Monday, January 12, 2015

Curiously shaped purse

I had a last minute invite to an SCA event this saturday and only had one day to make something.  A 16th century dress was out of the question, mostly because I hadn't yet settled on what I wanted.  I have way too many dreams!  But something is starting to congeal >:}

So, instead, I made a... pouch.  In my studies I found a reference to three extant "lute shaped" purses.

Apparently some Italian decided that they wanted to hang a dick off their belt.  Who wouldn't?

I loosely followed the wonderful Morgan Donner's plans and made my own in about four hours.  I started with the cardboard from a 24 pack of Monsters and cut it into four full shapes (a six pack each) and three... girth expanders.

I glued all the layers together and covered them with a fake suede scrap I had in the bin.

As for the pouch, I measured the circumference of the... sac... and used it as the diameter of the semi-circle.  Finished it with a simple rolled hem.

I used a lot of glue and a lot of pins to stick a bias strip of fabric all around the edge.  The double thickness helped cover some of the glue stains.

I finished it off with golden beads along the edge and a finger braided cord.  

It went through the pleated sack and then pierced through the cardboard to tie in front.

Shit wasn't going all too awesome and I ran out of time to attach an appropriate pearl strap.

I learned a lot from this prototype.  First of all, it is necessary to embroider and bead the fabric before attaching it to the body.  Second, it is a bitch to sew through dried glue.  Lots of dried glue.  Penis Purse v. 2.0 will be made of black velvet (to match the gorgeous dress I am planning!), heavily decorated, and with some batting or padding.  The hard cardboard looks too uninviting.  Oh, and definitely needs the acorn tip.

Victorian Christmas 2014

It is fantastic to be able to dress up in fun clothes, get drunk, and harass Santa.  

This year I made Victorian skirt from scratch.


One of the best parts was the pocket I put in to the bumroll that may or may not fit a flask.

At the end of the night, I had to gird my loins to leave.

Eventually I'll get a good picture of the skirt and add it to this post.

Friday, December 26, 2014

Deep fried alcoholic cake balls

There's this recipe going around Pinterest where people take angel food cake and cut it into cubes, then soak them in tequila and deepfry them.  Well, it works!  And it is dead simple and pretty fool proof.

1 box mixed up cake mix
1 cup coordinating booze
2" frying oil

I got a Baby Cakes Cake Ball Maker a few years ago that I never use that came in very handy!  I mixed a box of Duncan Hines Devils Food Cake and mixed according to the instructions, then spooned in to the ball maker.

Once cooked, the balls were soaked in amaretto or Captain Morgan, or both, and toss in a tall pot with 2" of hot peanut oil that was left over from the turkey.

Fry until crispy!

Let drip and cool, and then devour.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Rocky Horror Tail Coat

Tail coats aren't normally shaped for people shaped like Dan.  Since he was playing the narrator at this year's Rocky, I got him a 1940's french tuxedo pattern.  The pattern isn't difficult, per sé, but definitely different.  It came with three small squares and a bunch of "tape measures" that correspond to chest circumferences so that the same pattern can be scaled to any size, including dolls.

You anchor the small square on to your craft paper and draw points at certain distances marked on the schematic, then connect all the points.  The pattern does not come with seam allowances or markers of any type, so it took me a bit of staring to figure out which piece was which and how they were all linked.

After transferring to the muslin, I laid out the body pieces to figure out which seams are which and lined them up.

I had to take out four inches on either side of the back instead of the minor darts it requested.

The outside was a cotton blend and the lining was a linen blend in order to have a bit of stretch and not over heat.  Herb was helping me transfer.

Most of the body together.

Of course I forgot to take good pictures once I was done.

While I was at it, I made Riff Raff some wrap around pants for his stilts.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Skate Plate Mounting

I got a new pair of Riedell 195 redlines and mounted my Arius plates to them.  This was a beautiful decision.

There wasn't much space on the boot for the plates, so I pretty much just centered them and tried to avoid the stitching.

I chose to use the same holes that had been used to mount to the Bont boots and traced them.

I first drilled a pilot hole with a smaller drill bit.

Second pass was with a bit close to the size of the screw's core.

After that, I just screwed them in.  I had to get some odd tee nuts to put inside the boot because I couldn't find any bolts with a flat enough head.

All in all, I'm happy with my work.  I love my riedells.