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1  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / A corset fit for a drag queen! on: September 27, 2012 10:30:36 PM
Hey guys!

So, I am designing a costume for a charity drag show coming up in November.  The theme is Moulin Rouge and I am designing a drag costume consisting of a corset, bolero, and bustle skirt for a drag queen.  I went to the library and picked up Corsets and Crinolines by Norah Waugh and a book on historical costume design.  I'm designing a 19th century corset with extended hips (to accentuate the figure), but I have never really designed for drag before.  Does anyone have any tips on how to...mold the body?  I'm beginning to get a little worried, because my lovely drag queen's waist doesn't cinch all that much.  I need to push up the bosoms and flare out the hips...Help?
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / TROUSERS, PANTS, call them what you like... on: February 11, 2010 09:20:33 PM
Hey guys,

I really want to figure out the secret to trouser-making, finally.  Until now I have basically used pants that fit me and extracted patterns from them to make with other fabric.  Though that works, I want to be able to draft my own patterns from scratch.  I am looking specifically for resources on drafting the angle and shape of the inseam and variable positions of the waistband.  Can anyone suggest some resources for this?  Books, websites, articles, or really good patterns (low-waisted, plzkthnks!)?

Thanks guys!
3  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / Images won't show up, is this happening to ANYONE else? on: February 09, 2010 08:56:25 PM
Hey guys,
As of a few weeks ago, whenever I go on Craftster I can't see any of the images on the webpage save for those on the banners off to the right side.  When I view the source code of the page and single out the image URL's, the images show up independently, but NOTHING shows up in the actual page.  It's just white space, it looks like the screen hasn't fully loaded or something even though it has.  I tried doing the "Contact" thing, but, lo and behold, the image that has the verification code doesn't show up so it won't go through.  This does not happen in any other website I view.  Is anyone else having this problem?  Or can an admin please tell me what's going on?  I tried sending a private message to one of the admin but haven't yet gotten a response, so this is my only way to contact anyone about this.  Thanks guys.
4  UNITED STATES / Colorado / Hey Denver Craftsters! I need a Room-mate...Anyone Interested? on: July 08, 2009 01:45:33 PM
So, I asked all my friends and posted on Craig's List that I was looking for a room-mate to move in in August and be willing to pay August rent.  My current roomie is moving out short-notice.  Alas, all of my available friends are unable and Craig's List scares me because I don't know if I would get along with any of them.  However, I feel that if I were to look here, I might find someone who at least has similar interests.  So, I live on 13th and Downing in a 2-bedroom apartment.  The rent is $382.50 per month per person (if there are two) and that covers all utilities except internet.  I'm a student, and ideally looking for another student but I'm pretty flexible.  We have a working fireplace, balcony overlooking a pool, a downstairs community rec room and sauna.  Any takers?  Know anyone who would want to move in?  I would like to meet up with any potential candidates first.

I have a nice sewing table with a sewing machine and differential-feed Babylock Serger, if that makes any difference Wink
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / My take on the Hip Mamma Diaper Bag!!! on: July 07, 2009 12:36:48 PM
So after a long absence due to camera malfunctions, I can finally start posting my creations again!  And just in time for my friend to pop one out, I made a diaper bag for her!  I used the Hip Mama Diaper Bag tutorial (http://amingledyarn.wordpress.com/gallery/tutorial-hip-mama-diaper-bag/), and got to work with bright green canvas and zebra stripe flannel.  Unfortunately, the camera still suck so the pics aren't great, but you get the general idea.

Here is a full view, from the front.  I appliqued a cutout from some toile de joie on the flap and used the zebra for lining and pockets:

Detail of the Applique, as well as the only in-focus picture I have!

And the flap lifted, with some of the inside revealed:

I'm rather proud of it, and I feel bad that I can't take better pictures.  But hey, what can one expect from a camera my dad took to Burning Man?

Whaddya think?
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Nekromantix top on: September 09, 2007 08:23:37 PM
I made this from a big old shirt I got at a Nekromantix show.  I bought it as a small, but apparently "small" means it can fit a small aircraft carrier.  SO I put in side panels (green knit with black lace) and added eyelet tape straps, and continued the eyelet tape down the back and corset laced it.  If you can't tell (soryy, cell phone pix, I have no digicam in my dorm) the eyelet tape crosses in the back.


Back and Sides:
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / My Bone Necklace on: June 07, 2007 01:35:18 PM
This is a very old project, I made it before I was on this board, but it's one of my favourite peices of jewelry I own.  It's my bone necklace:

On me, really bad pciture:

I used 4 peices of black hemp, and I latch it with a small chain loop.  The purple on the sides are just normal glass beads, and the little grey/black beads are these Barbed wire type beads I make myself. 

The bone is completely sanitary, don't worry.  I found the whole skeleton (I collect bones for various projects) and at the time I thought it was a muskrat skeleton.  However, upon further examination of the skull and teeth I figured out it was either a young raccoon or young cat (the skull was thin and it had feline-type teeth).  If anyone doesn't know, then I should mention that a petirfied cat, in Voodoo practice, is a charm to ward off the evil eye.  Seeing as I lacked a petrified cat, I figured a cat bone would do the trick, thus, I made this.

Sorry to anyone who's against wearing animal, but I am not.  I also don't eat meat (it's healthier!) but do remember that I did not kill the cat or racoon, I just found its bones.  So, I hope that settles any surface controversy...  Undecided

Aside from that, what do you think?
8  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Jetson's VHS sleeve mini-journal on: June 07, 2007 01:24:24 PM
A mini-journal made from the sleeve of a Jetson's VHS tape.  I sewed the pages in with thread, and the cover is water-sealed with packing tape.


Inside, pages:

Binding and back:

Criticism appreciated!!!

9  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Misfits Fiend skull ashtray on: June 07, 2007 01:21:17 PM
I have a frined who is perhaps the biggest misfits fan I have ever met.  On top of that, he's probably the biggest fan of cigarettes that I know.  SO logically, I combined the two, and made him an ashtray in the shape of the Misfits skull:

It measures about 6 or 7 inches tall, and 5 or so wide:

The one thing I forgot to put in was little notches in the side to rest the cigarette in, but oh well:

Detail of the inside, the black parts of the face are raised, if you can tell:

Little note on the back, as well as felt pads:

It's made completely of clay, the I painted it with acrylic paints and sealed it with a waterproof/fireproof spray-on enamel (about 40 layers).  Yeah yeah yeah copyright infringement, but hey, I'm not selling it for personal profit so it's cool.

Whaddya think?
10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / MY first wallet: Kali/Shiva and Mahabharta passages on: June 07, 2007 01:14:15 PM
So I had this big ol' book called "Man's Religions" and I came across the most wonderful pictures in the Hinduism section.  So, I produced this wallet (Caveat-it's kinda poorly made but it totally works):

The Front, folded:

The Front, unfolded, left side:

Inside, opened all the way:

Card Pockets:

Fuzzy detail, inside image (this isn't Kali):

The biggest problem I had was keeping the inside from folding and crinkling (which I failed at....) But it's completely waterproof (Yes, I'm a gutterpuck and used packing tape) and it has a large capacity.  The writing is text from the Mahabharta.  It's all just taped up pages from my religions book.  And yes, it opens at the top for bills.
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