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Topic: Cowabunga dude! TMNT Costume(s) *Picture Heavy*  (Read 2569 times)
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« on: November 04, 2014 08:50:54 PM »

Hello Craftsters! For this years Halloween festivities I drafted and made 4 shell bags for my friends and I. I took a bit of a spin on the costumes but tried to keep them as authentic as 20 something year olds would.




I did a thorough search online to see what my options were in making myself the shell but I only came across painted aluminum trays...not too impressive in my books.  Undecided I've never drafted a pattern before so it took be a bit to understand and get my mind around how to put it together I documented my progress in a video tutorial (http://youtu.be/X9-JGUP_hk0) but here's the gist of everything:

The materials list are few and simple.  I found really inexpensive fabric for this costume since I was sewing with my fingers crossed; hoping things would run smoothly. Green nylon was $2/m and the yellow and brown fabric (broadcloth I think it's called) was $3.25/m.

Pins were my best friend which made sewing this part really slow but it was worth not getting anything snagged or sewn in crooked.

Detailing was what made the shell stand out.  The batting gave it a nice plumb effect.

I bought red, blue, purple, and orange broadcloth about half a metre each for masks, belts, arm wraps, and leg wraps.  I sort of failed at making the mask lay flat on my face...it looked a bit silly especially with my glasses over. So I ended up rolling the fabric and using it as a headband.

For my shirt, I remember years ago seeing a DIY t-shirt screening post that used simple acrylic paint.  I stenciled out the lines with some fabric markers and outlined with black, then used brown to shade.  Some parchment paper and an iron to seal it all in.  I haven't washed it yet to see if the paint holds, but it sure withstood a night of extreme dancing  Grin





I had a great time designing and creating this costume.  I've shared everything on my blog and would love any advice on better pattern drafting Smiley  Can't wait for next year!
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« Reply #1 on: November 05, 2014 05:56:00 AM »

Very fun costume! Nice to see a girl ninja turtle! Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: November 05, 2014 09:57:01 AM »

The shells are really well done! Kudos to you for figuring that out. You all look great!
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« Reply #3 on: November 06, 2014 07:16:25 PM »

The turtle shell/bag is so clever!! You guys look bad ass!
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