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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Help Reconstructing this shirt? on: May 05, 2012 02:22:14 PM
So I've been looking for a specific shirt for my Watson costume (Sherlock, BBC) and I found the perfect one! Except that it isn't just a simple long-sleeved shirt. It's a woman's shirt and only looks like what I need in the back.

Here is the actual shirt:

And here is the shirt I found at Goodwill:

The colors and stripes are perfect! It's a 2XL and I'm a small, so I'll need to do some tailoring anyways, but I was really interested in hearing any ideas people might have to try and fix this shirt up as much as possible? If there's nothing I can do about it and I just need to wear it backwards for our photoshoot, I can live with that, although it'd be cool to be able to wear it around. If only there had been two of these shirts *sigh*
(P.S. already bought a plain darker blue shirt to add the extra bits to the sleeve and bottom of the shirt)

Thanks for reading, hope to hear from you!
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Removing Brand Name? on: May 01, 2012 07:43:15 PM
So I have a problem. I've been searching everywhere for a very specific shirt and the best thing I've found so far is this:
Unfortunately, the costume I need it for can't have "Hollister California" plastered on the front. Any ideas??
If all else fails,  may still just buy it and photoshop the words out after our photoshoot, but I'd love to be able to wear this shirt out and about, too (without the brand name).
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Tailoring a Rib Knit Sweater on: March 24, 2012 10:47:07 PM
Hey everyone! Any tips on tailoring a wide rib knit sweater? I bought a medium size and I wear a small, so I'll have to take it in on the sides and I plan on cutting the sleeves off as well (it's for a costume).

Reference: http://www.auctiva.com/hostedimages/showimage.aspx?gid=603104&image=498961993&images=498961606,498961993&formats=0,0&format=0

Hopefully you can see that. Let me know if the link breaks or anything.

I've tailored shirts before, but never something like this. I once (stupidly) tried taking a nasty old sweater and making a simple beanie out of it just by sewing in a semi-oval and it failed miserably. Turned out bumpy and gross. But then again, I'll mostly be sewing vertically on this sweater.

But yes, any tips or things to keep in mind would be much appreciated!!
4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Plushies Galore! on: December 25, 2011 06:55:22 PM
Here are some of the plushies I've been working on this year!

Link - Legend of Zelda: Windwaker

Cloud Plushie - Final Fantasy VII

Wander Plushie - Shadow of the Colossus

Edward Elric - Fullmetal Alchemist

Roxas - Kingdom Hearts

Axel - Kingdom Hearts


Ciel - Black Butler

Ciel - Black Butler

Ciel - Black Butler

Bat - Digital Devil Saga
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Fleece Hats Galore! (Many Photos) on: December 25, 2011 05:29:29 PM
I made all of these fleece hats in time for Christmas! It was hard work, but so much fun! Smiley

Storm Trooper hat!

Cupcake hat!

Kid's Dinosaur Hat!

Bunneh hat!

"Mog" Moogle hat from Final Fantasy VII

Simba (The Lion King) hat!

Totoro hat!

Pokeball (Pokemon) hat!
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Fleece hats and wire... on: November 16, 2011 10:40:27 AM
So I'm trying to make some creative fleece hats for my friends this Christmas, but I've never added wire before. I need some ears and other things to be able to stand up but I'm not sure how I should wire some of them. I found this nifty tutorial:
It look great but seems like it either might be uncomfortable or at least look kinda shabby with the masking tape...Is there a less sloppy way to go about wiring ears?

Also, I need to wire a single pom pom at the top of one hat: http://eitanya.deviantart.com/art/Moogle-fleece-hat-184044278
(I assume those little wings wouldn't need wire, right?)

Any suggestions are welcome!!
7  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / Superhero Cape on: July 24, 2011 02:12:23 PM
Okay, so I'm trying to make the cape for my Robin costume (Burt Ward version) and can't find a good free pattern online for it. I'm finding patterns for cloaks and hoods, and capes that tie around the head with a drawstring, but none like Robin's. Any advice on how to make this cape??

8  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / Fabric Help on: June 10, 2011 06:49:25 PM
So I'm planning on making two different costumes soon and I need help figuring out what kind of fabric to use because I'm still fairly new to sewing and it's hard for me to tell what kind of fabric I should use based on the pictures I have.

1st Costume: Robin (Burt Ward version)
To me, the leotard actually looks like it's made of a t-shirt material rather than...whatever regular leotards are made of (Sorry for being a noob). But I'm lost on what to use for the red part, and also how to make it to wear the belt doesn't cause the red shirt to try to bunch up over the belt. Maybe I'm just over-analyzing...
And if anyone has helpful hints on how to make those shoes, I'm all ears.

2nd Costume: Hiccup (How To Train Your Dragon)
The fabric for the shirt...what the heck is that? It definitely doesn't look like it has a smooth texture.

9  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / Help! How to make this tabard? on: January 01, 2011 09:36:28 PM
Hey, I'm planning on making an Ico costume and I'm not sure how to go about making the tabard (vest thingy). Here are some reference pictures:

I see the tabard's design as being 2-D (besides the edges), but I'm basically an absolute beginner when it comes to sewing and whatnot, so I don't know how to get those designs onto the tabard. I would assume I shouldn't applique because that would just make it 3-D. Should I paint? Someone mentioned there are fabric markers?
I'm really just clueless, so any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
10  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Peter Pan (very img heavy) on: January 08, 2010 02:11:46 PM
First post here.
So, this was the first costume I've ever made. I made it to look somewhat like the Broadway version, not like the Disney version.

Why Peter Pan: Because I LOVE Peter Pan. The character, the book, the movie, the play. Peter Pan is my dream role (I act a lot on stage, and plan on going into theatre when I go to college next semester, etc. etc.).

The making: Well, the shirt actual body of the costume was made pretty easily. (took me forever to find all the different colors of green, though) I had a pattern for just a shirt, but I just simplified it, ignoring the darts and whatnot to make just a simple, long shirt and then added the little "V."
After that, I made a stencil of a leaf and used freezer paper to trace it all very neatly and cut them out onto different colors (I used suede for the leaves so that they wouldn't fray), and then I had to hand-sew all of the onto the shirt. It only took 2-3 days because I was trying to work on it non-stop. I had never hand-sewn before, and my fingers were all torn up afterwards, haha.

But anyways, here are the pictures:

This is me as Peter and my sister, Brittany, as Wendy.

and this is my friend, Kaitlin, as Smee (she took all of the other pictures)

this is my friend Alex as Captain James Hook

and my friend Seane as Tinkerbell

and me with Hook's 'stache
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