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1  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / CHALLENGE 121 ENTRIES / Re: That Lady on: November 08, 2017 09:58:38 AM
Thanks, everyone! Smiley

I am so pleased how it all turned out! I love this costume!
2  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / CHALLENGE 121 ENTRIES / That Lady on: November 05, 2017 07:29:26 AM
My husband and I spent time in the US last summer -- it was my first time to the east coast! -- and I fell in love with NY. I am from California, but I live in Switzerland and teach at an international school. While I left the US over a decade ago, it is still Home to me. My heart never left.

When I walked into our school's Halloween party, some of the kids recognized me as an important figure, but didn't know what to call me. They shouted out, "Hey! You're dressed as That Lady!"

That Lady indeed.
I had a tremendously difficult time finding face paint, but i found some in germany and then mixed the colours. it wasn't a perfect match, but it did the trick. i forgot to put my gloves back on when my husband took photos of me post-party
that lady by cornie, on Flickr
she persisted by cornie, on Flickr

i sewed a basic tunic and semicircle toga from sheets and dyed them, along with some white cotton gloves, with a combination of blue and green to get the colour i wanted.
Here I am with some of my colleagues (and my gloves!):
halloweenparty by cornie, on Flickr

I made the torch with a candlestick that i sawed off and reassembled to get the right shape. I added a fimo holder at the top for a LED candle
torch candle by cornie, on Flickr

the flame is cheesecloth. i used the same technique as making cheesecloth ghosts--soaked the cheesecloth in starch and then draped it on some random objects to get the right shape. it fits over the candlestick and can be removed to replace the candle when the battery is toast.
cheesecloth flame by cornie, on Flickr

i love how it turned out
torch full by cornie, on Flickr

the plaque reads "Nevertheless she persisted" instead of July 4 1776. it's made out of foam covered with paper mache and cardboard letters stacked for dimension.
nevertheless by cornie, on Flickr

my crown is also cardboard. I used a template i found online and cut it with my silhouette. then I used paper mache to attach a band.
crown by cornie, on Flickr
3  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: We're clearly soldiers in petticoats, Dauntless crusaders for women's votes! on: November 07, 2014 02:02:06 AM
swiss women first started demanding suffrage in 1886. 

yoopidou, i KNOW! isn't that crazy?! the men were able to get away with it because they said the women didn't count as citizens and were therefore exempt.  in 1981, the constitution was changed to clearly state that equal rights were granted to not just citizens but men and women. however, the men of appenzell innerroden were still peeved.  if you can believe it, they still vote, in the public square, by raising their hands.  before the women were allowed, they used to use their family swords or military gun.

and charlieandwillow, you make a valid point.  what i think is positive is that, for most kids, watching mary poppins leads to a healthy discussion about the history of women's rights--at least it did when i was young Wink   
4  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: We're clearly soldiers in petticoats, Dauntless crusaders for women's votes! on: November 04, 2014 10:05:27 PM
thank you!

Helena Puck: well done, sister suffragette!
elderflower: i'm used to using the cheating method when inserting sleeves.  it was a challenge for me for sure! what an awesome book! i'll have to look into that.  fashion history = <3 
alwaysinmyroom: i love hats, too!
ludi: what a great project!

and did you know, women didn't get the right to vote in switzerland until 1971?!


5  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / We're clearly soldiers in petticoats, Dauntless crusaders for women's votes! on: November 04, 2014 05:42:01 AM
"Our daughters' daughters will adore us, and they'll sing in grateful chorus, well done, Sister Suffragette!"

i decided i wanted a good old fashioned historically awesome and feminist costume. every year, i give myself a new challenge.  this year, it was a historically accurate blouse, complete with lace inserts.  i used this pattern for the blouse.  (did you know that in the early 1900's, the arm seam and side seam didn't match up! crazy!)  in it's former life, the blouse was a duvet cover.  finding affordable fabric in switzerland is hard; not a 40% off coupon is in sight. 
some of the detail:


the skirt is a trumpet skirt. me and math were friends. yay, math! i cant remember how many gores i wound up with. 

my hat was pilfered from my mother-in-law because of its shape.  i had wanted to dye it, to match the blue of the skirt, but time was an issue.  i used remaining ribbon from my sash and feathers from my wedding ensemble. 

my sash was made from sewing ribbons together.

and then, as luck would have it, the 8th graders at school have been studying the suffragettes.  my friend the history teacher (I'm the English teacher) invited me in and we did a Q and A.  good fun!

6  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: je suis un champignon magique on: November 11, 2012 05:00:24 AM
merci bien!  Grin
7  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: je suis un champignon magique on: November 07, 2012 02:24:50 AM
why, thank you! my husband also thinks im the cutest mushroom ever Wink

8  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: je suis un champignon magique on: November 05, 2012 02:15:41 AM
thanks! since our school's halloween party had over 100 folks attending, there was not a lot of time for photography.  my husband and i had a good time going out to the woods to get some proper pictures Smiley
9  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / je suis un champignon magique on: November 04, 2012 02:28:35 PM

one of my students sings "champignon" all the time.  he doesnt sing a song about mushrooms--just the word champignon (i teach English to native french speakers).  he cracks me up.  ive always been drawn to mushrooms and often get teased about photographing them in our romps in the woods.  so this year, i decided to be a mushroom. 
there's no way i can afford fabric here, so i buy sheets at the salvation army for most of my sewing projects.  i can find really nice quality linen sheets sometimes, which is what this dress is made of.  i cut the pieces and, before sewing them, dyed them with coffee along with some lace i bought.  i wanted the ensemble to be uniform in tone but not in shade so i let the pieces soak for different amounts of time.  i made bloomers, a dress (i used the bodice from simplicity 2648), a tiered half circle skirt, a fishtailed half circle overskirt, a sort of ruffly dickie from an old buttondown and a jabot.  plus my mushroom hat.  i learned a lot about sewing hats.  lots of math.  the mushroom gills were made from a tree skirt used to protect our green friends in the swiss winter.  in fact, that was the inspiring bit of the costume.  i walked into the hardware store, saw the tree skirts, and promptly tried one on my head.  much to the horror of one of the shop employees.  underneath it all, i wore a red and white polka dot tulle petticoat i made last summer for our wedding. 

10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: cheap fabric online in Europe on: February 24, 2012 01:20:50 AM
HURRAY! thank you, all
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