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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Two Pretty Awesome Creations on: March 16, 2008 07:41:48 PM
Thanks so much you guys! It's nice to know that there are other people who don't think I'm a mental for making these things.

Is it awkward with it being so rough?

It's not too bad, though if I was making it all over again I'd probably go for some sort of bias binding and maybe a casing for the elastic.

Thanks again for the comments. Cheesy
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Two Pretty Awesome Creations on: March 14, 2008 06:45:01 PM
I finally got around to making something from a pattern from the BurdaStyle site. Two somethings, in fact. I made a top and a dress from the Anda dress pattern: http://www.burdastyle.com/patterns/show/29.

The dress is made from a fabric remnant I bought at Ikea for 1 that had been sitting in my sewing box for far too long. It's kind of a rough fabric, seems like a canvassy type stuff, with a crazy print that involves cows. I made the dress in a couple of hours before going out so it's a little shoddy and I put in elastic instead of using a drawstring like the pattern says to save time. It looks a little odd on its own, but paired with my super awesome belt I'm really pleased with it.

The top is black cotton drill and pink and black zebra print elastic I found on eBay for cheaps. I shortened the pattern and decided that putting the elastic on the outside would look interesting. I've been thinking about making a matching skirt so I can wear them together and it'll look like a little ra-ra dress. (Sorry for the blurry pho-tays.)

Beth xxx
3  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Period Drama Zombie on: November 05, 2007 11:09:49 AM
Are you in England?  I didnt think Halloween was celebrated over there?  Just curious!

I'm from Scotland, but good guess. Smiley It's not as big a deal in the UK as it is in some other parts of the world (the US, for example), but it's gaining popularity. Especially among students - any excuse to get dressed up and drink a lot. Tongue (My dad assures me that Halloween started in Scotland, but I think that's just his raging patriotism shining through.)

Thanks for the comments guys.
4  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: 2007 Completed Costumes Scrapbook! (completed project pictures & links go he on: November 05, 2007 07:44:57 AM
All these costumes are seriously awesome. We're a talented bunch, us Craftsters. Wink

I went as a period drama zombie this year, which was uber fun. Costume totally homemade, excluding the brooch at the front of the dress.

Yes, period drama zombies drink cans of warm Carlsberg when needs must.

More pics and details in the thread: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=206061.0
5  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: My 2007 costumes! on: November 04, 2007 06:23:41 PM
Dude, those eye things are so freaking scary. I love all your costumes, but I think the Sand-person is the best cause it's got a story behind it. Having said that, as Red Riding Hood, you are possibly the sexiest cyclops I have ever seen.
6  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Period Drama Zombie on: November 04, 2007 05:52:02 PM
So my obsession with period drama zombies started around Valentine's Day this year, when a couple of friends and I were discussing concepts for making short films. My idea was a period drama zombie movie - Pride and Prejudice but with more brains - but as we are students (not of film, just students who wanted to muck around with video cameras) it was deemed improbably hard and was cruelly vetoed. So I did the next best thing and made a Halloween costume:

(Some full-length shots are forthcoming, but I will have to find out whose camera they were taken on and hunt them down. These ones are oddly sized to protect the innocent who were lurking in the background.)

I made the dress from calico lined with the cheapest lining fabric I could find, which came to around 15 altogether, using a pattern that came free with my mum's Prima magazine when Pride and Prejudice came out (the first one, with Colin Firth - yes, we have magazines from 1995 lying around our house). The sash is a fabric scrap I had lying around from Christmas, and the brooch was from the Monsoon sale about 5 years ago. I made it in a couple of hours the week before Halloween, and ripped/bloodied it in a heart-breaking half an hour on the 31st. I used gel blood, which oozed convincingly, while still staying a good colour when it dried. My makeup is just white cream makeup (which apparently glowed in the dark, but I didn't get a chance to test it), and black, green and grey eyeshadow for the sunken eyes and cheeks.

All in all, it went down very well at the parties I attended, was very comfortable, and meant I could look off vacantly and pretend that I was in character and not just drunk.
7  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Zoe and Jayne costumes on: November 04, 2007 05:21:01 PM
Genius! Absolutely love it, especially the Zoe vest. I always thought that was really sexy. The gun belt is amazing; it looks really authentic.

Your little one is just the cutest little thing. >.<
8  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Crazy Cat Lady Help? on: October 27, 2007 07:08:41 AM
Second hand stuff is the way to go, unless you can find something stunningly ugly at the supermarket. I would get that spray-in hair colour to do your hair. The spray makes it look all dry and gross anyway, so it'll help with crazy old lady hair. Just scrunch dry your hair so it's kind of wavy-ish, maybe backcomb a bit and then spray the crap out of it with gray/white temporary spray.

I really want to see the finished costume though. It's an awesome idea.
9  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: My dog's costume....corn! Get it? (img heavy) on: October 27, 2007 07:03:52 AM
Hahah, awesome. Your dog is just like, "*sigh* Look what I have to put up with".
10  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: The letter J on: October 25, 2007 05:15:21 PM
I would go as a junkie. Pretty easy to do - skanky clothes, draw some track marks on with lipliner, walk around with a belt tied round your arm. Too much?

Er, a jack-o-lantern, if you want to be Halloween-y. Though we just call those pumpkins here...

A journal - just write angsty poetry all over a white tshirt.

Oooh, Jack the Ripper!

I'll have a think about it.
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