It’s Been a Batty Week!

Since 2014 is Batman’s 75th anniversary, it seems like everyone has had bat on the brain. This week, I myself, have had a case of Bat-fever as I waited in anticipation for the Nerds Like Us midnight screening of Batman Returns.

I may be a Marvel girl, (Carol Corps For-evah!) but Batman was my first love. In fact, BR was one of the only movies I ever saw in the theater as a child.  AND Batman was the first superhero that introduced me to comics.

Initially, I started out wanting to make a Batman hat (that has obviously been on my list forever) to wear to the BR showing, then I decided to give Jack of All Nerds a hat to give away…and then it was just a downwards spiral of Batman- themed crafting from there.

Here’s some of the things I’ve been up to:

 

 

Brittany a.k.a B.H. Art Designs

I’m a strong believer in that old saying  “water finds it’s own level.” The same way that the two laziest assholes, cattiest bitches or top performers in the office always end up besties; creativity attracts creativity.

I’ve decided that every once in awhile, I’d like to share some of my creative friends with you. You’re welcome.

Friend: Brittany a.k.a B. H. Art Designs

Creative Genius: Amongst her many artistic talents, the things I love the most are her accessories that look like 8bit video games! They are super kawaii, you guys! (She made me 8bit bat hair clips that are the cutest thing ever!)

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One of the drawbacks perks of being included in my inner circle of best friends and family is that I will obsess to the ends of the earth over every costume that ever touches your body. If we’re really close, chances are I’ve forced you to let me  offered to make you a Halloween costume at least once. I just can’t stand to see a good idea go to waste!  I pout for weeks when someone declines and then comes up with a crappy slapped together costume they made the day before a party.

The WORST is when someone asks me how to do something for a costume (the usual request being how to do something on the cheap) and then says “fuck it” and does the exact opposite; ending up with something more expensive and less effective then my original suggestion! ::cough:: Double Dragons 2012 ::cough, cough:: You know who you are…

But the worst is only occasionally. I’d say about 90% of the time (don’t worry no mathematicians were harmed in the writing of this post- its just a statistic I guessed at) it works out great. Fantastic ideas are given, people surprise me with their level of craftsmanship or I somehow end up on a costume bender going broke making 15 different costumes for various people. It’s that last one there that really takes the mickey outta me, so over the years I have learned to exercise some self control. Nowadays I still make costumes for people, but I now I always ask them to buy the supplies and sometimes actually pay me a small fee for the umpteen billion hours I’ve spent turning those supplies into something awesome.

In an effort to learn and grow (i.e. smack my inner perfectionist bitch into submission) this year I’ve decided to try something new. Simply designing costumes for other people. They give me their dream, I give them an idea with a hearty dose of how-to advice and then they are responsible for executing said idea. It’s been super fun so far, as my first request was for something very unique that I had to really put some extra thought into: Steampunk Rainbow Dash. Oh yes, you read that correctly. The science fiction sub-genre that combines steam powered machinery and the 19th century fashions of Victorian England and/or the American “Wild West” mashed up with… a flying, rainbow hued My Little Pony character.

Challenge accepted.

Thank you to Cat Fernandez for this amazing challenge! Making the Steampunk Rainbow Dash Cutie Mark was super fun, I can’t wait to finish designing the rest of this costume!

Do you have a challenge for me? Message me on Facebook or leave a comment on this post!

DIY Vintage Harlequin Clown: Accessories Tutorial

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Sometimes you just need a quick and easy costume. One of my favorite ways to whip up a costume in a jiffy is to make really cool DIY accessories that can be added to regular clothes. This is a DIY tutorial for my 3 piece Vintage Harlequin Clown accessories.

HarlequinClown_MeThis is especially awesome if you’re on a budget and have a bunch of parties or events to go to: it’s super versatile.  I LOVED the high waist short and contrasting striped shirt we dressed up my fantastic model Kelsey in, but you could slut it up (and I mean that in the best way) with a skimpy leotard, sexy dress, or maybe pair the shorts with a corset or halter bra for a pin up vibe.

I actually wore it to an early Halloween party while my main costume was still in progress, and it was a big hit.  (The top, skirt, tights and shoes are all direct from my closet.)

Included in this tutorial are instructions to make a cone hat, ruffle collar and ruffle cuffs.

Beginner level, low cost, and can be done in an afternoon; what’s not to <3?

Enjoy!

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NOTE FOR SUPPLIES: You want to get fabric 45″ wide or wider. The wider the fabric the more “ruffley” your collar will be (and yeah I just made up a word, so deal). If you’ve never shopped for fabric before, read this, then proceed.

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Don’t forget to download my cone template!

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  • TIP:  I used the large size for my human-sized hat you see in the pictures and I used small and medium for doll sized  “party skeletons” that I used to decorate my “Circus of the Damned” theme Halloween party. You could  also  totally  use the small version and glue it to a headband for a cute mini-hat look.

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Repeat for opposite side of the hat. You’ll use these tabs to secure the hat to your hair with bobby pins.

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Repeat step one with your second printed fabric- this time making a 6 1/2 ” fold.

NOTE: Save the excess fabric you trim off. You’ll use that to make the cuffs.

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TIP: You should end up with 15 inches marked off directly in the center of your ribbon and 12 1/2″ of ribbon left over at either end.

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Start with your left over fabric from the ruffle collar.

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TIP: Before moving on to the next step, trim edges so they’re nice and even like the photo in step one.

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  • OH SNAP! Note on using snap closures: Each closure comes with two pieces (an “innie” and an “outie” if you will) that, uh, well, snap together. Cleverly named, these things are… but I digress. You will need to make sure that you keep track of which pieces are innies and which are outies as you apply them to your cuffs. Otherwise they won’t snap together, k?

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 Repeat steps 4-8 for the other cuff and your done! Enjoy! XOXO

Love note from JoJo: This post was originally a 3-part post condensed and reformatted on 6/21/14.

Easy NO-SEW Cape: How to make a cosplay cape for beginners.

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Level: Beginner, Time: 1 hour, Cost: Under $20

BEFORE YOU START:

Make sure your ribbon is at least 7/8″ wide.

The cape I made is 38” long and is knee length for the average height adult (5’5” to 5’8”). I used 2.5 yards of polyester crepe with 38” width, folded. So my total fabric size was 76” by 90.”

If you want a longer cape measure from the base of your neck to where you want the cape to end to find your “desired length.” (Hehehe. Get your minds out of the gutter ladies.) Consult Doodle 1 to calculate fabric size needed.

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IMPORTANT: Choose a fabric that will not fray because you are not going to be hemming this cape.
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STEP ONE: Unfold your fabric and lay it out flat. Iron out any major wrinkles and/or creases if necessary.

STEP TWO: Fold your fabric in half width-wise and pin edges together. Lay the folded fabric flat on the carpet. (Doodle 2)

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STEP THREE: Align the 0” mark of your measuring tape with an upper corner on the fold of your fabric and stick a straight pin directly into the carpet to hold it in place. If you don’t have carpet, find a friend to come and hold it for you. If you have no friends, put down the electronic device and go be social. (Doodle 3)

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STEP FOUR:  Starting at the edge of the fabric (Doodle 3), gently pull your measuring tape taut and place a pin at 45.” Make sure you pin the two layers of fabric together. Using your corner pin as the axis to rotate your measuring tape towards the folded edge and place another pin at 45”. Continue until you reach the folded edge. These pins will be your cutting guide. (Doodle 4)

  • Remember to gently pull the measuring tape taut each time to get accurate measurement
  • Be sure not to pull the corner pin out of place.

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STEP FIVE: Repeat Step 4, placing a pin at 7” each time instead of 45.” (Doodle 5) Then unpin your tape measure.

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STEP SIX: Cut along the pins. Make sure you are holding both layers together when you cut. You should have a quarter circle with a tiny quarter circle cut out when you are finished (Doodle 6)

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STEP SEVEN: Make sure you remove all the pins and unfold. (Doodle 7) Now you’re in the homestretch!

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STEP EIGHT: Plug in your glue gun and let it get hot while you measure out apprx. 52” of ribbon. Seriously, it’s no big deal if you go over or under an inch or two.

STEP NINE: Measure 15″ of ribbon and mark it with a pin. Lay your ribbon flat.

STEP 10: I’ll call the tiny half-circle cut out in Doodle 7 the “neck hole”. Starting at your pin and the edge of the neck hole, apply hot glue to half the width of the ribbon and attach the edge of the neck hole working in small sections.

  • Make sure your neck hole edge is only covering half the ribbon width as shown below.

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  • When finished you should have apprx. 15″ of ribbon hanging loose from either end of the neck hole (Doodle 8).

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STEP 11: Along the edge of the neck hole, fold the ribbon over so that the edge of the fabric is covered completely. Glue in place.

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That’s all. Wear it. Look awesome. Try not to spill too much booze on it. Mission accomplished.