Some Interesting Art

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Score This Tee!

Hey everyone! I've been kind of busy lately and haven't managed to create any more costumes but I have gone and created some T-shirts! But I need your help. These T-shirts need votes in order to be selected for print. Please follow the links below and score them for me! Thanks!





The Sea Goddess Amphitrite, Halloween 2010

By Halloween 2010 my dress-making ideas had come to a halt. I had no plans on what to be and couldn't for the life of me think of anything! Finally, while flipping through a colorfully illustrated book on the Greek Gods, I stopped on a page picturing Poseidon. At his side was the sea goddess Queen Amphitrite. That's it! I thought. Finally an idea! And so, the week before Halloween, I decided to be a sea goddess.

The base of the costume.

Here are the supplies used for this costume: A blue, fitted one-shoulder dress from Goodwill (bought for $4.50); blue sheer; a long, black skirt; seashells; plastic, fish tank seaweed; and a glue gun.

Step 1- The splits on either side of the base were opened to the hip.

Step 2- The blue sheer was used to create strips draping diagonally across the front and back of the dress.

Step 3- A short train and bustle of blue sheer were sewn on the back of the dress at the waist.

Step 4- The black skirt was placed underneath the base and the sides were pulled up through the splits and sewn to the outside of the base.

Step 5- Using the glue gun, shells were added to cover the rhinestones on the strap. They were also attached at the hip, and on the back: above and on the bustle.

Step 6- The plastic seaweed was glued as accents down the top of the dress, at the hip, and above the bustle.

Step 7- The leftover seaweed was used as accents to the hair.

The Final Product!!!

The back.

Detail at hip.

Not having nearly as much time to work on the costume this year, I had to get it finished over the weekend before Halloween. Therefore, all the steps taken to create this costume were done in two evenings. And although I managed to get it done in a lot less time than previous costumes, I think this one has been the most challenging.

Well, until my next costuming endeavor!



Halloween 2010 Idea

For Halloween I have been having a lot of trouble coming up with an idea for a costume. But finally, I came up with a plan. I decided to go for a sea-witch/sea goddess dress. And, as always, I started planning it out with sketches.
Here is the final sketch. I've already gotten a base and started work on the costume. More pics to come!


Nefertiti Costume for Halloween '09

For Halloween this year I created a Queen Nefertiti costume. Since there were several different pieces to the costume I have separated the steps into three categories: The hat, the jewelry and the dress. 

The Hat 

The Nefertiti hat consists of a plastic bucket and top, paper, oil and acrylic paints, cardboard, dimensional craft paint and super glue.

1. The bottom was cut out of the plastic bucket.

2. The plastic bucket (with the top) was covered in paper.

3. The paper was painted a dark blue.

4. Two pieces of cardboard were cut to make the front yellow piece which comes down in front of the ears, and the yellow strip above the back of the neck.

5. The cardboard was painted yellow and glued onto the bucket.

6. The colorful strips of squares were painted onto the bucket.

7. The snake was put onto the front of the hat with yellow dimensional craft paint.

8. A dark yellow oil paint was used to accent the edges of the snake.

The Jewelry

The Nefertiti jewelry consists of earring hooks, wire, beads, string, hem facing, snaps and super glue.

1. A selection of beads were put onto two segments of wire.

2. The segments of wire were shaped into circles and attached to the earring hooks.

3. A string of beads with a bead consistently looped back through so that it dangled was made using a needle and thread.

4. Another row of beads was sewn through the dangling bead of the first row and in between beads were looped back through so that they dangled from the second row.

5. Step 4 was repeated four more times.

6. A last row of beads was sewn through the sixth row of dangling beads to finish it.

7. Hem facing was glued over the ends of each side of the necklace.

8. Snaps were sewn onto the hem facing.

The Dress

The Nefertiti dress consists of a blue skirt that I'm borrowing from my mom, a white tank top, a white nightgown, white sheer fabric, hem facing, wire, beads, a hook and eye and super glue.

1. The ruffles and sleeves were cut off of the nightgown.

2. A piece was cut out of the front of the nightgown.

3. The blue skirt was taken in so that it fit better.

4. A piece of sheer fabric was cut into a triangular shape and two of the points were tied together to make shawl which wraps over one shoulder and under the other arm.

5. Wire and beads were wrapped around a scarab bead and glued onto the red hem facing to create the belt.

6. The shawl and belt were placed over the nightgown which was placed over skirt and tank top.

Here is the whole costume:


Nefertiti's first outing!

Yesterday Nefertiti made her first public appearance! I wore the costume to the Howl and Yowl Festival at Country Acres which I went to with my sister. Unfortunately, there weren't many other people in costume so it was a bit embarrassing at first, but the costume was a success. Here are some pictures of the full costume before and at the festival. 

After Halloween...

After Halloween I will post the full steps and pictures of the Nefertiti costume. This way I'll be able to post some pictures from the actual event the costume was made for! So you can expect that post to show up next Wednesday, at the latest. 

Until then!

Your Faithful Blogger,