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1  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Tim Burton's Mad Hatter (Pic heavy!) on: November 13, 2011 08:08:50 PM
Holy bananas batman! This is beyond awesome. I love the costume design in that movie, Colleen Atwood is a bit of a legend, but everyone always focuses on the transforming Alice dresses. It's nice to look at the other characters for a change, and by golly you did good!

Thank you! Yes, I agree, Colleen Atwood and her work are legendary...I really envy her and her talent. Her costumes in the movies I've seen which she's worked, especially the more historical costumes, are incredible!
2  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Tim Burton's Mad Hatter (Pic heavy!) on: November 09, 2011 07:49:13 AM
Thank you for the kind comments! The pin cushion ring was really fun to make! I think I might start using it in my regular sewing.. or I might make a new one to use everyday.
3  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Tim Burton's Mad Hatter (Pic heavy!) on: November 07, 2011 10:12:57 AM
I worked on this costume, on and off, for almost all of September and the first week of October. The only parts of the costume which I didn't make/reconstruct/alter were the socks and boots. I obsessively tried to make this costume as close to Tim Burton's Mad Hatter as possible! (requiring MANY watchings of Alice in Wonderland!)

The jacket, pink shirt and pants were all originally thrift store finds which I altered to be more accurate. I shortened the jacket (was knee-length), un-did all the edge seams and sewed them back together with the raw edge out....then I washed and dried the jacket so the unfinished seams would fray. I also pieced in 2 gussets in the back of the jacket to create a frock coat look. It looks very purple here, but the jacket started out burgundy and I spray painted it brown. I tried to dye it, but it washed right out!

I sewed wide white lace on the cuffs of the shirt.

For the pants, I shortened them to capris length, un-did the side seams, added black lace down both legs, made them flared, and sewed a ribbon tuxedo stripe down each leg. I then spent many hours embroidering the multicolor swirls and leaves on the leg.

I made the hat using a tutorial I found online. The hat band was yellow satin which I dyed pink! (couldn't find the right shade of pink) The striped patch is ribbon pieced together and some red stitching, then I tea dyed it to create an old, weathered look. The hat pins are made from different beads and metal findings from a bead shop. I created the largest one with a peacock feather, felt, embroidery floss(many hours of satin stitch!), seed beads and a button. The 10/6 card is cardstock w/ burned edges.

The bandolier is made of 25 wood spools(which I wound with thread from my collection), silver plated chain, and various rings and toggles.

I could not find material for the bow tie which was anywhere near what was used in the movie, so I painted black satin...which was maybe the most fun part of making the costume!

The gloves are made out of an old pair of pajama pants. I made the pin cushion ring from a ring from a thrift store as the base, painted cardboard, w/ hot glue details and red velvet.

The vest is back & white gingham (tea dyed to antique it) with black squares appliqued over top and then topstitched with purple thread. The vest was the most time consuming part of the costume! There are approx 80 1.25" squares on each side of the vest!

For the pocket ribbons, I used a kilt pin and tied ribbons in various colors and lengths to it. The hankie hanging out of the other pocket is a square cut from pink nylon. I left the edges unfinished so they would fray.
4  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: A Single Mitten? on: March 07, 2010 08:12:24 PM
Lefty Or Righty? - I Found One Tacked On The Bulletin Board At The Corner Store The Other Day  Wink

Its a lefty mitten.

I like the shadowbox idea!

Anyone else have any single mitten ideas?
5  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / A Single Mitten? on: March 03, 2010 10:04:39 PM
A friend of mine lost one of his red Canadian Olympic mittens and now is stuck with a single mitt which he doesn't want to throw out. He's asked for my advice. I can't think of anything. I've already suggested oven mitt, but he said no. Do any of you have any idea what one could do with a single mitten? or what could be made with it? It looks like one of these (I can't post pictures yet):


6  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Searching for Doll Parts in Toronto on: November 27, 2008 07:23:40 AM
Do you have a good dollar store near you? Some dollar stores have really good craft sections. I know our Dollarama does.
7  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Elephant Army on: October 11, 2008 07:53:37 PM
I love these elephants! I think they'd be great with eyes. What about a french knot for each eye, maybe made with black yarn so it would be bigger.
8  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Completed: Ukranian Pysanky (Egg Dying) Ornaments on: December 20, 2006 11:09:08 PM
turtblu, those are beautiful...they will make wonderful presesnts!

I made Ukranian eggs like these in 10th grade art class. We didn't blow out the insides though. We created the designs, varnished the eggs and left them alone. If you wait long enough(months), the insides of the eggs will dry up/harden and there is no need to blow them out (just don't break them...its smelly!). I made my eggs 10 years ago, I still have them, on display, and they're "empty".
9  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Gift wrap idea on: December 19, 2006 09:25:32 AM
Like previously mentioned, you could make a certificate or a note saying tickets are on the way.

And to wrap it, this may seem a little silly, but it made the present fun. A couple years ago I bought my sister concert tickets for Christmas. I took small-ish box, put the tickets in the bottom in an envalope and put 2 cans of pop (soda) on top. The cans made the box heavy so she didn't know what was in the box and them when she opened it, she was surprised to see pop and wondered what else could be in it.  Grin
10  CANADA / Ontario / Re: Toronto One-of-a-Kind Show? on: November 21, 2006 08:09:48 PM
Thanks for all the tips (booths to go to)  Smiley

For anyone going to the One Of A Kind Show, be sure to stop by the "Cranberry Creek" booth in the food area and get a sample or two. They make the most amazing cranberry pudding. My mom and I go to One of a Kind every Christmas to buy their cranberry pudding. Its SO good!! Its become one of our family's traditions to have it every year on Christmas day. Here's their website: http://www.cranberrycreek.com/

Other booths I love:

Garneau Slippers (#D-44)- sheepskin slippers made in Quebec. A little pricey, but so worth it...the warmest slippers I've ever had. Everyone in my family has them.

Orb.Bits Ornaments (booth #T-5) - funky sequin ornaments (very similar to the sequin and pin ornaments posted on the Winter Holidays forum)

Zucchini (#P-38) - Cute crocheted hats and mittens embellished with knitted flowers
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