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1  Vault Dwellers (from the game Fallout 3) in Halloween Costumes by kellyhelene on: November 02, 2009 03:45:58 PM
I used mechanics coveralls to make costumes for my boyfriend, roommate and myself this year.  It's less "handmade" than I usually go for, but since I was also worrying about midterms at the same time that just wasn't in the cards. 
I suppose these could be from any fallout game, but we went with 101 from Fallout 3 since we figured it would be the most well known, and went with the style closer to the third game as well, with the baggy lighter colored suits, instead of the fitted darker blue from Fallout 1 and 2.

the whole group... the guys were easy.  Just added the yellow trim and 101 on the backs.  For the numbers I ironed the yellow fabric (heavy bottomweight cotton) to heat-n-bond, and then cut them out.  Ironed the numbers to the suits and zig zaged around them.  Hopefully the heat-n-bond will minimize fraying so we can reuse these again if we ever go to a con or whatever.

mine... not so simple.  I wanted a skirt, not pants, since I'm a skirt girl if I'm anything.  And I wanted something semi-inspired by the "pre-war" fifties look clothes in the game.  But, I couldn't get fabric to add to match the coveralls, so I had to work with what was there. 
I cut the suit in half at the waist, removed the waistband and a couple inches (since I'm short), ripped all the seams out of the pants portion, and cut them in half lengthwise.  For the top I removed and reset the arms to make the shoulders narrower, and added front and back darts. 

I then made a eight gored skirt from the resulting fabric, managing to mantain the original pockets and front snaps.  It's maybe a half-circle skirt or thereabouts.

I made the cincher at the last second since I don't really own many belts, and needed something to cover the waist of the dress (since most of the fabric there was once the pants cuffs and not in the best shape- the coveralls were second hand).  It's just a basic closed-front cincher with 10 flat and 14 spiral steels, back open only laced through sz0 antique brass grommets. Fortunately I had the brown fake-leather PVC onhand. 

The pip boys were made of paper mache.  I molded our arms with tape for the cuff, and the face was done over cardboard.  Spray painted black, and accented with various chunks of old technology I ripped apart.  (an old mouse, video card, car stereo faceplate, and cd player for one).  I added a "property of vault-tec" label to the back to hide the seam on them.  Originally I wanted to do the screen on a transparency with green glow-sticks behind it, but that didn't pan out since no one had any in stock!  So they're just laminated paper.  I went with a map shot, and changed "The Capital Wasteland" to "The Buffalo Wasteland" and relabeled a few landmarks with local names.

Bonus shot of me playing Fallout 3 as I wait on hold for the cab company before we go out...

Another of me showing the game itself... which is the only one any of us thought to get of the backs.

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2  Re: Star Trek Round 4 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by kellyhelene on: September 16, 2009 07:56:48 PM
Since Amylouwho hasn't had a chance to take pics yet I wanted to share a couple pics of the "big" item I did since I'm so crazy proud of how it turned out. Smiley

It's loosely based on this tute

(oh, and the patch is for Star Fleet Academy.  I got it on ebay, I can dig out the seller name if anyone's interested.)
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3  Re: Star Trek Round 4 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by kellyhelene on: September 08, 2009 01:23:54 PM
Late posting my stuff from amylouwho93, I ended up spending my long weekend enjoying a 101 degree fever!  woo!  (so, although I feel ok enough to deal with class today, I get a day off since they're so worried about h1n1.  must be fever-free for 24 hours before returning to class)

First up... a couple of paintings on my two favorite characters in all of Star Trek!

They now live above my mantel...  they fit in well with the various action figures and bobble heads my roommate and I have collected over the years.

Then, an adorable felt wallet/case.  It's actually the EXACT size of my iphone with the protective cover on it, which is pretty sweet.  The back says it's hand stitched, which is amazing since the stitches are so tiny and flawless.  I'm always jealous of anyone who can hand stitch, since I can't worth a damn.

Then, a star trek pin, once again featuring my favorite men of trek...

Thanks, Amy!  I love everything, and can't wait until you get your stuff!
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4  Re: Plus size corset Needed in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by kellyhelene on: July 16, 2009 11:53:20 AM
Corset patterns are fairly easy to grade up in size- particularly underbust.  You could even get the largest Simplicity pattern (which, BTW, makes a corset that would be way too big on the size indicated on the package since it uses normal garment ease- I'm about the same size as you and it would fit me), slit a couple of the pieces down dead center and add in a bit of tissue to enlargen them. If it's more than an inch or two too small spread the additions out over a couple pieces, and after your mockup you can see if any need to be larger or smaller depending on where they fall on your body (so the side seam is on your side, etc).

Like my particularly, um, skillful and impressive photoshop sketch demonstrates...

adding to the sides won't necessarily work- it can throw off the angles and the pieces won't fit together properly. 

There is also a very active livejournal corsetmakers group, as well as the big thread right here on Craftster.
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5  Re: Underbust corset for my best friend (with updated pics on the owner!) in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by kellyhelene on: April 18, 2009 10:04:21 AM
I finally uploaded some proper photos of this corset on the new owner.

I'm so happy with how it turned out... and from the looks of it so is she Cheesy

We went to a goth night that evening... at about three am she ran over and screamed "my chest got me a free drink... THIS CORSET GOT ME A FREE DRINK!!"  So I guess I did my job. Wink
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6  Underbust corset for my best friend (with updated pics) in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by kellyhelene on: April 10, 2009 07:55:45 AM
I replied to add some photos of the happy owner taking her corset out for a test run, scroll down. Smiley

My best friend has a thyroid condition, so over the last few years her weight has been VERY up and down.  Like 0 to 18 to 6.  She would sit with me when I was sewing and say how much she wanted to order a corset from me, but couldn't dare since the odds were her size would change again between when I got her measurements and when it was done.

Well, she's finally stabilized (woo!) and I got to make her first corset!

Pardon the not-faboo iphone pics and the travesty that is my library/dining/sewing room in the background.  She tried it on last night and I forgot to get pics, but I will have better ones tonight when it gets a chance to go out on the town. Smiley  I was just excited to have this done and wanted to share right away!

Unfortunately my dress form apparently dates to a time before humans had hips, so it doesn't sit quite right. But, you get the general idea.

This is triple layer, with the brocade outside, coutil inside, and a twill lining.  Bones between the coutil in twill using the "sandwich" method.  Spiral steels throughout, with flats at either side of the busk and grommets.

My tags!!  I JUST got these from another etsy seller- JennifersJewels.  I'm very happy with them.  They're printed, not woven, but seem very durable, quite soft, and are extremely clear.  Plus, she does small runs so I was able to order just 30 instead of the hundreds most places require.
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7  PVC will be the death of me (and a new corset) in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by kellyhelene on: August 07, 2008 08:35:11 PM
You may never hear another goth say this... but I HATE PVC.  With a passion.  I mean, I wear it on occasion, but I think I'd rather sew through my own hand (again) than sew more PVC.
Or so I say at the end of every project.

Get a teflon foot, they say.  Yeah, that's money I'll never have back.  And every time I used it I thought "wow, I should have spent the cash on the booze this is driving me to."  Baby powder, they say.  Fine and good, until it gets EVERYWHERE.  You know what happens when a cat gets into baby powder?  Ever seen frothy cat puke? Oh, not fun.  Less so for the cat, I'd imagine.  Drop the feed dogs!  Well, shoot, at least I found out the lever to raise them back up was broken... better to know, I guess...  $80 in repairs I could have gone decades without later.

So, the system I've found that "works" (as in, doesn't produce a stream of profanities that makes dockworkers blush), is thus:
1. use whatever foot you damn well please.  Which is good, as I don't even think teflon zipper feet exist.  Put tape on the bottom.  The matte-surface scotch tape kind.  Smoother than my stupid waste of cash teflon foot.
2. Tiny tiny amounts of baby powder.  I keep that shit under lock and key now, I don't need more cat puke in my life.  I usually dip one finger in it, and just rub along the line where I'll be stitching.
3. gigundo stitch lengths, as big as you can get away with.
4. Go slow! so slow! Everyone makes mistakes, and with pvc there's no going back.  Misplaced seam?  time to cut a new part since those holes are forever! 
Oh, and I don't pin.  I hope and pray.  Since pin holes?  Those are forever, too.  Sometimes I'll tape but that's often the cause of more issues than it solves.

And, in this case... I used premade bone casings (from corsetrmaking.com), and actually glued the pvc to them with a fabric glue stick so there was no additional frustration of stretchy fabric to contend with on top of the other PVC nightmares.

But, at least the owner was happy with the end result.  As per usual, my decent photos are done by the awesome Luke Copping.  I'm not thrilled with one fabric wrinkle I can see, but for some reason it doesn't show up in person... I saw her wearing it a few times since.  I'm wondering if it's something under the corset, or the way she's standing.  I hope so, at least.

Oh, and an aesthetic opinion poll... I find myself getting more requests for these corsets with contrast channels than anything else.  I'm always torn about the busk.  Should I do the contrast on it, so there's a stripe down the center, or no?  I've been doing no contrast in the center for slimmer girls, and with contrast for bigger ones (like me) since you have more fabric real estate between the center and the next seam when it's a 33" instead of a 19" waist.  Opinions, though?  Does it look bare without it?  Would it be overkill with it?

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8  my latest corset in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by kellyhelene on: July 31, 2008 06:17:18 AM
I'm in the midst of working on a big steampunk project for a professional photo shoot, so I haven't had time to do much for me as of late.  But, I overpurchased on some of the fabric I needed, had a party to go to with nothing special to wear, and decided to whip this out.
Unfortunately I didn't get any static shots before wearing it, so there's only action shots.  In a basement.  (my ex boyfriend's basement, no less!)

damn I'm classy

the beer got me!

not a great pic, but the bone channel detail shows up decently here

I love the look of flat-front corsets, but damned if they're not a nightmare to get in and out of!  I almost broke my arm... and was using two sets of laces!  I may add front grommets before wearing again.

Construction notes!
Self-drafted based on American 1890s designs.
fashion layer is upholstery-grade taffeta
lining is black domestic coutil
each seam is double boned.  On the side I pressed the allowance to I made casings from that.  On the opposite side I have invisible channels, sewn just to the lining.  I used premade channels for those.
sixteen pieces 1/4" spirals, eight 1/2" flats (the spirals on the seams, the flats at center front and on either side of the grommets).
the grommets, which you cannot see, are size 0 antique brass.  laced with double sided black satin in 3/5"

This was my first attempt at cutting my own flats, which I don't think will be repeated until I get some 1/2" bone caps.  I don't have the arm strength to sand them properly.  I love cutting my own spirals, though.  It takes about five seconds since I got a homepro press with the bone cap attachment and brought my bone costs per corset down to somewhere in the neighborhood of $3.
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9  Corset I made- I got real pictures taken! in Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects by kellyhelene on: February 09, 2008 01:36:04 PM
So most of the pictures I've ever posted here have been of the "corset on a pillow" or "me in the living room looking like a wreck" variety.

But, I spent an afternoon with a friend who is a professional photographer, who took some for me.  I think I posted this green one before as an add-on to another post, but these are so much better I figured I'd share it again in a way you could actually, you know, see it.

I'm a bit annoyed with how the top of it looks in the last pic... he had me put my arms up over my head to hold my hair out of the way, and with my ribs stretched out like that it looks too big.  But, it also is a bit big since I made it some months ago before I started working out.

Fairly standard construction- heavy lining, fashion fabric individually backed with heavy fabric, self-made bone channels (I sewed in the seams, and on either side, instead of using a premade casing or making strips for it.)  The thread isn't quite as close a match as I would have liked, but I bought it on a dreary day, and the shop didn't have one of those "natural light" things handy.  You can't really tell unless you've got, well, a ginormous lightbulb with a big satellite-dish looking reflector behind it pointed at you.

And a couple bonus pics... when I posted this before xmas I mentioned I would be getting a shot with me and "zombie santa," so here it is.

Here's the corset in my icon in action, too... not a plus-sized one by far, but I'm happy with it.

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10  Holly Jolly cincher (updated to include action shot!) in Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects by kellyhelene on: December 24, 2007 01:01:37 PM
I made this for our monthly goth night, Friday's was a Christmas theme (well, zombie christmas...)

Waist cincher, mostly 1/4" spiral steels (two 1/2" flat steels at the center front, since it has no busk, and one on either side of the back opening.)  Eleven sections total (well, thirty-three since it's three layers!), two bones at each seam.  Gives about a 7" waist reduction.

This was a last-second sort of thing, so I never got around to ordering a busk in time.  So it's an over-the-head model.  I wanted something fun and obnoxious.  Wore it with a santa hat with black fur for the ultimate in gothy holiday kitch.

wonky leaning backwards pillow-modeled pic

Here it is with me and my buddy, zombie santa!
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