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Team Megatron Prints

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Another pop-culture design I made for your printing needs! Everyone’s favorite Decepticon: Megatron! I did two variants, so choose which one you prefer, and get it now (or, you know, whenever…) on my Redbubble shop.

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♥ My Companion ♥

Christmas is approaching, and with it a flow of costumers to my RedBubble shop. For this occasion I’m putting my sewing work on hold and try to push forward a few more designs to my online shops.

This one is for all of you Firefly and Portal fans out there (a bit of a niche, I know…). You can find it in Redbubble, and also at Society6, another online shop I joined.

My Companion

You Remind Me of the Babe

 It's only forever, not long at all.

This year Idan thought of a perfect costume idea months ago, so I had sufficient time to make something quite detailed (oh, I would LOVE to have another day or two at the end, but that’s a common side-effect of procrastination).

The idea was to dress as characters from the legendary movie Labyrinth:  Jareth (the goblin king played by David Bowie), Sarah (sixteen year old Jennifer Connelly) and Toby (the baby). We knew this year was our only chance for such a costume, as Tom is at a perfect age (and developmental stage) to be Toby.

Labyrinth

As Purim came closer, and party plans were made, it was decided that one of the events would include hiring a professional photographer. At first I wasn’t even sure I wanted that. Now I can’t believe I never did that before! I put so much energy into my costumes over the years, and I am never satisfied with the pictures I am left with. Anyway, I think this is the beginning of a new Purim tradition.

 So, the Labyrinth is a piece of cake, is it? Well, let's see how you deal with this little slice...

Jareth

The very first part of this costume I had to be certain I had was Jareth’s hair. Everything else I can manage by myself, but I had to find somewhere to buy that wig from. Once a suitable wig was found, everything else started fitting into place as well.

The black vest is a loan from my aunt. I couldn’t alter it much since I had to return it to her safely, so I just folded the lapels inwards to give it a better shape.

dance magic dance

For the shirt, I took a second-hand buttoned shirt and started refashioning it. I elevated the waistline way up, altered the sleeves’ tops and added few layers of puff to the cuffs. I also completely changed the collar (I worked this part directly on the shirt, using a mannequin), adding fabric.

The leggings I sewed from scratch, using this very clear and thorough tutorial on So Sew Easy. When I posted a question there asking how to properly fit the leggings to my man’s anatomy, Deby sent me to Ben’s amazing quest creating a superhero’s suit, where he graciously helped me finish the pattern.

As far as the boots go, I had no idea where to find a size 44 high black boots, so I decided to fake it, and sewed these shoe-covers.

Jareth's necklace

The necklace detail was a fun thing to make. I made it from Fimo and hoped it wouldn’t brake.

For a final touch Idan put on a blue eye lens in his right eye, and shaved off his beard! This hasn’t happened in years!

 I ask for so little. Just fear me, love me, do as I say and I will be your slave.

Toby

For Toby’s outfit, I kinda figured I would get a white romper and just paint red stripes on in, but when by chance I bumped into this knit, I knew I had to order it and sew the thing by myself.

What Babe?

For the pattern, I started with this jumpsuit pattern, but then decided to separate it to two pieces, keeping only the shirt and enlarging it, and making a new trousers pattern from scratch, including feet.

Sarah

My part of this costume was the most minor, and practically unrecognizable without Idan and Tom’s company, but I did try to make the most out of it anyway.

Like Jareth’s shirt, I took a second hand buttoned shirt and refashioned it: got rid of the front pocket, added gatherings to the sleeves’ top and redid the cuffs.

The vest was the part in Sarah’s outfit that required the largest amount of work: I took an old, heavily beaded vest, and started by unraveling all the beads and embellishments off it. I also tried dipping the entire thing in detergent to make it a lighter colour, but this technique didn’t work this time, so I decided to cover the entire thing with another fabric (I could’ve sewed a new vest entirely, but was a bit bummed out to let all the work on the old vest be for nothing). anyway, I cut out the vest pieces and drew the flowy-leafy pattern on them with a regular brown marker. Then I sewed the whole thing together again. I added a brooch to finish the look.

 You have no power over me!

I got Sarah’s ugly shoes in a second hand store for a few shekels. They were a bit too roomy for me, but two layers of socks and good insoles made them nice and snug.

Because Sarah’s outfit isn’t really that iconic in itself, it was extra important for me to get the make-up right. I re-invented my eyebrows completely and also gave much shading to the nose, to look a bit more like her.

 

Bonus Section

This has nothing to do with my costume, but since you came this far look what I found while searching for Labyrinth pictures on the web!

When King Kong Took Over Purim

When King Kong Took Over Purim 

In Purim 2013 Idan and I were invited to a costume party with a Monsters theme ( Monster Mash!) and that is how I came up with this costume idea.

 King Kong

I was King Kong. Idan was the Empire State Building. For all of Purim I randomly climbed on the poor man’s roof top, punched my chest and roared. It was hilarious!

When King Kong Took Over Purim 2When King Kong Took Over Purim 3

The Making

I do not intend to give an elaborate tutorial on how I made the costume. It was two years ago and I didn’t take enough pictures during the process anyway, but I will give a brief glance.

The empire state building

The Empire State Building is made of two parts: the hat and the gown. The hat was made from a dissected shoe box. I shaped it as the top of the building (more or less) while trying to make it fit not horribly uncomfortably on Idan’s head, coloured it and glued the little blond doll on it.

 

 

WindowsThe gown is a very simple, strait shaped, long piece. I used a grey,cheap, stained knit I had. I represented windows by printing rows of squares on the front, using a template I made for this. The gown was easily put on top of regular cloths. 

 

 

 

For King Kong I could have bought a full body gorilla suit, but this would have been no fun. Also, knowing myself well, I had to make something light because I am always hot. I decided to buy only a pair of gorilla feet, and made a partially furry leotard  for myself. The sleeves, back and hood were of a relatively light and short-haired faux fur. the front was regular black Lycra. I also wore black (looks more like grey…) leggings underneath.

mask making

mask painting

The mask was the most fun to make. I hate masks that cover everything and make it hard to breath, so I knew I wanted to keep the mouth free. I also left big nostrils’ holes. I shaped the mask from White Club to fit well on my face and most important – keep it lightweight. I coloured it with acrylics. Underneath the mask I coloured my face black, taking special care around the eyes.

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And, apart from paying the medical bills to fix Idan’s broken back after Purim was over – that was it!

French Girl Greta

After uploading a special new design for Redbubble tote bags, I had to step up and produce something fitting for the new throw pillows as well…

French Girl Greta on Redbubble

I drew this one a few months ago for a “@Sketch_Dailies” assignment (on Twitter). The daily topic was “Gremlins”, and I figured it was a great opportunity to unite the sensatiable Greta with another movie icon – Rose Dewitt of “Titanic”, and her immortal meme: “Draw me as one of your French girls”. For the pillow design I just did a few tweaking and added a proper typography.

As always, you can have this design printed on a shirt too, or phones and tablets’ cases, or a tote bag.

Gremlins' GretaTitanic Rose Drawing