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31  Fallen Angel Wings in Costumes: Completed Projects by lulubean on: November 06, 2006 11:01:11 AM
I just finished getting all my stuff from my parent's house this weekend (I officially haven't lived there for 3 years, you know, not like when I was in college and lived there sometimes) and I found this awesome thing I made about 6 years ago which I thought I would share!  They are wings for a fallen angel costume I made for a Masquerade when I was in the SCA.

So, first I made a framework out of two old wire coat hangers.  Then I covered them in old pantyhose.  Then I dyed some feathers with black Rit dye- this didn't quite work like I was hoping but turned out pretty cool in the end.  The marabou feathers were black though so they were nice and dark. There were several types of feathers and some of them were red, yellow and blue because I couldn't find white ones in that size and they didn't take the dye as well.  You can see the red ones.  The white feathers turned out more purple.  I think this gives the feathers a pretty tonal value though.  I glued the feathers down in layers trying to approximate a real bird wing as much as I could.  Not sure how well that turned out but I still think they are nifty. They look much cooler in person then in these photos (harsh flash does nothing for blacks).

Here's a picture of them in action from 3 years ago.  This wasn't the costume I made them for either but I hate the pictures of my masquerade outfit so you're getting the pseudo Sora costume instead.

Those of you that know Kingdom Hearts will recognize the mask- I made that from cardboard, construction paper, paint and permanent markers.  I love Halloween Town Sora! I don't have much better pictures of the wings so I hope you can see what they look like ok.  Thanks for checking this out.
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32  Lulubean's Version of the Mad Hatter (4 pics) in Halloween Costumes by lulubean on: November 06, 2006 10:28:28 AM
Greetings fellow Halloween nuts.  This year I was inspired by Simplicity 4015 to be the Mad Hatter, however, that pattern is for the sexy version and I'm not about being the sexy version of anything so I just used the hat and bow tie from that pattern and I made a vest from Simplicity 4079.  It was tons of fun finding fabric for my girly Hatter!

Here's the whole outfit.  I made the hat, vest, tie and mouse.

Here's a detail of the cute buttons I picked out.  They're white rabbits!  Get it!

Here's another picture of the hat a bit closer.  I didn't use the foam suggested in the pattern because I couldn't get it through the sewing machine.  Instead I used heavy interfacing and it worked like a charm.  I couldn't find thick enough ribbon for the hat band so I glued together two pieces of ribbon I had lying around.  The sign is card stock that I wrote on with permanent marker.

Here's my buddy the Dormouse whom I sewed to my vest.  I used the Stitch & Bitch Nation Cat Warming Set mouse on bigger needles using Red Heart.  I made the stripe a little bigger too so it looked like he was also wearing a vest.

It was a big hit with the parents at the Haunted House I worked at, most of the kids were too young to understand ^_^ Thanks for looking, I hope you guys like it.
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33  Re: Pumpkins! Please share your Jack O Lanterns in Halloween Decor and Parties by lulubean on: October 26, 2006 06:36:42 PM
Just finished mine up.  I couldn't think of anything (other then what I always want to do- Sora's mask from Halloweentown in Kingdom Hearts- which I've done before) so my husband suggested Trogdor but I liked Strong Bad better.  I got the stencil from www.homestarrunner.com.

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34  Tulips from Knitscene Fall 2006 (4 pics) in Knitting: Completed Projects by lulubean on: October 23, 2006 07:01:15 AM
Hi! I made Tulips from the Fall Knitscene in Elann Sonata Coffee Bean.  Sorry about how yucky the pictures turned out- it must have been the lighting.

It's very comfy.  At first I wasn't sure about the shortness but I kinda like how it looks now.  It was very easy.  I'm not sure I recommend cotton for it though- it feels a bit bulky in some places because of it.  However, over all, I'm happy with it.  Yay!
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35  Bigger Bunny Hat in Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller by lulubean on: July 22, 2006 04:36:57 PM

Here we have Sanosuke Bear (ursa japanimeus)  in his natural habitat wearing one of my most recent finished objects: A hybrid of the kittyville hat from book one and the bunny hat from book two.  I wanted to use up some TLC Cotton Plus (pink, cream and black) I had left from other projects but I wanted to make a more adult size bunny hat.  And thus it was born.  It still doesn't fit my head but I have a recepient in mind so I am not bummed.  Yay!
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36  Re: J-Rockin' Mana-key in CHALLENGE 13 ENTRIES by lulubean on: July 04, 2006 07:30:58 AM
This is one beautiful sock monkey, I especially enjoy the hair!!! Cheesy Did you make the dress too? What a great replica.

Thanks!  I did indeed make the dress.  I found the perfect fabric at Joann's and some great lace at AC Moore.  I wish I had taken pictures during construction but I was in such a frenzy I didn't want to stop until it was done.  I do have some pictures of before I colored the hair and made the dress though.

I used that white curly hair from the doll aisle of the craft store and a permenant marker to make it blue (I think I may have killed some brain cells in the process, lol).  To get the bangs straight I put my curling iron on low heat and ran the curly hair through it.  Then I glued it all on and tacked some of the hair down with thread.

Here's a picture of the leftovers of the supplies I used.  Minus the curly hair and buttons of which there are none left  Wink

The dress is not removable, I sewed him in because I wanted a really nice line.  Also, Mana's hair changes from outfit to outfit in the pictures I've seen so there isn't any other outfit that the hair would really go with.  Grin

Oh, and here's a tail shot for good measure.  He's propped up in a plastic cup, hehe!

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37  J-Rockin' Mana-key in CHALLENGE 13 ENTRIES by lulubean on: July 03, 2006 05:11:44 AM
I was really into J-Rock in college and still love some of it.  One of my favorite bands is Malice Mizer, so I was inspired by the "rockin'" part of the challenge and picked one of my favorite members of the band- Mana.

One thing you should know is that Mana is a man.  That's right.  I have to have some respect for a person who is willing to go against established gender roles and do what he feels more comfortable with.  Mana is a great clothing designer and he is the main song writer for the band (if I'm not mistaken) so he is full of creativity as well as bravery.  Without further ado, here is my Mana-key:

*hopes that her website stays up so the pictures show up*

Larger versions of these pictures can be seen on my website.  I might put some more of the pictures I took up on there after I get home from work today.  Thanks for looking!
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38  Re: 'Kate' from Winter Knitty! in Knitting: Completed Projects by lulubean on: June 30, 2006 01:01:19 PM
I made a Kate too!

(if the picture is broken, it's because my website is down for some reason and I apologize in advance)

I made it for my husband's grandparents because they collect cats.  It was so easy to make.
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