Friday, November 6, 2015
Sunday, May 18, 2014
Jewel costume AKA the super spandex tube top
Take measurements around your bust, waist, hips, and from clavicle to mid-hip. Make sure you are wearing the same kind of undergarments you'll be wearing when you're in costume (especially a bra). Using these measurements, take two pieces of white spandex and sew a basic, curvy tube.
Remember to sew it with the stretch stitch and stretch knit needle. Leave the top and bottom unfinished, we'll get to that later.
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
I haven't posted much in while have I? I've been really busy with home reno since we moved in here last year, but I haven't wanted to take pictures until it's 'done' and there's still so much to do. I think it might never be done.
Anyway so I painted this nightstand.
I've had this nighstand for a while; I picked it up for $20 on Craiglist. I liked it that it was small enough to fit in our narrow space, and it had a handy shelf and drawer. But it was plain blonde laminate and very boring.
When I was looking for ideas I saw this end table project. Pretty great right? I also happened to have a piece of wood that I 'reclaimed' from our storage space- the previous tenants had left it there when they moved. I had no idea what it was but it looked pretty nice.
It was originally a long narrow board (sorry I forgot to take pics), maybe it was a shelf or something. I cut it in half and then Gorilla glued both pieces on top of my nightstand after I painted it, and filled in the gap with some wood filler. You can sort of see the seam here.
My inspiration was more white/modern, but I'm not so modern and I didn't really want white. I've been ogling this cool coffee table every time I go to the Galleria, so I almost did turquoise too, but like everything in our house is aqua or teal or turquoise.
I looked through my much-too-full box of paint samples and decided to go with Benjamin Moore Apple Blossom green, a color I almost used in my bedroom.
I thought it was too much for a whole bedroom, but pretty cute for a lil nightstand right?
I made plaster-of-paris chalk paint, so I wouldn't have to prime. That stuff is pretty great! Definitely understand why the blogosphere was nuts over it, it's so easy to use and thick and chalky. I guess you're supposed to use furniture wax, but I finished it with oil-based poly, because I had some, and I thought the yellow color would make a nice antique-y look.
The little trim is from my favorite moulding store and also stuck on with Gorilla glue. The knob is from World Market. I'm not sure it works but it's good enough for now.
Here it is in my bedroom:
The mismatched nightstands are a little weird but the ceiling is actually slanted so I think the height difference works. Half tempted to paint the other one green too but it's actually nice wood, so maybe not. Also I have so much else to do. Let's just leave it weird for now...
Sunday, November 18, 2012
Hi people! Wow, it has been so long since I last posted, google has changed their posting tools. I am a bad blogger.
But I've still been doing a lot of crafting for my new place.this picture by Laura Gunn. Hers is nicer but she's a professional painter or whatever.
I used a bunch of house paint samples that I had lying around, and I painted it on my new patio:
It goes great in my aqua-red-white-gold office.
(This picture is awful. There is not enough light in this room yet, so I had to use a flash. Funny story: when I moved, I somehow lost the plates that hold a pair of wall sconces that I planned to put in this room. I keep hoping they'll show up, so I haven't bought new lights. But they haven't shown up. And it is dark. SIGH. )
I put in some antique blue milk glass knobs. Again terrible picture. So dark. But trust me they are adorable?
Please send me some sconce-wall-plate finding vibes, and I'll try to post more stuff!!
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Wow, I'm sorry for the lack of activity here, folks!
We moved in February and I'm still putting my life back together. But I've been crafting loads of stuff for the new place and I have a lot to share. Just give me a moment to get some pictures together...
I've also done four new costumes this year! I made Howl and Sophie for Anime Expo, Jewel from Marvel, and I finished this too. I'll post more about them later, but if anyone is interested, I usually post my costume stuff first on my Deviant Art page. Feel free to check it out, 'n stuff.
Saturday, February 18, 2012
Preview for my next costume, Bethany's Circle Robes from Dragon Age 2. I want to do Dragon Age again, but I don't really want to show my navel anymore. I still have to do some detail, like the buttons and the shoulders and the collar, but it's almost done.
I really like the color and the fuzzy sleeves.
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
You may recall Charlie was Totoro for Halloween, and I promised a tutorial, way back then. Well, here it is, finally!
This costume was really easy and I finished it in a single (long) afternoon naptime, about 3 hours.
1.5 yards charcoal grey fleece
(you could also use blue)
18"x12" scrap of ivory or white fleece
1 sheet craft foam (the thickest white one)
1 22 inch matching grey zipper
First, to make the basic jumpsuit pattern I laid down a set of my son's clothes and traced VERY loosely around them:
This was how I made sure it was roughly the right size - much easier than trying to measure a two year old! The fit is very baggy, so it doesn't have to be perfect.
Trace one side, then fold the fabric in half and cut that piece out for the front. Then fold that whole piece in half, and use that as a pattern piece for the two back pieces, leaving a half inch for seam allowance:
So the body is composed of three pieces that look roughly like this:
Pin & sew the back pieces together from the crotch up to the "butt", leaving the rest open for the zipper. Then pin and sew the front and back together, right sides together, around the arms, body and legs.
Like the body, I also traced loosely around one of my son's hoodies to make the pattern for the hood:
Again, it's loose, so the shape is approximate, but make sure the length of the bottom will approximately match the size of the neck on the body, after hemming.
Sew these two pieces together starting at the top of the head (the zipper opening has to go all the way to the top or your baby will get stuck), then hem the front around the face opening. Pin into either side of the neck hole, right sides together, and sew in.
For the belly design, I cut a 17.5"x11" oval out of the lighter fleece and then ironed it on with fusible web. I sewed this down for safety, like an applique, and then did all the little triangles, similarly, on top of this.
The tail is just two elongated "D" shaped pieces, sewn right sides together, flipped inside out, and stuffed with scraps of fleece.
Tail pattern is about 7" long.
To finish the body, sew the tail on by pinning it to the butt, the round part of the "D" facing up. Sew across, then fold down. Finally, install the zipper from the butt to the top of the head.
The ears are made using this general pattern, pattern piece is about 6" tall:
Cut four ear pieces from grey fleece, then each pair sew right side together and reverse. Trace the resulting shape onto craft foam then stuff the foam piece into the ear so it's stiff.
Then sew onto the top of the head, the same way as the tail. I also sewed in a craft foam "head band" on the inside of the hood, for stability, and sewed the ears to that as well.
I finished with a leaf made out of craft foam - this didn't survive the night, but you could make one out of felt, or even grab something from the floral department.
And that's how to make a super easy Totoro toddler costume!
Monday, October 31, 2011
Sunday, October 16, 2011
I actually have some non-Dragon Age related crafts coming up real soon, I swear. Halloween!!! Anyway...
Geoff mentioned more than once that he thought the Anders costume really needed a staff. "He's not a mage without a staff," he insisted. But I didn't know how to make something like that, so I went about the internet until I found this amazing blog, where the author explains in detail how she makes incredible WoW staves.
I don't think I'll ever be able to make anything on that level, but I was inspired to make something like this staff. I started with a large stick and a bunch of wire, from the hardware store. I wrapped the wire around the top of the stick and then taped it down.
Then I wrapped it in newspaper and duct tape, and formed it into something like the shape I wanted.
Then a layer of paper tape. I made the spines out of cardboard and taped them on.
After that I started with papier mache.
My first few layers were old school newspaper strips and Mod Podge. I had to do this on my patio, so everyone in my building started asking about my weird dragon sculpture. Yeah, now they know...
Then I built it up using papier mache powder (CelluClay). This stuff was more difficult to work with than it appeared in the video, so I'm not sure if I mixed it wrong or if it was a different brand, but it looked a lot like igneous rock when it hardened. Still, very strong and hard.
Then I finished with a layer of gesso, to smooth it, and black-brown acrylic paint.
I wish I had known that gesso came in black because that would have made painting it a lot easier.
The staff has some glowing green eyes. I happened to have some "jewels" left over from the Morrigan necklace, I cut the centers out of these and used them for shiny eyeballs.
I hot glued them on and then painted around them with puffy black fabric paint, to give it an "eyelid."
And that's it! A very cheap, if somewhat time consuming, mage staff.