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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / African Safari Skirt on: May 25, 2007 11:30:39 PM
I hand drew the design for the middle panel using a bleach pen.
The other fabrics are by Alexander Henry.   
Three different trims were used. 
side zip.
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Two themed Duro dresses on: April 04, 2007 12:12:45 PM
I used McCall 5137 for both dresses. 
The ocean duro.   The light blue fabric has ocean maps on it. 

The space duro. 
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Rockstar Dress on: April 01, 2007 05:32:16 PM
I made this dress for a Rockstar themed costume party.  The bodice is so shiny, it shows reflections. 

My hair is blowing in the wind, it's not really this messy. 

At the party, with "Marilyn Manson"  I really love the different effects that lighting makes on this dress. 

edit 5-27-07:  The fabric style is Liquid Gold.  The color is of course silver.
4  CLOTHING / Sewing Pattern Reviews / Mccall 5177 badly drafted sleeves on: November 01, 2006 02:32:11 PM
I made view c which is not quite as long as it looks, my model refuses to stay heightened.  
The instructions on this dress are very easy to follow, and the end result is beautiful.

I used wonder tape to apply the trim before sewing on, best stuff ever.  It made things a lot faster and easier.  I have never had my trim come out so nicely aligned either.  

However, there is one major problem.  This dress was drafted for zombies.

This is as far as I can lift my arm.  

I have not determined how I'm going to fix this problem yet.  If anyone has any suggestions, let me know.

5  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Plastic shanks for fabric covered buttons on: September 12, 2006 08:56:33 PM
Does anyone know of a source for buying these?  I haven't been able to find any yet, and I'm not interested in the metal ones.  I want something that I will be able to machine wash. 
6  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Discussion and Questions / Ironing Spraypaint on: August 07, 2006 12:34:16 PM
Can anyone tell me how bad it is to iron something that's been spray painted?
I have a piece of muslin that I spray painted years ago, and I was thinking of using it to make part of a bag, (unless I can think of something better.  The whole piece measures 12'' x 48'')  but I need to get rid of the creases first.

I spray painted over leaves if anyone is curious. 

7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Tin Foil Matte for Frame on: November 13, 2005 09:56:36 PM


8  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Flying Purple People Eater on: October 13, 2005 02:02:27 PM
Ok, everyone I've decided this is what I am going to be for Halloween.
I'm going to use the song, but not their picture for reference. 
so I'll need to  1) have only one eye 2) have one horn on my head (to play rock and roll music from)  3)have wings  4)be purple 5)  eat people 

So I'm thinking that unless I come up with a better plan I will use a basic animal pattern for the main part of the body  like this one  http://www.mccallpattern.com/item/M8953.htm?tab=costumes&page=8  and perhaps find some white and some black fabric I can see through to make the eye.  Like the black fabric they use to make grim reeper costumes.  2)  I have NO idea what to make the horn look like, or be made out of.  If I had more time maybe I could put a mini speaker in it, but that probably won't happen.  3)  I don't know what to make the wings out of.  Do you think nylon wings would look too delicate for a people eating monstery looking alien?  I don't know.  4) I'm thinking I'll use purple eyelash fabric for the main part of the costume.  5)  I can carry a few dolls or rubber body parts to "eat"  and I'm thinking maybe a clear pocket on the stomache of the costume that I can store them in, and maybe make it look like their are people in my stomache.  6) Should I make big funny ears?   

Any suggestions/opinions anyone would like to leave are highly appreciated!!! 
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Romanish dress and icecream skirt on: September 28, 2005 01:04:07 PM
I designed both of these myself, and actually didn't have this dress form when I made either of these. I just got it in the mail a couple days ago!

This was a dress I made from some huge scraps left after making a big cape for the Renn faire one year.  I just sewed pieces together, cut it apart on seam lines, gathered and draped places that fit funny, and resewed it together again.  It was kind of toga inspired,

I love icecream.

10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Butterfly cape for niece on: August 30, 2005 06:25:01 AM
Hancocks put out their Halloween fabrics.   Among them was this butterfly cape that I just had to make for my niece.   All you do is cut out the 4 pieces that are already printed on the fabric, sew them together, and add bias tape.  They also have a batcape as another choice.  Simple project for anyone intimidated by their machine.   

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