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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Feathers! Beads! Pasties! on: June 15, 2009 05:07:23 PM
What the heck is that thing?

is it a necklace?

or a headband?

who cares! it's fun!

next up, a Las Vegas Fascinator:

but wait! now it's pasties!!

These were made for the Burlesque swap for 2 different buddies!   The first is a fun beaded/6 string braided.... thing. apparently my partner can wear it as a belt as well!  Smiley  it goes from headband to necklace simply by switching hooks on the back side.

The Las Vegas fascinator/pasties have a secret hidden snap! The larger beads are glass dice, and there are teeeeeny tiny playing cards on the left side hiding in the feathers.

Hooray for things that can also be other things!!
2  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / What the hell's an Easter Bonnet?! on: April 27, 2009 03:45:22 AM
Hi all,

There's a fantastic charity fundraiser out here in Vegas to support the St. Therese Center - a local HIV/AIDS outreach center. With the growing number of Broadway (and many others!) types of shows, a couple of folks put together the Las Vegas version of the Broadway Easter Bonnet Competition. The idea is that each show presents a skit in a way that will highlight their "bonnet" (the term is relative, as you will see in a moment.)

I had submitted on behalf of Spamalot last year, and played it SO safe and made a teeny hat compared to the others. We didn't even place. SO! this year, I decided to go for BIIIIIIGGGGGER.

I have the marvelous fortune of working with some AMAZINGLY talented folks at my (job at a very large circus company out here) who were more than willing to jump on the bandwagon with me. We used the song "Love Story" by Shirley Bassey, remixed by the Away Team, and called our bonnet the Art of Love. All costumes , fascinators, accessories etc. were created by yours truly (and borrowed heavily from the Alice line, I admit. Handy to have a stock, eh?) and the makeup and hair design, in addition to the choreography, were done by my partners in crime. We're calling ourselves the Eggplant Bungalow.


wicked impressive, right? NOPE.

Here's the rest of it.

Hiding in the top of the piece were these GIGANTIC fans that I'd recovered with appliqued banners spelling out Art of Love, and the audience just kept gasping!

I had hidden a looong mailing tube across the length of the back (also covered in the black fabric so you couldn't see it) and had put together these HUGE banners of 7 yard long stripey bits. It was supercheap, super lightweight polyester that became very very tiny when stuffed into the tuuuube.

Fully extended!

My apologies for the blurry pictures. I don't own the rights to the pretty shots!

the costumes and makeup


oh yeah, we WON!!!! Smiley
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / thermoplastic polymers for millinery???? on: April 14, 2009 02:39:46 AM
Hi all,

I've recently been introduced to the wonderful world of thermoplastic materials such as Podiaflex and Turbocast, but can't seem to find them for sale anywhere! Does anyone have any ideas?

(FYI: these are materials that can be compared to buckram on a very basic level i.e.: get it wet, shape it however you want, it rehardens and you can alter it from there.)

it's a long shot, but who knows?
4  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Wool Alternatives? Not Vegan - Just Allergic on: March 20, 2009 04:03:10 AM
Hi All -

Really not sure if this is the correct place for this post, BUT.

I am terrrrrribly allergic to any kind of animal - related fiber. wool, mohair, angora, etc. I love LOVE LOVE the texture achieved by working with these fibers, and having taken more than a few classes in textiles but not having reached a solid answer to my questions about the topic:

have you found suitable synthetic alternatives to animal fibers? I know about rayon and tencel and the like, but is there anything out there with similar qualities to wool?

(mods, please feel free to delete or re-direct if this is in the wrong forum - I'm a bit out of my element here.)

thanks in advance!!
5  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re-imagining Alice in Wonderland ~ FINALLY got the professional shots!! 01-07-09 on: July 16, 2008 02:31:26 AM
Well, after 6 MONTHS, I have finally received the professional shots from one of the photographers (yes, I am still waiting on the others. *nghhhhhhhhh*)

I have to say, it was definitely worth the wait. and A GREAT LESSON TOO. i.e. don't ever wait that long again. tell the photographer to bring a white background when you have black costumes, etc.
Jerry (photog) did an INCREDIBLE job.

Without further adieu:


White Rabbit, Flava Flav style

Queen of Hearts


White King and Queen


There are more under my member gallery, but I didn't want to clog this more than necessary. I'll post the tableaus when I get them! Thank you alll so much again for your kind, beautiful words. It really means a lot!

And THANK YOU TIMES INFINITY for posting this under the "Best of 2008" section! I am SO humbled Smiley

EDIT*** New (professional candids) are up! Here are a few that show you back views and closer details on things.

All of the photos in this professional candid set were taken by Victor Fernandez [what a peach Smiley ]

tweedle backs! yes, the names are rhinestoned.

i <3 to applique spandex.

the cook!


for more, go to http://s292.photobucket.com/albums/mm31/AliceinSpamaland/Victor%20Fernandez/

Fixed it! That's the real link that'll work. Smiley

Original Post:

once upon a time, I need projects that overwhelm my life. Here's the latest. A "rough draft" photo shoot that will one day become a night of fashion.

I made EVERYTHING. Cyberlox hairpieces, thigh highs, gloves, painting shoes, hats, garments, some suspenders, fascinators, EVERYTHING YOU SEE.

Queen of Hearts. Mayyyybe my favorite corset ever. All buttons are handstitched. AND I made the fascinator.

Duchess and the cook. <3

Cheshire Cat + King of Hearts. *meoooow*

Caterpillar and a Card of the Queen's Court.

White Rabbit!


White King and Queen with Alice playing chess on the Queen's train.

Tea Party!!!!!

Dormouse, Alice, Mad Hatter.

Card in the Queen of Heart's Court. Yes, I made the cyberlox falls and everything.

Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee. This taught me what NOT to do when dyeing synthetic wigs.

won't see the professional photos for a few months, but am SO HAPPY with how everything came out!


***edited to put a less scantily-clad photo first

A humble, heartfelt, kow-towing thank you thank you thank you to EVERYONE for all of your amazing feedback and comments.

I started this project basically because I needed a project. The models are all actor friends of mine out here in Las Vegas, and every outfit was inspired by the person wearing it. Things turned out a bit more on the adult side than I was originally anticipating (i.e. Tweedles Dum and Dee) but I definitely took influence from the statuesque beauty of Vegas Showgirls.

This was kind of a collaborative art experiment once the ball started rolling. I know the limits of my creativity, and I KNOW that makeup and hair (unless it's fake raver dreads) are not my forte.  I was blessed to be working with the creative geniuses of the Vegas production of Spamalot. Hair and makeup was done by the wigs department from Spamalot, the models were the cast of the show, and the professional photography was done by friends I'd met out and about in the Goth scene.

Because everyone did everything for free, I won't see the end results of the photography for another few months and won't be able to post without the photographers' permissions. I'll do my best!

This was alllllll put together by me in 6 weeks. I had stitching help on 2 button down men's shirts but I made everything else from scratch. (I realllllllllly didn't sleep very much)

And I learned a WHOLE lot.

HUGE THANKS to my models, actors, hair and makeup artists, friends who came to assist me and help to direct the photo shoot, photographer friends, and my darling boyfriend who put up with my alice taking over the world project.

The plan is to turn it into a "real" fashion show someday, but not until I catch up on my sleep.

Thanks again to everyone here for all of your wonderful comments. I am humbled!

Without further ado, more photos!!!

Full Length Queen of Hearts so you can see the full heart and appliqued thigh highs

full length Jabberwocky

Knave of Hearts who stole the tarts (made those out of fimo and everyone kept trying to eat them!)

The Court.

6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / giant chess pieces? on: June 05, 2008 12:01:39 AM
dear craftster world,

I am designing and staging an Alice in Wonderland photoshoot at the end of the month, and would like for one of the tableaus to be a monster chess set. I have the floor made, no problem, but am tryyyyyyyyyyyying to figure out how to create large chess pieces (talking like 3 feet tall.) ideas include: pails stacked end over end and a ball on top covered in lycra, carving foam, etc. to buy a few pieces this large would cost approx $300 and i can't help but feel as though i could MAKE something for that much! really. recycling? ugh! this has to be on a shoestring budget because ALLLLLL of my money ever is going into the clothes.

ideas? help! thanks!

<3 j
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Turquoise Zebra Attack! on: May 01, 2008 12:49:12 PM
So once upon a time, I went out to drag night with a few friends. Being that I am not a drag kind of girl, I decided to just dress in a very absurd fashion. I've recently inherited some fuzzy zebra fabric and lotsa turquoise. A little ingenuity and 5 bags of cyberlox later, here we go:

My friend is attaching tiny butterflies. This is the only full length shot I have. I made everything you see except for the black short sleevey thing under the corset.

falls! Strangely comfortable. made these too.

my darling cohort in crime wearing a fascinator I made for the occasion.

fascinator closeup.

ta daaaaa!

all night people were coming over and using my outfit as a way of making conversation. apparently, dressing crazy is a great way to meet people!

<3 j
8  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Thimbles? on: April 05, 2008 02:24:32 PM

I need help finding an online source for my favorite leather thimbles. They are white (maybe deerskin?) with a blue elastic band BUT they only cover your fingertip down to the first joint (does that make sense?) The only kind I can find are the cover your hole finger types. I originally purchased mine in Japan, but with no plans to go there anytime soon, I need to find something more accessible.

9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Sometimes you make things for goth night and it's CANCELED. on: January 14, 2008 04:50:29 PM
I made a top hat! My girls and I go out to goth night every so often and decided to go last Friday. Little did I know that it was canceled last week due to the club hosting a party for Adult Entertainment stars. BAH! but we went out anyway.

Top Hat!

(please disregard the naked croquis in the background. they are handy to have on your bulletin board)


I made the fob out of burnished glass beads, boring black beads, and swarovski crystal jet beads. also an amazing hook and lots of patience.

The corset has a built in bra, as I accidentally made it a WEE bit too short for full coverage.  You just don't want to pop out accidentally, you know? so the halter bit was an accidental happiness.

Action shots!

terrible quality, but the only one I had to show the train-connecting-to-the-middle-finger bit.

If you look verrrrry closely, you can see the bustle in the back. The skirt (which I also made) is a stretch cotton pencil skirt with a mermaid style bottom. It connects to a godet in the back which connects to fingerloops like a capelet-thing. or wings. of course, it is all black and you can't tell, but i'll post better photos when I get some!

Detail of the hat! I stitched some amazing piping and trim to the underside of the hat (like a secret detail that really only I knew about! well, now you all do too.) not so secret anymore!

the end! I love this outfit and the top hat was the perfect finishing touch to it! Hope you all enjoy as well!
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Fashion Show! (image happy) on: December 31, 2007 02:31:45 PM
Hello, I've been lurking around for a while and am just now getting around to posting! Here are a few things from a fashion show I had last April (how horrible, it's almost the new year and I'm JUST getting around to posting) ah well. Enjoy!

well, I think that's good for now! Happy New Year everyone!

**THANKS for the pic help! Smiley fixed!

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