking is, we can help each other out, by making accessories for upcoming cosplays. I am sure there are other people out there like me, who feel they have a weak point in some angle of crafting (eg. I sew like crazy, but never think my poly-clay accessories are good enough...) We could even swap larger outfit pieces. Anyways, all the rules can be decided on later. I am just putting out a feeler for interested parties.

If it happens after the spring (say about 2 months before A-kon  Grin ) then I might even be willing to organize or co-organize.
2  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / USPS Shipping tip on: December 11, 2009 10:58:24 AM
A tip for everyone out there. When you ship anything via USPS, pay the extra 5 cents to use priority mail rather than parcel post. If something has to be forwarded to you (due to a recent move for example), and it was shipped parcel post, the post office will charge you full shipping again before you can get your package. Part of the guarantee of priority mail is that it covers forwarding.

I learned this the hard way, when I bought something on ebay. I paid the 5 dollar item cost and the 7.50 shipping. The item was shipped to my previous address (which is another confusion all together - after double checking, I saw that the addresses on my paypal payment and ebay invoice were both the correct one, yet somehow the seller obtained an incorrect address for me) and when I went to pick it up at the post office I had to pay another 7.50 before they would hand over my package. So in reality, the 5 dollar lunch box cost me 15 dollars in shipping.

I wanted to share this information so that you and your customers do not have to face this issue.

I also recommend buying postage online for the price break and the free delivery confirmation. Even if you are unsure of the weight. The package will be weighed at the PO before being shipped anyways, so if you underestimate the weight they will simply make you pay the difference there, and you will have gotten the free tracking.

I apologize if this belongs somewhere else or has been posted before. I did a search before posting, but did not see it anywhere.
3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Asian Drama Swap on: November 10, 2009 07:57:13 AM
This would cover all dramas that are Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Taiwanese. We have been discussing this in the Anime/Manga Swap thread, but I would like to see if there are enough people interested in doing one themed on the dramas alone.

Also, if we can get enough, is someone out there interested in organizing? I do not meet the requirements to organize yet.
4  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / The Princess Bridesmaid on: November 02, 2009 10:05:40 PM
My 5 year old chose to be a princess for Halloween. Okay, so originally, she wanted to be something else, but it wasn't within the guidelines of what she was allowed to wear to school. So, her next choice was a princess. Easy, right? I asked her what princess she wanted to be, thinking she would pick something common, like Cinderella or Ariel, but no. She looked through a ton of reference pictures on my computer, and finally picked Buttercup in her wedding dress from The Princess Bride.

We decided to modify the original dress a little. I did shorter drop sleeves, so they would be more manageable. I also had her pick an accent color (purple), because I figured an all white dress in kindergarten would be a disaster.

I made the overall pattern myself by using bits and pieces of other patterns and general sewing knowledge. The skirt part was just one solid panel of fabric gathered at the top where it attaches to the bodice. Though it appears that there is an under dress, there is not. The interior sleeves, as well as the necklines, are attached to the bodice.

The entire dress was made with fabric already found at our house. The skirt and outer sleeves are a lavender bridal satin left over from a bridesmaid dress project. The white satiny material used on the interior sleeves and the collars was bought back when Wal-Mart had a 1.00/yd fabric table (I had a bad habit of buying fabrics that I 'might possibly have a use for in the future' which resulted in 6 giant rubbermaid totes full). The bodice is made of a purple flowered fabric that was given to me in a batch of remnants and was tied with a silver elastic cord.

I also made all of the accessories. For the necklace I strung up a bunch of old pearly looking beads I found in a bottle, and added purple rose pendant that came from a Barbie necklace I had when I was about 12 (Yes, I keep things that long). The crown was made from a piece of white craft foam, sprayed with silver glitter and adorned with flowers cut out of purple and lavender foam.

Here is a picture of my little princess (with her big attitude) before school friday morning.

And some reference photos of what look I was trying to emulate.

This is a good shot of the back of the dress. It shows that, like the one in the movie, it has a v neck rather than the common scoop neck bodice back. It also shows the lace that trimmed the collar in front and back.

And a reference photo.

Here is a good shot of the necklace and the front collar. It also shows the sleeves somewhat. None of my attempts to get a good shot of the drop sleeves succeeded.

This was my favorite photo for how she was standing, because it showed the sleeves well. It had to be color corrected though (for some reason every photo taken in that room comes out pink) and it messed up the resolution.

This shot shows the drop sleeves okay too, but the lighting was lousy. All weekend it was too bright and too dark in the shade.
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