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1  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.
2  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):


3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Patchwork Tree Skirt!! :) (complete w/ photos) on: November 12, 2006 10:41:54 PM
This is my first post on Craftster, so I hope this is the right place to post this. Its not something I made this year, and its not a gift idea, but I thought people here might like to see it.

Every Christmas, my sister's family gets 10 foot tree (old house, tall ceilings). Last year, tired of her regular-sized tree skirt that seemed dwarfed by the huge tree, she asked me if I could make her a really big tree skirt. Her tree has a homemade/old fashioned theme to it, so I thought patchwork would be perfect.

It measures 70 inches from one side to the other, and comes out 30 inches from the tree. I designed it to fit around the base of the tree stand which is an unusually big size. I peiced together 81 squares, made of 8 different printed christmas fabrics and then cut out the circle. I used solid green material on the underside, and trimmed the edges with pom-pom fringe. I'm so happy with how it turned out, and my sister is so pleased with it.  Here are some links to pictures (I wish I could post the pictures directly, but I don't have enough posts):

The whole tree skirt

Close-up detail and the pom-pom edge

Another close-up (Please excuse the cat!)

The 10 foot tree the skirt was made for

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