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1  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Old School Queen of Hearts!! (Over 3000 inches of ruffle!!) PIC HUGE!!! on: November 02, 2010 11:13:39 AM
So we all know the biggest themes of the season - - Lady Gaga and Alice in Wonderland a la Tim Burton. I'm too curvy to be Gaga (comfortably), so I of course opted for Wonderland. But I wanted to do the old school cartoon we all fell in love with! I didn't wanna be Alice, she's too sweet to be sexy in most cases. Cheshire Cat sketches left WAY too many designs to choose from, and I was in a time crunch (had to finish by the 23rd for my 20th bday party!). So I chose the Queen of Hearts! Here's my final piece! ((Sorries for the blur and ugly face - -it was sooooo cold!!))
I made EVERY-STINKING-THING!! Except the necklace, but I did have to craftily fix a broken chain in the back. Even the boots, the seams were ripping so I had to sew them together, mostly by hand. BEHOLD!!





I wanted a short skirt, since I was wearing it to my bday party and wanted to feel sexy. I disliked the black/orange/yellow underskirt, as it was waaaay too heavy, so I got rid of it and replaced it with a light airy tutu I whipped up just before the party. The collar I made just looked funky, and the first white top I made got spilled on, so in all my pics I'm wearing this butterfly-sleeve type shirt dress I made the week before.

First I made the corset. Here are some in-progress shots. ((If anyone cares for a more detailed explanation on how to make one of your own, just say so!))





Then the skirt! I went for a burlesque victorian bustle (cuz the word 'burlesque' guarantees sexy!!). Again, if you want more specific instructions to make one of your own, just say so! Basically there's a simple waistband, to which I sewed four panels of varying width. The bottom one is over 2 yard long in total!! I made ruffles by cutting 5 yards of white fabric into 2-inch strips, hemming one edge and gathering the other by hand. I did the math - - it's well over 3000 inches of fabric when flat! Ruffled, it's 1080 inches! Just of ruffling!! So I made those and stitched them to the hems of each panel. There was a lot of sergeing and cleaning up on the skirt, loose threads and all. Here's the only two in-progress shots!


And here's a few shots from my party! Hope you liiiiike!

Me and Catwoman (Aspiring Next Top Model contestants!!)

Me and Dr. Manhattan (I painted his back half, and made him wear pants!)

Me scolding Dr. Manhattan for trying to squid dance on me, and if he gets blue on me I swear I will KILL HIM!!

My general sexiness as the queen of your heart!

2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Another Gibbous Swap? <3 on: October 28, 2010 10:18:30 AM
I mean, the main thread got over 60 pages, and the gallery has 25. Like, that sounds like it was a really darn successful swap. And I've been working on a few gibbous things of my own and I think it'd be really great to swap gibbous-inspired goodness again. Especially since I wasn't around when it went down the first time. I'd totally organize, but I haven't done my second swap. In fact, I'm only just going to get feedback for my first one on October 30th. The next swap I'm planning to sign up for ends early December, so if we can wait another 7 or 8 weeks, I can organize. Or co-organize if it's that big. And I think it would be pretty big, the first one had 22 participants and gibbous popularity has risen since then! So I want another gibbous swap. Anyone else want one like meeeee? <3

((For anyone who doesn't know what gibbous is, its basically incredibly epic scrappy fashion. In a nutshell. You can search 'gibbous' here on craftster for things inspired by Selena Gibbous' work. Here's the link to the Gibbous homepage, you can find out all about it there. http://www.gibbousfashions.com/))
3  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / I Shall Call Her Sylvie!! on: October 01, 2010 12:14:47 PM
So I work for my sister, sewing frilly lacy girly clothes. I wanted a break and took a few afternoons (and late nights) to do my own version this image by Dmitri G. Pavlov - dpavlov on DA (look him up!!) called 'Russian Fairy Tale'. I'm obsessed with Russian culture, and have loved this photo for a while (it's at the bottom of my post). I changed some things, like the fullness of the dress and her jewelry, as well as her hair-hat. I also didn't like the weird position of the light she's 'holding' in the original so I added a necklace for her to toy with.

I used black pen, a pinch of Sharpie (which died all too soon), black acrylic, and glittery nailpolish! Yes, nailpolish. First I sketched her basic shape, then pit by bit painted her face and torso. Sometimes I used pen for smaller details, and the cross hatching in her dress. I put glitter over every black thing on her, but left her border plain black. You should see how it catches the sunlight!

Final Closeup (it's huge!)

Final Product

WIP 1 and 2


Link to Original Photo
4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / 20th Birthday / Halloween BBQ - - HELP! on: September 23, 2010 12:40:37 PM
I'm turning 20 on 10-20-2010, which is amazing. And I love Halloween. And my friends. I want all of us together to celebrate me and my favorite holiday one evening next month. And I need help with EVERYTHING. I'm doing this in 1 month exactly (so October 23rd). I just started the group on facebook and haven't even come close to inviting everyone yet. So there's time, but I still have a sense of urgency.

I don't need invites, that'll be done electronically. I don't need a venue - - I'm using my backyard! It's HUGE. My niece's 3rd birthday saw 80+ children - - and their parents -- all in the backyard with huge inflateables and there was no problem at all. We've got the grill, I think my BIL will do the grilling. My sis and I will probably make all the treats and munchies.

Estimated budget - - no more than 300, I'm sure. I'd like to keep it closer to 200.

So what I really need is help with activities, snack/treat 'menu', and decor.
- Eating contest. I LOVE messy party games. I thought pumpkin pie, or 'brains' - jello done in a brain mold or cooked spaghetti -  but really, what's an outdoor BBQ party hosted by yours truly without some eating contest?
- Pumpkin carving. Which I LOVE. And it's also fun to get into an innards fight, throwing the goop at eachother and just getting messy in general.
- Outdoor movie. I'd like to hang some thick white sheets over the back of my house and project a movie once the sun sets. We can lay out blankets or they can bring fishing chairs or beanbags, or maybe get a few free couches off craigslist and watch a Halloween-y movie.

I draw blanks here. Just a bunch of black and orange stuff is all my mind goes to. I need help. And I need it to be cheap.

Easy but fun foods. Main course will be burgers and hot dogs, but for the sides and desert things. I thought of a cupcake tree, with these awesome chocolate chip pumpkin cupcakes my kid sister makes, instead of a birthday cake.

I don't think this'll be a costume party, cuz of my love of messy games, but what are trash bag cover ups for? Cheesy What should I do for a birthday dress? Or if I DO decide to do costumes, what should I dress up as that's cute/pretty and birthday/center-of-attention worthy?

As you can see, my ideas are suffering.... HELP ME!! I welcome every single suggestion/website you have!!
5  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Discussion and Questions / How do I seal acrylic so it doesn't fade or chip in the wash? on: September 11, 2010 05:56:50 PM
I'm making a dress for my 20th birthday, and I have a number of issues (so if you want to help follow the link at the bottom), but here's what I need from you guys.

I wrote in Clothing board:

"2. If I'm keeping this, how do I treat it so I can wash it and wear it again? I need at LEAST 3 wears out of this. I'm using acrylic, and a bit of black sharpie to fix where my black outline stinks. I may go get a black paint pen, not sure... What can I do to prevent fading and flaking? Should I take this particular issue to the image reproduction board?"

I was told by one person it should be fine to just put in the wash and nothing shoud flake or fade at all, but she's from the sewing board. I want to check with you guys. Yall paint on fabric all the time! And I know this isn't stenciling or 'image reproduction' but I thought of all the boards this was the best one to help me out.


Post in Clothing board with other issues:
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / 20th Birthday Dress - - Is she worth finishing? on: September 11, 2010 01:38:38 PM
I'm turning 20 on October 20. That's 10-20-2010, I'm turning twenty! Super awesome, right? So I need an equally awesome birthday dress. Or maybe long shirt with leggings. I'm going to Six Flags in celebration and I want a bright, unique dress that will stand out in the crowd.

Last night I took this yellow fabric and started painting a fun floral and wide cross-hatch pattern on the bottom. I was going to do birthday shapes (cake, gift box, streamers, balloons) but I want to wear it again and again. So I have several issues/questions:

1. This is hecka time consuming. And I don't need this until October 20, so there's 39 days (holy crap it's comin fast!). But what I have done is maybe twenty inches and has taken about 6 hours. Is this design cool enough to keep at it? Do the colors say 'I'm bright and happy and awesome' or do they just clash and induce a headache?

2. If I'm keeping this, how do I treat it so I can wash it and wear it again? I need at LEAST 3 wears out of this. I'm using acrylic, and a bit of black sharpie to fix where my black outline stinks. I may go get a black paint pen, not sure... What can I do to prevent fading and flaking? Should I take this particular issue to the image reproduction board?

3. What'll happen if I sew through the painting? Because I'll need to make a clean hem at the bottom, as it's just a raw edge right now. I'd think it would be okay but I'm not risking any screw ups. I'm leaving the teens in style, baby!

4. Any suggestions for a pattern? I'm size 18, though I'm shooting for a 16 by my birthday. I'm a 38DD so I'm fairly big-breasted, my waist is relatively narrow, and I'm pretty full around the tummy. No butt to speak of. And I'm 5'10". I'm still learning what looks good on me. And it can't be backless or sleeveless. Then again I could just wear a t-shirt under whatever, but ya know. And if you can't help me pick a specific pattern, can you point me toward a good site?

7  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / My Best Friend's Wedding - Fall '11 on: September 05, 2010 09:44:57 PM
So. I'm big on chronicling journeys. My best friend, Crystal is marrying Noah. I don't know how much of this will be crafted, but I know a lot will. Crystal doesn't know much about weddings and while I'm not perfect at wedding planning I will let nothing stand in my way of making sure my bestie's special day is classy and beautiful on as conceivably low budget as possible. They're getting married in the Fall of 2011, pending some church related information. Noah may be going away for a bit, but Crystal says full steam ahead for Fall!

Theme: Butterflies
Color: Midnight blue, white, silver
Reception Location: LDS Stake Center Gym (Suggestions for transformation are always welcome!)
Guests: 86 invited, not including bridal party, head table guests (parents and siblings), and me. 10 for sure will be unable to attend.

Current issue: Centerpieces. She wants live butterflies and a simple butterfly release as they drive off into the sunset isn't floating her boat. She wants them in the centerpiece. We can't stick them in a glass centerpiece or they'll suffocate, but the tulle things we've found (few and far between) are funky, bulky, and remind us of Grandmas night-cap. I suggested stiffening lace into a hurricane vase shape (she wants hurricane vase specifically). The lace would still be see-through, contain the butterflies, and let them breathe. This evening she called suggesting crochet wire. Because I love her, I would crochet the 10-12 hurricane vases. Wire works cuz it's silver. But I'm apprehensive. So I need tips/tricks/suggestions about crocheting these suckers. I haven't even found photos of what it might look like. I can crochet with yarn but wire's a little out of my element....

So clearly I'm in the beginning here but hey. They're not tying the knot for 11 months.

Let the games begin!
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