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« on: August 14, 2004 04:38:25 AM »

I'm dressing up at work this year and since it's a daycare I can't exactly be sexy or scary.  I decided to carve skellington and pumpkin king jack-o-lantern for my porch so I thought a Sally costume would be perfect.  There are two problems...I can't sew the dress due to lack of sewing skills and finding fabric and I refuse to buy it because of the price for what you get.  Here's a link to the manufactured costume: http://www.costumecraze.com/SKEL03.html.  Not very exciting but at the same time right on with the fabric.  What really annoys me is the back of the dress is solid pink.  Anybody have any suggestions on how to be thrifty with this?
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« Reply #1 on: August 14, 2004 05:20:06 AM »

Hmm, I don't see how you can make a costume without sewing  (it's really not that hard - but if you're just terrified of needle and thread/sewing machines, maybe you could use that special glue instead)

So anyway, the glory of this particular costume is that its all patchwork of random fabrics - so if you don't care about getting the 'right' fabrics, you should be able to do it pretty cheaply.  Either go to a thrift store and just buy a bunch of patterned clothes from the $1/pound bin or go to the fabric store and root through the remnants bin - remember, you don't need much of any fabric. To make the costume with minimal sewing, take a dress of approximately the right shape and just baste the fabric pieces (cut them up first, obviously) to the dress.  (basting is when you take big huge stitches that you can easily remove later.)  Then when halloween is over, you can take off the fabric scraps and still have your dress.

A more 'real' version of the costume I would make by sewing the fabric scraps together (hey!  if you have a sewing friend they probably have lots of scraps lying around collecting dust - they could be freeeeeee!) to make a large piece of patchwork fabric.  Then sew the dress out of that.

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« Reply #2 on: August 14, 2004 08:53:18 AM »

attaching the fabric to a previously made dress is a great idea.  i could also use black yarn and make stitches similar to those sally has.  thanks a ton!
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« Reply #3 on: August 14, 2004 02:29:48 PM »

Maybe you could use a stapler to fasten the fabric scraps together? The staples probably will look like big stiches.

I'm not sure how that would work (I usually staple my fingers cause I'm a clutz), but I'm positive you have to put something on the back of the fabric to keep the staples edges from hurting you.

yeah, well, whatever you do, good luck!
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« Reply #4 on: August 14, 2004 03:40:07 PM »

It's actually really easy to sew.  My mother-in-law did it when my daughter was thousands of miles away with no measurements.  It's just enough squares sewn together to fit you, it doesn't even have to have a straight hem. 
    I made the wig with some pantyhose that got a huge run in them and yarn.
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« Reply #5 on: August 14, 2004 03:45:14 PM »

Here a re a couple links with suggestions & pics:

http://www.cosplayer.org/HallAwards/Hallpica20.html
http://www.livejournal.com/talkread.bml?journal=liquidmercurial&itemid=117335
http://www.dymentia.org/M/p_c6-sally.htm
http://www.dymentia.org/M/p_c6-dymart.htm
http://images.cosplay.com/showphoto.php?photo=12186                     http://www.rubymisery.addr.com/halloween.htm             


Iceiclegirl:   your daughter is adorable!! What a great pic & awesome costume!
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« Reply #6 on: August 14, 2004 08:22:35 PM »



that is friggin adorable!
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« Reply #7 on: August 17, 2004 12:42:08 PM »

hee, thanks.  Grin She's about 2 in that picture, she's 4 now.
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« Reply #8 on: August 17, 2004 01:10:04 PM »

I was Sally last year and made it all myself...well altered whatever... i found a long grey cotton dress at goodwill (just t-shirt like material) and cut the neck, sleeves, and hem line how i wanted and used cheap acrylic paint to paint on the patchwork (so it was just like Sally's) and stitches. I dyed tights a light green to match her skin tone (i had to use white opaque tights to cover my tattoos) 2 pairs one for my legs and one to cut up for my arms. I used a sharpie to draw the stitches on them and pinned the arm ones to my sleeves to keep them up (i also cut holes for my fingers in the foot of the tights.). I already had long red hair then and just bought witch make up for my face and eyeliner for those stitches...and wore my steel toe docs to finish the outfit...maybe i can find and post the pics...

just another idea! Wink
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« Reply #9 on: August 17, 2004 03:16:04 PM »

I'd love to see pics!  wasn't it tedious painting the design on?  did you use fabric paint or acrylic or something else? 
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« Reply #10 on: August 17, 2004 03:59:58 PM »

acrylic, the kind from walmart for 50 cents a bottle, it wasn't too tedious, just map it all out with a sharpie...
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« Reply #11 on: August 17, 2004 04:54:40 PM »

great!  I will start looking around for a dress =)
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