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1  New York / New York: West / Re: Buffalo? Niagara Falls? on: November 03, 2009 10:20:54 AM
Elmwood Village Fabrics, between Bidwell and Potomac on Elmwood Ave.  I love that place so much. 
2  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Vault Dwellers (from the game Fallout 3) 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.

3  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Re: underbust corset fun on: October 30, 2009 08:51:04 AM
I've found twill in the chain fabric stores for under $8, it's very commonly on sale for 40% off, too.  If you have a Joann near you check around the denim in the apparel section.
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: little big planet, portal and katamari tshirts on: October 05, 2009 12:47:04 PM
I love the weighted companion cube!  I really want to make a quilt that's just one enormous cube on a solid background. 
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Making Your Own Corset? on: September 29, 2009 02:19:43 PM
Ooo...thanks for the tip!  I've only made a couple of corsets, so I'm not totally familiar with who has the best deals yet Smiley  Any suggestions on where to get coutil?  I found it on alteryears.com for $12/yd, which seems like a pretty good deal, based on what I've seen elsewhere.
this post from Livejournal should be handy.  It's pretty recent.  (although I would also search there since not all coutil is the same, and I don't know the quality of all of them offhand.  I personally prefer 100% cotton, but I know some sell a blend with poly in it.  I know one person ordered some coutil and said it was STRETCHY!  I can't even fathom it... and I wish I remember where so I could avoid them forever!)
6  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Re: Pattern Help on: September 28, 2009 08:45:31 AM
You'll need to learn to do a full bust alteration.  If you just add to the side seams it will end up making the back and sides too big, and the arm opening will be way off, and if you buy to fit your bust size you'll have the same problem.  Most standard sized commercial patterns are drafted for a B cup (and plus size for C or D) so if you're larger in the bust than that, and buy to fit your boobs, you'll have a pattern for a B cup body with a very wide ribcage and broad shoulders, instead of a pattern for a buxom woman. 

It's really way more difficult sounding than it is to do, I swear.  If you're nervous start by tracing out the whole pattern so you don't cut up the original, and do the mock up on crappy fabric from the clearance shelf.  These are some of the better tutes I've seen out there:


Or... look into these patterns- Simplicity has a few that offer A, B, C, and D cup sized patterns in a single envelope.  They don't have them in a category together, but this is what my search pulled up:
7  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / Re: Need to make a really POOFY costume... on: September 28, 2009 08:27:13 AM
I think white netting might be the lightest weight option.  Not the softer tulle, but the scratchier stuff.  (if you put it between the lining and the dress it shouldn't bug you.  Maybe zipper the lining shut somewhere so you can go in and "refluff" as needed?) 
That can really hold a shape, and it won't get in the way of being able to sit down. 
8  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Rant on Amy Butler on: September 28, 2009 08:18:48 AM
Her patterns are kind of messed up sometimes.  The last time I made one (the cabo halter) I had to redraft part of it completely- it had the straps being completely 100% straight.  Which is phenomenal if you were sewing them to the back, but not so much for a halter unless you want odd gappy folds over your chest where you can see the lining fabric.  (and they were short, too.  I'm 5'2", and short in the torso, and I had to lengthen them since the given length wasn't enough to actually double knot or tie a bow behind my neck.)

I've heard similar complaints about some of her clothing, too.  Maybe the "stuff" patterns (Bags, pillows, etc) are better than the clothes?
9  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Is pleather any more difficult to sew... on: September 28, 2009 08:18:19 AM
I have a teflon foot and IME it doesn't do jack squat for most vinyl.  May depend on the foot, though.  Mine might just suck. Wink  I've found putting some scotch tape (the matte finish kind) over the foot works a whole lot more.  So I have tape over my teflon foot and keep it that way, since it's pretty single purpose anyways and that's easier than retaping (with all the associated trimming so tape doesn't block the needle).
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Making Your Own Corset? on: September 26, 2009 09:19:12 AM
Boning isn't always too expensive - you can get it from Farthingale's for like $1.50 or $2.00 per yard.  Not sure much is a lot cheaper than that. 
Greenberg and Hammer have it by the pound, it works out to be like 98 cents a yard or so from them. Cheesy

And I agree, without the bones it's not a corset, it's just a lace up tube top.
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