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1  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Latest News / Re: 01/14/13 - Craftster Best of 2012 announced! on: January 14, 2013 01:29:53 PM
Wowie! Two of mine in there!? Thanks so much!  Smiley
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Red gown with beading on: April 16, 2012 09:35:36 AM
Oh my lord! That is amazing. It fits her like a glove. And the dye job looks beautiful to me. Haha.

What school do you go to, if you don't mind my asking?
I go to Oregon State University Smiley

Thanks everyone for the wonderful comments!
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help on this dress? on: March 02, 2012 10:21:22 AM
For the skirt you can use a pattern like this one: http://mccallpattern.mccall.com/m6030-products-10728.php?page_id=109 but I would cut panels three times the size of what they ask for and gather it onto the bodice to get the fullness. The best kind of fabric would be lightweight organza or silky light weight fabrics.
Do you plan on dyeing the dress afterwards? If so polyester satin is very difficult to dye and you are better off using an already dyed ombre satin. If you want to dye it yourself you should use silk since it takes dye a lot better than polyester.
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Avant garde dress made from electrical and speaker wires on: February 25, 2012 02:45:40 PM

I recently completed this monster of a dress for the Recycled Runway show at my school. It was my first time ever making a dress from something that wasn't fabric so I wanted to really challenge myself. I picked up three large spools of fixture wire from my local Habitat for Humanity thrift store, some speaker wire, and some hinges and swing locks for the closures and raided my own stash for steel wire for the frame and lots of hot glue.

This dress was a huge challenge because the hot glue was very temperamental and would not hold the metal fixtures onto the dress. I ended up fighting with a few different kinds of glue to try and keep everything together and e6000 finally worked. The dress is constructed so that it opens up from the back and the hinges in the front allow it to swing out so the model can get out of it. The dress had to have strips of fleece glued to the inside because the edges of the wires were very sharp and were poking my model!

All in all I'm pretty happy with how it came out. There are some things I could like to do differently to make it cleaner and more sturdy, but I'll probably never do it!

Onto the photos!!

In progress!

As a bonus you can see the Recycled Runway Show on Youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HG7AWEakvBQ and see the dress in action around the 45:50 mark!

Thanks for looking!!
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Red gown with beading on: January 25, 2012 05:16:17 PM
Hi all!
I just completed a new gown for the Red Dress Fashion show at my college to benefit World Aids Day. The show was a smash and everyone did really well!
I made this gown just for the show.
The bulk of the work went into the big beaded motif in the center panel, it's made up of lots of bugle and seed beads in a couple of different colors. I had a really fun time with it since it was the first time I used different colors in a beaded motif. The rest of the gown was pretty straight forward except I needed so much of the chiffon that I had to buy out three JoAnn'ss worth of their stock and one ended up a slightly different dye lot! Grrr!

Anyway, onto the pictures!

The dress in progress:

And a closeup of the beading!

Thanks for looking!
6  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / "Renaissance" Snow White on: November 15, 2011 01:09:25 PM
Hi all!
I recently finished a "historically accurate" version of Snow White drawn by the artist Shoomlah. She's done a wonderful collection of historical fanart of the Disney princesses http://shoomlah.deviantart.com/gallery/29648049 and I couldn't wait to cosplay one of them.

Snood: The snood was made of a bunch of gold trim that I connected together by sewing white pearls to every joint. I then connected it to a strip of bias tape that has elastic sewn into it.

Bodice: I drafted the pattern for the bodice from my sloper patterns. The body of the bodice is blue suede with cotton piping. The sleeves are made of red boucle, gold jacquard and blue eyelet. The middle panel has free motion embroidery that I designed. The diagonal lines on the sleeves are also embroidered with gold zig zag stitching. The lining is blue denim that has a bunch of boning in it. The gold panel in the front has an "apple" that I made by glueing together a bunch of gold jewelry findings. The collar is a white sateen that snaps into the neckline of the bodice. Finally the bodice laces up in the back with gold laces.

Skirt: the skirt is a yellow casa satin that has a gold jacquard and red bias tape panel on it. It's heavily pleated and closes with a snap on the waistband. The skirt has straps on it so it sits high enough on my waist.

I'm quite happy with how the costume came out. It's been a while since I made a new costume for myself and this proved to be a fun project.

7  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Couple of sets for my niece on: September 25, 2011 02:36:22 PM
I'm going to be an Aunt for the first time in a couple of months and I am planning on spoiling the little girl rotten with lots of cute outfits <3
I bought a cheap pant and shirt set from a local store and took it apart to use as a base pattern to draft these dresses from.

The first set I made is a polka dot dress, bloomer and headband trio.

And the second is a dress with a free motion embroidered motif on the hem. It was my first time using so many colors in a free motion project and I really love how it came out.

Thanks for looking!
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: "London Print" Toddler dress recon to my size on: June 17, 2011 06:09:32 AM
aw it's adorable! I love how everyone got a shock out of you wearing a toddler's dress Cheesy if you don't mind me asking, how'd you make it into an adult size? did you sew the 2 skirts together and add a bodice? do you think you could add a tute maybe? it's okay if you don't! the dress, however, is GORGEOUS!  Shocked I love the print around the bottom!  Wink

That's exactly what I did! I bought two of the dresses, carefully took them apart, sewed the two skirts together, and regathered them onto a bodice that I made seperately.
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / "London Print" Toddler dress recon to my size on: June 10, 2011 12:13:12 PM
I work at TJX and when I saw this dress in our stores I absolutely fell in love with the print. Sadly it was only made for toddlers and young girls so if I ever wanted to have one of my own I needed to make it myself. Of course that wasn't such a big hurdle!  Grin

I bought two of the dresses from Marshalls in the same size and took them apart, only keeping the skirts, waist tie and zipper. The rest was fabric from my stash and some self drafted patterns.

I work in the department that designed the original dress and when I wore it in to work everyone was doing a double take. It was awesome  Grin

And the original dress:

10  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Seiken Densetsu 3 (Old School Nintendo) costume on: November 01, 2009 08:36:18 AM
Hey all!
I just finished my latest cosplay costume, Reisz from the video game Seiken Densetsu 3!

I made the dress using draping techniques. It is fully lined and zips up the back.

The shoulder armor is made of fake carvable pumpkins from Jo-Anns that I cut in half and sanded until it was smooth, then covered in a layer of paperclay for more smoothness and then made decorative lines in hot glue. The edges of the shoulder armor is a couple layers of foamie covered in spandex and square mirrors. They pin onto my shoulder straps so I can remove them easily.

The gloves are made from the Vogue glove pattern. I found the pattern unclear and annoying. They had to be handsewn due to the 1/8" seam allowences, and the finger gussets werent marked correctly on the pattern pieces.

The boots are covers I made using the boot cover tutorial found on Love Meeko's site. They were so easy to do, I love them!

The wig is an Ivy wig from cosworx.com in seafoam green. I sprayed the bangs out a big to give it some volume. The "ears" are made of the same fabric as the dress and boots, but with layers of foamies in them to make them stand out. The ears are sewn into the wig.

The lance blade is made of a layer of foamcore with foamies to build up dimension, and then all covered in paperclay, sanded and painted. It's not perfect, but it's my first "real" prop, and I'm super happy with it!

And the reference sprite!
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