Like many others on Craftster, I'm a bit nuts about Halloween. I've *almost* finished my costumes for this year, but in the meantime, I'd thought I'd upload some costumes from earlier years!
My husband and I decided to dress as a couple; we decided to go as d'Artagnan and Milady de Winter, inspired by our casual RPG The Three Musketeers: The Game (based on, of course, The Three Musketeers by Dumas), which we were working on at the time. We went all out...let me say, finding the right shade of blue in the right material was not easy!
I present, d'Artagnan! The hubby's outfit consisted of a linen (under)shirt, slashed doublet, breeches, leather bucket boots, leather gauntlets, linen cuffs and collar with lace, wool musketeer tabard (or cassock/casaque or mandilion) with embroidered cross and pewter buttons and wool felt hat with 5 ostrich plumes.
The feathers were hand-dyed (smelly, but fun!), the hat was hand-blocked (sort of!), the cross was embroidered (I thought it was pretty good, not having embroidered anything before) and the buttons...there were 113 buttons on that dang tabard. :'(Thankfully my wonderful husband came to my rescue and offered to help me with the costumes *right* before Halloween. So I had him sewing buttons for two days. And then there were all the buttons on the doublet. Oy.
He also (for months!) grew out a mustache and goatee - alas, everyone assumed it was fake. But it was real. And twirllable.
My Milady costume consisted of a shift (undershirt), bumroll (to give me that early 17th century silhouette), three petticotes (aka skirts), reed-boned bodice with stomacher, organza cuffs, collar and sash, fleur-de-lis necklace and earrings, poison ring, wig, black gloves, black fan, black mask and black shoes with gold rosette bows. The cuffs, collar, sash, third petticote, bodice and mask had a gold lace trim.
It wasn't all period-accurate (but hey, the 'real' musketeers didn't wear tabards, so whatcanyoudo) but it was fun, people got a kick out of it, everyone was impressed we made them, and I felt proud; it was the first clothing/costume I had truly made completely by myself (save for some of the buttons!).
Mr. Husband and I were to attend a game concert around Halloween, that also featured a costume contest, so we decided to make game-themed costumes that year. We actually ended up reusing an older costume for my husband, as mine took up so much time and energy (don't feel too bad for him; when we started dating I ended up making all his costumes and put mine on the back burner).
My partner in crime went as Link from the Zelda series (mainly based on the "Twilight-Princess" Link). It was a costume made a couple years prior, but we added the chainmaille hauberk (made by me, for him, for our medieval wedding), and... removed my poorly-made boot-covers. Oh how I hate boot covers.
Everybody loves Link!...well, all the gamers love Link. Eh, most of the gamers liked Link.
I decided to go as Liara from Mass Effect
I made the blue headpiece, shirt/dress, shorts and fingerless-gloves, and bought long latex stockings and gloves, and black shoes (which I added green to). It was my very first attempt at working with latex (and ultra-cal, and doing a whole bunch of prosthetic/mask work for that matter) and for a first time, I think it came out pretty well! I also took my first jab at sewing jersey (ack!) and working with some not-so-friendly materials (that black shiny stuff...grr). I had my mom-in-law helping me with the top, thankfully! We had to piece together a pattern to get the colour blocking and side shapes.
...I also had a bit of a problem with the latex stockings; they were too big for my skinny legs (but I can't order the next-size down, otherwise they'd be too short) so I kind of had to wobble around whenever we went out, to keep them up. But people loved it (despite not knowing who I was - ME was not as known then as it is now) and I ended up winning the costume contest.
Just married, my hubby and I were on a backpacking honeymoon in Europe when Halloween came around; we were due to arrive in La Rochelle in France for Halloween, so we frantically put together some costumes the night before. You can't get more last-minute and patchy than this. We were in Carcassonne and there just so happened to be a costume store in the town (despite Halloween not being a big thing in France). There wasn't much to choose from, we didn't want to spend a lot of money, and we couldn't be burdened by our costumes, so we bought some crepe-paper, a Zorro hat, feather, plastic sword, mask, tape and glue. When we arrived in La Rochelle, I think most people thought we were crazy...but we did get a few people coming up to us saying they liked that we were dressed up for Halloween costumes.
The husband was a musketeer (1.0). The tabard is all made out of paper, he's wearing my coat, and he drew a little squiggly mustache on his finger. We were reading The Three Musketeers at the time, and we were in La Rochelle...so it was appropriate!
I was a little more abstract; I went as "The Night." Mine was quick and easy - it took a ridiculous amount of time to reshape the hat, cut and glue the tabard and collar pieces for the musketeer! It was an interesting Halloween.
I hope I'll finish our costumes this week! To see more pics/close-ups of the costumes above (well, not the ones from La Rochelle) check out my cosplay page. I also did a tutorial on how I made the latex headpiece - it talks about doing a life-cast of your head, sculpting a master out of clay, making an ultra-cal mold, and a final latex cast. It's applicable if you're making a full-head mask (or just a face mask, or a headpiece, like I did). You can find that tutorial on my site (under Blue Girl comics). Any questions, just ask! Hope you enjoyed
Happy early Halloween!!