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1  Sci-fi alien and astronaut costumes in Halloween Costumes by pinupkate on: November 05, 2012 11:03:24 PM
Decided to do something a little more elaborate for me and my bf this year, and as we're both huge incurable fans of science fiction, I made us a pair of alien and astronaut costumes. First up is mine as a slightly retro-inspired astronaut:



I hand painted a stretchy zip front jumpsuit, repainted toy ray guns, custom painted accessories and my favorite bit, the helmet! I made it using a light fixture that I widened with a hacksaw and then fixed to a cardboard tube that I painted and lined with plumbing insulation.

I also repainted the patches and added on a gold and black flag patch, and recycled an old phone headset:





As much as I love my costume, I might love my bf's more:



His is black tactical clothing with bmx armor I repainted to look like metal, and then I did his makeup with an SFX prosthetic that I painted:



We didn't get a pic of it in full makeup but my favorite bit is the back:



Some detail shots, my bf's repainted nerf gun:



and the belt buckles I sculpted for both of us out of paper clay:



We had so much fun, and it was really surreal watching my bf walk around looking like he stepped off a movie set:



But I have to say that some things about a futuristic costume are not well-suited to a 2012 world:



Hope you enjoyed! Let me know if you have any construction questions. This was the first year I didn't have to sew anything so I learned a lot about more hardware type crafts and would be happy to share. Happy Halloween!
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2  Sci-fi Alien and Astronaut Costumes (Image Heavy) in Halloween Costumes by pinupkate on: October 29, 2012 03:36:16 PM
Decided to do something a little more elaborate for me and my bf this year, and as we're both huge incurable fans of science fiction, I made us a pair of alien and astronaut costumes. First up is mine as a slightly retro-inspired astronaut:



I hand painted a stretchy zip front jumpsuit, repainted toy ray guns, custom painted accessories and my favorite bit, the helmet! I made it using a light fixture that I widened with a hacksaw and then fixed to a cardboard tube that I painted and lined with plumbing insulation.

I also repainted the patches and added on a gold and black flag patch, and recycled an old phone headset:





As much as I love my costume, I might love my bf's more:



His is black tactical clothing with bmx armor I repainted to look like metal, and then I did his makeup with an SFX prosthetic that I painted:



We didn't get a pic of it in full makeup but my favorite bit is the back:



Some detail shots, my bf's repainted nerf gun:



and the belt buckles I sculpted for both of us out of paper clay:



We had so much fun, and it was really surreal watching my bf walk around looking like he stepped off a movie set:



But I have to say that some things about a futuristic costume are not well-suited to a 2012 world:



Hope you enjoyed! Let me know if you have any construction questions. This was the first year I didn't have to sew anything so I learned a lot about more hardware type crafts and would be happy to share. Happy Halloween!
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3  Felt Chanukah Wreath in Winter Holidays by pinupkate on: December 18, 2011 04:45:02 PM
I've been busy preparing our apartment for Chanukah and have been lamenting the lack of even general winter decorations available in our city. So I picked up some felt pieces for only $3, then took some leftover cardboard, a stapler, hot glue and silver textile paint out of my crafting stash. 3 evenings and 6 episodes of Six Feet Under later and I ended up with this:



Can't wait to hang it on our door! I might take the rest of the felt and make a garland to match for our fireplace.
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4  Steak and Butcher in Halloween Costumes by pinupkate on: November 01, 2011 10:36:11 PM
Ready to go out with my bf as a butcher, using textile paint on an old apron and a craft foam cleaver after we couldn't find a toy one anywhere:


I made mine out of fleece with batting and textile paint. Here's a full view of my "outfit":


A slightly better detail shot from when I finished painting, I apparently only know one pose:


Communing with my own kind:


I've honestly never had so much fun on halloween, everyone wanted to stop us for pictures and everything you do is 20x funnier in a food costume.
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5  Hairspray: Tracy Turnblad's roach dress in Halloween Costumes by pinupkate on: November 13, 2010 12:09:24 AM
Thank you so much to everyone who helped me out with my stenciling disaster, it actually came out fine! The inspiration from the John Waters original film Hairspray:

http://content9.flixster.com/photo/11/76/33/11763379_gal.jpg

And the result:



Plus my bf as Corny Collins:



Better closeups of the dress:





Almost no one got it but the people that did loved it, and it was totally worth it for how great it turned out. Thanks again to everyone that offered advice throughout the process!
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6  Freezer paper stencil disaster, please help! in Halloween Costumes by pinupkate on: October 17, 2010 10:22:18 PM
My halloween costume has ground to a halt. I decided to use textile paint on the acetate satin prom dress like I did for my anglerfish costume last year and though I hand painted everything I had no problems. This year I was intending to do Tracy's roach dress from Hairspray:

http://content9.flixster.com/photo/11/76/33/11763379_gal.jpg

All went fine on my test piece of fabric using the iron on freezerpaper stencil technique:







It bled a little, but nothing I couldn't accept, you know? Then I started doing it on the dress and it bled SO MUCH:



It's unsalvageable and I'm beside myself. I already got a new pink dress so now I'm determined to find a paint I can use that won't do this to me (and at least now I have this dress to continue to test on. Will acrylic be thick enough to not seep you think? Anything a little less stiff than acrylic maybe? I would use fabric paint but I can only find it in the store in the tiniest tubes imaginable. Any other ideas?

Thanks in advance. I'm so upset, augh.
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7  Anglerfish costume in Halloween Costumes by pinupkate on: July 26, 2010 02:45:16 PM
I forgot after last year to post my anglerfish/mermaid costume that I spent so many painful hours handpainting! I started with an old prom dress, cut and resewed the sides and bottom, and then painted on these scales in silver textile paint, and made a glowing dangler thing out of wire and leftover material.



I can't get it to photograph right but there are also clear phosphorescent paint spots that I painted down the sides that glow in the dark:



They worked okay, and I would love to get some ideas from anyone on how I might be able to electrically wire the entire thing with LEDs or something without totally destroying the dress. Hope you like!

PS - accidentally posted this in the non-halloween costumes page first, sorry for the duplicate!
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8  Mad Men Joan Holloway costume! in Halloween Costumes by pinupkate on: November 01, 2008 11:54:50 AM
I decided to dress as my favorite character from AMC's Mad Men, Joan Holloway, for halloween. I used a cheap "peggy sue" halloween wig and styled it myself, found a bunch of vintage accessories at the thrift store, and then sewed the dress myself from New Look 6643 in a nice lightweight red wool.





My favorite part is that I can definitely wear the dress again!

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9  Re: 2008 Completed Costumes Scrapbook! (completed project pictures & links go here!) in Halloween Costumes by pinupkate on: November 01, 2008 10:35:20 AM
This year I was Joan Holloway of Mad Men:



I sewed the dress myself from a really easy New Look pattern, and then styled the wig myself from a $16 cheapo halloween wig.



The necklace is also approximated from a crochet hook, which makes me laugh.
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10  Yet another Butterick 4790 retro whirl-away dress! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by pinupkate on: August 29, 2008 10:59:50 AM
I've sewn before, mostly by hand. My experience on a machine is limited as I really, well, didn't have one. So when I got one as a graduation gift I decided to break it in with an easy pattern with a few complex steps. Better to figure out this stuff with my mom sitting over my shoulder than to call her at 3am from my own apartment.

I had to make a lot of adjustments for my shape, but in general I would say it sized very well. I had to take up the shoulders and put in another dart for my bust, and as a result I think I know now what changes I need to make to patterns right away before cutting.







Required action shot:



The fabric is Lady Yang by Alexander Henry. I absolutely love it.



I'm planning on wearing it to a wedding soon. Any jewelry suggestions?
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