Sunday, October 28, 2012

Firestar Costume

This year for Halloween my daughter requested to be Firestar.  Her brother is going to be Spiderman.  I love that they like to dress up as a pair. As you remember last year they were Jessie and Woody from Toy Story.

This was definitely going to be a handmade costume since this cartoon aired back in the 1980's.  My daughter is discovering many new to her cartoons thanks to Netflix.  

To make this costume I used a white unitard and dyed it yellow. As you can find in my previous post. To make the flames I used a knit jersey material in red and orange colors.  It needed to be a stretchy material for it to work with the stretchy unitard. I was able to use the sewing machine to piece the orange and red material together, but the flames had to be hand sewn to attach it to the unitard.  At that time I added some sequins to the flames.  For the most part the costume is complete.  All that is left is the mask.  That will be my next post. 

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Fabric Dyeing

I have never dyed anything. I found it a little intimidating, but once I did it I can't figure out why I thought it would be so difficult.  I did have to use an acid dye since the fabric I was dyeing was 100% nylon. I found the dye online at Dharma Trading Co.

I dyed it on the stove top in a big stainless steel pot.  I didn't want to try it in my washing machine since I have a front loader and I wasn't sure how to go about adding it into the washer.  Once I put the fabric into the dye it just soaked it up.  Wow!  It turned out exactly the color I needed for an upcoming Halloween costume.  After it sat on the stove in the pot for 30 minutes I rinsed it several times and hung it up to dry. It turned out perfectly.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Too early for Christmas...

As you can see at all the craft stores, Christmas has been here since July and it's all on sale.  In preparation for some upcoming silent auctions I started to make some Christmas wreaths.  Here's the first of the wreaths I made for an auction coming up in a few weeks.  I'm auctioning off a 2 hour interior design consult and decided to add a wreath as an eye catcher to get them to stop and bid.  I hope it works!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

New Mirror

I've been slowly accessorizing parts of my house.  It takes a while for me to find the right things and then of course there's the expense.  I'm always looking for a good deal.  I hate paying full price for anything.  I've been finding some really great things at Home Goods which is part of Marshall's.  I felt like my bedroom needed something over the bed even though the headboard was tall.  It just didn't look complete to me.  I found this great mirror at Marshall's for $50 and it was exactly what I wanted.  The mirrors I saw elsewhere where 2-3 times what I paid for that mirror.  It's definitely a place to check out if you want some great accessories or accent furniture.