vinyl upholstery

anonymous asked:

I love it when male customers come into my fabric store to buy heavy vinyl or upholstery and after I'm done cutting are just like "oh that must be heavy for you" and I'm just like lol no and haul the roll over my shoulder to put it away. Like yes, I, your tiny 5'4" female cutter, can and will haul massive bolts of heavy fabric all over the store. I do it practically every day. It's kind of my whole deal. Are there any more questions?

proudlyunicorn  asked:

9 karlenaaaaa

karlena, playing footsie

Kara doesn’t think she’s ever been arm candy before.

She says as much to Lena who laughs and leans across the back seat of the car, laying her hand lightly on Kara’s thigh.

“You aren’t arm candy, Kara,” she says. “I invited you because I need your intrepid reporting skills and quick wit to get me through this dinner.”

She flits her eyes from Kara’s face to her high-heeled feet, gaze lingering at the slope of her cleavage, at the lean flex of her calves, before smiling, coy and red-lipped. “It doesn’t hurt that you are an absolutely gorgeous date.”

Kara grins, tilting sideways in her seat, ducking her head to reach Lena across the suddenly vast distance of vinyl upholstery between them. She nuzzles into Lena’s neck, finding the floral perfume dabbed lightly at her jaw, mouths kisses along the hard line of Lena’s throat.

Lena eyes the partition that separates them from the driver before sighing softly, a light exhale falling from her parted lips. She tilts her head back, fingers tangling loosely in the hairs at the nape of Kara’s neck, careful not to muss the intricate braids that curl along the crown of Kara’s head.  

Kara, emboldened, nudges in harder, nipping teeth at Lena’s neck, one hand curling at her waist. Lena makes a small noise of surprise low in her throat, pulling back, fingers moving to splay at Kara’s jaw.

“No marks,” Lena says, tone controlled, even. But her eyes, dark-lashed and half-lidded, fix at Kara’s mouth. The quick tempo of her heartbeats, dampened by cloth and the distracting rush of city traffic, promise later, later, later.

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How I Made Isabela’s Boots

Welcome to the second installment of the “Isabela Cosplay? How?!” series. Today I will be breaking down the BEASTS that are Isabela’s boots. I say beasts because these bad boys ate up the majority of the cosplay construction time. That’s ok though because once again I want to stress how absolutely important her boots are. Whenever I run across an Isabela cosplayer the first thing I look at are how they did the boots. I don’t think two people have ever done them the exactly same way and I think that’s really neat. They all have different buckles, the cuffs are made out of different materials, some are real leather, some are faux, and now I’m rambling. The point is don’t stress too much about getting them exact!

BEFORE I GET STARTED!! I am by know means claiming to know what I am talking about! I am completely self taught in all things sewing related, so I guarantee there is probably a much better way to do all of this. I just wanted to explain how I did mine.

Anyway I will start with the reference pictures I used most while working on the beasts.

The top images are from Tumblr user thedosianimports  who has just a ton of high res reference pictures for dragon age! I can’t stress how important these pictures were to me during the construction process.

Immediately I knew when looking at these images that the best way to go with these beasts were not to make actual boots, but make them more like a pair of spats that went over a pair of base boots.

The first thing I do when working on any cosplay is determine what type of material would work best for this project. If I had the funds and tools I would have loved to have made these boots out of actual leather. Unfortunately when buying for this cosplay I was trying to recover from an expensive semester in college. So I took a trip to the local Joanns and browsed for a while. My search took me to a giant roll of dark brown upholstery vinyl that I immediately fell in love with. It was thick enough to support itself for the most part. I’ve noticed that a lot of Isabela cosplayers have a tough time keeping their boots up. Some use garters, some use tape, and some just let them do what they want. The main goal here is to be able to just put your boots on and be able to leave them. I hope that kind of makes sense.

Once I had my base material I started working on the pattern. I just made it out of some old white sheets I had lying around. It kind of ended up looking like this:

I measured the circumference of my legs at the top of where I wanted the boots to lie, around the knee, around the largest point of my calf, and my ankles with the base boots on. I put the mock up pieces together and sort of measured how big I wanted the knee hole to be. Sorry I can’t think of a better way to explain that. Don’t forget to add the seam allowance when your cutting out your spat pieces!!! 

I started by sewing the two horizontal parts so that instead of four pieces I had two. After that I joined the pieces at the top thigh. At this point I put on the first invisible zipper. NOT THE THIGH ONE but the one going down the length of the shin. I sewed it in upside down.

I marked here where the invisible zippers were sewn in during construction.


Once the shin zipper was on I cut out a circular piece of the vinyl and just sort of pinned it into the knee whole till I thought it looked alright. This is probably the sloppiest part of my boots and I praise anyone who does it well.

Once I sewed the knee piece in, I topstitched everything I had with a thick white upholstery thread.

At this point I sewed up the back to right behind the knee and just pinned up the back of the thigh to make sure the fit was right.

I made adjustments where I thought they were needed, seam ripped the back and started on the dreaded buckles.

For the buckles I knew I personally wanted to go a little larger than what is strictly accurate. Just a personal preference sort of thing. I ended up buying 10 of these:

I liked the antiquey look and size. I also bought 10 matching “D” rings in the correct size.

At this point I was completely stumped and actually ended up walking away from the project for a couple weeks. I HATE BELTS!!!!! Once I calmed down and de-stressed, I sat down with my materials and just started playing. I came up with a weird solution that worked really well for me.

I sewed pieces of vinyl to brown craft foam. Each belt is two pieces: the one with the “D” rings, and the one with the buckles. The buckles are not in any way important to the fit of the boots. They are just there for show.

Breaking it down specifically I cut out the craft foam, spray glued the vinyl strips to the foam, and sewed them on with the white upholstery thread. All the belts were hand sewn to the boots because my machine couldn’t handle it. This is the part that took the longest BY FAR.

Once all the belts were on I sewed up the back, FINALLY INSTALLED THE LAST ZIPPER, and started patterning out the cuff. I don’t have a picture of the cuff pattern so it kind of looked like this:

Use your imaginations I suppose. Anyways I cut out two of those for each cuff, sewed them right sides together, turned them right sides out, and top stitched with my upholstery thread.

Once those were on I just hemmed the bottoms and they were done in time for the con.

They aren’t done at this point. I still need to add the buckles and belts to the base boots. I’m going to use the same method as the belts on the spats but instead of sewing them to the boots I’m just going to glue the belts on with Barge Cement.

And that’s all folks. If there is anything I forgot to mention or anyone has any questions PLEASE ASK ME! I loooove answering questions about my cosplays. I promise you can do it little Izzies! It’s easier than it looks.  If anyone uses any of my methods to make their Isabela boots PLEASE SEND ME PICTURES! I wanna see your awesome work guys!!!!

potsandpanssexual  asked:

Hi there! Love your blog!! I was wondering if you had any idea what type of fabric would be best for making Mercy's uprising skin from overwatch. I think it's technically called "battle medic ziegler". I'm stumped completely on fabric choices. Thanks so much!!!

Hello there!

Is this the correct skin?

It appears to be some type of garment-weight leather (or a faux leather alternative). It has more structure than something like a spandex, and has a small amount of shine but not the plastic shine of PVC. 

If you can’t find a suitable leather or faux leather (it’ll be much thicker and less comfortable but also look at upholstery vinyls and marine vinyls), then you can possibly stabilize a wet-look spandex, though you’ll lose the stretch and it won’t be a perfect match. 

Try to use a stretch fabric if possible, since it’ll be more comfortable around the fitted waist, though this has enough seams that you likely won’t need the stretch for fitting needs if you tailoring is excellent.

Good luck! I hope that helps :]

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My mom was a school nurse. In summer we were off school together and during the day we would clean house and do laundry in the mornings and then go to the pool and watch soap operas in the cool basement during the afternoons.

One day she and I finished our morning chores and had time for an early lunch at the kitchen table before All My Children came on tv at noon. We ate cottage cheese and fruit plates, with lemon ice water - she loved this lunch that my father hated.

On that day, we had big white grapes and nectarines sliced and round scoops of small curd cottage cheese sprinkled in black pepper - mine with salt, too. We were giggling - I was young - less than eight I think, but more than six years old.

Mom and I lined up all the grapes in two round spiral patterns on the table, curves wrapped inside each other, each of us having our own lead end into concentric round centers. We laughed and leaned over the table to purse our faces into fish lips, hover over our respective rows of grapes and suck them up into our mouths - complete with gasping popping sound effects.

We were a little hysterical with laughing, in between suck-popping them up and then chewing fast and swallowing. It almost became a race, when mom stopped me suddenly and said, “oh!! Don’t! We really shouldn’t, we could so easily choke!” Then she laughed and said, “Well okay, maybe just this once!” And on we raced, sucking and popping grapes until our fishy kissed faces were smushed together and our checks were bulging with fat white grapes in their juicy green skins.

I remember the way the vinyl upholstery on the yellow & green kitchenette chairs felt sticking to my bare shins as I kneeled over the table top. I remember that, true to her word, Mom wouldn’t do it again next time we had grapes and cottage cheese - no matter how I begged. I remember I got in trouble for trying the stunt with a friend at school in the cafeteria. The table monitor shouted - “No sucking grapes! Choking hazard! Nurse’s orders!”

All together, it’s all one good memory.

So you want to cosplay the bamf Evie Frye, but you can’t help but stare in wonder at the beauty of it. It being that intimidating as fuck jacket. This thing took over my life for over a month, to the point that I dreamed about the thing. It took about 40 hours to complete, cost me over $100 in new materials, and weighs about 3lbs just by itself. But the butt cape goes swoosh when I walk so that’s all that matters. Of course, you can supplement the materials I used for different, cheaper, lighter materials. My goal here is to make your construction process as easy as I possibly can. I suffered through the trial and error, I might as well tell others what worked for me and what didn’t!

This tutorial will be broken down into sections to make explaining things easier, however this jacket was NOT an easy thing to accomplish. I’d highly suggest only attempting this if you feel comfortable with heavy weight fabrics and sewing in general, but I’d never try to put off someone who’s looking for a challenge!

Yes, this thing is just as long as you’d expect it to be. 

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anonymous asked:

I'm putting together a Lady Sif costume for my girlfriend and am doing some research. What did you use to make it and how did you get the details on the armor? Thanks in advance for any info you can share about your process.

Hello, Anon!  Firstly, I must apologise for the incredibly late reply on this.  I absolutely refused to answer your question when my own Lady Sif costume was not yet complete, but now that my time with making her has come to a close, I can answer your question properly!


            First and foremost, I made all of my patterns from scratch!  Therefore, you cannot purchase any part of the patterns anywhere. 

            To make my patterns I had wrapped with plastic wrap, and then taped with masking tape the section of my body that required a pattern being made from.  From there, after having been freed from my bondage, I would (with pencil first) trace out the shape of the pieces I needed to create, outlined with sharpie, cut them out, pinned them to muslin, drew seam allowance (I use 1cm) and then cut out my final muslin pattern.

            However, sometimes you will have to wrap a section of your body multiple times if there are pieces of your pattern that overlap each other so that you can create them individually.

            *Please note that sometimes this does require the help of a second person.  I found that bribing my siblings with Starbucks coffee is a highly successful method in accomplishing this.


The skirt was…quite annoying as I actually made three before I was remotely able to get it to look anything how I wanted!

I started off by drawing out the basic shape of the skirt and the panels, cut it out of muslin and did this until I created the right size, but I did not cut each panel individually!  I used upholstery vinyl and backed it with casa satin and cut out the “hemming” and glued everything together.  I then cut out individual strips for the raised stitching 0.5cm tall and 1cm wide.  I cut a thin slit on each end of the strip for every “stitch” and wrapped embroidery floss around it, tucking it into the slits to hold the fake stitching in place before gluing it down onto the panels as my skirt was way too thick to actually stitch and because it is made from vinyl, even if I did stitch it, it would have been flat and not raised like Sif’s screen costume.


I drew on the shape and seams of the bodice on my tape-form, cut it out, translated it onto muslin adding 1cm seam allowance and then cut it out on a stretch pleather.

*I ended up using different fabric for the bodice, but this is what the front of it looks like!  The back has one seam down the middle.


I drew on the on my tape-form, cut it out, translated it onto muslin adding 1cm seam allowance and then cut it out on the upholstery vinyl. 

I then glued the two sides together, as there is no stitching on these parts of the costume.

Then let it dry!

And then I trimmed the edges and coloured them in with a Berry Sharpie marker.


First and foremost, the base shoes I purchased were Cilo-11S Round Toe Wedge Pumps from Discount Women’s Dress Shoes for $24.99!  These are the exact same shoes I wore for my Thranduil cosplay.  If interested in looking at more detailed/complex boot tutorials (as Sif’s was super simple), please take a look at my Thranduil Cosplay Tutorial!

My height, in these boots, is almost 5′ 9″ or about 1m75cm.

Using the same exact pattern making as mentioned earlier, put on the base shoe you will be wearing and wrap that and your leg in plastic wrap and then tape. 

From here, I drew  on where the seams would be, and for this boot in particular, I had one seam from the top of the middle front, all away around my leg/boot, up to the top of the middle back. 

After cutting this off, I traced it onto muslin, adding extra room for seam allowance and also I made the top wider (as her boots are not form fitting).

I also made a pattern for the over-the-knee extension of the boot separately, after adjustments had been made in regards to the width of the boot.

I sewed in interfacing only in the calf area and over-the-knee bit, as well as zipper on the inside.



All armour is made from craft foam, coated in 5 layers of Gesso on the right side and backed with muslin and school glue to help stiffen it.  It was painted with Krylon Metallic Silver [Gold for the circles] gloss spray paint and weathered using FolkArt Metallic Gunmetal Grey #667, sealed and then coated in EnviroTex Lite [Pour On] High Gloss Finish resin.

All detailing was carefully drawn first and then traced over with Tulip Mettalics Dimensional Fabric Paint in Silver.

The pauldrons attach to the collar via heavy duty snaps, the chest, mid and back armour attack via side straps (the breastplate and back also have magnets on the inside and their opposites glued to the bodice to help keep it in place and the breastplate has a strap from each side that snaps in the back like a bra to also help prevent it from sliding).


I am pretty sure I cut up an old pair of gloves to help me get the pattern right for the glove portion of the bracer which I sewed in between two layers of vinyl (that go around my forearm).  The armour on the bracers is backed with two layers of vinyl as well which is sewn into the forearm piece with the armour glued on top.


Whilst wearing the pumps to be worn with the costume, I wrapped my leg AND shoe using the tape method before drawing out the pattern.  The armour is attached via heavy duty snaps.

On the bottom of the shoe, to prevent the fabric from ripping as I walk, using Contact Cement, I glued on soles made from black craft foam and stuck on no-slip grips.


I literally took the entire 2 yards of rectangle green fabric and hemmed the edges.  I took one of the short ends, took some thread (knotting one end) and made large stitches for how large I wanted the pleats, pushed the fabric down towards the knot (so that it bunched up) finished off the stitching and top stitched it on a machine so that the pleats stayed in place.

The fur, I took two rectangular pieces, right sides together, sewed along the edges (keeping the middle of a short end open) turned it inside out, sewed the cape to the fur piece and sewed on hooks to clip onto the D-ring’s that I sewed into the collar piece.

[Photography by In2thereview]


I purchased black fishnet and spray painted it silver…because I did not have time to make legit mail.  One day I will make actual mail for her.


The base of the shield has poster board in the middle with craft foam on each side and then cardboard on each side of that. 

On the inside of the shield, I sewed in a slot to put my sword and straps so I can hold it.  I glued it on using Contact Cement before putting the outside vinyl on.

First, I drew the knotting on to poster paper and cut it out with an X-ACTO knife, traced the knotting onto the craft foam, and cut it out with the X-ACTO knife as well.  

The shield itself is a few layers… 

There are two small V-shaped layers at the bottom.  The bottom layer has no knotting and the middle layer does.  

Then there is the top section which is also made up of numerous layers.  There is the base with the outside knotting on top, the middle section has large, flat pieces of foam with knotting on top of that as well.  

Look at the many layers of foam!

And now it is time to paint the shield and then gloss it!

Because I was extremely proud of how well my shield came out, I decided, that for this piece, I would do European 4 in 1 chainmail for the mail on either side of the shield armour.

The final height and with measurements of the shield are (at the tallest and widest points):

Height: 51.5cm
Width: 33.5cm

Please view my video tutorial on how I made the shield as it is a LOT easier to understand by watching the video!  Beware, it is long!


My amazingly beautiful sword was commissioned by a dear friend, Eric, Coregeek Cosplay & Creations and definitely check out his Facebook Page!

[Images are by Eric himself.  These are the ones he sent me of my sword before shipping it to me!]


Dany in Natural Black from Arda Wigs, brushed out to get rid of some of the volume and the lace front trimmed.

Unfortunately, this wig ONLY lasted me two days!   It became horribly knotted and matted.  Yes, it is salvageable, but all of my wig styling tools are back home in the States, and I had no access to it while in the U.K..

Here are some photos of the wig while it was still lovely: 

[Photography by Valentin Offner]

Due to how terrible the wig had become, I had to order a new wig off e-bay for 13 quid from Manchester in the colour 1B or Natural Black.  This wig was INCREDIBLY easy to brush through and didn’t knot nearly as much as the Arda wig!!!

Here is are a couple of photos of the new wig:

[Photography by Mikael Buck from an article in the Daily Mail.]

[Photography by Martin Siggers]

Featuring Loki of London as Loki!

[Photography by Ultimate Cosplay | Roku Hebi]


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Talon Cape Anatomy:

  1. Started with 10 tan panels, and hand painted the glyph designs on them. (5 shown are inner cape, and are all the same, the 5 outer are 3 same, 2 different)
  2. Quilt Batting as a filler between the two tan panels, spray glued both sides to make what looked like an ice cream sandwich.
  3. Had to make 5 sided bias tape by cutting long strips of brown and ironing the folds into them. They were then glued onto the panels, (I tried the spray glue on these as well but they all started coming unglued before I even wore it, so I ended up hot gluing them on.
  4. This was surprisingly the hardest part to figure out. In order to get the little cape to fall as it should it ended up being a really bizarre shape. Didn’t bother putting red all the way around because the upholstery vinyl would cover the middle part anyway.
  5. (Not shown) There is a small cape made from a strong black material which isn’t visible that the tan panels are all sewn onto so the blue cape-let isn’t holding any weight, the blue and black are joined at the top.
  6. The daggers are all carved from green insulation foam, and just painted with acrylic craft paint. I didn’t bother covering them with spackle or anything like I did the arm blade, I wasn’t too worried about them taking too much damage. 2 of them ended up snapping at the handle as I was wearing it because the blades tend to hit the back of my boots as I walk, but I just hot glued them back together.
  7. From there it was just a lot of riveting (48 of them, I think?) and making black belts out of the upholstery vinyl.
  8. Shoulder pad: I found a kids size hard plastic baseball cap, and cut parts off so it was the right shape. I then took plastic tubing and cut a slit down it, and using hot glue to attach it and a heat gun to help form the tubing around corners I edged the shoulder pad. before spray painting it.

So there’s a general rundown, if you have specific questions, feel free to ask. My images are limited to what I already had because the cape is currently at my parents house for storage. Hope this helps someone.

The Voice in my Heart

Author: @xerxia31

Rated G

TW: brief allusions to childhood abuse.

He couldn’t remember a time when she wasn’t in his head. Her thoughts and emotions were woven among his earliest memories. Her presence had been a comfort in lonely times, in times of disappointment. She was part of him.

But Peeta did remember, clearly, the first time he understood no one else shared a connection like he had with her. He’d been seven years old. That was the day his mother smacked the side of his head hard enough to make his ears ring and told him imaginary friends were for babies.

She shared his pain, felt his anguish as she always did. And she soothed him, like she always did, with warm thoughts and songs. But that time she had also assured him that his mother was wrong, that she was very real. That they were real.

But they agreed, then, to be careful, understanding even at such a young age that no one would believe them. They spent time teaching themselves and each other how to mask their reactions, so as not to give away that they were experiencing things others couldn’t hear, couldn’t feel.

They helped each other, encouraged each other. They shared everything. Not so much in words, not usually, but in sounds and smells and feelings.

She was as much a part of him as his own hands, his eyes. He couldn’t fathom life without her.   

Until she was gone.

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