Costume & Crafting Help

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Re: Costume & Crafting Help

Postby Foxfur » Wed Jun 13, 2012 3:49 pm

wandergirl wrote:
Foxfur wrote:I LOVE wandergirl's outfit in her avatar photo!

<3 <3 <3

just made a scrap skirt like this last night, but with black fabric, black tulle and different purple stripes. love it!

Now I love it too!
Very nice.
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Re: Costume & Crafting Help

Postby Savannah » Wed Jun 13, 2012 3:52 pm

My new dressmaker's dummy is out of the box and assembled. I have named her Eleanor.

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Re: Costume & Crafting Help

Postby mgb327 » Wed Jun 13, 2012 3:58 pm

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Re: Costume & Crafting Help

Postby theCryptofishist » Wed Jun 13, 2012 4:04 pm

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Re: Costume & Crafting Help

Postby Foxfur » Wed Jun 13, 2012 7:59 pm

My stencils came in the other day. Happy, right? Nope.
It was raining and I'm not allowed to spraypaint in the house anymore :(

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Today it was sunny! :D
I painted up a scrub top and came up with this Burning Man ensemble:

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Only problem is that folks will mistake me for DPW...
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Re: Costume & Crafting Help

Postby theCryptofishist » Fri Jun 15, 2012 10:29 pm

So, I'm looking for photos (or good search terms to find same) of examples when people did alterations adding cloth to shirts or other garments to make them larger. Splitting the seams up the side and sewing in panels is the basic idea...
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Re: Costume & Crafting Help

Postby catinthefunnyhat » Sat Jun 16, 2012 12:46 am

Hi FIshy! The word you're looking for, I think, is gusset.
A quick search for "adding a gusset" gave me a whole pile of articles specific to renaissance-type clothing, but I found a few that seemed to use the term for general embiggening operations.

Here are a couple.
http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-a-gusset.htm
http://www.sempstress.org/demo/pattern-cheat-for-sewing-underarm-gussets-faster/#more-4034

I hope that helps get you started...
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Re: Costume & Crafting Help

Postby theCryptofishist » Sat Jun 16, 2012 5:55 am

Well, it's very cromulent...
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Re: Costume & Crafting Help

Postby wandergirl » Tue Jun 19, 2012 9:40 pm

omg, somebody make me finish something. I have a serious case of costume ADD.
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Re: Costume & Crafting Help

Postby tattoogoddess » Tue Jun 19, 2012 10:50 pm

wandergirl wrote:omg, somebody make me finish something. I have a serious case of costume ADD.


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Re: Costume & Crafting Help

Postby Fufa » Wed Jun 20, 2012 6:16 am

Never before have I realized how long hand stitching takes.
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Re: Costume & Crafting Help

Postby lucky420 » Wed Jun 20, 2012 6:20 am

Going to start a big furry coat for my son this weekend. He wore the one i made last year and loves it. My poor little sewing machine may be thrashed after this...
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Re: Costume & Crafting Help

Postby wandergirl » Wed Jun 20, 2012 9:19 am

tattoogoddess wrote:
wandergirl wrote:omg, somebody make me finish something. I have a serious case of costume ADD.

get back to work! You have less then 70 days to look playa fabulous!


haha, thanks!!
I... half-finished another new project last night. lol.


luck420, I've never tried sewing faux fur. do you have to use a different needle? I got my sewing machine a couple weeks ago so I am an extreme newb.
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Re: Costume & Crafting Help

Postby Drawingablank » Wed Jun 20, 2012 9:36 am

wandergirl wrote:
tattoogoddess wrote:
wandergirl wrote:omg, somebody make me finish something. I have a serious case of costume ADD.

get back to work! You have less then 70 days to look playa fabulous!


haha, thanks!!
I... half-finished another new project last night. lol.


luck420, I've never tried sewing faux fur. do you have to use a different needle? I got my sewing machine a couple weeks ago so I am an extreme newb.


Most fur sews fine with a standard needle, however if you have any issues switch to a needle designed for knits called a ball point needle. Generally a size 14 or 16 needle works on all but the heaviest furs.
This video has great fur sewing tips:
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Re: Costume & Crafting Help

Postby lazerfox » Wed Jun 20, 2012 11:48 am

I always hoped she would post more videos.
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Re: Costume & Crafting Help

Postby lucky420 » Wed Jun 20, 2012 12:53 pm

wandergirl, no I just use standard needles when sewing fur. I trim about a 1/2 to 1/4 of the fur off the edges I'm sewing and that helps a bit. It really is rough on my machine though. I don't have a heavy duty sewing machine that would probably make a difference though.

Oh and I'm not really much of a seamstress. I pretty much just sew stuff for bm because no one really looks at the seams closely and it gets all dusty anyways. :lol:

I'll try and post a pic of my coat later today
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Re: Costume & Crafting Help

Postby EmilyD » Fri Jul 06, 2012 9:10 pm

Well, now that we have tickets in hand it's fur real and I've started on the largest sewing project of my life! It's a group costume which 10 people will wear in modules. So far so good, I've got the armature solved (garden stakes) and the base fabric (100% cotton - for coolness) and the shimmy/shiny fabrics for the over layers. Now I'm edging all the bits with my overlock machine. More reports to come as it evolves.
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Re: Costume & Crafting Help

Postby EmilyD » Tue Jul 10, 2012 11:47 am

Costume/crafting help bump. Anyone who's stuck with a sewing/crafting problem...lay it out and we'll try to help you solve it!
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Re: Costume & Crafting Help

Postby SquirrelHead » Thu Jul 12, 2012 10:34 am

Any idea where I can pick up rock bottom priced white king size flat sheets? I have some ideas about tye dying them and using them for "walls".
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Re: Costume & Crafting Help

Postby tattoogoddess » Thu Jul 12, 2012 10:41 am

Good will maybe? If not fuck mart.
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Re: Costume & Crafting Help

Postby Ratty » Thu Jul 12, 2012 10:49 am

Hey SquirellHead, I just 'bumped' a thread to the top for you. It has some ideas where to get stuff cheap/free. Hope it helps. It's "Need fabric, clothes and blankets to fashion into playa wear?".
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Re: Costume & Crafting Help

Postby Savannah » Thu Jul 12, 2012 11:01 am

A few years ago I went to a thrift store and picked up a bunch of twin flat sheets in varying pretty prints, but in the same color family (medium-blue). Then I washed 'em on hot with a bit of bleach to be on the safe side. They were just 99 cents each, because they didn't have fitted sheets with them, but who needs those when you're just hanging them up on the playa for a bit of cheer?
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Re: Costume & Crafting Help

Postby lazerfox » Thu Jul 12, 2012 11:07 am

My local goodwill's all have an entire section dedicated to sheets. Also try yard sales or craigslist. Just make sure to wash them well with hot water + a little bleach like Savannah said.
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Re: Costume & Crafting Help

Postby tattoogoddess » Thu Jul 12, 2012 11:41 am

Dont forget you can also "tie dye" with bleach. I did this to one of my dresses turned out awesome!
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Re: Costume & Crafting Help

Postby catinthefunnyhat » Thu Jul 12, 2012 12:19 pm

What they all said... lots of sheets at thrift stores, usually cheap. But if you're set on white and king size, you might want to call around to local hotels/motels, find out what they do with their old ones. When I moved out on my own, I scored a beautiful set of high-quality, white cotton sheets for $10 from a hotel. They had an annual sale off-site where they sold all kinds of linens, dishes, furniture, curtains, coffee makers... basically anything that was outdated, starting to show the faintest signs of wear, or -- in the case of the sheets -- had been around for a year.
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Re: Costume & Crafting Help

Postby tattoogoddess » Thu Jul 12, 2012 1:35 pm

This is going to be my next project. Wish me luck!! lol. I think is looks harder then it actually is.
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Re: Costume & Crafting Help

Postby Savannah » Thu Jul 12, 2012 1:43 pm

Are you attending or acting in a play while you're out there?

Or do you simply feel bereft without a ruff in your life? :)
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Re: Costume & Crafting Help

Postby catinthefunnyhat » Thu Jul 12, 2012 1:47 pm

Savannah wrote:Are you attending or acting in a play while you're out there?

Or do you simply feel bereft without a ruff in your life? :)



She likes to playa ruff. Perhaps she'll enjoy Retrofrolic... or the Thunderdome ;).
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Re: Costume & Crafting Help

Postby EmilyD » Fri Jul 13, 2012 12:34 pm

tattoogoddess wrote:This is going to be my next project. Wish me luck!! lol. I think is looks harder then it actually is.
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Nice!!! Very Elisabethian! What will you be wearing it with, if anything?
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Re: Costume & Crafting Help

Postby tattoogoddess » Fri Jul 13, 2012 12:37 pm

Yep. It is going with my "queen of hearts" costume
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