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1  Bridemaid's dress scraps turned apron in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by kittykatsmith on: July 07, 2009 06:18:34 PM
Here is an apron I made today from some scrap fabric leftover from the bridesmaid dresses that were made for my aunt's wedding (which was a while back if the fabric is any indication--I was a flower girl in said wedding)

The scraps limited how long and frilly I could make the apron, and because bias tape is my friend I used two package of Wright Extra Wide Double Fold Bias Tape. For the bottom part I left the center unruffled and gathered the edges. Smiley

Let me know what you think--it was a very simple and quick project (once I got the sewing machine to work with me)


Finished Project:

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2  Domo-kun cosplay: Domo dressed up as Rikku from FFX-2 in Costumes: Completed Projects by kittykatsmith on: May 31, 2009 09:54:53 PM
This was a quickly thrown together costume for my large plush Domo-kun that I made for Animazement 2009: a Rikku (thief dressphere) from Final Fantasy X-2.

On the left is an awesome Yuna cosplay that I bumped into at Animazement 2009, and on the right is her friend the catboy holding my Domo-kun who is cosplaying Rikku.

And for fun, here's Domo in his bikini, mid-project.

All the fabric, ribbon, and beads were things I had on hand and I just free-form sewed it all. I had to buy a skein of yarn to make Domo-kun's wig, but it turned out super cute Cheesy

My favorite part about this costume was that as I was making it, I sometimes had to take Domo's costume off of him and my parents might walk by and make a sad face "Aww...now Domo's naked."
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3  Butterfly skirt: Simple A-line Skirt with 2 layers in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by kittykatsmith on: May 31, 2009 09:30:39 PM
A bit of a posting delay (a year after project was completed), but this is a skirt I made while visiting my grandmother in Kentucky in 2008. On that trip, me, my mom, and my grandmother went on a sewing binge. By no means did we finish all intended projects, but here is one of my favorites from that trip: The Butterfly skirt.

For this skirt I did not use a purchased pattern. I followed the A-line skirt pattern drafting directions from the nifty book "Sew What! SKIRTS" by Francesca DenHartog. I still consider myself a novice sewer (seamstress?), but I'm improving by the project. I drafted my pattern on freezer paper and sewed a muslim test-skirt before attempting the project on the lovely butterfly sheer fabric with blue sparkles and on the lime green sari silk.

Putting in the zipper was a bit difficult (due to the two slicky fabrics I chose), but it was during this trip (and project!) that I realized that bias tape/binding is one of my favorite things to use because I rather dislike hemming, but I can topstitch pretty well.

And here are a few more pics:

Me working with my new friend, bias tape

The skirt's bottom layer:

And here's a close-up of the fabric combination (and lovely topstitching--woo!):

Fabrics shown here were purchased at JoAnn's. Smiley Tell me what you think! Thank you!
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4  Cosplay: Jinnosuke/Jinno/Kuma (from Afro Samurai) cosplay bear head (tutorial) in Costumes: Completed Projects by kittykatsmith on: May 31, 2009 04:17:59 PM
Howdy, been a while since my last post, but nothing like a local anime/manga/etc convention to make you feel inspired to make things...!

This is a mini-tutorial of how I made the prop head for my boyfriend who wanted to cosplay as Kuma/Jinno/Jinnosuke from Afro Samurai.

Here is a reference photo for Jinnosuke/Jinno/Kuma from Afro Samurai (action figure):

Materials for base:
-24-inch inflatable beach ball
-newsprint (ripped into large-ish pieces)
-Styrofoam pieces (mine were from a box that a computer part came in)
-Styrofoam sphere for the eyes (not what I did, but using a styrofoam ball cut into two would be far safer)

Materials for covering the head:
-brown acrylic paint
-white acrylic paint
-brown yarn
-beige yarn
-black yarn

Secret ingredient:
-foam block (ours was about 3 inches thick/deep)

For the base/head: I inflated the 24 inch beach ball (got it at Toys 'R' Us) and mixed the flour and water and tore lots of newsprint pieces. I covered the the beach ball in papier mache, but left a un-covered circle with a diameter of roughly 6-7 inches around the ball's inflation nozzle. Allowing enough time to dry (aided by good ol' sunshine on the back porch), we did several layers. Essentially, we put enough layers until we felt the thickness was appropriate and would hold up to handling at an anime convention. After applying the appropriate thickness of papier mache layers, the ball is deflated normally via nozzle (no popping needed like what is necessary with balloons) and easily removed from the paper shell. Using an electric knife (used for carving turkey...ours is very dull, but apparently ideal for this project), I widened the hole so that the wearer could put on the prop. I used the electric knife like a jigsaw and made an oval opening.

For the nose and ears: Using scissors and and electric knife, I shaped pieces of foam found in a box that some computer part was shipped in. One could use foam balls or boxes purchased from a craft store, but we had this around the house. These parts will be attached prior to painting and yarning.

For the eyes: In the materials, I listed a styrofoam sphere that could be cut in half and call it a day. However, when I made this project, I saw that I had burnt out over-the-mirror bulbs from my bathroom and had prepped them by removing the filament and rinsing the interior as described in any of the ubiquitous "How to Hollow Out a Lightbulb" tutorials out there. I DO NOT RECOMMEND DOING WHAT I DID WITH LIGHTBULBS TO MAKE KUMA'S EYES (buying a styrofoam ball is worth the cost here)...That being said, this is what I did: the bulbs were covered in papier mache, allowed to dry and then the end was broken off. Too much of the bulb was covered with papier mache, and the eyes needed to be less buggy than they were made so they needed to be cut down. Because the glass is attached to the paper, simply cracking the glass and then ripping/peeling away the glass/paper combo worked well, but little pieces of lightbulb glass were very dangerous. Again, don't recommend this...

Assembly of base and salient features (ears, eyes, and nose):
Ready to use the secret ingredient (that foam block)? You'll need it before continuing assembly! Using duct tape, or making tape, tape that block (again, ours was about approximately 4 inch wide x 6 inch long x 3 inch deep/thick) to the back portion on the interior of the head. This is what the wearer will have resting against the back of their head. (Because the front of the face can be heavy, the block in needed so that the wearer can have their head safely upright while the facial features are properly aligned and visible.

Here I had a volunteer (my mom) wear the to-be bear head, and a reference image of Kuma taped to her chest. Using the reference, I taped the eyes, ears, and nose onto the head with masking tape (and marked the nose location with a pink marker).

Once the pieces were where I wanted them, I papier mached them in place and let it dry.

Covering: Using the white acrylic paint, I painted only the eyes and a little outside of them. Then I mixed up some brown and white acrylic to to make a beige-ish color and painted the nose and inner ear that color. For the rest of the head, I painted it with the plain brown paint. Here is a shot:

After giving the eyes another coat of white acrylic, I began applying the yarn in coaster sized spirals to the head, inspired by Mexican yarn art. What I did was either make a small circle of glue or a large outline of a circle in glue (depending on whether I was going the spiral from the inside or from the outside) and then applied the yarn. Beige went in the ears and on the nose/mouth and brown went everywhere else (not on the eyes of course!).
Here is a shot, mid yarning:

The black yarn was used as a seam along the centered meridian of the bear head and to make Kuma's black nose.

Last step: Use a sharpie (with a steady hand) and draw in the eyes.


Let me know what you think! (If I make a tutorial again, I would definitely take more pictures of the process...)
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5  What to do with ... test-tube-looking protein drink tubes?! in What the heck can I do with THIS? by kittykatsmith on: January 20, 2009 12:16:38 PM
Calling all craftsters! I have a over a dozen of these (and more coming as I've gotten my mom to stop getting rid of them) New Whey protein drink test-tubes... and I want to make something out of them... But what?

Label-less tube, undrunk tube, size reference cola can. I've considered something like Longelegantlegs's lightbulb vases https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=212173.msg2277187#msg2277187, but I wanna hear some other ideas too!

Suggest away...!

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6  Aluminum Can Phoenix and Collage Geisha (Pictures Reloaded) in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by kittykatsmith on: January 10, 2006 12:43:31 PM
At my school this past fall, there was a Recycling contest called Green Games. One of the contests that I entered was the recyclable materials door-decorating contest. I put up an aluminum can phoenix and a collage geisha (which I have pictures of) an a bazillion aluminum can flowers (that I currently do NOT have pictures of). I wish I had a full door shot so that I could show the overall look. (The door has since then been changed). the phoenix is all aluminum cans and tape and the geisha thing is a vogue magazine and a diet pepsi can hairpin.

Now....for pictures!

Here's a just-finished, still-on-my-desk picture of the phoenix:

Here's a closeup of the phoenix body...the bean shaped things are the tongues of many diet Pepsi cans:

The tail...:

The backside of the phoenix:

A very poor picture of the geisha thing:

A somewhat better closeup of the geisha's face and hairpin:

These are the two main parts to what won the contest. ^_^
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7  Nifty Thigh-high (thi hi) pattern out there? in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by kittykatsmith on: December 07, 2005 02:20:43 PM
 Smiley Howdy...I was curious if anyone knew ofa pattern, either free and online or in a knitting book, that has a pattern for a cute thi-hi sock or lacy stocking...

I am aware of the "Tall Sock" pattern on knitty.com, but is ther something else out there? Something like Patricia Field's Angora Thigh hi stockings?

Here is a picture:

I haven't started making my own patterns yet, so I'm still following literal directions...Gomen...  Tongue
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