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1  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Badass Tango Wizard: Hogwarts, eat your heart out! on: November 07, 2010 12:51:21 PM
The requirements for this costume:
1. Must look awesome.
2. Must be able to dance tango comfortably.
3. Must be constructed in 3 hours or less the night of Halloween tango ball!

This costume began when my boyfriend and I couldn't find anything for him to wear at the local costume shop and he hesitatingly asked if I could make him a wizard... with 24 hours to spare. I made my costume for the evening the next day and brought a bunch of craft stuff to his apartment that evening. The hat was made with brown paper bags, tape, wire, and many fittings. We stitched on the felt having only faith, but when we added the fur, it started to come together as a Russian-esqe wizard. My boyfriend made stencils to paint on the moon and stars, and found some bindis that he had (don't ask) that he glued onto the felt. I tucked an old bookmark I made with rooster feathers into the brim of the hat.  The cloak was made in 15 minutes of frantic draping and stapling. I can sew... I just couldn't sew fast enough.... We belted it around his dancing clothes and pinned a curtain tassel around him. He had an Indian scarf that he wore as a sash. Presto Chango! I thought we hit on the old-school wizarding that was pre-Potter and, if I may, way more badass. The results:

Dancing Pics!

We took these pics after the dance. You can see the white smudge on the hat left by our good friend Eric (the guy painted white in the dancing shots).

Everyone agreed his costume was the best. Extra points for DIYing it in 3 hours. Many spells were cast. He also wore it to the Barebones theatre production on Halloween night -- everyone loved it. Someone even tugged on the tip of his hat to see  how it was made... or get attention. Boyfriend spun around, wand at hand, shouted ABRACADABRA! and turned him into a newt! Riotous laughter all around. Thanks for looking! C & C appreciated!

2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Rubba-dub-dub: first washcloths! on: August 11, 2010 05:11:53 PM
I made my first washcloths after my aunt gave me one that was hand made and I learned to love using it. I have made hats and scarves and other more complicated projects, but I had never done a washcloth before. So proud that I did a pretty one instead of an idiot washcloth. I used Anna Peck's pattern on ravelry at: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/unique-basketweave-washcloth.

To pictures!

My first, with feet (forgive):

This one was for my boyfriend. The yarn was skinnier than what the pattern called for, so I made the whole thing bigger. He asked for a blue one and I couldn't believe how long it took to find a blue cotton that was not embarrassingly girlie. Ended up very happy with this color and that it was recycled fiber.

Woot! Glad I get the rest of the skein to play with. He was very happy with it.
I love comments! Thanks for looking!
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Lace Garter! on: June 18, 2010 04:43:11 PM
I hope this is in the right spot! Let me know if it's not....

I destroyed a couple pairs of lacey panties that I didn't like to scavenge the lace and elastic. After much seam ripping, my grand experiment began.... Really, it is rather embarassing how long it took me to make something so simple, but I console myself by knowing that I was playing with several different styles and materials. This is also the first time I was using a lot of elasticy things that were somewhat unstable as fabric. The result: 

Ta da!

I will make it tighter and use longer bits of lace next time (and there WILL be a next time). I love that it is a 'reversible garter', or would have been if my sewing machine wasn't throwing a fit.... I don't think my bf will mind, and I am happy with my practice garter. I had planned on embellishing it, but don't want to make it non-reversible. I like options.

Other lessons:
1. sewing the lace directly to elastic as you pull it does not make the lace gather tightly enough to make a pretty garter.

2. sewing piping (from panty fabric) to slip the elastic into isn't worth the trouble and doesn't look as cool as you think it will.

3. commercially made garters that lay the lace flat are made that way because it is WAY easier than making it awesome.

4. replicating commercial garters is super easy, but why bother?

5. awesome boyfriends are very supportive of experimental garter-making.

Thanks for looking and I love comments!
4  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / The most amazing crocheted rainbow bikini top in the world! on: June 01, 2010 12:53:05 AM
Started this last summer, but didn't finish until yesterday because of other projects.... That, and constantly trying it on to check the fit means I have to crochet topless, which needless to say, can reduce available hours considerably. This should have been a very fast project, but I forgot how I did the first cup, so relearning enough to make the second cup match took awhile. Pictures!
Sorry for the difference in color. The first one is probably a bit closer, but the colors are really not that electric either. Hmm. Camera difficulties.

Stitch detail:

I am really proud of this because I didn't use a pattern and the fit is AWESOME! I came up with something way cooler to crochet while all the other girls were crocheting beer coosies. I love comments! Thanks for looking!
5  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Initial Forays into Decoupage on: May 31, 2010 02:29:08 AM
Been thinking about trying decoupage for awhile, but never got to it until now. I like the end result, but I'm not sure I'm crazy about how long it can take to find the right pictures and arrange them. I had a lot of fun working on this, especially because it was all just an experiment, but now I don't know what to do with it. Next project I will have to more focused. On to pictures!


I'd love your comments! Thanks!
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / First Post! Shirt/skirt recon into scrappy dress on: May 30, 2010 07:30:16 PM
Been lurking too long on this site! I am very excited about this dress because I used no patterns, and only recycled articles of clothing. This is only the second dress I have ever made and I am psyched to make more. My bf was very enthusiastic about my new endeavors.

Upon finding the skirt, I realized I have never had a red dress.
Fabric detail

 A recon was definitely in order, but the fabric of the skirt was too sheer to wear out of the house. I ripped the skirt apart and layered up the fabric, then I found a black turtle neck I never wore and set to work. Much gathering, pinning, ripping, and cursing later, I had a fun new dress to play in on hot summer afternoons!

Detail of top

It is far from perfect, but I love that I made something to wear out of the otherwise unwearable. C&C appreciated! Thanks for looking!
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