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1  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: DIY Robin Costume Finished Pics! on: October 20, 2012 06:04:30 PM
Mask problem solved, using this guy's tutorial:


Except I used a cheap plastic mask to mould mine directly on my face, and I used what I had on hand and I ended up with a black mask instead of a green one. So my costume won't have any green elements because I ran out of time and money. I don't mind!
2  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / DIY Robin and Batman Beyond on: September 23, 2012 11:12:03 AM
Finished pics from the Hallowe'en party this weekend! I made everything except the bodysuits - so the shorts, both capes, both logos and accessories, both belts (the BF conceived of the utility belt) and Batman's eyes and ears. The BF also constructed underarmor out of recycled cardboard that he taped to an undershirt.

***More Finished Pics Below***

w00t! I have officially been making headway on my half of me and my BF's Batman-and-Robin duo costume.

It's my own design, you can see the sketch at this thread: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=412429.0

I bought a pair of high-waisted black trousers with a side zipper and no pockets at the thrift store and, standing with them on inside out in front of the mirror, sketched some lines and cut them into Superhero  Shorts, inspired by the famous American Apparel disco shorts:

And my version:

I must say, I am absolutely tickled at how they came out. They look a little shorter than the AA version, partly because they *are* a little shorter, but also due to the angle I photographed them at with my laptop camera.

Here's a photo of my cape pieces cut out with the shorts:

The cape is a half-circle skirt pattern, and the pieces that you see are folded in half (so it looks like a quarter piece). I found this great lightweight fabric in the two perfect colours in the sale section of Fabricland. Score!

Stay tuned for more progress pics and please leave your C&C!


More Pics:

I'm holding the cape closed because I haven't sewn on the closures yet. After that, I just need the mask and I'm all set! I've been having some difficulty with the mask. My idea was to take some recycled plastic, heat it up, and mold it to my face. The first kind of plastic I tried (a yogurt container) didn't work well, it would only flex one way at a time. Gonna try it with a Coke bottle next. If that doesn't work, I'll try black craft foam.

I made the belt by covering some elastic in yellow fabric. It doesn't *quite* reach behind the buckle, because I measured it at a different part of my waist than where the shorts sit. Oh well.

The buckle, logo and stripes are all cardboard cutouts with leftover costume fabric hot glued around the back. I can adjust the placement because I glued safety pins to the back so I could use the suit again in the future.

The catsuit was bought online. Without the cape and with a different logo, it could also be a costume from The Incredibles!

Please C&C!

3  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Classic Robin or Modern Robin? on: September 16, 2012 10:26:59 AM
So I decided on a mix between the middle Robin and the smaller Robin just to the right of the middle. Red top and bottom, black shorts, black and yellow cape and green gloves and boots.

I ordered a red catsuit from Milanoo.com and bought some high-waist black trousers (no pockets and just a side zipper) to transform into my superhero shorts. My BF bought a black zentai suit to go as Batman Beyond!!! They're both WIPs at the moment but I'll share my progress on here.

4  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Classic Robin or Modern Robin? on: August 25, 2012 02:54:10 PM
How about this one? Modern styling, but with a few more green elements?

And here's a picture I found with all the different Robin versions:

5  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Classic Robin or Modern Robin? on: August 05, 2012 01:42:33 PM
Last Hallowe'en, I made a promise that next time I would finally go as a character everyone would recognize, and after seeing The Dark Knight Rises, I decided that I would be Robin. I sketched out my own version of the costume (love the idea of Robin but I'm not crazy about the Santa's elf look). I just can't decide on a colour palette! I'm torn between the green, red and yellow of the classic look and the more badass red, black and yellow of modern Robin. Here are two versions of my sketch:

I feel like the modern colours suit my costume better, but I don't want to just throw classic Robin out the window completely. What do you think?
6  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: It's never too early to start getting ready for Halloween! on: April 04, 2012 10:02:42 AM
Re: the communicator: I KNEW IT!!! Great work!
7  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Sleeping Owl Cards and Recycled Paper Balls w/ Tutorial on: December 16, 2011 09:22:09 AM
Hi Craftsters!

This year I dedicated my craft time to making handmade cards for my friends and family. After searching Google images for some owly inspiration, I bought some cardstock and after lots of tracing, cutting and glueing, my cards were finished!

The snowflakes on the front are done with a shiny silver pen, as is the greeting on the inside... "Happy Whoolidays!" Haha.

The paper balls were a random idea I came up with. I had used up all the wrapping paper and was left with a sheet of heavy brown paper, and had stumbled upon a cute little tutorial on the net, and I knew it would be perfect for my Mum's tree so I quickly got to work. Assembly on these puppies is slow, it takes about 1/2 an hour to do one so I still need to finish the last two.

I knew these would be perfect because last year, my Mum finally broke away from our collection of old, eclectic and battered tree ornaments and created an entirely new theme... very organic, woodsy, with browns, creams, and muted reds and golds. She wanted to incorporate a lot of natural materials in the decoration to create something more aesthetically pleasing and environmentally conscious. I hope she likes my recycled Christmas balls!

Here's the tutorial I used.


I don't know if I just didn't read it properly, but I found it to be lacking information on the assembly, so here's what I did.

1. Print one page of 12 shapes for the small ball (baseball sized).

2. Cut out one shape, trace onto cardstock and use that one for tracing.

3. Trace a billion times. I did 6 balls... 6 x 12 pieces = 72 shapes. Ooh, look at my math skills!

4. Cut 'em out, and cut slits in each "petal", halfway through. I just cut enough for one ball and then assemble... otherwise my hand cramps up.  

5. ASSEMBLY. Start with one shape, and attach 5 more pieces, one to each "petal" of your first shape. Then link those 5 together at the sides.

6. Do the same with the remaining 6 pieces, so you have two half-spheres.

7. Link the two halves together. This is tricky.  You'll have to start by sticking one petal on one half to the join in two petals on the other half. It's hard to explain. Think of it this way: instead of lining up the two halves together evenly, you'll want to position it so that the petals are staggered. Otherwise it'll be impossible to link it all together.

8. Go around the join, carefully linking slits. It might take some wrestling to get it. I used heavy paper and didn't have any rips. Lightweight recycled plastic would work great as well! Once you get to the last petals, you'll find they are stuck inside the ball. Use a pencil or something to gently pry 'em out.

9. Once your ball is assembled, go around it flattening your petals out. I like to tuck the corner of the petals under other petals so no sharp bits poke out.

There! I hope that helps and I hope you like my Christmas crafts!

Happy Whoolidays!
8  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Pirate with bloomers, bustle and musketeer shirt. WIP on: October 29, 2011 12:27:08 AM
Here's a link to the bloomers pattern - it is free! And it was so fun to sew.


I just made one alteration, and that was to lose the pleat on the front of the legs, and just do elastic all the way around.
9  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Pirate with bloomers, bustle and musketeer shirt. WIP on: October 28, 2011 01:33:40 PM
Hello good crafters!

Here's a run-through of a costume I put together for work this year. I was stoked to hear that we would be dressing as pirates at my David's Tea location because I had all the essentials already on hand from previous costumes.

Here are the components of the costume. Not pictured would be some tights or leggings for modesty, knee-high black boots with a buckle at the ankle, and a black, white and maroon patterned silk scarf over my hair, tied at the side of the nape of my neck.

The boots, bloomers and bustle were from last year's burlesque circus ringmaster costume, seen here:


And the making of:


I sewed the bloomers from a patterns and made my own pattern for the bustle.


Amazing silk thrift store shirt. It has fantastic 5-button cuffs:

The ruffle is detachable! How brilliant! I think it looks a little more musketeer-y without the ruffle and I kinda like it that way.


And this is a faux pleathery bodice I found in a thrift store that I suspect was part of a store-bought costume at one point:

Need to find something to lace it with:

My authentic overbust corset would also look spectacular with this costume but I can't really wear it to work.

I would like your opinions. With/without ruffle? With/without bodice? With/without bustle? What combination works best in your view? I kind of like without the bodice best, but my friends all think it's better with. I like to go with more authentic ideas but I know people are expecting a more costumey look on Hallowe'en.

Thanks for your comments!
10  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Pirate Costume Help?! on: October 23, 2011 11:22:06 AM
I think if you added just a few simple accessories and costume pieces you could make this costume look SO amazing, and get a more gritty, realistic character.

I agree with Crafty Butterfly that the costume would look more complete with a blouse under the corset. I bet you could easily make one out of an old sheet or alter a larger button-down into something new, but I've found that thrift stores, especially smaller, church-run ones where lots of old ladies shop, are goldmines for flowy, ruffly silk tops. I'm a big believer that authentic details make the costume, so I generally opt for an ivory shirt over a white one to look a little more authentic, lived in, and travel-worn. You could achieve the same result with a coffee or tea dye bath.

If you wanted to add a little more sumptuousness to your costume, you could throw on some knee-length bloomers or a second skirt under the first. Any kind of tiered, broomstick-style skirt from the thrift store cut to length would be great, or a petticoat of some sort. A little hint of lace peeking out the bottom might convince people you are actually a pirate queen who pieces together her look from garments she has taken from other people! I believe that many historical pirates loved to dress as sumptuously as they could, in lace, velvet, gold etc. which they acquired by stealing and plundering.

You could throw on a scarf under your hat, or drape one around your hips as a sash.  When you live at sea, you never know when one of those could come in handy! Don't forget some gold trinkets and jewelry! Pirates would load up on small pieces of gold, silver and jewels and use even their gold teeth as bartering material. Drape a random assortment of bangles and chains at your wrists, wear a few chains and amulets, and throw on some simple gold earrings.

I love looking at images of Tia Dalma from Pirates of the Caribbean for reference: http://www.google.ca/search?q=tia+dalma&oe=utf-8&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a&um=1&ie=UTF-8&hl=en&tbm=isch&source=og&sa=N&tab=wi&biw=1279&bih=608

But she is a bit of a voodoo princess as well. I love how worn and disintegrated her gown has become. You could also add some shell or wood details, like the shell belt seen in this picture of her costume: http://www.costumersguide.com/potc2/tia2.jpg

I've got one that someone brought back for me as a gift from Mexico and you might find a similar belt at a thrift store.

Lastly, you can just check out some detailed photos and analysis of the PotC costumes here:


Good luck!
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