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1  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Just Dance-- DO THE TIME WARP AGAINNNN. on: October 30, 2010 12:58:16 PM
So I've kind of already celebrated Halloween; my sorority had a swap last night and we all got to dress up and it was super fun. After quite a few days of debating between Justin Bieber and Columbia, I decided I would go as Columbia. I've wanted to do a Lady Gaga costume forever but knew I could never pull it off; that's where my friend, Beth, comes in. She asked me to make her costume, too, so she became my Barbie doll (or my Rocky, if we want to go with a theme) and let me dress her in the most rockin' Gaga costume I could produce with the time and skills at hand. And so this was born:

The Gaga costume was essentially spray painted paper shapes hot glued to a black tank top and worn with a black skirt that I made. I also managed to give her the Gaga hair bow. For my costume, I bought a cropped jacket at a thrift store for $5 then took it in, added coattails, then covered the whole thing, and my hat, in gold sequin fabric. The tank top was purchased for $3 and covered in glitter (which is still in my bra, in case you're wondering). I made the skirt and attached ribbons and made the bowtie (it's stuffed with cotton balls  Smiley ). Purchased, non-altered items include the shoes, blue socks, and fishnet tights. Here's the inspiration for both outfits:

2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Crafting FAIL on: March 12, 2010 10:33:39 PM
So, my friend and I are MAJOR Glee fans, though we have one difference of opinion regarding the show: she thinks that Mark Salling, or Puck, is the most marvelous thing that has ever happened to her eyes while I believe that Cory Monteith, Finn, is far more marvelous. I decided that I wanted to make us Team Finn/Team Puck T-shirts. Or... GLEE-shirts! Heh, get it?
This was a long time ago. I finally got around to it this evening and the T-shirt ended up so great! I was extremely excited and pleased and giddy, until I noticed it. A flaw. The tragic flaw of my Team Puck T-shirt.

As you may have noticed, poor Noah Puckerman here has six fingers. Six. I have never been so disappointed in myself in my entire life. However, I'm still proud of about 85% of my work here and wanted to share my terrible tragedy.

Also, I'm proud to announce that Finn, of the Team Finn T-shirt has a perfectly normal set of five fingers. That is all.
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / RECYCLE COUTURE: A Green Fashion Show [image gigantic, similar to my ego] on: March 05, 2010 09:30:19 PM
Several friends and I hosted a fashion show fundraiser this week that featured pieces made from recycled/recyclable materials. I have been working and worrying for the past month on this show and it was an ENORMOUS success. I was scared that it would come off as kiddish and unprofessional, but it went over amazingly well and we were able to raise over $3500! After all that work, I figure we've earned a few "show-off" credits. Smiley Here are some choice pieces from the show:

Soda cans and duct tape. Don't know if you can tell, but her headband has little pop tab flowers on it.

All scrap fabric that the designer had in her house - none was purchased.

Duct tape and gift bows. At the end of the runway, she took the bows off and had a duct tape skirt underneath.

My favorite in this set is the second from the left, made out of tissue paper and trash bags. Materials used to make the others were trashbags, tissue, and magazine pages.

This one was made from a canopy that the designer randomly found and yearbook pages for the belt.

The skirt is covered in origami roses created with the designers chemistry notes. Smiley

Now for my babies! These are the three designs that I contributed:

I actually made this one for Homecoming last year; the model loved that I just had this dress lying around and was able to put it in the show, haha. The torso area is made of over 2000 pop tabs.

The dress on the left is made of plastic Forever 21 bags. I'm on the right, haha. Although I didn't model, my skirt was made for a dance this year out of an old bedspread, so I felt it went with the theme. Smiley

My pride and joy. This one was made with newspaper and fanned out magazine pages; I was SO HAPPY with the turnout!

Sorry I'm still in gloat mode about the whole show. I'm interested in majoring in Fashion Design and this was my first big fashion project, so I'm still beside myself with excitement because I had so much fun doing this, everything went well, and I was pleased with my designs.
4  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Costumes - I need your creative minds! on: October 06, 2009 03:45:22 PM
First off, confession time: This isn't about Halloween. However, it is about costumes. I know, I know, there's a Costumes board, but this gets far more traffic and I'm short on time! Maybe I can wear my costume again for Halloween so I won't feel like a liar.

Anyway, next week is Homecoming Week at my school. We only get two theme days - Twin Day and "Hunt the Eagles" day [the Eagles are our homecoming game]. Yeah, I know, kinda rough. But I'll try to work with it.
Which is where you guys come in!
I'm most concerned about Twin Day. One: because it's Monday, two: because I have to worry about someone else as well, and three: the other theme blows. I want to try and figure out something simple and recognizable, but also kind of quirky and clever, if at all possble. Also, it would be better if the costume is, for the most part, assembly instead of creation. I don't know how to use a sewing machine and I don't know if I have a good time frame to hand stitch everything.

Please give me any advice you've got. Like I said, this costume is for Monday! Also, if you've got any out-of-the-box ideas for Hunt the Eagles day, I'm all ears. [Oh, and I'm a girl. Smiley]
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Making concert T-shirts... on: July 10, 2009 08:02:06 PM
My friends and I are going to a Jonas Brothers concert in August. Last time we all went to a concert, I made T-shirts for the whole group (stressful process, but they turned out pretty well!) and I want to try to do it again. Since I'm more prepared this time around, I'm not as worried about it, but I do need a little help from you lovely and far-more-experienced-than-I Crafsters.

So here's my idea: I wanna use a fitted T-shirt and I'll put letters down the left-front side of the shirt like so...
in a cool, damask pattern, like so...

Then I'll stitch around the outside of the letters in a contrasting color (I'll use yellow for my shirt). I'll probably put something on the back, like the JB logo on the right shoulder or something, but the biggest obstacle right now are the letters down the front. I'm worried about them affecting how the shirt fits. Since they're fitted shirts, I'm afraid that stitching the letters on will keep the fabric from stretching when I put it on. Does that make sense? I'll be glad to try and rephrase if anyone is thrown off by my rubbish explanation

Anywho, do you know if that would actually happen? And if so, do you have any suggestions for me so I can prevent it from happening?
Thanks so much in advance!
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Need help with pictures in my room. on: June 25, 2009 10:58:59 PM
For a few years, I've been wanting to decorate my room with black and white posters, but have never gotten around to picking them out, ordering them, etc. But then it hit me! I decided instead to get screen shots from movies, convert them to black and white, print them, frame them, and hang them in my room. I'm about half way through the process right now (have gotten a lot of images that I really like), but I need help with how I should arrange them in my room. Should I line them up along my walls? Should I disperse them? Should they be different sizes? Etc.

Here are some of the images I'm using. I'm mainly showing these for vanity's sake (very proud of my idea, haha), but who knows, maybe inspiration will strike upon seeing the photos? Also, if you have any ideas of screen shots I could use, feel free to chime in. Smiley

(yes, it's from a TV show. Details...)

7  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / Need costume ideas for a school event... on: June 11, 2009 09:29:44 PM
So here's the deal: I'm an upcoming senior and at my school we have a thing called "Big Sis Lil Sis." At the end of this year, all the girls in my grade chose eighth grade girls to be their Li'l Sisses. We've been sending them little gifts and notes and things anonymously so they don't know who they have. On an undecided day in fall, when we are seniors and they are freshmen, we kidnap them (with parental permission, of course) late at night/early in the morning, hang out with them, and dress them up however we want for school that day.
It used to be this big, crazy event where the costumes were extravagent and out-there. But a few years ago, one of the girls got hurt because her costume was hard to get around in. So we've got to tone it down big time. I must think of a costume for my Lil Sis that is original, relatively easy to construct/assemble, and easy to move around in.

That's where you come in.  Grin  Any ideas you have would be extremely appreciated. And if you can provide a picture I'll give you a cyberkiss.
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Need ideas for a theme dance! on: January 15, 2009 05:51:06 PM
Okay, so we are about to have our TWIRP dance at school (stands for The Woman Is Required to Pay; just like Sadie Hawkins) and the theme is "All Around the World". Pretty bunk if you ask me. Anyway, since it's a theme dance and we dress up for it, I want to do something a little out of the box/unexpected, but my ideas are pretty lame so far.
I've been playing around with the phrase in a more literal sense and the only things that I have thought of are a pilot and a stewardess or aliens/astronauts. I thought those would be more fun than, "Oh, I'm supposed to be from Hawaii." I'm not totally opposed to that kind of thing, I just haven't thought of anything good enough that's confined to a certain nationality.

Any ideas? Please also give me a couple tips or pictures on how to use the idea.

Thank you!
9  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / A few plush questions... on: November 25, 2008 08:32:07 PM
Okay, so I think I'm going to make felt plush dolls for my friends for Christmas, but I have a few questions regarding a couple of the dolls...

First, I'm making James (from Twilight) for one of my friends and, as you probably know, Cam Gigandet is just not Cam Gigandet without those brilliant abs!  Grin So, uh, how would you go about making plush doll abs?
(I'd be willing to assure that that is one of the most interesting questions you will ever answer.)
Second, what are good ways to make hair? I'm overall puzzled about the hair, but I'm most worried about my plush dolls that have more... uncontrolled hair, like Kevin and Nick Jonas and Jasper (also from Twilight).

Also, if you have any tips for beginning plush makers, that would be splendid. Thank you so much!
10  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Halloween Homecoming game on: September 25, 2008 08:11:00 PM
In case you didn't deduce this from the title, my school's Homecoming game is on the night of Halloween. I am definitely planning to dress up, and I'm most likely making/assembling the costume myself. I want a pretty understated costume so I don't stick out too much, but enough so that it looks like I dressed up a little.
Sooo I'd like some suggestions on some good, simple costumes. The ones I have in mind are Waldo (of Where's Waldo?) or a Care Bear. Got anything good?
Mind you that I go to a Christian school. Just in case that alters your suggestion, haha.
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