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1  Re: Captain Hook Help - Simplicity# 4923 *finished pics* in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by Pedeka on: November 02, 2005 08:13:05 AM
OK- the finished product- I'm so proud of myself. People at the event kept coming up and asking where we bought it, or rented it and how much it cost to rent a costume like this! I just told them "The cost is these circles under my eyes."  The picture cuts off before the bottom of the coat, so you can't quite tell how impressive this piece is. The skirt on it is soooo full The sleeves have been lengthened, the waist was lengthened and brought in a bit and the shoulders and back were widened. It should work for a "normal" shaped guy, unless he has a belly. This seems to really accentuate that. The colors are way off in this picture. Maybe I'll try for a better picture later. The hat is dark purple and the coat is  deep red. Hooray for a $20 set of curtains!
Tips for people making this in the future:
 1.The sleeve might need to be slightly rotated toward the back of the coat to fit correctly, if the sleeves don't need to be rotated in your case , double check where you are placing the trim on the cuffs according to the pattern, mine turned out a bit too much on the "inside" of the sleeve instead of the top, where it can be seen well and the cuffs seemed to need a bit of rotation.
 2. Do NOT loose the directions just before attempting to put the cuffs on. It will turn into an M.C. Eischer picture if you try to figure it out at 2 AM on your own.
3.The boots aren't in the picture, but we did boot covers out of black vinal and used the cuff patterns from the sleeves to do the cuffs on the boots and it worked great.
4.I didn't use the shirt vest or pants pattern from this. The tuxedo vest is from goodwill,karate pants are from the closet and I just made a simple pleated jabot that fastens in back with velcro and added circles to the cuffs of a long sleeved T-shirt. E-bayed for the buttons.

I wonder if I should have moved this post to finished projects?
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2  Re: Astrological Zodiac Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Pedeka on: October 06, 2005 07:56:39 PM
These are the wonderful things that I recieved from Jazzybelle. 2 pairs of earrings. Beautiful beaded neclaces and a bracelet, votives, some handmade sandalwood oil, 2 pins, the most gorgeous bag with a beaded handle with a moon pendant,a copper with a moon and star etched on it,a painted purple rubber ducky, a celestial box to stash the loot in and my very very favorite ( even though it's not zodiac in nature) a long beautiful wonderful scarf.  I am so in love with these things. Jazzy made a swap addict out of me by spoiling me soooo badly! Jazzybelle ROCKS!
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3  Re: Captain Hook Help - Simplicity# 4923 in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by Pedeka on: October 06, 2005 07:50:16 PM
 An update for those who are making this pattern.These are some pictures of how the "muslin" is going.  The fullness in the skirt  in back is with only one of the 3 godets added in...... so this thing is gonna swing!

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4  My Tiki Bedroom ( My first post- be nice) in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by Pedeka on: July 19, 2005 05:12:16 PM
My husband and I need a fun bedroom. Kitchy, retro, not too girly. Sooooo Tiki it is. I only have a few items here and not the entire room.
This is Dolly the nightlight. She's not technically crafty. I just dressed her. But she is the COOLEST thing ever. She is a maidenform bra and girdle display model with a lightbulb in her belly that makes her glow. My husband used her as decoration when he DJ'd. I think she looks better dressed. The scarf around her waist glows blue.


A $5 yardsale dresser. Painted bright high gloss retro turquoise. I just painted some nifty tiki guys on the drawers with craft acrylics. I have one drawer left to do, but we needed the storage space before I was done. We have a second cast away dresser painted the same blue that I have yet to add tiki guys to.  I am waiting and searching for the perfect drawer pulls. Id do my own, but have no fimo talents.

Lastly, the tiki pillow. I just threw him together one night. He pops much more in real  ife. A single row of machine stitching over a thin layer of quliters batting give his face a 3-D effect.  Hes just a lopsided rectangle with ears sewn into the seams.
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