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How to Hammer in Dritz Eyelets



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Lingerie for Cosplay: What to Wear to Comic-Con | The Lingerie Addict | Lingerie For Who You Are


For anyone who needs help with underwear for cosplay! Also covers socks, corsets, and catsuits! A great resource and guide.


How I made scale mail out of faux leather, in case anyone finds this useful.  I used the same method for Morrigan’s camisole except that one I sewed instead of stapled.

Instructions are in the captions.

Tutorial #2: Fixing Dark Photos


Let’s face it, we can’t all be amazing photographers. I’ll admit that I often forget to check my camera settings before snapping a few pictures. Don’t lose hope, those photos aren’t lost. (PSD included!)

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How to make arm wraps without actually using arm wraps!


So recently as some of you may know I had to figure out how to make these green arm wraps in the picture below

I wanted them to be one piece so that they wouldn’t have to be adjusted throughout the day if parts decided to slip, especially since the original plan was to tuck the shirt into them. I searched the internet for a while but couldn’t find anything too helpful so I decided to make it up as I went along and took pictures so I could share in the event it worked. (It did)
This process should work for just about any wrap you want to create for instance things like this as well…




There isn’t much to it but I took a lot of pictures, so here we go.
First things first, you’ll want to wrap what ever part of your body you are making the wrap for in plastic wrap (we use this method frequently). Mine was just the forearm so it looked like this


Then wrap it again in tape, masking tape works nicely.

After that you want to draw where the seam is going to be and cut along it like so


Once you have the piece disconnected from your body you want to flatten it, I placed my piece under a pile of binders for about a day

While you are waiting you can get started on the strips of fabric you’ll be using later. Figure out how thick you want the bands to look and measure them out of the fabric you are using

Don”t forget to add a seam allowance, like I did. The length of the strips doesn’t really matter right now, as long as it’s long enough to wrap around your arm once you should be fine. I cut out 12 to be on the safe side. You should have something like this.


Once I had the strips cut out I folded the seam allowance over on all of them, this made it easier later when I attached them to the main piece.


You can then put the strips to the side and go back to the main pattern piece. For the forearm it should look something like this once flattened


You’ll want to clean up the edges with the plastic hanging off and then transfer the pattern piece onto a piece of paper, again making sure to add seam allowance around the edges.

Once you’ve traced around the whole thing you can cut it out and that will be the pattern for the main piece of your arm wrap. Use the pattern to cut out a piece in the fabric you are using and together with your straps your pieces should look like this.

You want to sew on the strips one at a time, starting from one end then making your way to the other. I started from the bottom. Pin the strip onto the main piece along the hem you already created like this

You then want to sew the strip down along the top and bottom edge. There will be fabric hanging off from the strip, you want your seam to stay in between the edges of the main piece. After that is sewn on cut off any extra material from the strip.

It should look something like this

Continue with the other strips. I attached mine diagonally for the most part. When I was done attaching my strips (I only used 6) this is what I had.

Sew your side seams together.

And then hem the top and bottom.

Viola! You should have an arm (body) wrap that you won’t have to wrap!


(I didn’t hem the top because I attached it directly to the shirt)
Also it should be noted stretch material should probably be used. 
Hope it helps someone! :)


Exercise 26 Practice Sheet: Shading Gems

Let’s learn to draw gems in our latest exercise! Download the handout on the exercise page and work to capture the illusion of shading gems HERE.



My favorite source was Roman Warfare (Smithsonian History of Warfare) by Adrian Goldsworthy.  I would do another one of my PowerPoints on Roman tactics, but I doubt that’s in high demand.  

The last image came from ‘education.blurtit.com’, which, altogether, isn’t a half-bad website.

Ohhh, glorious!

Looking For a Redux Edit?


Try out the themes below instead. Some resemble redux edits, others are just simple and clean with attractive features. Most importantly, they’re original themes that the creators put time and effort into, and they come with a lot less bugs. If you ever find yourself looking for a redux edit, consider these themes:

Other awesome theme makers for when you’re not looking for redux-esque themes (just off the top of my head; there’s way more than this):

A few things to keep in mind:

  • this is why redux edits are bad (& why I’m making this post)
  • not all of the themes I linked to are without bugs, but they’re still significantly more functional than redux edits
  • everyone I linked to in the first section has more than one theme so you should look through all of their stuff and see if there’s anything else you like
  • if any of those themes have pixel fonts that aren’t working on google chrome due to the new update, either use the browser opera or change the font to one of these, these, or these.
  • another thing that kinda worked for me is hosting the font in my public dropbox folder & replacing the @font-face link with that, but this isn’t failproof. if you want to try it anyway, I have 13 pixel fonts in my dropbox already. ask me for them if you want

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Michele Carragher, the head embroider on Game of Thrones, made this awesome tutorial to show how she created the dragonscale fabric that appears on several of Daenarys’ costumes in S3 and S4.

Ms. Carragher says that the dragonscale fabric was created because “In season 3 the Costume Designer Michele Clapton wanted a Dragonscale like textured embroidery that starts to emerge on three of Daenery’s costumes, which becomes heavier and more pronounced, growing and evolving as the season progresses” (Carragher).

In stages 9-11 of the tutorial we see how the textile evolves from lightly to heavily embellished. This progression is meant to illustrate Daenarys’ personal growth and the growth of her dragons (source).

Here’s a link to Ms. Carragher’s website.


Don’t care about Game of Thrones but that shit is cool

I didn’t learn about sewing as much as I learned that, no matter what she currently gets, Ms Carragher isn’t paid enough.



Chenilling is a brilliant and simple textiles technique that can be used in a whole range of applications. If you wanted to make a suit jacket more interesting and tactile you could add chenilled panels to the lapel or pockets.


Above: example of advanced chanelling where…