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1  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!

2  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?
3  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!
4  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!
5  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Clockwork/Wind-Up Doll Costume, WIP on: October 06, 2011 03:35:37 PM
Hello Craftsters!

Here is a peek at my costume for this Hallowe'en! The BF and I worked on our costumes this afternoon and I put everything on for a little run-through. Here is my inspiration:

And here is, for the most part, my costume! This year was pretty simple compared with past costumes; I made the tutu from scratch (and it turned out alright for a first attempt) as well as the key prop, which fits behind the laces of my authentic corset. Aside from that, the dress, shoes, gloves and slip (not pictured) were all sourced from thrift stores.

The tutu is a lovely ivory color and I will be wearing an ivory slip between it and the white underdress to provide a more opaque appearance.

A shot from the side, showing my key:

A stupid facial expression, but showing the shiny, banana-yellow Barbie shoes I found (perfect!):

Wind me up and let me go!

I was intending for this costume to have a slightly steampunk undertone. I didn't want to confuse people like I had with my steampunk rocketeer costume from two years ago: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=326525.0

Because apparently no one in my city knows what steampunk is. But I'm open to suggestions of ways I could sneak in a little more steam in the form of accessories or whathaveyou.

Please let me know what you think!


6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Long tutu / tulle skirt waistband q on: May 21, 2011 09:16:13 AM
Hi craftsters,

I'm hoping you can help me with a little question. I'm planning on making a gathered tulle skirt as part of my Hallowe'en costume. Like this:


But I was hoping to have a narrow elastic waist so I could wear it multiple ways: low on my hips, at my natural waist, over my corset, etc.

I usually just figure things out and make plans/patterns in my head, but I'm struggling to think of how I can manage all those layers of tulle, plus gathering, plus a channel for the elastic or something similar. Anyone have any ideas about the waist?

Thanks for your help!


7  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / You want costume ideas? I got 15. Feminine costumes. on: May 13, 2011 01:34:25 PM
May is usually the time I begin thinking about my Halloween costume for the fall. I've just made my desicion, but I have a ton of other ideas that I visually fleshed out using the Polyvore creator thing. I think these are all interesting and unique and even if you don't decide that these are right for you, maybe they will inspire something else!

Pirate Captain

Steampunky Aviator

Black Swan

Steampunky Clockwork/Wind Up Doll


Urban Fairy

Princess Jasmine

Victorian Ghost/Zombie

Greek Goddess

Matryoshka/Russian Stacking Doll


Snow White

Cavewoman/Jungle Girl/Native American


Hula Girl
8  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / What's in YOUR dress-up trunk? on: March 20, 2011 11:08:38 PM
Technically speaking, I don't actually have a dress-up trunk, but one would be handy for my significant other's and my collection of dress-up stuff.

This might be a cool thread for those of us who are slowly getting our costume stuff together to check out other costumer's staples are and see what we might be missing, as well as providing inspiration for future costume projects. I'll start.

To begin with, my favorite aesthetics and costume genres are Victorian/Edwardian, steampunk, circus, fairy, and pirate, to name a few. Many of these items have already been worn in previous costumes.

Burlesque ringmistress: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=363377.msg4267072#msg4267072
Steampunk aviator: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=326525.msg3770193#msg3770193
Earthy fae creature: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=277231.msg3135547#msg3135547

Here's what I've got to work with so far:

- White, long-sleeved button down with pintucked front
- Brown vest with subtle white and mustard plaid
- Black mesh "bustier"
- Black, short-sleeved, mid-calf lolita-type dress
- White, sleeveless, high-neck, lace yoke, mid-calf Edwardian dress with shoulder-to-shoulder lace ruffle
- Grey satin overbust corset from What Katie Did

- Grey pleated minskirt
- Black tiered miniskirt
- Below-the-knee tan pants with knee buttons
- Black and white striped mini bloomers
- Grey taffeta tie-on bustle

- Black and white striped cuffs
- Assorted fringed scarves
- Brown steampunk goggles

- Brown leather aviator hat
- Black short brim fedora
- Black floppy brim fedora
- White Tilley hat
- Black top hat with red feathers

- Blue double-breasted jacket with white piping and buttons, very mod and sailory
- Black and white plaid trench
- Brown wool crop jacket with short sleeves
- Red pinstriped ringmaster jacket
- Moss-green, to-be-altered ladies jacket (seen here https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=367489.msg4318865#msg4318865)

- Black knee-high boots with short heel
- Grey ankle boots with spat-like details
- Black stiletto ankle boots
- Patent leather peep-toes
- Black leather stilettos
- Black and white saddle shoes
- Green Peter Pan elf shoes

Completed Costumes
- Burlesque circus
- Steampunk aviator

Want to Make
- knee-length Victorian-esque bloomers with bottom ruffle
- small draped bustle just to cover butt
- Elizabethan corset/fake bustier costume piece that looks like the style
- short renaissance bodice
- red, ruffly pirate pants out of old velour sweats
9  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Great thrift store find - early 1900s dress! Tell me your thoughts! on: March 20, 2011 03:22:49 PM
Though I can't be sure, I say early 1900s because this dress makes me feel like Helena Bonham Carter in A Room With a View:

3 bucks! I know it's not FROM the early 1900s, it just looks that way.

Here it is  with my corset worn loosely over top to get an idea of what it could look like:

Sorry about the messy room. I'm moving soon and will have a much better place to take pics. Also I kept my clothes on underneath because I was lazy, that's why I didn't lace my corset. But what do you think? I think it's got lots of potential - Victorian lady, steampunk, zombie/ghost, doll, time traveler, Wendy from Peter Pan, Alice in Wonderland... I have lots of other costume pieces that would suit the genres I mentioned.

I'm not sure whether to risk dying it (tea or otherwise), there's no label except a company name (Tom Foolery, Montreal). It feels like cotton, but I'm not sure about the lace, which is softer than a synthetic lace but still could be fake.

Please throw out any ideas or inspirations that come to you about possibilities for this dress, whether it's a genre or a specific character. I can't wait to show it off!
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / First Time Self-Drafting w/ Princess Seams: Renfaire/Hobbit/Wench Bodice on: January 21, 2011 09:13:26 PM
Hey Craftster folks! I could really use your input and advice, here. I am slowly building up my costume basics and would like to add a multi-purpose bodice to my collection. I couldn't find any simple DIY tutes or instructions online and I didn't really feel like following all the directions to draft a sloper myself... I'm more of a hack-away-with-scissors kinda gal.

Anyways, after researching different bodices and struggling to envision how princess seams actually worked, it clicked in my head one night while I was falling asleep. I pulled out an old men's button down, put it on in front of the mirror, and started pinning and cutting. Here's what I've got so far:

First, after removing the sleeves, I marked my shoulder points and trimmed the arm holes down a little (ok, a lot). Marked the neckline with pins and cut it all off at the waist. Then I pinched-and-pinned the sides and trimmed those down, fiddled with the positioning of the straps, then made two slightly diagonal cuts up the front, bottom to top, lining up with the straps. This is my front piece, and then I pulled the sides tighter around me and tucked the sides under the front piece. Then I pinned it back together following my (small, thank goodness) curves. Yes, I did this all by myself by eyeballing in front of the mirror. Yes, I am crazy.

I plan on repositioning the straps at the back (which will lace up) and tweaking here and there, especially the symmetry of the waistline. The princess seams seem satisfactory to me, but I would appreciate the advice of someone who actually knows what they are doing. Will this actually work? Should I make the back quite a bit higher instead of having the low back?

For more info, I would like to make it reversible so it will work for many different genres of costume (renaissance, Hobbit, pirate, fairy, steampunk, etc.) I might do some decorative faux  lacing on the front panel on one side. I would also bind it all with bias tape.

Please give me your feedback!


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