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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Bridemaid's dress scraps turned apron 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:

2  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Cosplay: Jinnosuke/Jinno/Kuma (from Afro Samurai) cosplay bear head (tutorial) on: July 07, 2009 05:47:22 PM
He couldn't see, so that was the draw-back...however, if you make the eyes from styrofoam, you can hollow them out with empty pupils (or mesh-covered pupils) and cut through the paper mache so that some vision is possible.

I think I will use this technique again, but I would definitely allow eye-holes.
3  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Domo-kun cosplay: Domo dressed up as Rikku from FFX-2 on: June 12, 2009 06:18:44 PM
Don't worry! If you come to AZ '10, he will be back--With more costumes...I'm currently working on an I-no (guilty gear) cosplay for him Smiley
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Butterfly skirt: Simple A-line Skirt with 2 layers on: June 01, 2009 07:02:31 PM
As far as the poofing, I think the a-line pattern combined with the heavyish binding on a light fabric must have given it that appearance. It hangs really well.

As far as hemming the underskirt (lime green sari silk) I folded the hem 1/4 inch and then another 1/4 inch and sewed that in place. So...I didn't do formal hemming. (When I put on the skirt after only adding the bindingto the butterfly layer, the underskirt didn't poke out unevenly, so I didn't hem it as I would for other skirts)

Smiley Thank you all for the comments!
5  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Domo-kun cosplay: Domo dressed up as Rikku from FFX-2 on: May 31, 2009 10:02:27 PM
Since this was a rush job (made it a day or two before the convention), I've resolved to plan ahead for the next Animazement and I've already started working on doing an I-no (Guilty Gear video game) cosplay for Domo to complement the proposed Anji Mito that I would be wearing. Cheesy
6  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Domo-kun cosplay: Domo dressed up as Rikku from FFX-2 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."
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: High-waist corset skirt on: May 31, 2009 09:35:29 PM
Drawn or photo tutorial Smiley are they mutually exclusive? I, too, would LOVE to see a tutorial of any sort for these skirts! I have a long torso, some boning in my sewing box and a love for EGA (elegant gothic aristocrat) and gothic lolita clothing! (I could see how someone into steampunk would also love this skirt!)

Like many others, I especially like the gray skirt Smiley Keep on crafting!
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Butterfly skirt: Simple A-line Skirt with 2 layers 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!
9  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: What to do with ... test-tube-looking protein drink tubes?! on: May 31, 2009 09:04:00 PM
I still have a stockpile of these things, but my dad is a collector of fountain pens and these tubes are just the right size to ship a fountain pen for repair. So...that's one more use I hadn't considered for these things... o_o

Something sparkleball-like is sounding good. Maybe a pencil-organizer thing... But I'm sure there's some sort of costuming thing I could do with these that would be uber-awesome, but what? o_o *keeps thinking about all the steampunk stuff she saw worn and for sale in the dealer's room at Animazement 2009*
10  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Cosplay: Jinnosuke/Jinno/Kuma (from Afro Samurai) cosplay bear head (tutorial) 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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