Nov. 3rd, 2014 03:05 pm
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We had a blast this Halloween. The weather was freezing (literally) but we all had enough warm underlayers on, thank goodness. Ok, well, when we started out around 6:00 it was about 42, but as soon as it got dark the temp just plummeted. But F only complained about being cold when we were already on our way home, and even then, only in her left toes.

Okay, pictures. First here is Dorothy in Kansas.

Halloween 2014 001

Lots of photos! )
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You guys, it's just sad how much I love this.

glinda progress 003

I'm wearing my stealth earwarmer and I pulled half the length of my hair up into a small bun to fake the short hair.

The back has velcro and no I don't really care that some of it shows. I needed it to be adjustable for when I am not wearing the earwarmer.

glinda progress 004

Laid flat.

glinda progress 007

Here's the goofy fake-short-hair hack. Please ignore the crazy eyes.

glinda progress 005

Right now I have my hair set in bandana waves so hopefully it will look a little nicer for photos. But you get the idea.
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So far, so good.


I don't know why I was so afraid of doing this part. Either I dreaded the tedium of cutting all the stars, or I feared the synthetics would melt under the iron. Or maybe I just didn't want to be faced with the reality not being as good as the vision. Whatever, this process was much easier than I feared and I am liking the result.

The stars really do hide. I can only see a dozen but I know there must be at least 50 so far.

I really love doing progress posts but I should probably stay off the computer for the next 4 days and just sew!

Left to do:

More stars on skirt
Attach skirt to bodice
Neckline trim


Oct. 27th, 2014 11:59 am
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You guys, I was totally surprised and overwhelmed by all your kind responses to my little Dorothy costume. I know I think my daughter is adorable, but I'm the mom! I don't always expect other people to think so. Thank you!

Here's my attempt at doing the stars for real. First I printed some generic clip art stars (I really can't draw) and made some templates from a manila file folder. I fused the wonder-under to the lame' and traced around my templates on the paper side.


I cut them out, held my breath, and ironed them onto my bodice pieces.

I wasn't quite happy with how it turned out initially. Too huge and cartoony.


So I peeled off a few of the bigger stars and cut some more lame' into tiny teeny weeny stars. Acceptable.


Glinda really has the appearance of being sprinkled with big bits of glitter, so I know I had to go smaller. I even tried using a hole punch to made little circles but the hole punch just didn't want to cut the fabric. I tried to cut some tiny circles by hand but I'm not that steady. Maybe I will glue on some sequins, we'll see. At this point I just want to finish for Halloween!
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I know I should have saved this for when we are all dressed up for real, but this is done and I just feel like posting.


The blouse sleeves made me so annoyed. I tried to make them a delicate little puff, which (as you can see) failed. I don't know what happened! I took a basic sleeve pattern that fits her, slashed in the center, and spread for several inches to make a new pattern with lots of extra fullness. But when I gathered the sleeve cap, there was almost nothing to gather! It turned out so smooth instead of puffy.

I cut the waistband, straps, and top bodice binding on the bias, because that's what Dorothy has in the movie. I am the only person who will ever notice this, but it matters to me.

Next up: I am faced with the daunting task of cutting about 4 million little silver lame' stars and fusing them to poly organza.

So far

Oct. 22nd, 2014 02:17 pm
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The wand. Hot-glued, painted, and stuck a bunch of jewels on, at 9:30 at night after work with no plan.



I honestly can't tell if it looks like I did this while drunk and wearing mittens, but I'm gonna go with it. I wouldn't have done all the colors but that's what she has in the movie.

And with the dress so far.


And here is some of the pile of bling, old and new. At first I was just collecting and had no idea what I would put where.


I experimented to combine some of these pieces for the central bodice decoration. I think this gives the right shape. I'll sew them to a foundation before attaching to the dress.

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Glinda and Dorothy are coming along. I have been all over town (twice!) collecting bits of glittery sparkly stuff for Glinda, and I think it's almost all together. I decided to wear my red Victorian corset with it, so no new undies, but I will be making my own wand and crown, because the ones you can buy just suck. Still waffling slightly on the crown's details, but I have all the wand bits and dress stuff. I've made up a bodice pattern and it's cut out. I will sew it first, then do the silver lame' stars.

Dorothy is mostly sewn. I still need to attach the straps and make the blouse. Not much.

One of the last elements to buy was some coordinating long underwear or thermal layers for both of us. It is chilly here at Halloween and I didn't want to ruin our costumes by having to put coats on top. Now that we have this, I am much less anxious!

After all this effort I think I might drag The Girl with me to a mostly grownups post-Halloween party, just so we can dress up again!
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This morning I wanted to prioritize my sewing, so for once I told The Girl it was just too bad for her and headed to my sewing room directly after breakfast. Finished these up.

pocket hoops (2)

Yes, I am in my jammies. Please don't judge.

pocket hoops (3)

They are scaled up with no modifications from Corsets & Crinolines (once again, thank you cheap projector). Several years ago I made some very small side hoops based on the same pattern, but reduced in scale. That was a time in my costuming life before I realized that More Is More, and I was worried about making anything too big. For these ones I went full-size with no worries.

I took a tip from the J.P. Ryan pattern and sewed weights into the bottom piece. I do remember my last set of hoops riding up quite a bit, so hopefully this will prevent that.

pocket hoops (4)

And with an old petticoat (clearly not cut to go over the hoops!).

pocket hoops (6)

Clearly not as huge and awesome as the full hoopskirt, but much easier to manage on crowded streets. I am annoyed with myself for wasting all that time on the big hoop, but at least now I am back on track. This afternoon I plan to make the petticoat to go over these.
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hoop 009

I enlarged the Corsets and Crinolines pattern. I guess I figured out what my cheap crappy projector is good for!

hoop 001

And with some fabric thrown on it.

hoop 007

hoop 008

It came out very short! I am hoping full petticoats will alleviate the "waterfall" effect.

So the plan was to use this for the Glinda costume, then re-use it for a huge awesome 18th century thing. But, it's huge. Like really really enormously big. At least it feels that way to me. It does look appropriately to scale for Glinda, but I am having second thoughts about going out trick-or-treating in this. I don't want to be rude and taking up the whole sidewalk. I might feel differently if I had some kind of party to go to, but I don't. So I guess my options are:

1.) Use this huge hoop and continue with current plan.

2.) Make some pocket hoops for a more modest shape. Maybe use this hoop for something else later.

3.) Make the silhouette much narrower and use a small padded roll or my padded petticoat.

Advice, please?


Sep. 15th, 2014 08:32 am
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Ok, so here's how it went down.

The Girl, out of nowhere last April says "Mom, for Halloween, I want to be Dorothy. Can you make me a Dorothy costume?" and I say "Of course I will," but I didn't expect the next request: "Mom, if I am Dorothy, then Daddy has to be the Tin Man and you can be Glinda!"

At first I said, aw gee, I think that might be a little too complicated for me to make just for Halloween, but the thing that convinced me was the hoops. Glinda's skirt has a very 18th century silhouette, flat front and back and wide sides. "I could make hoops," thought I, "that I could then use for all kinds of awesome 18th century things!"


So I decided to do it. I did talk her into letting her dad be the Scarecrow instead of the Tin Man, because I really doubted he would wear a Tin Man costume, and anyway I didn't want to make one.

So, I have the pink shimmery organza (probably not enough but we'll see). I need to figure out how to do the silver stars. I probably will not make them as dense as the original, but I need to do some. The crown I will probably buy. The wand I can make. She is also wearing quite a bit of bling, so it will be fun sourcing that. All in all, this will be the most involved Halloween costume I have ever done.

And it might end up coming along to Costume College with me, though that was not in my head at all when I decided to make it. I thought the hoops would probably come with me, but we'll see how this turns out.

The most suprising thing is that she has stuck with this idea for months, and still wants to do it! I was so sure she would forget or change her mind.

my owl!

Nov. 1st, 2011 06:56 am
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World's Cutest Owl!!  (Now edited with notes.)

I love the way it turned out so much!

The idea came from a quick Google image search for "toddler owl costume."  There were several costumes, both commercial and home-made, that I borrowed inspiration from.

The hat is a cotton rib knit; square with a little scoop in the middle/top to make the points.  I did the wool felt applique first, then I sewed it on the serger with a 1" strip of Peltex in each seam to make it stand up.  I tried hemming the bottom, but it looked like crap, so I just serged the edge and called it done.

The cape is a half-circle of brown cotton twill.  For the feathers, I rotary-cut my wool felt sheets into 4.5" x 3" pieces, then hand-trimmed them to shape.

How I made it, plus more cuteness! )

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So, yeah, there were a couple giant gaping holes in my (now updated) list of plans, not the least of which is Halloween.  I know I want to make F into a bird, and me into a tree, but beyond that, not much.  Okay, for me I guess it's just brown pants and shirt with orange and red felt leaves stuck all over my upper half (hey, it's Halloween, it doesn't have to be perfect!).  I could conceive of doing some crazy things with sticks and twigs, perhaps a twig crown? but F would totally tear it off of me in seconds and that's no fun. 

For her, I'm still not sure how complex I want to go, or even how to pull off this bird thing at all.  Feathers?  Fake feathers formed from felt?  A suit-type thing?  Built on top of regular clothes?  Clearly, more research is needed!

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 Here's my little rocket girl!


There wasn't anyone else around to get a photo of all 3 of us, and my timer shots turned out pretty crappy, but I did get a couple photos of F with each of us.  (As usual, I am utterly disappointed with the quality of my photos. All the ones that are posed perfectly and would be otherwise great are super blurry. All the properly focused ones have heads cut off or crabby facial expressions or other weird things going on.  Just please believe that it looked much cuter in real life!)

I ended up not making the hat, even though it would have made the costume look more rocket-y, mostly because I didn't want to fight with her to wear it, but party also because I ran out of time.

We went to a baby costume party on Thursday and I got a few photos. We had planned a baby costume party at our house for Friday, but F caught a cold so we had to cancel. We dressed up yesterday just to hang around the house and hand out candy.

Lots more photos! )

I made the star out of two layers of craft felt, an inner layer of Peltex interfacing, and two outer layers of gold mesh from the christmas section at Jo-Ann. I cut the same mesh stuff into the streamers.

I put way too much planning into the star costume because in the end the way I decided it looked best took all of 10 minutes to put together.


Oct. 28th, 2010 08:06 am
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I finished my shooting star costume, sort of.  I glitter-painted all over the black t-shirt and it looks awful.  I was aiming for glittery stardust, but instead it looks like I got attacked by a BeDazzler.  So cheesy and 80s.  But of course, I have already sewn my star to the shirt, so unless I want to spend a lot of time ripping, I will have to just leave it.  I don't have another shirt I can use anyway.

I guess F will have the only nice costume this year.  Not that she will appreciate it.

I'm waffling between wearing my stupid ugly costume and just not dressing up at all.
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F's Halloween costume is done except for the hat, which I may skip anyway because it is so unlikely she will wear it even for a few minutes, and the rest is looking so cute on it's own.

Here's a peek at the pants:

The flames are freehand-cut felt, randomly arranged.  They look really short here but I didn't want the flames to drag on the ground and trip her.

I've also made my big glittery star, but it still needs the ribbon-y streamers sewn to it and then it needs to be attached to the shirt, which still needs to be covered with glitter paint.
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This year for Halloween I am going to dress F up as a rocket ship!

She crawls so fast, it only seemed natural.

I'm going to make a simple A-line sleeveless dress out of some blue-grey cotton twill and use craft felt to add details.  I want to put some red, slightly stuffed fins around the bottom.  I think I'll use some of the printer fabric to make a little flag and a "USA" and maybe a NASA logo.  I'm going for a very 1950s American cartoon rocket ship look.  Oh, and a little pointed hat of course to make the top of the rocket, which she will probably only tolerate wearing for the 30 seconds it will take for me to get a photo, if that.  A matching pair of pants with red, orange, and yellow felt scraps at the hem for flames.

And then, to make this a complete Cheesy Family Costume, I am going to be a shooting star - black thrifted shirt and skirt decorated with glitter paint and a big giant star with trailing sparkley streamers pinned to my shoulder.  HB is going to be a NASA engineer - white lab coat which he is always trying to incorporate into a costume somehow and a little NASA badge I will print for him.  Maybe a clipboard and a pocket protector.  And a slide rule.

We have a baby Halloween party to go to on (I think) the 29th but otherwise on the day itself we are just going to hand out candy to the neighborhood kids.
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My HB and I both forgot to take our cameras to the dance, so I only have a few pictures of my dress from just before we left, and I was in such a hurry to go, I didn't notice my tail was so crooked until we got there.  (And for some reason, my man didn't say anything while he was taking the photos.)  But you get the idea!


The crooked-tailed back )

Even more unfortunately, the only picture I have of the front is this super dorky one where I am making a funny face and giving my HB a thumbs-up.

dorkiness & wing detail )

I hope that some of the other folks who were there with cameras have some pictures thay can share with me!  (hint, hint)  Actually, the more I look at these, the more I think I just need to get dressed up again and take some better photos, with me paying more attention, and in daylight.

The dance was great fun.  We had a good turnout and I think everyone had a good time.  Yay!


Oct. 31st, 2008 08:24 am
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Yay!  It's Halloween!

Finished the stupid bodice yesterday afternoon.  I don't know why it gave me so much trouble; it was such a straightforward piece, the type that usually doesn't give me any trouble.  Oh well, done now.

Today I need to:

Make some wings (quickly and crappily if need be)
Make some baked goods and punch
Burn a couple CDs
Get myself in costume and get to the Oddfellows Hall with all the crap by 8:00 for the dance!

I hope everyone else likes doing the Twist as much as I do!
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