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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Monster hat: version Larfleeze on: December 27, 2012 06:08:05 PM
So, first the hat in all it's monstrous glory:

Now the background:  For a local charity run, the Santa Speedo Sprint, donors who gave a set amount and mentioned it was for AASRD (my derby league) and mymonsterhat.com (a vendor of incredibly cool hand made monster hats, run by a ref of a neighbouring league) got a free monster hat.  My partner, who did not have the money to donate, was incredibly jealous of my hat.

Lying around the house we happened to have about half a yard of neon orange polar fleece left over from when i made him neon orange fleece hakama.  That's a long story that you probably don't want to hear.

He showed me a photo of the Orange Lantern, also known as Larfleeze, the lantern of Greed, and asked if i could reproduce that for his own hat. 

It only took maybe 3 hours while we watched Warehouse 13 on xmas eve, so it was a fun day.

Two action shots, that do not show the true neon orange but give a sense of the spines and the tusks:

2  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Tripp pants to miniskirt for derby on: February 18, 2011 05:11:59 PM
So 4 months ago i tried out for rollerderby, and made it by the skin of my teeth.  In the time since then i've gotten noticeably better, and coincidentally dropped around 45 pounds  Wink

Even though i'm not drafted onto an actual team yet, i still attend practices and the bouts.  For bout jobs and various other PR events we are expected to "dress derby" whatever the heck that means.  Well, one thing it means is pushing my limits on how much skin to show, which led me to discover that i have precious few items of clothing that show off any leg at all!

With that in mind, i eyeballed a pair of Tripp club/bondage pants a friend gave me after the seat wore through a second time.  For him, it was a repair beyond his abilities. For me, it was 5 minutes of work.  The pants are similar to these, though the lower legs differ a little.  The D rings down the side are the same though:

Using basic pants-to-skirt technique, and some lace leftover from a Halloween costume i extended the bottom just enough to allow for a little leg showing, but still tolerable coverage if i'm wearing tights:

Here is a shot sans tights, which i would never do in public, so you can see how sheer the sheer lace is:

Making this relied on techniques most of you are well familiar with: i found the best natural break in the line, just below those D rings, and cut the legs off.  I have no photos of the top and bottom half separate, but you know.  It's a pair of pants cut off around the knee.  I also had taken the inseam out already.  Hemmed and tidied the leftover lace, pinned it around to see what type of gathering suited it best, and found that no gathering in the front and lightly gathered in the back worked well:

I put this here and not in Reconstructed since it's tough to tell if something that works for non-Shapely craftsters will transfer well.  In this case, you know i'm big so it should work for you too!

I will be a Non Skating Official again tomorrow night, so if anyone is going to see the Albany All Stars you get to see this in person Cheesy
3  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: Game Cartridge geeky soap -- more GEEKSOAP! on: April 24, 2010 07:18:10 AM
Such genius, it burns like hygiene!

(Extra geek street cred if you get THAT reference Cheesy)
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Holy Schmidt I Made a Wedding Dress (pic rotund) on: March 24, 2010 02:16:26 PM
Your salvage of the original is stupendous!  That that it wasn't good at first, but it wasn't great, and of course you want it more or less perfect.

For the record, you DO have a nice bottom.  Actually, you're just good looking all over and that dress after the rescue completely enhances all the good.  I hope that does not come off too intensely stalkerish.  I promise i mean it only that you look incredible in the dress, and that i appreciate curves and dang do you have them Smiley

Lastly, while you may be debating the spanx and wondering if it's worth it, or a sign of vanity, or what, but here is my take:  They serve two purposes. One is to smooth things out just a little.  You know how curves and flaws are accentuated in photos?  The bright lights of wedding photography plus the brightness of white satin fabric will be two strikes against you.  The spanx will help counteract that double whammy of undesired flaw enhancement.  The second benefit i have found is that while they are pretty comfy, they are tight and you do tend to be aware of them.  However, for me that is a good thing since it reminds me to suck in my gut and straighten my spine and shoulders.  I have a horrible tendency to slouch something terrible, and a longline bra or camisole reminds me to hold myself both with more formality and also with more confidence.  Both of those will be nice to be reminded of when everybody is looking at you, i suspect.

Anyway, congrats on a job incredibly well done Smiley
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Cat food bags upcycled to tote and messenger bags! on: March 24, 2010 02:10:36 PM
Well, that completely ironic! I am slowly filling a drawer with these, because the plastic is just too high quality for me to throw them out!

(I use the normal paper style cat food bag as my receptacle when i empty litter boxes.  Reduce reuse re-camouflage the litter refuse to make it less obvious you are throwing out bodily waste!)

I hadn't had a plan yet for what to do with these, except turn it inside out so the white fake lattice pattern showed and the green print was sort of hinted at in bright light.  I like what you've done a lot better!  I'll probably end up mixing outside and inside when i get around to it though.

Well done Smiley
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Robin's Egg Blue DRESS on: March 19, 2010 11:24:35 AM
The dress is gorgeous but....

I hope you don't mind i was gawking at the landscape Cheesy

Is that an inlet of Lake Superior by chance?
7  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Firey for The Labyrinth Swap on: February 11, 2010 08:54:27 AM
Man, that's gorgeous!

Also, in the thumbnail it looked at lot like Salacious Crumb.  Any SW fans out there who crochet (= sadly, not me) could probably adapt the pattern and make a lot of friends that way too Smiley
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: sunset on the surf on: February 10, 2010 08:08:49 AM
Actually my cottage is in Canada, so the lake i'm looking over is Huron. I'm sad to say i've never been to the UP, so i've never seen Superior.  Sad

Given how well you translate RL into jewelry i vote next vacation you get up to Tahquamenon Falls and then post the results of your inspiration.

It's beautiful in winter too BTW Cheesy
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: sunset on the surf on: February 09, 2010 10:27:27 AM
That's beautiful Smiley

Of course, now i wonder if you're looking out at Superior, Michigan, Huron, St Clair, Erie, or one of the many inland lakes.  The colour scheme reminds me most of Superior, but i'm biased being a Yooper and all Cheesy
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Weekend Sewing Yard Sale Wrap Skirt on: January 26, 2010 05:08:36 PM
It is a beautiful use of the fabric, and showcases it brilliantly!x

Well, that and our expedition cook, Jafari.  I would have liked to have brought him home too.

But because of this, you are my new hero!
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