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1  Need help with ambitious project in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by katastrophicallykat on: January 21, 2016 01:51:30 PM
Hey everyone!

When it comes to sewing, I'm a novice. I've made a skirt and a dress for my kid, a handful of scarves and tote bags, and that's about it.

So I need a little guidance, because I'm ambitiously trying to make Effie Trinket's butterfly dress. My plan (to save on butterflies) is to make a base dress out of butterfly patterned fabric and only use fake butterflies for the shoulder/neck piece and the fascinator.

That said, how do I make a dress with the weird, stiff hips as shown in the picture? Is there a particular kind of fabric I should be using? How do I give it that shape???

Picture below for reference! Thanks!

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2  Alice in Wonderland Nursery in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by katastrophicallykat on: September 29, 2014 02:03:15 PM
The hubs and I are expecting our first baby any day now, and we just finished her nursery! I'm so ridiculously pleased with how it turned out, that I wanted to share. The baby's nursery was originally hubby's office (sorry, studmuffin!). The walls were a really gnarly yellow, and we still had the original, nasty carpets that the previous owners had. Since our baby girl's name is Alice, we went with an Alice in Wonderland theme. Without further ado, pictuuuuures!

I had my heart set on doing a mural featuring the white rabbit and the Cheshire Cat, so I tried using a projector and just kinda tracing. White rabbit's hand ended up looking awfully phallic, and I finally caved and hired the wonderful Dagmar Vaught of Palette Play here in Atlanta.

{Yep, time to let the professional step in...}

And here's the final result!!!

My crafty contributions:
-Upholstered seat under the window.
-Gallery wall arrangement.
-Filled in the tree in the mural; originally it was just an outline, but I decided to fill it in with silver paint.
-Letters above her crib spelling out her name.
-Piece for the gallery wall:

And that's it! I'm super pleased with how everything turned out. Hopefully she'll enjoy the Alice in Wonderland theme for a few years.
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3  Chuppah Help in Weddings and Bridal Showers by katastrophicallykat on: November 21, 2011 08:40:02 AM
Fellow Craftsters, I need your help!

So I'm not actually engaged yet, but my bf has been dropping hints--I mean great big whopping hints--that an engagement is in our near future (complete with custom made ring, I hear). Now most of my wedding's been planned since I was about twelve. Yes, TWELVE. I was THAT kid. The one that clipped pretty pictures of weddings and hoarded them away, and daydreamed while I waited for my Prince Charming.

What I didn't account for, however, was that my Prince Charming would be Jewish. I'm only Jewish-ish. My dad's a non-practicing Jew, and I was raised Catholic. So I would love to have an interfaith ceremony thing, and I mentioned that to my man--let's call him Mr. Honey Badger, shall we? Well that's when Mr. Honey Badger told me about the Chuppah. I'm embarrassed to admit it, but my first thoughts were of Tzeitel's wedding in Fiddler on the Roof. So my vote was gonna be "NO" to the chuppah.

Then I stumbled on this yumminess online:

Is it not the most gorgeous chuppah-thingie you ever did see? I'm not crazy about the chandelier, but everything else... The fabric, the shape of it as it drapes down... -sigh- It just SCREAMS romance.

As a DIY girlie, it would really pain me to pay full price for a chuppah. Especially since I'm planning on splurging on the venue, catering, dress, and open bar. So this is where I ask for any suggestions on how to make this beautiful chuppah a reality, and an inexpensive one at that. All the online tutorials I've found are for very basic chuppahs. I need ideas for the underlying structure, as well as fabric suggestions.

I'm counting on you, fellow DIY'ers!!!
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4  Re: Felt Pit bull tree ornaments in Winter Holidays by katastrophicallykat on: November 20, 2011 05:45:38 PM
AHHHH! So cuuuute! The blue and white one looks JUST LIKE my pit bull Leeloo!

Not the best shot of her, but you get the idea. Love the ornaments!!!
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5  Neytiri from Avatar in Halloween Costumes by katastrophicallykat on: November 03, 2010 08:44:17 AM
Posted this in the challenge entries, too. If I'm not supposed to post here, please let me know!!!

So this Halloween I decided to go as Neytiri from the movie Avatar. But I wanted to go all out, and I didn't wanna wear the bodysuit they were selling at the costume store. So I got airbrushed and wore colored contacts and fake teeth. I froze my butt off, but it was well-worth it.

I made all the leather pieces out of leather scraps: arm cuff, loincloth, top, and tail wrap.

The tail was a furry tail for a mouse costume. It was wrapped in latex and painted to match my body. Then we made a whole for it in the butt panel and stuck it through so would look legit.

On to the pics!!

And the back:

Some drunk asshole tried to lift the loincloth to get a peek, and he got whacked over the head with my bow for his troubles. Cops almost beat him to a pulp too. Poor guy. Overall it was a fantastic night though. And I think I want to do it again for a con or something.

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6  A night as Avatar in Halloween Costumes by katastrophicallykat on: November 02, 2010 07:15:04 PM
So this Halloween I decided to go as Neytiri from the movie Avatar. But I wanted to go all out, and I didn't wanna wear the bodysuit they were selling at the costume store. So I got airbrushed and wore colored contacts and fake teeth.

Here are the pics. I won Sexiest Costume that night!!!!

I made all the leather pieces: arm cuff, loincloth, and top.

And the back:

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7  Fake wood...innit great? in Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions by katastrophicallykat on: June 23, 2010 06:24:30 PM
So I have these luverly and highly unstable shelves. They're fugly as sin, but I can't afford new ones at the moment, so I figured I'd paint 'em black to match the coffee table. HOWEVER. They are not real wood. They have that thin faux wood laminate covering stuff.

So I though to myself, "Self...couldn't we just cover them with self-adhering, paintable wall-paper instead of going to the trouble of sanding, priming, and painting these suckers?"

What do you think, Craftsters? Sand, prime, paint, or wallpaper?
For your viewing pleasure, I give you: SHELVES OF FUGLINESS AND INSTABILITY

(and a picture of a dresser that also needs to go black and has the same fake wood problem)

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8  Funny-shaped Lamp needs your help in Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions by katastrophicallykat on: June 19, 2010 06:13:21 AM
So my mum was going to sell this lamp at our next garage sale, when I suddenly realized that I NEED this lamp. I'm still not entirely sure why. But I NEED it. So I snuck it out of the garage and am planning on giving it a new home on my desk.

Behold! My new-ish lamp:
(try as I might...it won't let me rotate the picture; sorry!)

Lamp is a funny shape, though, and is missing a lampshade. This is where I need your help, fellow Craftsters. I know some of you have probably seen this kind of lamp before, and even if you haven't, I know I can count on you to help me figure out how to make a shade for it.

Here are more pictures of the lamp looking oh-so-chic and stylish.

Lamp from above:

Lamp at an angle:

If you need more pictures, let me know. Lamp is a very cooperative model. Wink
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9  Fugly butt-less chaps into less fugly top in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by katastrophicallykat on: February 10, 2010 09:06:43 PM
So I'm taking a pole dancing class and we have our graduation recital coming up in a couple weeks. I'm doing my routine to Marilyn Manson's "Tainted Love," and I decided I needed a kickass outfit to go with it. Alas, I am flat broke and can't afford to go out and buy an outfit.

Then I remembered this absolutely hideous pair of pvc assless chaps I bought once upon a time:

Aren't they fugly??? I don't know what possessed me to buy them. They even had a built-in thong. I never wore them, and they sat unloved and unworn in the back of my closet for two years.

So I said to myself, "Self, you're somewhat crafty. And these are somewhat Marilyn Manson-esque. Turn them into something awesome. As Tim Gunn would say, 'Make it work!'"

And I did:

(Sorry about the lighting on this one^.)

Ta da! And I'm gonna hang thin chains on it to make it more "Tainted Love-ish."

Whatcha think? I'm really new at sewing, so I'd love some tips and feedback.
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10  Shinyyyyy in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by katastrophicallykat on: December 07, 2009 08:53:13 AM
Sorry for the crappy image quality. I've been hinting to Santa that I've been relatively good this year, and I should get a camera since my old camera died a tragic, violent death.


This was my first time experimenting with jewelry. I made an Alice in Wonderland themed necklace with a White Rabbit pendant and three charms hanging off it: a teapot, a mushroom, and a little glass bottle that says "Drink Me."

Then I made a bicycle necklace thing with matching earrings.

So watcha think?

I'd love comments, criticism, etc.
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