Costume & Crafting Help

What to wear? What not to wear? Come here to find and how to make anything you'd wear on your body - from goggles and playawear to bodypainting and adornments.
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Re: Costume & Crafting Help

Post by slvrnmph » Thu Jul 25, 2013 4:17 pm

Or use an existing swimsuit to make a pattern, if you can't find a color you like/want. Just make sure the stretch in the fabric is matched.
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Re: Costume & Crafting Help

Post by knowmad » Sat Jul 27, 2013 12:01 pm

I found a Steele Grey Swimsuit, and am convincing my friend that she can do it!trying to find blue/silver/and red tule for a tutu( waves and blood...)
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Re: Costume & Crafting Help

Post by pretty_monster » Sat Jul 27, 2013 1:10 pm

if you're worried about the mouth not holding its shape, you can make a faux cutout by filling in the mouth opening with flesh toned dance wear fabric. (that stuff you see on gymnasts and ice skater costumes.)
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Re: Costume & Crafting Help

Post by Drawingablank » Sat Jul 27, 2013 8:42 pm

I think if you use a fairly heavy interfacing the teeth will stay put.
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Re: Costume & Crafting Help

Post by slvrnmph » Mon Aug 05, 2013 1:30 pm

A few days ago I finished another project. I made my first scoodie for a friend and got a picture of her wearing it yesterday when I gave it to her. It's a continuation of the red panda outfits. She wanted a scoodie while I went with headband ears so I could wear my tail and ears during the day without getting overheated.

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In addition to the open pockets for the hands I put an extra piece of fleece so that the front of the hand pockets are zippered pockets for storing things. Because POCKETS IN ALL THE THINGS! She's very happy with it, which makes me very happy with it. And onto the next sewing project!
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Re: Costume & Crafting Help

Post by BurnerBunny » Mon Aug 05, 2013 1:49 pm

I'm hoping to make some desert inspired garb next weekend, but I did just finish a no sew costume! My partner and I are going to have an all neon day, so i bought a bunch of neon clothes and accessories, and body paint. I'm yellow and he's orange.

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Re: Costume & Crafting Help

Post by BurnerBunny » Mon Aug 05, 2013 1:53 pm

For my desert garb I'm hoping for something along these lines, but with more colors sewn in along the edges to make it more playful.

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Can anyone recommend a basic pattern to follow to get something similar?

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Re: Costume & Crafting Help

Post by slvrnmph » Mon Aug 05, 2013 2:04 pm

Maybe something like this? http://kwiksew.mccall.com/k3209-product ... ge_id=3032

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It has raglan sleeves, which are really easy to put in and won't need much in the way of changes to get a wider sleeve. Otherwise, I would just look in the sleepware section of pattern books if you go into a store to look for patterns.
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Re: Costume & Crafting Help

Post by BurnerBunny » Mon Aug 05, 2013 4:05 pm

thanks slvrnmph, super handy!

I'm newish to sewing, I played around on my mom's sewing machine for a few projects when I was a kid, but that was years ago. Now I have my own sewing machine (I keep meaning to sew some curtains), and I'm super excited to test out my serger too! Poor guys have been sitting in my closet for months.

Thank god for youtube, so much easier to watch someone do what you're trying to do than read about it then stare at the machine blankly :)

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Re: Costume & Crafting Help

Post by Ratty » Mon Aug 05, 2013 4:41 pm

Burner buddy. Lay down on an old sheet and have someone draw an out line of your body. THEN Draw your ideal outfit outline. Make it a little bigger than you think it should be. THIS IS A COSTUME!! You don't need raglan sleeves and a bunch of fancy finished seams. (Unless you are spending big bucks on the fabric. Hell, make it from sheets and add trim. Done.
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Re: Costume & Crafting Help

Post by BurnerBunny » Mon Aug 05, 2013 5:04 pm

yes, have spent big bucks on the fabric. I want it to look nice, and it's an excuse to learn to use my equipment better. If I run out of time, my costumes will become capes and other easy make stuff :)

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Re: Costume & Crafting Help

Post by BurnerBunny » Mon Aug 05, 2013 5:34 pm

so much fabric, including the box on the left!

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Re: Costume & Crafting Help

Post by tattoogoddess » Mon Aug 05, 2013 5:42 pm

So I'm having an issue. Have 3 layers of soft tule and I have a tub about 2 inches wide. I need to put a one inch band of elastic threw it. I have done electic draw strings before but this one is giving me issues. Any ideas now to get it threw? This is my last thing to sew.
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Re: Costume & Crafting Help

Post by BeeWeeDee » Mon Aug 05, 2013 5:59 pm

Make a giant "needle" from a coat hanger. Attach the elastic to the "eye" of the needle and then thread the "needle" through the fabric.
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Post by tattoogoddess » Mon Aug 05, 2013 7:23 pm

Damn your smart!!! I was trying a safety pin no luck.
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Re: Costume & Crafting Help

Post by Ratty » Mon Aug 05, 2013 7:24 pm

Big safety pin to the elastic and inch through.
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Post by BeeWeeDee » Tue Aug 06, 2013 7:28 pm

OK. I have some sheer (really sheer) material that was once part of a belly dancers costume. It is cut into 6 pieces each about 2 1/2' x 5' I would like to sew them together to make a man's sarong but if I sew them all together I would have sarong about 15' x 5' and I can see that being wrapped around my middle about 5 times (34" waist) and I would probably feel like a roll of saran wrap in it. If i made 3 or 4 sarongs out of it I would most likely be labeled a shirtcocker. :shock: Not my style.

So.... how should I combine (sew) these to have a flowing freedom of movement sarong that offers some modicum of modesty?
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Post by tattoogoddess » Tue Aug 06, 2013 7:35 pm

So the clothes hanger worked put afte I finished it and put it on... I look horrible in it. I did it to small. It's like a tube. Not the look I was going for what so ever :( sad panda.
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Re: Costume & Crafting Help

Post by Savannah » Tue Aug 06, 2013 7:41 pm

Sorry to hear it. :? Could you get more tulle? Or get some flowers & make a veil . . . ?
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Post by theCryptofishist » Tue Aug 06, 2013 8:06 pm

I go for a contrasty loincloth...
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Post by Drawingablank » Thu Aug 15, 2013 9:15 am

After looking for an industrial machine on Freecycle for years with no luck, it looks like I hit the mother lode of sewing machines.

Have been helping my wife move her business to a smaller location and while cleaning out a storage loft I came across 5 very old Singer sewing machines.

With industrial treadle tables! Although they seem to have been converted to motors, the treadle parts seem intact.

Post burn I will have to sort through them to see if I can get at least one working. Some may have been scavenged for parts.

Since the business dates to 1930, I assume these machines are at least that old. Thankfully, my father in law never disposed of them when he upgraded to more modern machines.
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Re: Costume & Crafting Help

Post by C.f.M. » Thu Aug 15, 2013 2:23 pm

Ha! Posted in the wrong place.

Although I guess this is sort of crafty


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Post by Ratty » Thu Aug 15, 2013 9:04 pm

Drawing a blank, That could be a great find. I've seen quite a few treadles converted. Some of them are real workhorses.
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Post by Drawingablank » Thu Aug 15, 2013 9:25 pm

Ratty wrote:Drawing a blank, That could be a great find. I've seen quite a few treadles converted. Some of them are real workhorses.
Well I'm kinda tossed up - I really need a machine that can handle leather, but really want a treadle which would probably suck for leather. Since they have been motorized I'll probably stick with that and just make sure I have the means to convert it back in case of the zombie apocalypse. Post burn I'll check them out. I'll probably end up having her sewing machine guy come by and let us know which can be restored the easiest, then turn him loose on them.
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Post by C.f.M. » Sun Aug 18, 2013 4:07 pm

The beast I've worked on taming. I can't believe I have no projects or anything fun to make/wear this year!

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Re: Costume & Crafting Help

Post by forty_eight » Thu Aug 22, 2013 10:41 pm

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The vest was laying around ... one dollar tie die at thrift store.

About to light it up with 10' of EL wire!

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Post by Ratty » Thu Aug 22, 2013 11:41 pm

Very, very nice. I love bright colors in the desert. Take a bow.
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Re: Costume & Crafting Help

Post by BurnerBunny » Fri Aug 23, 2013 8:32 am

I ended up getting slammed with work so I'm behind on my costuming, but I did figure out how to get my serger to produce a nice rolled hem yesterday! It took 3 hours to figure out how to thread it, and several pieces of fabric had to be sacrificed to get the tensioning right, but now I have a nice gold rolled hem on my cape :)

if anyone needs any help figuring out their brother 1034d serger I can point you to the youtube videos that helped me out :)

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Re: Costume & Crafting Help

Post by Ratty » Fri Aug 23, 2013 8:54 am

My serger is staring at me. Daring me to give it another try. NO. no, I'm not falling for that again. I found I could get it to work after much adjusting. then if I wanted to change fabrics it would be the same ordeal over again. I just ziz-zag and ignore that dust covered demon.
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Re: Costume & Crafting Help

Post by EmilyD » Sat Jan 11, 2014 7:02 pm

Well I sure have neglected this topic but since I'm pretty certain I'll be heading back to the Playa for 2014 I thought I'd give things a little push. It's never too early to start working on costumes especially since there are so many year-round events one can, and should, costume up for. So, any questions, sharing, comments about dressing up...bring 'em here!
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