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1  Re: Reconned Batman Costume (Now Completed!) in Halloween Costumes by ocean hair on: November 03, 2010 09:49:28 PM
Here is my completed Batman costume! I'm really happy with how the whole thing turned out.

The utility belt was made by my mom. She made 4 small pouches that close with velcro, and have straps on teh back so they can slide on and off any belt easily. It was great, because I was able to hold my keys, ID, cell phone, camera, tampons and whatnot on me while most of my friends were only able to shove a few essential things in their bras.

I was also super excited about my boyfriend's Riddler costume. The question marks on his tie, hat, as well as one you can't see on his back and the mask are all cut out of a single purple t-shirt I found. I would have put on more, but, smart person that I am, I began sewing only an hour before he showed up at my place. :/

He attached the question mark to the top of his cane and spray painted it gold himself.

I think we were a pretty big hit. People passing us by going to various parties kept telling us they liked our costumes. Smiley
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2  Holy stencils, Batman! in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by ocean hair on: October 13, 2010 12:45:50 PM
I have a bit of an obsession with Batman. I've recently been bemoaning the fact that there seems to be a lack of superhero clothing for girls, especially in the underwear department. Shirts with the Batman logo are around $20 a pop. So, being a crafty girl, I decided to make my own.

I made a stencil out of Bristol board, and used Shiva paintstiks to fill them in.

The shirts and underwear I already had. The stencil materials and paint sticks we already had lying around. So the cost for the whole thing was $0.  Grin
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3  Reconned Batman Costume (Completed!) in Halloween Costumes by ocean hair on: October 10, 2010 10:31:21 PM
Hey, there, Craftsters!

I just finished doing some serious recons for my Batman costume, which I plan to wear this Halloween.

I started with a child's Batman costume, which I bought two years ago for a performance at college. Since it was made for a little boy, it was the opposite of sexy on me.

A lot of hand-sewing and one Batman movie later (I'm absolutely terrible on the machine), I cut the costume up and sewed it into a pair of gauntlets and a halter top. Here's the end result!

Entire ensemble, with bonus cape!

This obviously isn't my entire costume. Everything else I'm going to wear is back at college, and I still need to pick up a Batman mask.

I might post pictures of the entire outfit closer to Halloween. Thanks for looking!
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4  Saturday Afternoon T-shirt Recon in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by ocean hair on: February 28, 2009 03:02:54 PM
Back at the beginning of the year, I got a really cute shirt with an owl on it that a friend of mine was giving away. It was a child's large, though, so it was a little boxy on me.  Today I didn't feel like doing research for my presentation on Tuesday, so I decided to recon the shirt. I adjusted the fit a little by sewing a sash on it that I could tie. I also tried my hand at reverse applique for the first time and appliques on a moon and star. Here's the finished product:



Close-up of the front

Sorry that the image is flipped. I had to use my computer's camera, since my real one is broken.

The black fabric is from a t-shirt of mine that shrunk way too much in the wash.
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5  I see you shiver in antici...pation! For these shoes I'm really proud of. :D in Shoes: Completed Projects by ocean hair on: August 10, 2008 08:42:26 PM
So I'm pretty obsessed with The Rocky Horror Picture Show - midnight showings, was in my college's production last semester... you get the picture. After seeing all the great collaged shoes people have made here, I was inspired to make my own Rocky Horror-themed shoes.

I started with a pair of sequined flats my mom got for me for $5. They were O.K., but nothing special:

I went online, started downloading images, broke out the mod podge, and after several hours, ended up with these awesome babies.


one side:

other side:


Sorry the pictures aren't of better quality, but the mod podge kept reflecting the flash. It also wasn't 100% dry when I took the pictures.

This is my first pair of mod podged shoes, so I'm really eager to know what you guys think.
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6  A Full Day of Dyeing in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by ocean hair on: August 08, 2008 04:24:13 PM
Today my mom and I started dying some of my sheets and towels for when I go back to college in the fall, since the color on my sheets faded a little. My mom suggested that we should throw in something that was plain white and cotton with everything else so we could use it as a sort of canary in the coal mine to see how the dye turned out. We ended up dying quite a few articles of clothing.

We dyed everything in 2 batches, one purple, and one a dark blue-grey.

We dyed a slip:

3 of my brother's t-shirts:

and my favorite, 5 pairs of underpants of mine that were a little worse for the wear, and now make me quite happy:
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7  2 no-sew t-shirt recons in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by ocean hair on: May 31, 2008 07:59:13 PM
These are 2 recons I did a while ago, but I'm just getting around to posting them now. (Apologies in advance for the photos. My computer's camera takes mirror-image pictures, which is why the writing on the shirts is backwards.)

The first one I did about 4 years ago. My mom was doing laundry, took a black t-shirt of mine and was like, "THE ARMPITS OF THIS SHIRT ARE DISGUSTING! I'M CUTTING THE SLEEVES OFF!" So she did, leaving me with a sleeveless shirt, sans disgusting armpits. I made the notch in the neck, and used a bleach pen to write my Chinese name on my shirt, because I was kind of obsessed with it at the time.

The second shirt I reconned last summer. It was originally a regular, boxy shirt that didn't look too flattering on me, so I cut it shorter, cut off the collar, and used the extra material form the bottom to lace up the back of the shirt, making it tighter.



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8  Ridiculously easy to make red cape in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by ocean hair on: May 31, 2008 05:06:28 PM
For a while I was obsessed with the idea of having a cape. Given the price of capes online, my mom told me that I would be better off making my own. So, two years ago, I did.

The cape is made out of polar fleece. I made it by cutting a large half-circle out of fabric for the main part of the cape, and the hood is a rectangle sewn together. (I don't have any pictures of the hood up because it either falls off my head or completely obstructs my face.) I was too lazy to figure out how to make a closure, so I simply keep it closed with a pin. The fabric is lightweight enough so the pin doesn't tear it.


side view

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9  Kimono-style jacket for (now ex-) boyfriend in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by ocean hair on: May 31, 2008 04:50:50 PM
For my senior prom last year, my boyfriend at the time and I thought it would be really cute to wear clothing made of Chinese brocade, so we could match... sort of. My ex wanted a kimono jacket because he wanted something unconventional to wear to my prom, so I made one for him as a very belated birthday present.

My mom helped me a lot with it because I was stupid and decided to wait until the afternoon before prom to start. I also realized way too late that trying to sew a jacket in 5 hours without a pattern was something way beyond my sewing abilities. Needless to say, my mom was kind of pissed off at me, but everything got finished in time.

The jacket reaches the top of his thighs, and closes with a black fabric belt made of some sort of material he found in my mom's pile of fabric.

Slightly different image of the jacket... at the time I didn't think of having just him model it, so the only pictures I have are of the two of us.
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10  Re: Please post your best costume... in Halloween Costumes by ocean hair on: November 13, 2005 12:19:56 PM
yeah, that's one of the reasons i love being jewish. we jews have this one holiday called "purim" that usually happens in march where everybody dresses up, and the adults are commanded to get so drunk, they can't tell the difference between the good guy and the bad guy of the purim story. it's one of my favorite holidays. at my synagauge there are usually several guys in drag.

... anyway, this halloween i was willy wonka and by younger brother and my neighbor were my oompa loompas (from the new movie). my costume was made pretty much by raiding my closet, except for the hait, which i covered with a pair of pantyhose legs with help from my mom, and the goggles, which i was obsessive enough to buy.

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