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1  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Lorena (True Blood) Cosplay - with ribcage hat! on: October 02, 2011 02:47:54 PM
2  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Lorena (True Blood) Cosplay - with ribcage hat! on: September 13, 2011 08:37:03 PM
You had me at Drag Batman. Nice work!

ooh, maybe I should have put drag batman first.
3  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Lorena (True Blood) Cosplay - with ribcage hat! on: September 13, 2011 08:53:37 AM

This is how a vampire eats a burrito.

For Dragon*Con 2011, I decided I wanted to be Lorena Krasiki, from True Blood. In one episode, she tells Sookie "I would just love to rip you open and wear your rib cage as a hat", which has been a joke in a few online True Blood communities, since. So, I decided to wear a rib cage hat.

I decided to make this outfit:

Because it's beautiful and I want to wear this dress all the time, with or without fangs.

For my Lorena costume, I found a black strapless dress at a thrift store and shortened it. With Toria's help pinning & draping, I sewed the lace part as a seperate dress. It's made of stretch lace (which I found for $1.99/yard!), the collar is made from leftovers when I trimmed the underdress. I bought short black gloves from Party City and sewed on the pearls. Earrings also from Party City. For the rib cage hat, I bought a skeleton from Michael's, extracted the rib cage using a saw and pinned my hair in it. Fangs are the "small subtle fangs" from Scarecrow. They custom-fit to your teeth and are the best fangs on the market, short of getting True Blood's fang-guy to design you a pair (and if I had known he would be at Dragon*Con, I probably would have done that). The belt is from a thrift store.

with a Jessica

With Jareth & Sarah and my friend, Toria, who was Blue Totoro (we made her costume, too).

With Drag-Batman.

I'm pretty proud of this costume, especially since I think the dress is pretty and can be worn sans fangs and still be glamorous and pretty.
4  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Re: A couple Harry Potter Shirts (worn to the Wizarding World!) on: April 26, 2011 08:17:58 AM
The red shirts were especially helpful when we were trying to find each other.
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Pseudo Headboard Tree on: April 18, 2011 09:26:12 AM

One of my favourite cafe/brunch places has cute decorations that change seasonally. In the fall, they had paper trees with paper owls on them. They were so cute! I was inspired to make one for my room. Instead of paper, I used foam board. Glued all the pieces together, painted it brown and used gold paint to make some swirly details.

I stuck some fabric leaves around the branches. When the cafe changed out the decor, they let me take some of the owls, which now live in my tree!

pretend you can't tell that my room is a disaster. kthanks.
6  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / A couple Harry Potter Shirts (worn to the Wizarding World!) on: April 18, 2011 08:43:59 AM

So, back in February, a few of my friends and I took a trip to the most magical place in the world. Hogwarts (the replica in FL, I'm still waiting to hear back from Headmaster McGonagall regarding how to apply for Hogwarts Grad). I could claim that I made these shirts specifically for the trip, but that would be a lie. My bff & I made ours a while back and just had to make a few more for the other girls on the trip.

So, the red shirts don't have anything on the front yet. A) because I couldn't decide what to put (do I go cutesy with "nobody's hotter than harry potter" or "i'd get sleazy for ron weasley"? or do I go serious sirius with an actual book quote? SO MANY DECISIONS. I got 99 problems, but a snitch ain't one. B) that paint took, like, 35 coats to show up at all. I originally was going to put that logo on the front but it look a little, er, bizarre with the glasses over my ta-tas.

Next I stenciled MAKE LOVE NOT HORCRUXES, which, I know is all over craftster and that's because it's the best phrase and I love it.

p.s. Butterbeer is delicious.

the backs! I'm Ravenclaw, bff is Griffindor. The other two girls were Griffindor & Slytherin. We don't need no stinkin 'puffs. (No offense to 'puffs).

Anyway, pretty simple stencils, but I love them.
7  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / True Blood Pam Shirt on: September 22, 2010 09:39:18 AM
For the True Blood Season 3 finale, my best friend and I decided to make shirts celebrating our favourite character, Pam!

I made the stencil in Photoshop. We used the freezer paper technique. For the letters, I just used some cheap plastic letter stencils, which I went over in chalk before painting (thus why you may see some blue in the close up picture). I love how they turned out!

We also etched some wine glasses with fangs and blood drips, but I can't get a great picture of it. Any tips of photographing glass?
8  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Dragon*Con: Rainbow Brite, Ravenclaw, Star Trek, Lazy Town. Pic Heavy! on: September 16, 2010 05:53:57 PM
AMAZING costumes hollish, I love the Ravenclaw one!

And irishdaydreamer, you make the cutest Amy Pond.

Wish I had a nerd convention to go to!

You should find a convention! They're so much fun!
9  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Dragon*Con: Rainbow Brite, Ravenclaw, Star Trek, Lazy Town. Pic Heavy! on: September 13, 2010 07:23:07 AM
I remember your Rainbow Brite costume and the hot Hogwarts one as well! I think your Trek uniform idea is very clever.
And I remember YOU Amy Pond.
There were a lot of good costumes this year. For packing reasons, I went super minimalist with a brain slug. (I'm the redshirt in the middle)

Those brain slugs were so cute!

I packed more for Dragon*Con than I ever do on vacation, but I live about 20 miles north of Atlanta, so it wasn't much of a trek. Smiley
10  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Professor Membrane - Dragon*Con 2010 on: September 12, 2010 12:54:10 PM
I saw you at D*C and your costume was so great! Nice work!
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