Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Costume Designs by NoFlutter

I wanted to feature an artist I found on DeviantArt, NoFlutter.  

She seems to focus a lot on details of character design.  She seems to do a mixture of Steampunk, Fantasy, and Pin Up

I love the sketch quality of her work.  Let's not distract in a muddle of background noise.

I also love the use of colour in her pieces.  Not the same leather looking everything as many steampunk artist focus on.  

You may have seen her work before, this piece has been found around the internet.
 Steampunk Batman Girls.  This has become inspiration for quite some cosplayers

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Fleece Hat with Ears

I noticed a few years ago that this plushie's (Peckle) head was about the same size as a baby. Because of that, I've been using this plushie as a measuring device when making hats for babies. You'd be suprised how easy it is to make a fleece hat.

Measure long strip of the circumference of the head.

The bottom strip is folded in half to give a clean band to the bottom of the hat.  Then the middle piece should be the distance of the top edge of the bottom strip to the middle top point of the head.  Cut some triangle notches into the top, so you can create a curved head.

Here's a photo of the hat inside out to show you the sew lines.
Sewing the triangle sides with the one next to it, if you cut them spaced out evenly, the middle point will come in on it's own.  Of course slip in the ears as you sew the triangles up.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Devices: Battery Power

Ever been to a con and needed to find an outlet for your laptop or glue gun to fix your outfit?  I HAVE!

Well when you are mobile I've been able to find a bathroom or a hidden corner with an outlet, but in the case that you are stuck at a booth and no one to cover for you . . . . Guess what I found.  At an electronic store I found a giant Battery Pack.  I charge it over night at home. And it gives me about an hour and half of battery power for my glue gun.  Which is great that I can offer alterations on my hats (for changing out hair clips, headbands, or barrettes) on the fly.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Victoria Secret Fashion Show 2012

Every year I love watching the Victoria Secret Fashion Show because it's a great inspiration on wing design, and the occasional costume design as well.  Unfortunately I was a little disappointing this year, didn't think the art direction was as great as previous years.  Either way, I think I'll highlight a few pieces that stood out to me.

Let's start off with some wings.  I love how the stars for the American flag aren't just painted on but float out.  And the stripped skirt flows well in the wind like a flag.

This was really fun to me.  The Clovers pop out of the body like wings, but it accents this Irish look.

No wings on this girl, but I love her Bustle.  It gives great body, and the trim really draws to the the shape that you otherwise couldn't admire on film without.

Another unconventional wing.  This for me was impressive because the flowers have such realistic details.  If you didn't know she was on a runway, you would think she was a tiny fairy.

I dont know why, but I love this look.  It's the new years baby with the sash, and celebration style of a sparkle top hat.  And something about the Golden Wings.  I just can't describe why I feel this looks so well put together.

I like the bottom half of her wings,  I'm not sure if they are wings or a bustle made from feathers.  They draped across the ground behind her as she walked.  

This one kinda took me surprise.  For you Anime fans, does it not remind you a bit of Rei from Evangelion?

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Christmas Holiday Fascinators

Last month I showed my Thanksgiving Fascinators.  This month, it's Christmas time!  Tis the season to celebrate Jesus's birth, and to decorate with flashy lights and sing Carols.  

I gather a bunch of different Christmas themed items and grouped by similar colours.  Than playfully arranged them and stuck them on a headband this time instead of a hair barrette.  

Many of these headbands can be found on my Etsy shop

My favorite parts of these pieces are the christmas light ornaments because they are such icon to the holiday for me.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Christmas Tree Geekery

My Christmas tree is up!

Over the years I have collected a lot of Star Wars ornaments (mostly from Hallmark) that I received as gifts. When shopping for Christmas gifts for a nerd it's hard to go wrong with Star Wars ornaments!

I also have a lot of Disney ornaments. When I was a kid my sister and I had a mini Christmas tree that we filled with only Disney ornaments so I have a whole shoebox full of them. My hubby likes to go to Disneyland a lot so I try to get a different ornament for each trip.

I love my Arena Battle Padme ornament because that was my first Star Wars costume I made!

The Looney Tunes ornament actually has working gears with a handle you turn to raise and lower Wile E. Coyote. Cool!

Captain Kirk is my only Star Trek ornament but he looks awesome commanding from his chair near the top of the tree.

And that  little fox is just cute, isn't it?

Monday, November 26, 2012

Xbox Christmas Wreath

Oh what a geeky way to decorate the holiday!  A Christmas Wreath to hang on your door.  I think I'm going to bring it to work and hang it outside my office.

So I happened to have a excess stack of unopened Xbox games.

So I thought, what can I do with it?  

Hey Christmas is coming up.  Arrange in a circle and glue them together

Add some Green ribbon to hang with

Since I have so many discs, let me share with the world.   You can find these wreaths on my ThreeLace Etsy shop

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Tofurkey Day

Happy Thanksgiving, the day we all (most of us) celebrate by eating turkey.  But for those who are vegetarian, I thought I would share with you our turkey celebration by making a tofu version.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Thanksgiving Holiday Fascinators

As many of you know, I love making mini Hats and Fascinators.  I started making holiday themed hair decor to celebrate the Seasons.   These are some of my Autumn pieces, they kind remind me of Thanksgiving holiday.  I start with a flat base of orange, yellow, or brown felt (basically fallen leaves colours),  Than I cluster on things that remind us of this season.  Hair attachment of choice is a hair barrette

You can find these pieces listed on my Etsy site

More will be around at Christmas Time.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Inspiriation: Scrappy Chevron Strip Pillows

Wouldn't this be a fun sewing project? What an excellent way to use old swatches and fabric scraps!


Anthropologie Pillow $78 West Elm Kantha Chevron Pillow Cover $29

Construction Observation:

The West Elm pillow is created by stitching strips of colored fabric onto textured white fabric with one or two lines of stitching down the center of the fabric strip. This is quick and easy (thus the cheaper price) but could lead to frayed edges, gives the pillow a chenille texture.

On the Anthropologie pillow, each strip of fabric is stitched closer to the edges, on both edges. This is twice the work, but should reduce fraying. Also, there is more space in the "gutters" between the rows of angled strips. This calls more attention to the fact that the strips are appliqued on instead of patchwork, whereas the West Elm pillow could just as easily been constructed with four rectangles pieced together. I also like the sharper angle of the chevron effect, and I like how the addition of darker colors adds more contrast against the white.


  • Two squares of medium or heavy-weight white textured fabric, 18-inch square plus seam allowance (19-20 inches square)
  • Ruler
  • Protractor
  • Pencil
  • Blue chalk
  • Cutting board and rotary cutter
  • Piece of scrap tagboard (for a template) or thin cardboard or card stock
  • scissors (for the tagboard)
  • one 18" pillow form
  • zipper (optional)
  • iron & ironing board
  • sewing machine & thread
  • Fabric scraps, 7 or more different fabrics (15 is a good target). 
    • TIP: Make sure to include a yellow/gold, a red, and a turquoise/aqua fabric. This will help the overall random combination look cohesive.
    • Include neutral, tan or beige fabrics to coordinate with home decor.

How to Make One:

  1. Decide if you want 4 or 6 vertical stripes. 
  2. Determine the width of each "gutter". Write this down.
  3. Determine the width of each "stripe". To do this, multiply the number of "gutters" by the gutter width (from step 2), then subtract that length from 18 inches. Divide that total by the number of stripes and you have your exact width for each stripe. Write this down.
  4. Create a template for your fabric strips. It's a parallelogram! On a piece of tagboard, draw two parallel lines (the width between the two lines is your choice, try a half inch?). Use the protractor to determine the degree of the angle you want, then draw an angle across one end of the parallel lines. Turn the tagboard piece so that the angle line you just drew is now a vertical line. Measure from that line with a rule the width of your stripe (from step 3) and draw another line bisecting both parallel lines. Now you have your parallelogram for your strip template. Cut it out of the tagboard. Trace it onto a scrap paper several times in the chevron pattern to see if it looks right to you. If it looks wrong, change your measurements or angles and make a new template. Get your template correct before you start cutting fabric!
  5. Iron/press your fabrics to get out the wrinkles
  6. Using the rotary cutter and cutting board, cut out strips of fabric, perhaps 3 to 7 strips per fabric. Calculate how many pieces you need - perhaps 84 to100 strips.
  7. This is the fun part! Put all of the strips in a bag, then randomly take them out one at a time and arrange them in the chevron pattern (on the floor, table, or on an 18"x18" mat). When you are done laying them out, adjust a few pieces so your reds, yellows, and aquas are evenly distributed and make sure you don't have two of the same pattern next to each other.
  8. Mark placement lines on the white fabric using blue chalk.
  9. Stitch the strips onto the white fabric. (Easy method is to just sew one line down the center of the strip. Better method is to sew down both sides of the fabric strip, close to the edge.)
  10. Trim edges of fabric strips
  11. Sew the front and back together, add zipper on one edge.
  12. Insert pillow form and zip it up!

Friday, November 9, 2012

Human Made versus Nature Made ColoUrs - Butter

Just like Chedder cheese, I wonder why human production purposefully over fakes the coloUring of the man made versions.  Individual slices of margarine and butter served at a cafeteria.

Monday, November 5, 2012

2012 SteamCon Hats

For a SteamPunk outfit, it is not necessary to have cogs or goggles to make it SteamPunk , in fact some times it isn't even logical (but sometimes it's alright to not be logical).  But what is required of a SteamPunk outfit is a HAT, or some sort of head fascinator.  

So this year at SteamCon I wanted to take a look at the hats that people wore.  FIY this year's SteamCon theme was Victorian Monsters, probably because it was during Halloween weekend, 

Top Hats
This hat is BIG

Her hat is covered with bridal tulle with colours that match her bright outfit

She's cookie monster (and she carried around cookies to give to people)

Top hat made of metal, with a Roses, and a working Clock


A hunter is wearing her catch

Just a cute Lolita Fawn

Another young deer.

Fancy Gothic Elfling

Monster and Witches

Ok she doesn't have a hat, but her hair is just fascinating.  I guess I've seen and made CyberLoxs before, but because of the matching outfit, this really pops.

Spiky Helmet

Dark Witch

Who is she?  I looks familiar, kinda looks like a Witch from Madoka, but it's got to be something


Garrison, didn't know her persona

A hood counts as a hat right?  I just love how this looks.  She could be wandering the desserts and shielding herself from the sand storms.


hand altered high society Hat

High Society Lady

Safari Hat

House of Wormwood
An artist who's hats seemed to pop up around the con.  Looking at her pieces 
I can tell why they are so popular


She covers her head with a jeweled scarf.