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11  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Welcome Aboard! on: November 03, 2010 01:17:49 PM
After weeks of  being uninspired for Halloween, I decided to just go to a thrift store and see if anything jumped out at me. On the $1 rack I found a 1980's Liz Clairborne green wool dress. It fit like a glove and I looked just like a stewardess from the 60's or 70's. It wasn't the most original costume idea but the price couldn't be beat and I didn't have a lot of time or resources to come up with something better. All I needed to complete the look was a pill box hat and a wing pin.

After hitting up a couple more thrift stores and vintage stores, I decided that I would have to make my hat. I bought a roll of duct tape and one of those round plastic trays that house plants are placed in.  Once I had created the hat form, I covered it in blue fabric. I then made my wings out of duct tape. In the end I spent a total of $4.50 on the costume. 

I was pretty pleased with the way that it turned out. While on transit I had someone ask if I was really a flight attendant or if it was a costume, which I found pretty amusing.

12  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Sparkly polyester organza? in purple, orange, and red! on: November 30, 2008 09:08:25 AM
I just scored two duffel bags worth of free fabric off of craigslist. While a small portion of the fabric is stuff I would normally use, the rest is just not up my alley.  So I need some advice: what should I do with this stuff?

13  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 25 ENTRIES / "8 stars of gold on a field of blue"...er tarp on: March 01, 2008 09:51:29 PM
"...Alaska's flag. May it mean to you...."-Alaska State Song

First of all I must apologize for that the pictures are not the greatest. I had to make do with the camera on my cell phone.

I am from Kodiak Island in Alaska. It has a couple of nicknames (Alaska's emerald isle, the rock...) and is probably most famous for its Kodiak Brown Bears. It also  rains a whole lot.  It tends to rain more than snow and in the summer it rains for weeks on end. I have spent many nights/days weathered out of Kodiak in the Anchorage airport.

Because I currently don't live in Kodiak, I decided I wanted to make something that I could wear that shows my Kodiak/Alaskan Pride. Even though it would have been appropriate I wanted to make something more than a sweatshirt. I decided that using a blue tarp as material would be a good twist to the clothing idea. Many yards in Kodiak have blue tarps either covering fishing gear or machinery. And my family used to have a neighbor that could not stand the blue tarp that coved my mother's pile of garden dirt. He used to pull back the tarp so he didn't have to see it from his living room. Thus inspired, I decided on making a raincoat.

 I used the Alden 9301a from Burda style because I wanted a raincoat suitable for San Francisco(currently where I live). I tried to incorporate as many Kodiak/Alaskan aspects to my rain coat as possible. I lined the coat with a green nylon to represent the emerald color of Kodiak in the summer. I also sewed on to the lining a felt appliqué of Kodiak. I don't have picture of that yet but I will. Well, enough blabbing here is the coat:

Me in the coat:


I made the buttons out of fimo clay. They have Alutiiq petroglyphs on them. The Alutiiq people are indigenous to Kodiak.


This picture was from before I finished. I switched the tarp button for a fimo one.

Detail of back:

  I embroidered the Alaska state flag on the back (the big dipper and the north star). Interestingly enough the man who designed the state flag was from Kodiak.

appliqué and buttons (a little blurry sorry):

The lining:

Thanks for looking. Let me know what you think.
14  CLOTHING / Designer Clothing Homage / I met Collen Quen! on: November 03, 2007 07:12:44 PM
So I hope this is the right place to post this, let me know if it isn't.

I had to share this experience:

Last night was Alonzo King's LINES Ballet 25th Anniversary Gala. For those of you who do not know LINES Ballet is a world renown contemporary ballet company. Collen Quen has created several costumes for LINES (last night both pieces were designed by her). They are simply amazing costumes in both the design and how the costumes move with the dancers. I spent a good portion of the  performance captivated by the costumes alone ( not to stay that the dancers were not amazing, they were).   

 After the performance, I was at the reception with a friend when I saw Colleen Quen. I decided that I didn't care if I made a complete fool of myself, I had to express my admiration for her work. So I went and introduced myself and gushed over her costumes. She was incredibly generous and nice. She asked if I was a fashion student and I explained that I was a dancer in love with costume design. She gave me her card, told me to call her in December and she would set up a time that I could come see her studio!!!! I received a personal invitation from Collen Quen! I could not believe it. I managed to contain of my excitement, but inside I felt like jumping up and down.

I wanted to tell everyone but most of my friends are not into design. So I decided I would share with the lovely Craftsters who would understand my excitement. Grin

15  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Birthday Corset for My Sister on: November 29, 2006 10:12:14 PM
Thanks to Roethke's lovely tut I made my little sister an under bust corset for her birthday. I wanted to suprise her but there was no way I could make it with out getting her measurements. So she knows she is getting an underbust corset but doesn't know what the fabric looks like.

Unfortunately I couldn't find wide enough ribbon for the bottom edge, so I ended up having to sew two pieces of  ribbon together. I used the extra ribbon to lace one side so it would look pretty but I also included extra black lacing material in the package.

I am fairly pleased with the way that it turned out and hope that my sister will like it.

16  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / I have the undergarmets..Now I need the over garmets img heavy on: October 27, 2006 06:43:57 PM
So I was inspired to make an underbust corset (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=122286.0) And when I finished that I realized I need a chemise and a petticoat. So I made those and now I can figure out what I should put over it.  Here are some pic of me in the undergarmets. Please excuse the dusty mirror and weird angles.

I have some light purple silk that I was thinking of using but I don't know. Any suggestions would be great.
17  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / 18th Century Stays on: October 27, 2006 06:04:46 PM
I am made this last year for a masquerade.  I used the "corset" generator for the pattern (http://www.elizabethancostume.net/custompat/index.html)
But, I modified it a little.

The fabric I found at Goodwill for a dollar. For the lining I used a black pillow case I had previously gotten at Goodwill. The ribbon I had left over from a previous project.

For the boning I used green plastic lumber strapping. It is just over 1/2 inch wide and can be cut with scissors. I believe I retrieved the strapping from a trash can located in the lumber aisle at Lowes. Although I have also gotten the same type of strapping from Home Depot. I also got the piece of wood I used for the  busk from the trash can. Smiley I used sand paper to smooth the edges of the wood and form it to the right shape.

I tried taking a picture of me in the stays but it didn't turn out so well. I will try to get one of my housemates to take a picture  later.

18  CLOTHING / Sewing Pattern Reviews / Favorite Pants Pattern- New Look 6182 on: January 09, 2006 12:33:11 PM
I absolutely love this pattern! I have currently made three different pairs of pants from it. The only draw back is that there are no pockets but I think they could easily be added.

Why this pants pattern is so great:

- Pants are fitted at the hips
- Loose around the legs
- works great with plain cotton AND with heavier material like upholstery fabric
- pattern easy to follow
- and by making your own pants they can be made as long as you want  Smiley

I am sorry that I don't have any pictures of my pants at the moment but I as soon as I get some I will post them.

19  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Green Tote-ish bag on: November 04, 2005 03:52:17 PM
I made this about a month ago, but it has taken me awhile to photograph it.

This is the first bag I've made that wasn't a drawstring bag.  It is nice and roomy and can hold alot of stuff.  I have been taking it everywhere with me.

I didn't use a pattern and when I was cutting out the pieces I wasn't paying attention so that is why the fabric pattern doesn't quite line up. But, I am still pleased on how it turned out. 

20  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Baryshnikov Shirt on: March 25, 2005 10:00:17 PM
I am super excited about my first stenciled shirt. I was inspired by everyone's posts on stenciling early this week but it wasn't until today I could go out and get supplies.

 Because I am such a greek I decided to stencil a photo of Baryshnikov on to a shirt. And then on the back of the shirt I printed out a photo of his signature on to a iron transfer sheet.  This is how it turned out:


It is not perfect but I was proud of the results. I love having unique clothes!
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