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tendstowardschaos
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« on: November 04, 2008 09:36:36 AM »

My favorite local band played at my favorite club on Halloween, and because they are an 80s cover band, I decided to dress up in 80s-inspired clothes. Real original, I know.  Undecided I usually go all out on costumes and spend months preparing for Halloween, but I didn't feel like doing that this year. The shirt and gloves were reconned and the leggings and bracelets were purchased...the skirts, wristlet, bow, necklace and earrings were made from scratch (I wore earrings that I bought to the club...they broke halfway through the evening).


No patterns, just winged it. Except for the petticoat, I loosely followed Catladysarah's tute (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=25389.msg210004#msg210004).

I started out with an old lace shirt. I chopped off the sleeves, cut them into rectangles (originally, they were flared), added a band of stretch knit to the unfinished edge and stitched up the sides, leaving a hole for my thumb...voila! fingerless gloves!  Wink


The two skirts are circle skirts with elastic waistbands and trim added to the hem. For the petticoat, I took 5 yards of 60" netting and cut it into 4 strips along the length. I gathered the strips and stitched them on in two rows. I just cut a thin piece of the green knit and sewed it on over the netting...I like the way the edges curl over.  Cheesy For the top skirt, I lightly pleated a strip of the green knit and stitched a strip of lace over it. I gathered up the top skirt so my petticoat was more visible, too (I removed those stitches after Halloween so I could wear it by itself).



The earrings and necklace are made from shrinkies, eyepins, swarovski crystals, glass and metal beads. The images are from Gashly Crumb. I never realized how hard wrapping wire really was until I overloaded on it.





The bow is just lace and ribbon, accented with crystals and a glass star bead and stitched onto a hair clip.


I just winged the wristlet. I hate trying to dance with a huge purse on my shoulder.  Cheesy


The band liked my costume, but everyone else was blown away by my DH's sound-activated equalizer t-shirt.

Thanks for looking! It was fun to make and more fun to wear!
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Nymphara
« Reply #1 on: November 04, 2008 02:09:48 PM »

Very cool costume!

Was dh's shirt from thinkgeek, btw?
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« Reply #2 on: November 04, 2008 04:49:49 PM »

Thank you! Yes, I got it for him at thinkgeek.  Grin Well worth the cost for the sheer novelty of it.
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« Reply #3 on: November 05, 2008 06:44:18 AM »

That is the second best website ever, after this one, of course!
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« Reply #4 on: November 06, 2008 08:24:39 AM »

Love Edward Gorey!  And you look adorable, the black lace is perfect.
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