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1  CLOTHING / Clothing Sewalongs / Re: 2007 Costume Sewalong (All Costumes) on: October 11, 2007 05:44:08 PM
But I'm not sure how to get the fun fur on the wire so that it looks right. I want it tight around the top of the ears, and then sort of folded over in the front... I think I'll try sewing around the wire like I would for making wings, and hope it works! The I get to add more fake hair for the mane.

that outfit is so cute! I've made a lot of stuffed animals before, and the ears can probably be done with 2 pieces of fur cut in the shape of the ear sewn right sides together. A little trick to get the ear as pointy as you can? Place an extra piece of thread between the two halves at the point ( one end sandwiched in between, the other end sticking out) stitch over the thread, the fold th thread back to the inside so that when you finish stitching you have a little tail of thread to pull the ear out nice and pointy. If I'm not explaining this right, maybe there is a tute out there on how to get the points on a shirt collar pointy. You would want to use double thread on the tail for fake fur so it doesnt break. If you want them really crisp, you may have to go with a lower pile fake fur or velvet. And don't forget to pick the pile out of the seam to make it flawless!
Now I want to be a pink pony, but the motley crue costumes are coming along...
If only I could get my boyfriend to agree to a picture in the leopard spandex pants I made him. I guess we will have to wait till he's drunk on Halloween!

PS> Cigarettesandvalentines, you need to start looking into some local costume contests and make some $$$ this halloween with that costume! awesome!
2  CLOTHING / Clothing Sewalongs / Re: 2007 Costume Sewalong (All Costumes) on: September 26, 2007 11:59:29 AM
I went as Cruella once...a total last minute costume, I just happened to have a big white fake fur coat! It wasn't red inside either, and noone will notice-I think you should wear those pumps as-is! It would be kind of a 80's punk cruella. For the hair, I bought cans of black and white hairspray at the halloween store and ratted my hair up and sprayed it. My hair is blonde though, so it might not work for darker hair. I just hate wearing wigs- I get drunk and lose them by the end of the night. Grin

anyway, I'm glad to have found this thread! A group of friends and I are going to Vegas for halloween, and we are dressing up as an 80's heavy metal band! My boyfriend already agreed to wearing spandex pants if I made him some, and I was just working on them today. I had some leopard spandex in my fabric box. I was going to make myself a bathing suit out of it, But I'd rather see him in leopard spandex pants. I was just wondering if anyone had any tips for making spandex pants for men??? I'm especially concerned about the crotch area. Shocked
this is the fabric!
and the inspiration!
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Boring Denim Jacket??? No Band Patches??? Walk This Way! on: May 14, 2007 01:33:57 AM
i thoought of aerosmith x3 here!
this reminds me of what "real" biker gangs wear- but girly style. can't wait to see the the pink kitty version!
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: vintage threads recon - silk hankies turned into cuffs / cufflets on: May 14, 2007 01:29:49 AM
I saw some similar cuffs selling for 10 bucks each at buffalo exchange....made out of old men's ties and button snaps. Yours are way cuter and girlier- and so of the moment!
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Inspired by Craftster: button down rock tee on: April 19, 2007 12:15:59 AM
very cute! I would either sew the button placket shut, or fuse a little strip of iron on interfacing on the t-shirt part before sewing. I don't think a zig zag stitch would solve the problem, since you are sewing a woven to a stretch. This makes me want to try it out and experiment!
6  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Coffee Tins, Glass Jars, Plastic Containers on: March 15, 2007 03:55:44 PM
Hey... I read most but not all of this thread (18 pages!)and am not sure if these are mentioned:

Coffee Cans: make good camping stoves. Use a can opener (the old school swiss army knife kind) to punch holes along the bottom of the can. heat charcoals in the bottom of the can when youre ready to use it...make sure your cooking pan is larger than the top of the can! (hey, being a girl scout for 10 years is good for something right?)
You can also use them as a gift box for an odd shaped present.

Pill bottles: Soak the labels off these and make your own funny ones. Fill with jellybeans and give to your friends (over the hill pills, PMS pills, crazy pills, Celebrity rehab pills, grow bigger boobs pills, "crack pills" for studying for midterms). Much cheaper than the spencer-gifts version! And totally fun!
7  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Tons of Junk = Need Tons of Ideas! =D on: March 15, 2007 03:40:54 PM
I know this is a little old, but I think glueing legos onto a picture frame would be super cute...especially for pictures of kids! As for the balloons, you can make stress balls...I see boiled lobster already left that idea! I made them with flour once. Hey...these two things together sound like a nice present for parents of young kids.. haha!
8  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Re: Request: Fifties dress on: March 15, 2007 02:37:03 PM
Hey, I was thinking about Simplicity 3833 as well.. I bought it at the president's day sale at Joann's for $1. It might be worth waiting for the next sale if there is a Jo-ann's near you...it's next to free, at least! From 3/22-3/24, the McCall's patterns are going to be 1.99 and the Vogue will be 3.99. I'm not sure if theres a good retro shift pattern by either maker, but it might be worth checking out.
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Mexican Cocina on: January 30, 2007 10:36:10 PM
I agree with Ms Chile Pepper that the area above the sink is screaming for some artwork...maybe a Frida Kahlo or Diego Rivera print in a gaudy thrift frame. Or, check out ebay for a vintage Corona beer tray...there's one hanging up in every other taco shop in San Diego.  I liked her idea for decoupaging the cabinets as well. If your'e on a budget, check out the 99 cent store for Virgen de Guadalupe or Jesus artwork. Since they tend to be smaller than the sink space needs (10x12 or so),I could see these decoupaged on the cabinets, with a little gold or red glitter puff paint around the edge to finish it off..and very much like the little religious tokens (forgot what they are called!) from Mexico.
Bright, festive linens would be nice too, maybe curtains, dish towels, a tablecloth. or even a cute apron hanging up somewhere. Even white lace, as grandma as it sounds, would work as curtains (ok, maybe mexican grandma, but in a cute way). Reprodepot.com sells some cute retro linens and fabrics.
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: My scrub top binge! (lots of pics) on: January 09, 2007 01:13:43 AM
Love it!! I managed to make one pair of scrubs before christmas (dice-print) and then things just got too busy. Unfortunately, I didn't get to make the scrub top out of the hideous elvis-christmas print fabric from wal-Mart...guess that will have to wait til next year! I'd post a pic of it if I had my camera. Anyone interested in a scrub-along for the new year? I want to make scrubs out of everything on reprodepot.com!!!
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