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21  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Princess Leia's Metal Bikini on: September 15, 2011 05:13:22 PM

Dudes and dudettes! Halloween is a just month and a half away - so why not celebrate yet-another-release of Star Wars by making your own outfit of Jabba's Prisoner for tricks and treating! I talk about how I made my own metal bikini here (far too many photos to load onto this page, and each one has a lot of text!). If I can make one, so can you! Here's a mini recap of my Princess Leia costume.

Leia's chain, created out of dollar store shower curtain rings.

Old, falling-apart winter boots get a fabric facelift and a latex boot topper.

Pieces were sculpted in clay, followed by an ultracal mold and a final positive latex cast.

And best of all, you can accessorize your costume afterwords!

(you might recognize that guy from here)

It IS a little big chilly, so make sure to wear your metal bikini with a nice warm cloak if you're going out on Oct 31st!

Complete Leia construction/progress pics and info here
Princess Leia photoshoot here
And Frank the bunny mask construction/progress pics here

Thanks for looking! Feel free to [urlhttp://www.burdastyle.com/gallery/275?page=236]vote for it[/url] over on BurdaStyle!

22  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / A DUCK! - monty python and the holy grail golf club covers (take 2!) on: July 20, 2011 09:42:12 AM
Last Christmas I sent my dad some golf-club covers based on Monty Python and the Holy Grail. He absolutely loved them. So much so that he bugged my mom to bug me to make some more for when I visited them this summer. I decided to try making a new pattern, and I think they came out *much* better than the first ones.

I had already made my dad two (shamefully bad) golf club covers of the Black Knight and a Knight Who Said Ni, so this time around he got King Arthur and Sir Bedevere.

My mom-in-law is awesome; I asked her to knit a few tubes and a square, to make the 'chainmaille' for the covers. (Except for King Arthur, the characters in the movie wore knitted sweaters instead of real chainmaille). She did a *fantastic* job.

And since my sister was disappointed that she did not get any golf club covers, I made her a new and/or improved Black Knight one.

All together now.

All of the covers were made of soft fleece and wool, with a few special fabrics here and there. They all had their crests stitched to their bodies. While I really like the look of them, the 'insides' still aren't perfect - I don't have a golf club, don't play golf, and actually don't really like golf, so I still need to work on getting the covers to sit properly on the club heads. Next round, I will build up the covers around an existing club cover.

I "drafted" the torso, helmets, crests, and inside patterns.
The head and arms were based off of this pattern here by sakky-attack.
And my bad-but-beloved original covers are here.
23  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Cactus Pincushion on: July 20, 2011 09:18:37 AM

Just a little sweet cactus pincushion I made for my mom (she's trying to get back into sewing), heavily inspired by all the lovely cactus pincushions I have seen on Craftster.

24  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Commercial Pattern Archive (for Swimsuit) on: May 26, 2011 03:23:53 PM
I was wondering if anyone is subscribed/has used the Commercial Pattern Archive? There are a few patterns I have discovered online that I really, really want, but can't find them to purchase anywhere. I'm wondering if it's worth subscribing to the database and getting the "patterns" from there - from what I understand, you're not getting the patterns per-say off of the site, you're getting the small-scale drawing on the back of a pattern package, which you have to size up. Has anyone had success with this?

(annnd just in case someone has one of these in their possession - B30 or 32 - and wants to sell, these are the gorgeous patterns I'm interested in. McCall's 3165 and Vogue 7677. I have a picture of the back of the pattern package for the McCall's one...wondering if I should just resize it!)

Thanks in advance Smiley
25  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Black and White Polka Dot Rockabilly Dress on: May 02, 2011 04:57:44 PM
Spring is heeeeeeere!

What better way to celebrate than making a 50s inspired spring dress? I used Simplicity New Look 6675 and a black and white polka dot rayon fabric (it breathes so nicely!).

I bought a one-size-fits-all petticoat online to wear underneath to get that 50s poof. (I need to take in the waist of the crinoline as it kept falling down. After an adjustment it won't hang so much below the hem). Thanks for looking, have a wonderful springy, sprungy, poofy day!

Pattern: New Look 6675
26  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Shirt to go a-viking in. on: March 29, 2011 07:55:01 PM
I saw this great shirt-dress online with a viking longboat print on the side. It wasn't available (hadn't been for a really long time!) so I decided to make my own! Bought a blank shirt, drew and cut out a viking ship freezer paper stencil and ironed that sucker on.


Turned out pretty good I think! There were over 50 (mainly small) pieces to cut out and iron on (gaauuuuh).

It's the latest in viking fashion (so I'm told).

The inspirational dress can be found here (this link likely won't work forever).
The image I drew was based upon two ships from 'The Vikings' drawn by Steve Noon - though I based the water on the original shirt.
27  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Military-Retro Blue Coat on: February 18, 2011 06:17:15 PM
I ending up having a lot of delicious blue wool-cashmere leftover after making my husband's tabard for a Musketeer costume. It was such a beautiful colour and fabric, that I decided to make a coat for myself. It was made last winter but I just recently got around to taking photos.

Everything went along pretty smoothly - except for one thing. The size. I made it using a pattern, which allowed for 'wearing winter clothes underneath' room. I'd never made a coat so I thought it would fit fine with the extra 'wearing ease' given so I cut out my size and it ended up being so big I'd have to wear three sweaters underneath for it to fit. So sadly I never wore it, it just sat in the closet, and I finally put it up on ebay and sold it. But it was a great learning experience, and next time round I will make a muslin one and go down a few sizes.

The pattern I used (I love the 'mix-and-match' options). I do recommend the pattern, I'd just do a mockup first or go a size down or up, depending on how much wearing ease; they add like 7 inches.
And the tabard from whence it came.

Thanks for looking!
28  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Tatterhood Mailbox - Pic Heavy!!!! on: January 11, 2011 02:48:24 PM
Why, hello good reader!

Years ago, I painted my mom a mailbox in "my style" (dragons and creatures and the like; she didn't want flowers or trees, she wanted something I would normally do). It was an acrylic painted wooden mailbox, and she liked it a lot. Close to ten years later, I have tried to do other mailboxes for her, as the original was getting pretty weathered and my art skills had improved. Two (or three) failed mailboxes have come and gone...and now, I finally have created a worthy replacement.

I'm not a good real-media painter; I'm far better with Photoshop (that 'undo' button is just so handy!). So I decided to create a mailbox image digitally, and using iron-on transfer paper, apply it to a wooden mailbox. And it worked!

You apply the iron-on transfer to wood in a similar way to t-shirts. Always do tests before the real thing, as the paper you use, the heat of the iron, etc, are all going to affect how it turns out! I used dark tshirt transfer paper and a plain pine mailbox. After peeling off the back of the iron-on transfer sheet, you put parchment paper on top of it and, with your iron on high, iron for about 15 seconds - just to really tack the paper in place.

I then folded a pillow case in half, put that on top of the parchment and iron-on paper, and ironed (with force) in intervals of 30 seconds - this time may be shorter if you have a smaller item you're working on, but I found for a mailbox, 30 seconds of moving the iron vertically and horizontally did the trick. I would always quickly check on the image before ironing again, to make sure it wasn't burning or bubbling. You will get a bit of a 'wood pattern' but I really liked the effect on the mailbox. I based everything on this tutorial - although I used different iron-on transfers. You have to be CAREFUL ironing it - I had the paper rip on me twice (which I didn't know could happen!).

(it ripped on the bottom - but a bit of blue paint, and it wasn't visible anymore!)

Afterward everything was sealed with varnish. Make SURE to do a test for this one - you don't want the varnish to yellow your image.

If you've made it this far, you deserve to see pictures of the full thing!

The mailbox is a mesh of norse mythology and fairytales - Yggdrasils (world tree) is the 'setting/frame' (you can see the unnamed eagle and Verflnir the hawk at the very top). I threw in my own interpretation of the four stags, and some original characters I designed (based on fairytales) were added for good measure. Tttec is on top of the lid, with a half-troll to her left and her now calf-headed sister to the right. At the sides are two characters, "the Norman Lion" and Cerdic. And in between the two deer in the front panel is Tttec's goat, Brsi. (I think I"ll post the digital image of the mailbox up on my site, later).

I used stock from MoonsongStock, xNickixStockx, Sassy-Stock, and LughoftheLongArm as reference for the eagle, the two main deer and the rats (they're in there!). I had a screen-capture from Robin Hood (Errol Flynn) that I used as 'arm/deer' reference for part of Cerdic. And I used a reference from a picture of a headless guy in a red shirt holding a fawn for the Norman Lion pose - for the life of me, I can't find the source, but I'm determined to dig it up again and post it asap!

Thanks for wading through this massive wall of pics and text!
29  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Hobbes on: January 05, 2011 11:33:30 AM

Who doesn't love Calvin and Hobbes?

My sis, lucky gal, got a Hobbes of her own. Pattern is home-made...and it plagued me to no end. Still not happy with the face/snout, but she loved him.

Sorry for the low-quality pics!

(This one is actually my favorite, when I took a picture of him with a shirt I also made for her)

Thanks for lookin', Calvin and Hobbes fans!
30  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Plush Letter Wall Pillows on: January 04, 2011 08:07:52 PM
I made some 'pillows' for my niece for Christmas, who was born a few months ago. Her nursery has a jungle theme, with the main colour being green (with pink and green accents).

So I sewed up her name (Gwen) in fuzzy pink and brown, with green and camo edges. The letters are about 7 inches tall.

Her name will hang on the wall (via velcro) and later in life, they can go on her bed or elsewhere.

They are super soft! And letter plushies are so much fun to make! I have rediscovered my love of typography by doing this project.
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