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21  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Blue Corseted Ballgown on: July 07, 2008 03:40:05 AM
Hello everyone!

Typically I'm a pretty dedicated lurker, but I wanted to share this. I've been sewing for quite some time now, about ten years, and I think this is one of the prettiest things I've ever made.

I'm going to a Harry Potter convention on Tuesday, and one of the events is a ball with the theme of "Masquerade." I'm primarily a costume designer and decided I had to have something spectacular. I also wanted to use up some of my stash, rather than buying anything new. I have an addiction to fabric and I need to use up some of what I have before I go buying more.

I pulled out a piece of this incredible dark blue shot taffeta with a flocked scrollwork design down one of the selvage sides that I've had for a year or so and couldn't decide what to do with it. I started doodling and this is what I came up with!

The bodice is a corset based off of Vogue pattern V2810. I didn't feel like drafting my own and this one was long enough in the torso to go down over my hips as well as high enough to keep the girls from being up in everyone's face. The beading was done in swarovski crystals I also had in my stash, and the silver medallions I actually found in the scrapbooking department a couple years ago at Michaels. I knew I'd find a use for them eventually!

The skirt is just the selvage side cut to length and then roll pleated to a waistband. It was so easy and came out rather nicely in my humble opinion. : )

The second picture is of the mask (can't go to masked ball without a mask) that a friend of mine made for me specially for the dress. I fell in love with some on a website I found a couple years ago, and my friend offered to do it for me for my birthday. I love it and I hope you all do too!

Thanks for looking!

22  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Looking for a jacket pattern...? on: January 31, 2006 07:31:17 PM
That's it. For some reason I thought the pieces were in another language. I feel retarded. Thank you so much! *goes to sit in the dunce corner* ^^;;
23  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Looking for a jacket pattern...? on: January 31, 2006 12:05:07 PM
Hi everyone : )

I've been searching for the past few hours with no luck. I think the link to what I'm looking for is on another computer.

I'm trying to find a website that has a pattern for a jacket, online. It's a free pattern and I want to say it's in Japanese, it might be italian or French, but I know for sure it isn't in english. The jacket is very... um, I want to say punk (maybe?) lots and lots of pieces, and I know that one sleeve is short, and gathered like a peasent blouse sleeve, and the other is long and sort of belled out. The pattern is one you'd have to resize the pieces for and print out.

If anyone knows what I'm talking about could you please point me in the right direction? I apologize for being vague, I'm just going crazy because I can't remember who the designer is, and the pictures I could have sworn I saved are no where to be found!

Thank you!
24  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Funkified Maiko Kanzashi on: February 13, 2005 05:37:36 PM
: ) Ok, I tell you what. Tomorrow I have to go to the stable (I volunteer at my friend's stable in return for being able to be around some of the most amazing creatures on this green earth) but if I have time when I get home I'll get a photo tutorial together. If I can't tomorrow, I will most definately by friday!

Ayame - Dir en grey is cool (Shinya is such a doll...) but Shazna was always my favorite : ) I <3 Izam. And... wow, what a compliment. Thank you : ) I'm having a great night tonight, and that just added on.
25  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Funkified Maiko Kanzashi on: February 12, 2005 08:24:12 AM
You own that site? Oh, wow... I didn't realize that was you ^^;; Thank you for the invitation... I'll try to post a little more : )

Are they really made of synthetic hair?? the "youngest" one I have is 15 years... if any of them are sythentic I didn't even realize it. I was thinking about taking it down and using it as a base for a Japanese Princess wig, but I wouldn't even know where to start with that. I won a Juni Hitoe set some time ago off of ebay (after searching for what seemed like forever..) and I do a lot of performances with my kimono. I would like to incorporate that particular costume in, but I think it would look a little odd with a modern hairstyle ^^;;

What sort of performances do you do...? I was looking around here on Craftster and I saw that amazing Tayuu costume you put together. I'm very impressed : )

26  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Funkified Maiko Kanzashi on: February 09, 2005 06:36:32 PM
Hee thank you very much Cheesy Thats so kind of you.

Actually, my hair is just barely long enough to be pulled into a pony tail.... but I'm going to make more of these flowers and attach them to little hair clips so I can wear them. It really isn't that hard to make them, just time consuming. I must have sat there for five hours just doing nothing but watching movies and folding paper. ><

Yes, I collect kimono : ) It's somewhat of a passion of mine. Get me going, I'll never stop I swear!! Theres lots of places you can get them, if you use ebay you can find litterally hundreds of kimono for good prices. My favorite kimono place though is Ichiroya.com. I'm friends with the owners and they are just wonderful people. If you're looking for something in particular, you can always email them and ask if they have it or if they can find it for you. I think one of the things that pulls me in is that every kimono is unique, and they all have a story. Not to mention, there is always something new to learn... every time I learn a new obi style I just have a party. Makes me so happy!

Ok, I'll quit that. Btw, you're into Jrock? I used to be a huge, huge fan of it. Who is your favorite band?
27  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Funkified Maiko Kanzashi on: February 09, 2005 05:37:40 AM
Hey!  that rocks!  I love it and it looks awesome on the katsura!  Which maiko hairstyle is that one done in?  Lucky you!  I need to get my hands on a katsura for some performances this year :]

Are you the same romancedinthepast from the ImmortalGeisha.com forums by any chance? :]

^_^ I think it's the momoware.

theres a picture of a wig from some website that shows what the back of mine looks lilke.

Yesh, that's me over at IG. I don't talk very much though...

I am an avid kimono collector... I love traditional Japanese culture, it facinates me : ) I think the geisha are absolutely remarkable and the maiko are so adorable. I think they're my favorite of all the "classic" kimono looks. I love color and just the whole child-like persona of the maiko tickles me to death. They're gorgeous, but at the same time cute as pie!

Hmm... Katsura... depends on what price you want to pay. Every now and then they will come up on Ebay but they end up in the 300-400 range. If you go to yahoo japan auctions and type in かつら (Katsura) then you get a whole ton of wigs (both "normal wigs" and katsura) and you can find some for as low as $50 some times. You can go through a shopping service such as Crescent Trading to get it for you : ) Actually, there's a maiko wig up on Y!J right now, it's so cute, but the starting price is $300 >< I can't afford that right now...

I use my wigs and such for performances too : ) If you get one, the only problem is that some of the wigs have bigger "caps" than others... I have five wigs total. two of which fit me, the other three do not >< Its rather annoying really. So, if its possible, if you find one that interests you, try to ask the seller if they can measure the "cap" of the wig so you don't end up with one thats going to squeeze you senseless, nor will it fall off if you bend down to straighten your kimono hem : )

that's gorgeous!  may i ask what you used for the base?

Ok, for each little flower I made two disks of posterboard, about quarter size for the bigger flowers, penny sized for the smaller. I punched a hole in one of the two disks and took a peice of wire about 10 inches long, bent the top inch of it or so into a 90 degree angle and then put glue over it and put the top disk on so the wire was sandwhiched between the disks. When I was totally finished with all my flowers (I had nine total but I'm sure you can use whatever number you want : ) ) I took a thicker peice of wire and bent it into a U shape and took one half of my flowers (2 of the big ones and two of the small ones) and using embroidery floss, I wrapped them to one of the two "legs" of teh U, leaving about an inch of space in the middle. Then I took the rest of the flowers and did the same to the other side. I can make a photo tutorial if anyone needs me to.

: ) Thank you for all the wonderful comments.
28  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Funkified Maiko Kanzashi on: February 08, 2005 02:24:02 PM
Hiii : ) This is my first picture post.. I hope everyone likes it.

I used the folded flower tutorial, and instead of making a pin using fabric, I used some left over origami paper and some of my favorite beads and made a maiko-style kanzashi (without the danglies because I ran out of paper....) The wig its in is a maiko-styled wig I won off of Yahoo Japan Auctions some time ago. Hope everyone likes Cheesy


29  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Folded Fabric Flower pin/hair clip tutorial on: February 07, 2005 05:09:47 AM
Thank you thank you!  I've wanted to try these ever since I saw pucchimaiko's first hairpin post.  For my petals I stopped at step 4 (i.e., I didn't fold up the wings) because I though it looked a little less crowded.  The fabric's vintage kimono silk scraps from Ah! Kimono.

Hi! I love your flower, I think it's so pretty : ) How though, did you get the rounded petals? I tried doing what you did, and only going through step four and it's not working. I might just be dumb >< Thank you!
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