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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / How To: Binding on Spandex??!??! on: December 03, 2007 12:06:05 PM
I make dancewear (all spandex) and was wondering if anyone could tell me how to make my edges look like this:

(bikini is on a mannequin -- it's not too racy)

Do you just cut your own binding and follow something like this: http://www.sewing.org/enthusiast/html/el_biasbinding.html

I bought a bias binder foot, but seemed to have trouble with the fabric slipping out of the metal thing (it's been a good few months since I've tried it)...Then I would just use a stretch stitch?
(Oooo! Speaking of, I just found this great video of it...)

Anyone have any other ideas? I want to sell the clothes so I want it to look as professional as possible, and I figure if I see this technique used all over it can't be THAT hard, right? lol

Thanks for any input! -A
2  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Adult Costume: Mystique from X-Men Movie (Added pix of thigh/arm pieces) on: November 01, 2007 08:17:56 AM
OK! So after lots of hard, tedious work, I pulled it off!

I'll add more pictures later, but that's all I have access to right now.

I made the scales using 2mm thick foam sheets from the craft store, then I used a funky heart shaped punch and punched out a bunch of hearts, then cut them in half to make teardrop shapes.

I hot-glued the shapes onto the relative bases --- stick on bra from Walmart, tights (for the thighs), pieces of fabric for the arms, and the front of the shorts for the pelvic...area...scales.

I then painted/saturated the pieces with the liquid latex, so when they were dry they actually felt like the masks you would get at the store (but thicker).

Then last night from 6:00 - 9:30pm I painted one layer, blow dry, second layer, blow dry, and spray a rubber sealer over it.

The face paint is Ben Nye, and I just used some of the colored hairspray from the party store.

In total, I probably spent around 15 or so hours for the entire thing...

EDIT: Here are pictures of the thigh and arm pieces---


Back of thigh piece (you can see the black/white striped tights I wore when I was making it)


Thanks for looking! -A
3  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Adult Costume: Dick Tracy on: October 31, 2007 06:37:15 AM
I had started this for one of the Clothing Contests here (Inspired by a movie), but didn't finish it in time....so I picked it back up and finished it for Halloween Smiley

I present, GoGo Dick Tracy:

I made the jacket from SUPER altering this pattern:  
(And even then, a bunch of safety pins were used to keep the collar in place LOL)

The hat was originally white, and I "Simply Spray"ed it yellow, then added the black band. The arm bands were also white (little girl's tights), the sprayed yellow.

I couldn't find any fake guns, so I bought a water gun, then painted the base (orignally pinkish) black.

(My thigh thing was all twisted, but here's the outfit in action Cheesy)

Thanks for looking! -A
4  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Preserving peacock feathers on clothing... on: April 05, 2007 10:44:37 AM
Ok so I want to make a dance outfit and use peacock feathers (the "eyes" layered flat so it's like a "feather fabric"-- not just one or two as decoration). I've done a search to see if anyone sells FAKE peacock feathers (made from plastic or w/e like fake hair) but haven't found anything. I want these to last longer than one or two nights though...I was wondering if anyone knows of any process or anything I could put on the feathers to make them waterproof/more durable?Huh I understand they will most likely lose some of their luster by being coated with something, but it's an even enough trade to make it more wearable.

I appreciate any ideas, thanks!
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / That girl is Pooooisoon! (Gogo outfit) on: March 02, 2007 08:13:16 AM
So a few weeks ago the club I work at had Superhero night...I had already made a Wonder Woman outfit for something else, so I certainly couldn't be WW AGAIN. Any other recognizable female superheros were sidekicks (not for me!), or Catwoman (too simple). So I was forced to be a Villain  Grin I had narrowed it down to Mystique (the blue chick from Xmen), or Poison Ivy (Batman)---- after concluding that even if I was able to make an acceptable full body blue outfit, I'd then have to figure out how to paint my face and keep it last through three sets without sweating it off------ Poison Ivy it was!

I bought a $5 clearance bra at Walmart and a bunch of fake plants and a pretty bunch of orange/pink flowers (ok so the actual ivy plant doesn't have flowers, my bad!) to accent. I sewed the leaves on in horizontal lines from top of the cup down, and then glued some longer leaves to cover the very bottom. I didn't have enough time to do the back or straps, but at least I was able to find a GREEN bra so it wasn't too bad.

The shorts I made out of metallic gold spandex, and the tights....oh boy.....I bought white thigh highs, and got some "Simply Spray" fabric dye in Spring Green (They have GREAT colors if you ever need to dye something vibrant)---- Well, unfortunately the events in my day didn't give me a whole lot of time to get everything done, so I ended up throwing them in the dryer to speed up the process...and for whatever reason didn't think to TIE the pillowcase closed, so I then spent a half hour scrubbing the green out of the inside of my boyfriend's parents' dryer--- UGH!

So anyway, the tights came out a little patchy because I was rushed...but I was happy with how the outfit came out and I got a bunch of compliments. The DJ even played a little Bell Biv DeVoe for me LOL!

(Me being "evil"...or something  Cheesy )

Thanks for looking!
6  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / 3 Year Anniversary on: February 21, 2007 06:30:33 AM
So for my 3 year anniversary with my boyfriend, I want to make him a quilt with the different "blocks" being cross-stitched images of different memories, dates from our past, that kind of thing.

So far I have about 7 or 8 blocks planned (things like when we first met, any vacations we've been on together, when he first met my family, and concerts and shows we've been to). I think I'm going to make them 7"x7" each (not FULLY cross-stitched, just with little image things).

----So I suppose my questions are if you can think of any other blocks I could throw in there, about how many blocks would make sense for a quilt (I've never made a quilt before) and also if I'm totally crazy trying to do this in 3 months.

Thanks for any advice! -A
7  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Wonder Woman! on: January 31, 2007 09:58:56 PM
I guess "inspired" because it's not completely authentic, but I DID include the lasso of truth  Cheesy

And a link to a specific movie: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0073449/

I made the headband, top, arm bands, and shorts with spandex. The "lasso" and gold boots were store bought  Smiley

I hope Lynda Carter would be proud  Grin

Thanks for looking <3
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Backless fishnet turtleneck on: January 23, 2007 07:09:24 AM
Woohoo! I was finally not working on a weekend night, so what do I do? Go to the club I work at LOL. I've had this idea for about two weeks, and it took me about 5 hours to make it. The hardest part (as always) was drafting the pattern, and especially the sleeves (with the stretch), I don't usually deal with sleeves.

THEN the hardest part was getting INTO the top LOL...the front is nearly stretched to the max when it's on, and the string wasn't budging...no good! The boyfriend had to come rescue me at one point. I spray dyed a stick on bra red (and attached a clear strap for backup support) and voila!


Back (ignore the fact that my criss-crosses are uneven!)

I had to keep adjusting the strings to have more give at my upper back, and had to re-tuck it in the back through the night, but it wasn't too bad Smiley

Oh and materials used were fishnet from Spandexworld.com, fold-over-elastic to finish my edges, and I stole some lacing from a store bought corset I have. The neck part is just black spandex.

Thanks for looking <3 A
9  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Some of my creations and what I do (GoGo outfits!) on: January 23, 2007 06:03:35 AM
Hey crafty kids! I've been admiring everyone's work for a few weeks and finally decided to post some of the outfits I've made. Unfortunately most of them I drafted my own patterns (or traced from items I already had [like the shorts]), so I can't really give any tutorials...and plus I dont know if I'd know how to make most of these without a serger/coverstitch machine and still trust their construction.

I'm developing a line to present to a few stores to sell my stuff in (I'd also like to sell online), so please be curtious if you plan on trying to re-create.

Also, sorry I don't have any good pictures to show construction - I don't have internet access on my home computer, so I rely on my boyfriend to take and upload the pictures....where they stay on his computer until I nag him enough to email them to me so I can post them where I want from my work PC (Shhhh don't tell my boss! lol)

Made with Cabaret Net for the top, and fake fur for the bootcovers

Black spandex for the tops, green zebra print spandex for the shorts

Somewhat better closeup of the tops

Made the top(s) with the matte side of regular spandex (so no shiney 80s look), and used hotfix rhinestuds applied using mylar tape...some fell off during the night and will need to be re-applied...I don't think I kept the iron on it long enough, but I was afraid it would burn my spandex Undecided If anyone has any tips, they'd be appreciated Smiley I have the handtool, but wanted to avoid putting EVERY stud on by hand.

This was a showgirl thing for a private party...a friend of mine asked me to make the outfit (I made exactly what she asked for...though it was my first time using rhinestones--- I went bigger thinking it would give more of a glitsy effect, but I wish I had gone smaller so it didn't look as tacky Undecided) I didnt know what the headdress looked like, or I would've suggested better colors...I couldn't just take a bra and throw on the rhinestones because she wasn't sure who was going to be wearing it (would be either an A cup, or a C cup girl...sheesh!)---- she ended up throwing out her back the night before the event so I filled in.

This was a "Snow Bunny" theme...you can't see them, but I made white fur boot covers (like the blue, but white). The tops were harder to make than my usual stuff because I had to mess with darts, I did my best to copy from a bikini top I had and it worked out, I didn't even have to wear a bra/top underneath!

And last but not least Smiley There was an "Alice In Wonderland" themed party, so what better to dress up as than Tweedle Dee and Dum!!

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