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1  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Peacock Tail Engineering HELP! on: October 24, 2012 08:01:42 PM
I have come to the most creative, ingenious band of people I can think of for help Smiley

I have been searching online and have only found a few ideas. What I need is ideas on how to make a functional peacock tail. If anyone saw the Katy Perry movie, I would ideally want it like her costume for the peacock song/set. It starts down and then she pulls some cords on her costume and the tail raises and stands up behind her.
I've seen tutorials for tails using fans and gluing the feathers to the fan and attaching the fan to a belt or suspenders. And this is fine if I cant manage to engineer something better.
This costume is for a fetish ball, so more than likely I will be wearing body paint/latex and minimal clothing. The tail is the focal point of the costume.

So the criteria for this elaborate tail would be:
-ability to hang down behind me
-ability to be pulled erect
-some kind of locking mechanism to keep it up
-needs to be removable so that I can sit/drive/use the restroom  Shocked

what would function as the "hinge"? How would it be pulled up? How would it be secured to my body but also be removable? Ideas on ways to secure it to my body that isnt a hindrance or eyesore to my costume.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this and any ideas are welcome!
2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Mother's Day / Cute phrase for apron? on: May 05, 2009 10:07:42 AM
My mom makes and decorates cakes professionally out of our home. She's always in the kitchen. She has pretty much every utensil imaginable but I was thinking I could get her a plain apron and put a cute saying or funny phrase on the front that revolves around baking or somethign like that but I just cant think of anything! Hoping you guys could help?
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / 1st necklace. Tear-drop 'pendant' and beads on: December 11, 2008 12:09:09 AM
Wasnt sure if this went in beads or here...so its here. This is my first necklace! Its for a coworker for Xmas and I hope she likes it!!!

theres a lot more amber in the pendant than the other beads but i think its ok

close up. I thought it was so pretty! I just put on the little beads randomly.

the clasp!! love it

and im excited! i bought crimp beads and the crimp tool. theres a crimp bead after every section of small beads to keep them in the same spot.

cant wait to make more jewelry!!!
what do you guys think? is it ok?

4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Red Duct Tape Wallet-ish Thing (tute incl) on: December 10, 2008 10:00:59 PM
So all the managers at work (5 including me) are getting together this Saturday to exchange gifts and have fun. Well I decided I wanted to make everyone stuff. I was just gonna bunch all of them together and do one post but I havent finished the other stuff yet and I wanted to get this out there haha.
For this particular manager I didnt know what to get her so ended up buying her a pair of crazy socks but still had to make something. So I made her this so she can use it when she goes to the bar for her ID, credit card, cash, car key, etc. and not have to take her whole wallet in.
Ok so I also took tutorial photos just cuz I do that just for Craftster! haha

So I decided I wanted to use red duct tape and found an odd playing card that had a red decoration. I wanted either ace or queen of hearts but didnt wanna use one from a full deck. So covered that with clear tape and then the edges and back with red tape.

Then cut some clear vinyl tablecloth stuff a little larger than the card but I ended up trimming it smaller later. This was all sorta figure it out as I went!

Also cut some cardstock alittle larger than card...also trimmed later. Gift card is to show size. And then covered cardstock with tape. Im sure I could have done a better job but it was my first time.

Ok heres where I trimmed the vinyl but didnt take pics. I trimmed it just a tiny tiny bit bigger than an ID card. The lined the top with a small strip of tape and then taped it around the edges minus the top to the cardstock.

Then with both parts (cardstock with vinyl on top and card with design on top) face up, I cut a strip of duct tape in half and taped the two panels together. This way there will be a little room inside for money. Then turned it over and taped the inside with the other half of tape and then trimmed edges.

So one side is actually larger than the other but will be compensated with tape. Ok now this part was tricky (for me). I cut another length of tape in half for the edges of the wallet. Then stuck it so the sticky was facing out and was also holding the two panels together. You want it to bulge out some so you have a bit of room. Then just put another bit of tape over it to cover sticky. The smaller pic is a front view of it. Here you can see where the front is smaller than the back and the next step is where you fix it.

Here I just took some more tape and pretty much filled in the void so it matched the height of the back.

Stick some velcro in there and viola! (I was gonna sew the velcro for extra strength but it was holding well with the sticky part and i didnt wanna have to hand sew today Cheesy)

Let me know whatcha think and if my tute sucks! haha  Tongue
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / TX Longhorns Tshirt to bag! on: March 19, 2008 10:37:31 AM
I dont usually make bags but I figured I should. Im kinda happy how this turned out for such an impromptu project.
My boyfriends sister always gives me her old shirts that are too small for her. She said she really liked this shirt but it was just too small. Since I could care less for a college spirit shirt I decided to turn it into a bag and give it back to her. She can use it to keep stuff off the floor in her new car or tote around her kids toys/clothes. Hope you guys like it...I can almost sew a straight line now!!!

Dont mind the crappy stitching...haha..its functional Cheesy
6  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / Vday "stocking" help on: January 20, 2008 08:45:42 PM
I came up with this fun idea for my boyfriend for Valentines. I wanna make him a Valentine 'stocking'. So sorta like for Xmas but Vday instead. Now my problem is the shape. It doesnt have to be stocking shaped but something valentinesy but more manly. I want it to be something that he'll like having around so a heart could be too mushy and girly. I was thinking a pair of lips or even the fishnetted leg n high heel look thats out there, ya know. I wanna fill it with candies and love notes n little things that I'll make. But whats a manly valentines shape!? And any ideas on how to make it versatile so it wont just be a bag after he's taken everything out. Hope this made sense. I was kinda rambling. Any help will be greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance.
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / sewing fishnet fabric on: January 12, 2008 07:40:27 PM
I bought a yard or so of hot pink fishnet fabric for $1 a yard! ow ow. but my question is how do you sew fishnet? i wanna make a shirt of maybe a dress that i'd wear to like fetish parties or the club *clothes underneath too of course haha*.

would i just fold it over a few times and then sew? ive tried looking for help on here but i havent found anywhere that really explains how the sewing was done and most of them that i found were fishnet on top of other fabric.

thanks in advance!
8  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Teenage girls in a center... on: October 18, 2007 10:16:38 AM
Im not sure what exactly it is but I know that the girls there are from families that have abused drugs/alcohol/etc and the Child Protective Services have taken the girls from their families. But because of the way they were raised they have some behavioral problems and such and so foster care didnt work out too well for htem so they are at this center.
My sorority *more like a club for academic girls under greek letter* is doing a spa day for them on tuesday. there will be about 15 teenage girls. we arent totlally sure of the age range though. We were thinking of making something for them to keep after we leave but we dont knwo what to make. We want everyone to have something as similar as eveyrone elses as possible so it doesnt cause trouble, jealousy, etc. We were thinking tshirt pillows. since they could use those alot. But do you guys have any other ideas?! I mean we are already going to be doing makeovers and fingernails and stuff but we wanted to make something for them to keep and remember us by or along those lines.

I know you guys are super crafty. So Im anticipating your replies.
Thank you so much!!
*also if it could be cheap would be even cooler!*
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / plastic bag dispenser on: September 30, 2007 07:58:14 PM
this is not my design. there is not much originality but i thought itd be a quick n easy project. HA no. I had machine troubles and then I had a doofer moment and didnt measure right so i had to cut extra fabric. but i got it done eventually
no plastic bags in it yet. wejust stuff all oursinto another bag and hang it on a hook. Im not sure if my mom even likes it. it was the most kitcheny fabric i had and it doesnt match my room so i didnt want it. but oh well...perhaps we'll use it eventually

from the tutorial http://www.dioramarama.com/2006/12/grocery_bag_dispense.html
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / First attempt at fitting a T on: September 30, 2007 07:44:29 PM
I was at barnes and noble the other day looking in the crafty section for the FIRST time!!! i thought...'why have i never come over here?!' but the tshirt recon books make me wanna do something. So i dug out all my too big shirts and this is the first one. Imma do more some day but this was just an experiment.

My boyfriend gave me this too small for him but too big for me shirt. it suits me nicely cuz i am a big procrastinator.

sewed in the sides. left the length. used the extra material from the sides to make 2 ribbons on the sides that tie in the back for extra fit.
excuse my love handles. the shirt would look better if i didnt poof out around the middle like that....arg

what do you guys think i should do with the sleeves? i dont really like em the original length but cant think of what to do.

thanks for looking!
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