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1  Re: New Spring Scarves in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by Cheebz on: April 29, 2009 05:26:10 AM

FTFY. Next time copy the code from the forum section, it uses [img] tags instead of html. I like the color, it looks very soft.
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2  Pantyhose and Pool Toys: The Producers (w/ mini-tute) in Costumes: Completed Projects by Cheebz on: September 09, 2008 02:48:54 PM
I just got back from my three month summer stock theatre gig and as usual, it was a summer of "ghetto gets it done." Among my many challenges were the Springtime for Hitler girls in "The Producers." Giant sausages do not grow on trees, you know.

On one of our routine trips to the dollar store, the designer and I spied some fun noodles/pool toys in a bin...inspiration had struck! Two days and lots of giggles later, we were able to produce these gems.


We started by cutting the foam noodles in half laterally and sheathing them in the legs of old white pantyhose from our dead stock. We then twisted and stitched the noodles into the desired shape and pulled the hose tight and stitched that down as well.


The sausages were wired into shape using rusty coat hangers (never throw anything away!) and duct tape and then stuffed with polyfil from a pillow. The ends were secured by tying off the pantyhose just like a real sausage casing.

We used a layer of white spray paint to prime and set the hose and then did all of the "artistic" painting with acrylics and house paint that we had lying around. The primer coat is the most important, otherwise the hose will suck up everything like a sponge and you will never get an even coat. In the past, I have also used watered down modge podge for this step. (The pantyhose technique is actually really great for props and especially masks because it is cheap, pliable and lightweight...a must if you're going to be balancing a four foot sausage on your head).

Detail work was accomplished with ribbon ties for the sausage, beaded and sequined "salt" for the pretzels and several coats of spray-on glitter and varnish (they are show girls, after all).


We turned the larger pieces into headdresses by stitching them onto a base salvaged from several headband style vintage hats (also from dead stock). A large number of otherwise ordinary bobby pins secured them to the styled wigs

The giant fork is all me BTW.

The finished products on the girls.

The Beer Steins and Valkyrie shields are made from plastic dinner wear textureized with bits of trim and leftover fun noodles and then spray painted silver. The bras were all decorated using left over materials. The overall cost for all four of these costumes was less than $30 (that includes purchasing the base bras and panties). I'm thinking it was money well spent.

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3  Maxi Dress for Summer (now with mini tutorial on pg 2) in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by Cheebz on: April 24, 2008 06:49:16 PM
SO I've been totally dreaming of making this dress for over a month now and I was finally able to take advantage of getting sick long enough to pattern it out and make it. I've been totally inspired by the Maxi dresses I keep seeing in magazines and I thought that with a little alteration, I could make one that would flatter my shape.

I don't know what's going on with the darts in that pic...anyway, as you can see I simplified the design a bit by getting rid of the ruffled hem (too heavy!) and eliminating the sleeves (too old fashioned!). There was also originally a grey belt that made things look a bit Directoire and frumpy.

I'm pretty pleased with what I came up with and I can't wait until I can wear it out! Can you say picnic?
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4  Fly Front Zipper Tutorial (IMAGE HUGE) in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by Cheebz on: February 05, 2008 09:01:34 PM
I have a skills test for a job interview this weekend and have been brushing up on some of my rustier skills.
When it came time to do the fly front zipper, I realized that I had almost completely forgotten how and I certainly couldn't find any tutorials. I ended up taking apart one I had done years ago and going from there. I took photos of the process so I would not forget, and figured I would make a tutorial while I was at it so that others could benefit from my learning experience.

Cut 4 fly pieces. It should be 3"-4" wide and as long as your zipper. Remember to include seam allowances

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Sew the fly pieces together so that you end up with 2 "fly pockets" Remember to clip your curves. Press (frequent ironing throughout the process helps to keep things nice and neat).

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Right sides together, attach one of the fly pockets to the left side of your garment opening. (You may sew the garment together before hand, leaving just enough to install the zipper. I personally have a much easier time if I leave the two sides in pieces as long as possible).

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Lay your zipper upside down on the attached fly pocket and baste/sew stitch down, being sure to leave at least about 1/4" between the teeth and the seam of the garment.

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Fold the fly pocket over (remember you are pressing seams as you go) and stitch the top edge down to your garment.

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If you have not done so already, stitch the two sides of your garment together, stopping at the first fly pocket. Press the remaining seam allowance under and pin the other side of the zipper to this. Stitch the zipper to the seam allowance (do NOT sew through to the other side of the garment)

zipper sewn to seam allowance

your garment should now look like this with the zipper closed

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Still sewing only to the seam allowances and not the outside of the garment, attach the second fly pocket to the zipper tape, allowing room for the zipper pull to move. You may finish the top of this pocket in some way, but do NOT attach it to the top of the garment like you did pocket 1.

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Go back to fly pocket 1 and pin it flat to the garment. Stitch it down to the garment about 1/4" from the edge of the pocket taking care to make your lines straight and even.

Replace your machine thread with top-stitching or button holing thread and adjust your machine's tension accordingly (use a piece of scrap fabric). Some people like to put stop-stitching thread in the bobbin as well, but a lot of home machines really don't handle this well and you're usually fine with regular thread on the bottom. Sew over the line you made from the opposite side (assuming it is straight) and make another row of stitched 1/4" inwards. Be careful when you go over the zipper - use the hand crank if you need to (also a good idea if you have trouble with the curve).

Attach a waistband and you're done!

I wish I could show you the finished garment that goes along with this tutorial, but it ended up being..kind of fugly. I put it away until I can figure out what needs to be done to fix it. Anyway, I hope this was helpful to some people!

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5  Hail Aslan, King of Narnia! (wig with semi-instructions)**now with actor pics** in Costumes: Completed Projects by Cheebz on: November 22, 2007 06:40:04 AM
I'm designing and constructing a production of The Magician's Nephew and our budget and time line is rather small. Things are moving along, but I had a really terrible fitting with Jadis last night and felt the need to post something that was finished.

Our Aslan has nice, long hair of his own; but he's doubling as a "mysterious gentleman" so I needed the transition to be as smooth and stress-free as possible. Solution: wig. Problem was, most rental houses want $80-$200 for a month long wig rental. Not gonna happen. So I went to the local party store and picked up this caveman wig.


Not very kingly, but I made another trip to the dollar  store and picked up two hanks of really cheap hair extensions and came up with this. (The glue's still not dry in this pic).
The red and black was already spiraled, but I distressed it to give it a more dread-tastic look. The red hair was straight, but I remembered reading on one of the craftster dread-fall tutorials that I could curl it in the oven. What worked best for me was a sort of dread-curl (twisted it and then curled it on a curler) left in the oven at 250 degrees Fahrenheit for about 20 minutes followed by another 10 minutes in the freezer. Then I brushed some out and left the others as they were. A colleague of mine told me that strips of gauze or cheese cloth painted and then put through the dryer will give you fantastic dreads, but my dryer is rented so I wasn't keen to try that. If anyone does give it a go, let me know how things turn out.
I attached them by folding each small hank of hair in half (more or less) and tying them tightly with a thick thread. Then I inserted each hank underneath the already existing hair in layers and stitched them to the wefts (the fabric that each line of hair is attached to) of the wig. For extra security I added a dab of hot glue, which melted the extensions to the wig (I suggest low-temp because you don't want to melt through the hair).

I fashioned the "ears" by taking the top layer of caveman mullet-hair (the reason I bought this particular wig) and dividing it into sections and curling it around my fingers (really cheap wig hair will hold a finger curl briefly after a few seconds). Then I plastered the hair in modge-podge, curled it under some more and let it dry. The curl stayed overnight without any assistance from me, but if I had had any trouble I would have just bobby-pinned them down. You can add color to the modge podge with acrylic pain for an interesting effect.

The cheap hair turned out to be a fantastic find because it actually sparkles in the light. I even used the elastic-strap on the heard to make a chin strap for the actor (he flies) and the beard-hair to make some awesome furry gloves. Total cost of project :$20
I think it was worth it.
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