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21  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: 2011 Costume-Along on: September 27, 2011 08:12:52 PM
If I'm not mistaken, isn't Olive Oyl's skirt just a simple A-line skirt?
22  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: 2011 Costume-Along on: September 21, 2011 01:39:11 PM
Ugh. I'm going as an Autumn Fairy and I've got most of my corset done, the finishing touches have to wait until I have the zip ties for boning. I was going to start on my bodice until I realized I still don't know exactly how I want my costume to look. I was thinking of doing a basic strapped bodice, but I also have a pattern for a wedding dress with an off-the-shoulder bodice with long bell sleeves, and one with a scalloped neckline that my friend thinks I should combine, and now I'm unsure. I don't even know how long I want my skirt to be!


Sometimes coming up with your own costume is a pain in the butt!
23  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Adding your own pinstripes? on: September 20, 2011 10:21:11 AM
Interesting. Well, I'll give it a try, and if I ever actually finish it (lol) I'll post it up for show! Now to pick the color...probably black to start with heh.
24  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Peter Pan collar tute? on: September 19, 2011 08:15:08 PM
I have found a few such as http://www.blogforbettersewing.com/2010/02/drafting-peter-pan-collar-part-one.html which might help. Most of the ones I have seen have been curved, but if you are looking for the straight style as the one on the dress is, it should work the same, and might even be easier. I'd definitely recommend making a muslin version first to make sure it's how you want it.
25  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Adding your own pinstripes? on: September 19, 2011 09:58:51 AM
Has anyone ever added their own pinstripes to material with a sewing machine? Is this a feasible idea? I have a white shirt of my husband's that has an elbow rip and I was thinking of making a pencil skirt from it, but I think the material is rather boring and thought of adding my own pinstriping.
26  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Princess Tiana on: September 07, 2011 05:32:15 PM
Ohh zip ties? I've never thought of that. How would I use zip ties? I'm assuming they're not sew-able so just make a channel? I can't think of the word, but I think channel works for it. haha

Yeah, just sew a channel for them. They also come in different widths so you can pick the one that suits your project best.
27  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Princess Tiana on: September 07, 2011 02:31:05 PM
I'd suggest using long zip ties in the top instead of wire. Less chance to poke through, and won't be as visible, but they add just as much stability.
28  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: 2011 Costume-Along on: August 30, 2011 06:04:16 PM
I would make a back-plate of several layers of sturdy fabrics (denim, upholstery fabric, canvas) to which your arm-elastics are attached. It would need to be pretty large to support maybe 8 branches per side, so an 8 by 8 inch square is likely a good start. I would just use a nice colour of yarn to sew the branches right to the back plate, using LOTS of yarn to completely cover the bases of the branches. Then I'd trim the backplate down to follow where the branches are, and add a backing of yet more sturdy fabric with a cheapo plastic cutting board cut to the right shape and sandwiched between the layers for even more strength. It's during the sandwich phase that I would add the arm elastics.

Or you can use floral branches.

This doll's wings look really cute Cheesy

I never even thought of doing it with stiff fabrics and plastic! I thought I was going to have to use a wood base, but that makes more sense and will be easier. I'm going to keep them pretty small, probably just four smallish branches on each side that will go just past my shoulders at the longest. I don't know where I'm going to be so I may need to fit them in a suitcase. I like the idea of "backpack" too. Like, a literal backpack worked in there somehow, since my costume won't have pockets. I wonder if I can work that in...
Also, my corset will probably be high backed, so I may be able to get it attached to that.

Thanks for those tips!
29  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: 2011 Costume-Along on: August 30, 2011 06:39:06 AM
I've never done a costume-along before, but I could try! I'm hoping to go as an Autumn Fairy this year, if I can get the materials and everything in time (I don't get to get out often to do shopping.) So far my plan is to do a corset in the style of stays from the 1700's I think, layered skirts, one full, one probably square handkerchief, though I haven't decided if I want the bottom skirt to be full length or just knee. I'd also want to do a berry/leaf headdress which is probably easy enough to do, and maybe some bracelets as well. The complicated part for me is the wings. I'm not a big fan of the wings you can buy at most places around Halloween, and I saw a picture somewhere (that I can't find now, of course) of a fairy with wings made of branches, which I think would be perfect. Either branches completely covered in leaves, or just a few along the branches, I haven't decided yet. I don't know how I would attach them yet either, or what to do for the base. I've never made wings before >.> The colors would be shades similar to fallen leaves: oranges, reds, and golds.

This would probably be my most ambitious project to date, and though I know I'm capable of it once I get things broken down to their basic components, it's getting it started, and finished, in time.

ANY advice would be greatly appreciated. I want this costume to look awesome, as I'm trying to get my skills as a costumer up in hopes that I can one day make money off of doing this from home.
30  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: My scary doll costume -- inspired by Cris Angel's Cirque du Soleil show on: August 26, 2011 03:54:48 PM
I love it! Great job on that =D
It's great to see costumes that diverge from the usual "slutty-whatever" mold.
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