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21  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help with Monsoon dress on: November 15, 2006 04:54:54 PM
Actually my Plan A is to find the perfect dress, and then make the sash myself, and bag the overturn.

Any patterns anybody likes for just the sash?  I don't know if its best to make some sort of lined hook-and-eye closure very wide belt, perhaps lightly boned to give it structure, and then simply wrap and hand stitch the red fabric over it.

I have a huge problem in that all good looking plus size dresses are empire waisted.  Well, i know it flatters most zaftigs, but not me <:{  It makes me look pregnant, because i have a decent sized midriff but little or no bosomage.  A structured wide sash i think would solve that problem by adding definition and lenthening my torso, at the same time skimming over the "problem areas".  That's part of why i love the Monsoon dress.
22  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Help with Monsoon dress on: November 13, 2006 07:23:34 AM
Some of you may have been aware of the store Monsoon, UK based, but used to have 2 stores in the US.  It is where i went for every formal occasion.  Until they pulled out of the US!  Bad Monsoon.  Their quality was very high, and their prices reasonable for formal wear, if a bit pricey for every day wear.

Anyway, i have our company annual xmas party in just over a month, and i have found the perfect dress:


I love the wide waistband - that is the main selling point for me.  The turned over bit of skirt is optional for me, although if it isn't too difficult i might be willing to try.  Maybe.

Anyway, how would you, o gods and godesses of Craftster, go about reproducing this dress?  I am an american size 18, i think (i only wear men's jeans, and i bought all my girl clothes at Monsoon which uses different sizing) with wide shoulders and hips and a waist that is much narrower.  And not so much in the bosomage Cheesy

Thanks tons.
23  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: A Pirate and a Fish on: November 02, 2006 04:31:57 AM
I love them all!  Its a shame about the daughter, but you will find a use for that fabric.  Maybe she'll want a mermaid theme in her bedroom, or a canapy, or something??

Anyway, you guys did a great job putting together 3 costumes. Flounder rocks!

Also, um, may i ask?  Did you make the corset yourself?  Or did you buy it?  I ask because it is wonderful, and your body shape resembles mine, and, well, i want one!   It looks like leather, which i'm not familiar with working with, but if you made it it'd love to know how.

24  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: 2006 Completed Costumes Scrapbook! (completed project pictures & links go he on: November 02, 2006 04:28:13 AM
Yeah, normally I'm actually a fan of the whole blood look, but have you seen that dress?  I couldn't bear to risk getting blood on it.  I was terrified of getting it dirty as it was!  But thanks!

I can't say i blame you one bit.  The craftsmanship is incredible! 

I just like dead things  Grin

25  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: 2006 Completed Costumes Scrapbook! (completed project pictures & links go he on: November 01, 2006 05:45:17 PM
NixArmegeddon, you win.  Yours is absolutely my favourite from this year so far.

themehpatrol, yours is a VERY close second.  It rocks.  It only loses points because you are a live Marie and not a post-mortem Marie Cheesy

Here is another one of myself, and the entire gang:

From left to right we have Yumiko from Battle Royale, Bam Bam Rubble, an 80's Homecoming Queen, and me the FairyGothMother.  Bam Bam's costume was made by a friend out of a thrift store dress, and you know about mine, but the other two are more assembled than crafted.  Still, Yumiko was fun to burn the bullet holes and spray the blood!

And here is our friend Remo, who MADE THIS HIMSELF.  He is wildly talented, as you can tell.  He's also a semi-professional dancer from Brazil, who has lots of experience making dance costumes, traditional and otherwise.

26  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: 2006 Completed Costumes Scrapbook! (completed project pictures & links go he on: October 30, 2006 06:32:42 PM
Finally! 2006 costume is done!

(I wish i had 10 posts so i could stick the image in here.  I'm trying, friends, i really am!  But i'm a reader, not a doer Sad)

I'm the Fairy Gothmother!

I didn't craft the entire costume, but here is a rundown:

Some things i already owned: bodice, belt.
I bought the wings, but used fabric stiffener (thanks Craftster!) to make them more wing-like and less LAME.  Grin

I made the dreadfalls from a purple Halloween wig.  That was the most work of the entire costume.  But the most rewarding!
I bought a little bat-shaped wand, but added a huge pile of ribbons myself. (Is out of frame.)
I reconned the skirt myself out of a really obnoxious and over-the-top gypsy style shirt. 
The underskirt is a reconstruction of a too-small and too-long skirt.  Chopped it off at the bottom of the zipper, added elastic, and now i have two new skirts.

<<<edited to add image for poster Wink>>>
27  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: woman attacked by birds on: October 26, 2006 05:44:54 PM
Here is my Hitchcockian Tippi Hedrin:


I bought a vintage dress at The Garment District, plus the hat and purse.  The white gloves are from work - they are cheap glove liners.

The dress is spotted with "bird poop" made from grey, white, and black acrylic paint.  The blood is normal fake halloween blood, plus some red acrylic for extra vibrancy.  The birds i bought at a craft store, and attached them to the dress with wire from behind.  There were 15 birds in total.

Is that close to what you'd wanted?
28  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: help??? medusa costume how to attach snakes to my head??? on: October 19, 2006 06:45:25 PM
Funny you should mention this.  I am currently playing with my old Medusa costume snakes for this year's costume.  (I'll post photos later, but i'll just say its Snakes on a Plane related.)

Anyway, i used pipe cleaners to attach the snakes to small bunches of hair at the roots.  I have 18 snakes (i counted) and a few of them were pipe-cleanered to two combs which i used to keep some of the hair out of my face, but the other 16 were just suspended.  It actually wasn't uncomfortable, and because pipe cleaners are fuzzy, they came out with minimal hair sticking.

Good luck!  Are you going to paint yourself gold and wear fangs as well? 
29  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: 2005 Completed Costumes Scrapbook (completed projects with pictures go here) on: October 11, 2006 04:41:01 PM
I know this is last year's thread, but i just read the whole darn thing looking for ideas, didn't i?  And i can't be the only one!

So here is mine from last year.  I went as a Computer Date, since i was newly single and was on date with a guy i met on the internet:


The "bodice" and "skirt" are broken computer boards i got at the MIT swap meet, for around $0.50 each.  By the time the meet was closing guys were running up to me with boxes of boards saying "Are you the chick who wants broken circuit boards?" so after spending $10 on the first two, i got the rest for free.  The tights are silver metallic and the tank top is gold metallic, $4 at The Garment District.  I dyed my hair red with KoolAid, and made bracelets and a necklace out of copper wire, the same wire that i used to hook together all the boards, japanese link mail style.

The longest part of construction was not the linking, but removing all the screws and bolts from the boards.  Fortunately, i have a dremel tool, so it was actually tons of fun.
30  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Got books? How about a nice Book Bookshelf? on: June 03, 2006 05:12:36 PM
A) I looked at all the photos in this album, and i'm totally ready to try this myself.

B) I'm very glad the PChem book is on the shelf on and not a sacrifical victim.

C) I recognise the books themselves!  Readers' Digest Condensed, yes?  My parents have THOUSANDS of those.  I can make hundreds of these shelves after i visit them later this summer.

Your shelf is phenominal and would make a great gift as well.

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