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1  Mermaid! in Halloween Costumes by HappyMadison87 on: November 05, 2011 11:09:51 PM
I've wanted to go as a mermaid for Halloween for quite some time now, but this was the first year I was able to make it a reality! I think it turned out pretty spiffy...The only thing I didn't make or modify in any way is the tank top.

The full costume, on me:

A closeup of the 'seaweed' boa I made, out of yarn, scraps, and a couple of those bath poufs I unraveled.

The side of the complete costume, on my sewing dummy:

Closeup of the skirt.

Full view of front.

Closeup of the seaweed and seashell necklace:

Closeup of the seashell crown I made:



What the crown looks like when worn:

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2  Victorian "Derby Murder Mystery" Dress! in Costumes: Completed Projects by HappyMadison87 on: April 27, 2009 09:18:28 PM
Hello all! I still consider myself somewhat of a sewing novice, because I've only made a handful of wearable things at this point. But my most recent creation is a victorian dress (my fourth victorian dress to be exact), created for a Kentucky Derby-themed murder mystery my volunteer group puts on every year.

Firstly, a purse I made to go with the dress:

I later added some beads to the bottom and a cameo to the front of it, btu haven't photographed it since.

The necklace I made to match; I made the cameo out of sculpey and used beads from two old necklaces and an old pair of earrings.

A closeup of the dress, along with a hat I made:

My sad attempt at an action shot:

Thanks for looking!!

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3  Re: quickie dress that anybody can make - Infinity Dress and link to tutorial in Clothing Sewalongs by HappyMadison87 on: April 15, 2009 12:43:16 AM
I made an Infinity dress last night!! I'm generally TERRIBLE at making stretchy clothes...I'm somewhat, er, oddly shaped. So far the only thing I've had success with is a few alterations to existing clothes, and a couple of very structured Victorian dresses that I was lucky to have a well-fitting pattern for.

anyway, this dress has got to be one of the easiest and most flattering things I've made. I'm sorry I don't have more or better pictures of it, I'm the only person in the house awake, and I'm terrible at taking pictures of myself.

I'm quite proud of it..the only changes I made from the original tutorial, was that I made the circle skirt fit right under my bust instead of around my waist (so it'd be babydoll style), and I made the waistband VERY wide so it would be like a tube top for extra coverage.
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4  Victorian-esque hat. in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by HappyMadison87 on: September 27, 2008 10:51:53 PM
So I recently went to a theatrical supply shop in Cincinatti and discovered those nifty little buckram bases they have for hat-making. I decided to try my hand at a hat to go with a Victorian dress I made. I'm not entirely sure how period accurate the hat is, but I figure anything flamboyant a tacky probably works.

I am honestly a little concerned that it is maybe a little silly, because the one time I wore it with my costume, nobody really commented on it. So if anyone has any constructive criticism, it is more than welcome!

Thanks for looking!
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5  Re: I have never really sewn before... in Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects by HappyMadison87 on: April 21, 2008 06:22:33 PM
Aw, thanks guys! Your compliments really mean a lot to me! As requested, here is an action shot...I wish I had more, but the guy who was supposed to take photos of us during the murder mystery, ended up not coming. Hopefully I can get some better ones during our Open Houses.

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6  I have never really sewn before... in Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects by HappyMadison87 on: April 17, 2008 12:54:55 PM
I've only made one or two skirts (that were actually wearable)...but I am in a Victorian murder mystery, and needed to make my own dress because I am a bigger girl, and the only costumes available at the mansion are itty bitty, or made out of a curtain (yes, seriously, made out of a curtain). So I took apart my too-small, too-old, and too-worn out Victorian gown, and made a pattern from it, enlarging it slightly to fit my belly and such. It took probably about a month or so to make, that includes taking apart my old dress, making a muslin test garment first, and sewing the final dress. There are a lot of mistakes, but I'm really proud of myself, and I think the mistakes are only noticeable if you really look close and look at the inside of the garment, the stitches, etc. Here it is!

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7  I need help with movie-related costumes! in Halloween Costumes by HappyMadison87 on: February 27, 2008 12:55:00 AM
Hey guys! There is an art show at my local video store in a couple months, and it's movie geek themed! I'm really excited and am hoping to have some of my sculptures in the show. The thing is, there is a costume contest this year, and I am pretty clueless as to what I should go as. I do have some ideas, but they either don't really stand out, or they are somewhat hard to accomplish. My favourite idea so far is to go as the mom from the zombie movie 'Fido', but the problem is I don't think the costume would work without a Fido, and I can't find anyone to play him.

My other thoughts are Miranda July's character in "Me and You and Everyone We Know", Janeane Garofalo's characters in either "Mystery Men" "or "Wet Hot American Summer", or possibly even Olive from "Little Miss Sunshine".

But, like I said, except for the Fido one, I'm not too terribly fond of any of them. I was wondering if any of you guys could come up with any ideas? The problem is that I don't look very much like any actors or actresses...I would REALLY love to go as some character from a movie from the 50's or 60's, or to go as a zombie.

For reference, here are some pics of what I look like...there is also a link to my myspace page in my sig in case anyone wants more. I currently have a green streak in my hair, but that can be coloured or whatever if it doesn't go with the character.

Thank you in advance to anyone with any ideas! You have know idea how much I appreciate this!
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8  Robot Plushie! in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by HappyMadison87 on: December 11, 2007 11:52:55 PM
So, I am only just now learning how to sew on a machine...but I started this project over the summer. I handsewed every bit of it, with no pattern, but considering it's a robot, not having a pattern isn't THAT impressive. :-p I made this for an online friend who lives in Florida, who loves robots as much as I do. I wish I had better pics, but I was too eager to send it to him and forgot to take more! Thanks for looking!
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9  I need pricing advice for my sculptures. (Image OBESE) in Get Product and Website Opinions by HappyMadison87 on: October 25, 2007 12:27:22 PM
I hope this is an ok question to ask...I'm sure you get this a lot, but I really am not sure what I should be charging for my merchandise. I haven't started seriously selling my crafts yet, but I plan to fairly soon. What people seem to enjoy the most, and what I enjoy making the most, are figurines/sculptures out of polymer clay. Here are some examples of my work:

I just finished painting this one, and the sunglasses need to be redone, badly.

Because I will probably get asked these questions...I haven't actually figured out quite how much time it takes me to make one. However, the last one I made, took three days, and even then, that was only because I was kind of sick. I think if I really focused on it, I could make one per day. They are made of polymer clay, and depending on size, take 3-5 blocks of clay or so, which I buy for $1.59 per block. I don't really take acrylic paint or brushes into account since I have tons of both anyway, whether I sculpt or not. Also, the ones I have sold in the past were all 30 dollars a piece. I've sold a total of four so far, three of which were sold as a set to be given out as awards for the haunted house where I volunteer.

Any suggestions are highly appreciated! :-)
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10  I've got an idea for a dress... in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by HappyMadison87 on: October 03, 2007 03:21:02 AM
Ok, so I'm considering being an angel for Halloween this year. I went as one last year, but my costume, apart from the wings which were awesome, was just a white knee-length skirt and a white tank top and cardigan. It was pretty boring, and not very angel-y at all. This time, I have a dress in mind, which I have drawn a very crappy picture of:

The problem is, I really have little to no experience sewing...I can't use a machine to save my life but I have figured out a bit of handsewing...I've mended things, reconstructed things, etc, but never sewn from a pattern.

Does anyone know of any patterns that would give me a result something like what I've drawn (I'm at least will to try a pattern), or can someone give me pointers on how to go about making it without a pattern? The skirt I can probably figure out, but the top is what I am worried about most. I am not sure how to achieve those flutter sleeves, or the cowl-type neckline.
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