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11  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: halloween DISASTER... please help :( on: October 25, 2007 07:29:23 AM
I'm with you.  I don't like looking scary or dead, I just like to be pretty.  I think a fun scary but pretty costume would be a willis/wilis--one version of their legend is that they are young women who were betrayed and murdered on the night before their weddings, so to be able to marry their loves they come to them as spirits and dance them to death.  You'd just have to be all white and airy and a little bridal.  But you'd still be a character who kills people so that's scary, right?
12  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Acrylic paint on skin? on: October 25, 2007 07:10:10 AM
SmashingSadie, I totally agree that Ben Nye would be better, but it's too late to order something online for Saturday's festivities alas.

I will probably stick with cheap costume cream makeup because the acrylic does make me a little wary.  Hopefully the overall costume will be good enough that people will overlook a little unevenness in the makeup!
13  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Hat Help on: October 24, 2007 02:06:00 PM
Do you sew?  You could make something like it out of fleece, using heavy interfacing on the brim and taking a few hand stitches between the crown and brim to keep it in place.

View D of McCall 3400 might work, though I think a pattern that uses four petal shaped pieces for the crown might be better.  There's a free one online from EZ Fit; I didn't love it (you can read my review here for more info).  You can also download the free version of Wild Ginger, which has a hat pattern.  I don't remember if it has a petal shaped one or not; I made a sunhat of the one that has a circle crown and brim.
14  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Snow Fairy Costume-Opinions Needed on: October 23, 2007 01:43:53 PM
I made them out of craft foam painted with fabric paint (the slick kind, not the puffy kind).  The shape was the hardest part.  I believe I put a piece of paper over my eye and (very gently and carefully!) used a pencil to trace the shape of the bone/eyesocket.  Then I cut out a lot of paper patterns to finally refine it to the right shape, then cut out of craft foam and decorated.  I stuck them on with spirit gum.

Here's a pic of the final costume.

15  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Acrylic paint on skin? on: October 23, 2007 01:39:11 PM
I am going as Louise Brooks (a silent film star), and my gimmick will be painting myself grey so that I'm entirely black and white.  I got various types of makeup but they don't have great coverage and they wipe off.  It's too late to order something fancypants like latex body paint online.  I have heard of people painting skin with regular acrylic paints.  Anyone done this?  Tips?  How do you get it off?  I probably don't want to do acrylic paint on my face but if I could take care of my chest with it I think i can (1) keep my hands away from my face (mostly), and (2) touch up face as needed.
16  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: i need mermaid costume help!!! on: October 23, 2007 08:29:31 AM
I made four mermaid costumes for the Mermaid Parade this year using the same idea--a base skirt of stretch fabric and then a long ruffle with tulle underneath.  They came out cute!  You can see all the pictures here

17  CLOTHING / Designer Clothing Homage / Re: Swirly marchesa dress on: February 27, 2007 02:58:32 PM
I'm trying to find more pics of this dress with no luck.  I cannot figure out the closure.  All I can think of is a zip or hooks & eyes in the side or back seams, but from the pics I can find (all from the front, unfortunately) it doesn't look like it.  I can't imagine how it works otherwise.
18  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Alberta Ferretti designer inspired dress on: February 25, 2007 08:57:41 PM
Thanks everyone.  I think mine is more wearable in everyday life, if nothing else.

When will it be Spring?Huh  It snowed today.  That makes me think spring is far away.   Embarrassed
19  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: My pretty pink dress...I think on: February 23, 2007 08:09:59 AM
I like the drape in the back.  I think the dress as a whole makes sense--it looks plain from the front but when you see the back you understand that the dress is designed around the drape element and the front is plain to emphasize that.
20  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Built by Wendy #3835 Home Ec Top!! on: February 23, 2007 08:08:10 AM
Love it!  That is fun fabric, and a very stretchy cotton is a lucky find indeed.

Pattern sizing is completely different than clothing sizing (mostly because ready-to-wear has had size inflation and patterns for the most part have not), so don't even give a second thought to that.  Go by the measurements given for the finished garment.
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