Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Working on Halloween costumes....... I better finish in time!!

So, last night my daughter and I were trying to decide what we wanted to be for Halloween.  At first she wanted to be an anime character, then she wanted to wear a Japanese school uniform (like the ones you see in anime and manga).  Now she has decided to be a lolita.  After showing her some pictures of dresses online, she has decided that's what she wants to be.  She wanted a pink and black dress, but I'm trying to stick with what I have and not buy anymore fabric.  I have this blue cupcake fabric and she decided that's what she wants her dress to be.  And she wants me to wear pink cupcakes.  I'm going to work on her's first, and if I have time, I'll make me one, but if not, I have a costume I made from a couple years ago that's I'll wear.  But I would still like to make one for me too. 
The thing that's going to be really difficult, is I've never really done a dress from scratch before.  Sure I've taken parts of patterns and made a dress that way, but I've never actually drafted a pattern.  I have an idea of what I want, and I've drawn it up, so I've got the first steps out of the way.  So now all I have to do, is cut out some peices.  I may have to go and get some fabric anyway, because I need some kind of white or cream colored fabric to go with it.  If I just did it all the cupcake fabric, I think it would be way to overwhelming!
I spent a lot of time on the internet last night looking at various dresses and tutorials, so I think I have a rough idea of what I need to do.  I will definitely be posting some in progress shots.  I can't wait to make these dresses!  Now, my question is, should I make the both exactly the same, or make the m different??  I'm not sure, but so far, I'm leaning towards the same.

Well, wish me luck, I'm off to start drafting my patterns!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

State Fair crafty winners

So, a few weeks ago, the munchkin and I ventured to our state fair.  Rides, games and carni food, what more could you ask for?  Other than the prize winners for all the contests!  There were some AMAZING crafts!  We have a few favs, but they were all equally amazing!  I wanted to enter in the crochet toys category, but sadly didn't have time to finish the doll I was working on. :( and sorry for the poor picture quality on some of these
my personal fav

a section of afgahns

more afgahns
my daughter's fav

There was this amazing Amigurumi doll made by a 14 year old.  I think this is just the cutest doll!  She did such an amazing job on it too.  She won 1st place for it.  I told my daughter that if she gets to practicing she could make something like that and enter it in the state fair as well.

The next 3 are my fav costumes that were there.  I think I like the mad hatter costume the best, but the final fantasy cosplay costume is also pretty cool.  The winner of the final fantasy hand painted all the flowers on it.  It looked fantastic!  I just hope the pictures do it some kind of justice!

The mad hatter costume.  I love this one!  I especially love the jacket!!

Everything is hand painted, and it looked fantastic!

Finally, there were the cakes.  These were all blue ribbon cakes, and they were just amazing!  I'm not sure which one I like the best  Here they are!

The detail these people put into these just amazes me!!  They all look great!!  I can't wait for next year's fair to see what's made and to enter my own creation! :)
Hope you all enjoyed the photos!