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1  Can this bag be saved? [PICS] in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions by OhSweetNuthin on: July 15, 2010 05:09:18 PM
I have a beautiful, vintage, tapestry bag:

It is vinyl or pleather though, and the handle is ripping:

Is there anything I can do? I thought about just making new handles from some scrap leather I have, but there's really nowhere to attach the hardware so that I could put on my own handle. The handle is sort of built in to the metal of the frame, and I don't really have the tools to reattach something like that. Is there any kind of repair I can do the damaged spot?
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2  Re: 2008 Completed Costumes Scrapbook! (completed project pictures & links go here!) in Halloween Costumes by OhSweetNuthin on: November 02, 2008 05:49:53 AM
My totally uninspiring Mrs. Lovett Costume from my friend's Halloween in August Party.
I went as Edie Sedgwick this Halloween, but none of that was made, it was just assembled. All of this was made from scratch or altered thrifted clothes.

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3  Winter clothes/wardrobe. in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by OhSweetNuthin on: November 01, 2007 01:34:58 PM
Sorry this is so text heavy.

The main idea is: I want to make some cute clothes for the coming winter, but I don't want freeze my ass off.

Ok. So my house is freezing, but I'm trying to keep the thermostat on a lower temp this year for financial reasons as well as just trying to consume less. I need to find a way to dress warmer with clothes I will actually wear.

I'm looking to make these clothes because I don't like most of what is  available in stores. I hate wearing sweaters, I like how they look on other people, but outside of dusters and some cardigans, I hate how they fit me. So I don't want to invest a bunch of money in clothes that I will never wear because I don't like how they look on me. It's a big waste of money and the resources that went into those clothes.

I guess what I'm looking for are some cool pattern suggestions and warm (and hopefully easy to care for) fabric ideas. There's the obvious wool, which doesn't bother me to wear, but it is pretty expensive when you buy 100% wool. If wool is absolutely the way to go then I'd rather have a few nice garments made of nice (and probably expensive) wool as opposed to several pieces made out of a crummy, but expensive fabric.

I'm thinking of maybe making a couple of duster style/a line thigh length light jackets to wear inside and or under my winter coat. I've also thought about just making up some of my vintage patterns in a wool or wool blend.

I want to go for a look that is kind of vintage, (preferred eras: 40s-late 70s/early 80s) especially those old shirt-waist, or waitress dresses, or a little historical and dramatic.

I love this coat for example. I would probably live in it if I could get it in black or a dark, dark green
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4  Re: The Teutonic Titwillow in Halloween Costumes by OhSweetNuthin on: October 31, 2007 10:50:12 AM
Yay! I figured a way to kind of do it. Not too many people recognized me, but I guess it's because I picked such a dated movie? I thought I came pretty close!

close up of feather ornaments:

Pengnior and feather ornaments made from scratch by me. The wig I altered (though there's not a ton of styling you can do to a 15$ Halloween Adventure wig), the bustier I had and the stockings and garter belt were purchased.

I can't decide if I want to wear this out to any festivities I may attend tonight, or if I want to not freeze to death and wear my last minute 18th c. courtier costume instead.
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5  Re: 2007 Completed Costumes Scrapbook! (completed project pictures & links go he in Halloween Costumes by OhSweetNuthin on: October 30, 2007 10:17:05 PM
I made my own giant Hello Kitty head!

Holy crap that is seriously awesome.

Everyone has such great costumes this year!
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6  Re: 2007 Completed Costumes Scrapbook! (completed project pictures & links go he in Halloween Costumes by OhSweetNuthin on: October 29, 2007 05:02:28 PM
The Bavarian Bombshell: Lilli! Von! Shtupp!

I made the pengnior, the hair ornaments and altered the wig. Everything else was assembled together
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7  The Teutonic Titwillow (EDITED WITH PICTURES OF COSTUME) in Halloween Costumes by OhSweetNuthin on: October 07, 2007 10:13:23 AM
My friend is having a Halloween party this year and I want to go as the lovely Lilli Von Schtupp from Blazing Saddles

This would be her:

I think I have most of this taken care of. I already have a black pair of heels that will work, I know where I can get a blonde wig, the stockings I'll buy, and her peignoir (the sheer robe thing) and hair ornaments I think I can make. My  trouble is her bustier/corset. My dilemma is this: should I  make one, or try to buy one and just add trim etc?

Buying one would save me a lot of time because a nice looking bustier is (I would think) a time and labour intensive project. But it's really important to me that I find something that fits nicely and resembles her's fairly closely.Would trying to sew trim and lace on to something premade be more trouble than it's worth? (Would it be easier to just make it myself and add trim?)

Also, if I make it, what would be the best pattern to use? Since this is just a costume and I have less than a month I don't plan to use steel boning or make it as sturdy as a real corset.

Any advice would be appreciated.
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8  Re: Please post your best costume... in Halloween Costumes by OhSweetNuthin on: September 13, 2006 12:05:16 PM
I love,love,love Halloween.I finally have a partner in crime for all my crazy costume ideas.The first year we were together we were the king and queen of the prom night massacre..(reallly gorey...wish I could find pics)then we were Joey Ramone and Riff Randle from Rock and Roll high school.

I LOVE YOU! Omigawdomigawd. I was Riff Randell for Halloween a couple of years ago. No one except for my friend Kathleen and my math teacher knew who I was! Coincidently, my math teacher was dressed up like Joey Ramone that year, it was damn eerie.

Your Miss Yvonne and Pee-Wee costumes are also wicked cool.

Sadly I don't have any pictures on my computer of the Halloween costumes I'm really proud of. Here's me as Andy Warhol though, it confused the hell out of everyone on my myspace page for like a week. No one knew it was me.

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9  What I Did To My Graduation Gown. in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by OhSweetNuthin on: July 01, 2006 06:58:11 PM
Knowing that I would never again in my life, wear my white-paper-thin-100% polyester  high school graduation gown, I decided to turn it in to some sewing practice last summer. I thought I'd turn it into a sort of peasant-t blouse/chemise thing, which will never hand right because it's made out of probably the cheapest fabric known to man. This was the result.

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10  Vintage Butterick Over-blouse (IMAGE HEAVY) in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by OhSweetNuthin on: February 05, 2006 08:05:26 PM
Here's the pattern I used:

Here's what I came out with:

I'm pretty satisfied with it, though it is a little snug in the chesticles area. I think if I made this again I'd used something a little heavier, linen maybe?
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