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1  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: gizmo! on: November 12, 2019 02:59:25 AM
hurray! the sun came out!

2  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / gizmo! on: November 09, 2019 12:37:22 PM
baby boy was gizmo this year! i was waldo/wally/charlie

its been raining nonstop so i dont have any outside photos booooo!
i took pictures at the party in the school gym

i used simplicity 2506 and did color blocking to make the fur pattern like gizmos. ears are made with a few layers of sturdy quilted felt.
3  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 125 ENTRIES / Re: baby elvis on: November 10, 2018 08:29:05 AM

i want to dress him in it every day!  Cheesy Wink
4  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 125 ENTRIES / Re: baby elvis on: November 05, 2018 01:23:10 PM
thanks, y'all!!

 i seriously had soooo much fun making this little ensemble! and now he has a super cool microphone toy  Grin

5  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 125 ENTRIES / Re: baby elvis on: November 04, 2018 06:44:47 AM
thank you!  Grin Grin Grin Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy
6  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 125 ENTRIES / baby elvis on: November 04, 2018 02:04:22 AM

Baby Boy's hair is totally doing its thing. I built his costume around the hair -- it seemed like the perfect costume for him. my inspiration was elvis's blue rainfall jumpsuit.

I took a small jumpsuit and drafted and added a collar:

the belt is just a piece of elastic which I enclosed in a tube of knit--i added snaps in the back so he could wear it comfortably and we could take it off quickly. I fused on some shiny fabric and then made the buckle using stiff interfacing and white knit. I experimented with felt first, but i was not keen on it so i went with the knit instead.
Then I added the bling:
I used shiny puffy paint.
then i made the bell bottoms

i added a cape and sewed it to the arms

because he is drooooooling like craaaaaaazy, i made a long neckerchief and tucked it into the suit so it would look like the scarf elvis would sometimes wear.

and of course, there's his microphone Cheesy
I knit it with cotton so it was washable and could be chewed on. He did not disappoint. I used a pacifier clip to attach it to his outfit.
7  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 125 ENTRIES / Re: Little haunted house on: November 03, 2018 01:43:06 AM
8  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / 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!
9  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / 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
10  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   
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