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« on: November 01, 2009 04:49:24 PM »

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A cecaelia (pronounced /sɨˈseɪliə/ sə-SAY-lee-ə; unrelated to Cecilia or caecilian) is a composite mythical being, appearing occasionally in art (notably from Japan), literature, and multimedia; combining the head, arms and torso of a woman (more rarely a man) and, from the lower torso down, the tentacles of an octopus or squid as a form of mermaid or sea demon.

Actually this costume is based on Ursula the Sea Witch but I thought a younger version of her might be nice so I omitted the wig.
The dress is basically my own pattern. I did copy the bodice part from a bubble dress that I have but the bottom I drew up. The purple shirt is of store bought.

The tentacles were stuffed with poly-fil and had a wire running through. I could curl them up or extend them all the way out. There were also strings attached from the waist to the tentacle to help keep them upright. When I was wearing it people kept coming up and squeezing my tentacles. The had in the picture is from some random guy that wouldn't let go.

Thanks for looking! It was a lot of fun to make and wear. I'm really excited as well to see everyone else's entries!  Cheesy

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« Reply #1 on: November 01, 2009 05:25:58 PM »

oh man, that is fantastic - i love how your tentacles are posable Smiley

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« Reply #2 on: November 01, 2009 06:59:29 PM »

ha! I love your train station pic! they look confused & amused....
« Reply #3 on: November 01, 2009 07:02:33 PM »

Those are the best Ursula tentacles I've seen in my life!!! Awesome, awesome work.

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« Reply #4 on: November 01, 2009 08:29:41 PM »

That's really interesting to hear the background of your costume. I love the irridescent purple on the tentacles and that you could pose them - awesome. How long did it take you to plan/make your costume? It's really beautiful.
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« Reply #5 on: November 02, 2009 02:49:31 AM »

Thanks guys!

@ Raincity- it too me about 1 week total. I spent one Sunday drawing up the pattern and drawing it out on the fabric. The cutting took another day and I did all of the sewing in the evenings after work.

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« Reply #6 on: November 02, 2009 12:44:10 PM »

That. is. AWESOME! And you used the perfect fabrics!

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« Reply #7 on: November 02, 2009 04:17:03 PM »

I was Ursula for Halloween this year as well (and entered it in this contest!).  Great minds....  Wink

I love that the tentacles were poseable too.  I left mine free flowing (except the front ones so I could walk), but stuffed them with recycled materials (tulles, blank newsprint, plastic bags) so they wouldn't be too heavy.  What kind of wire did you use?


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« Reply #8 on: November 02, 2009 06:41:29 PM »

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« Reply #9 on: November 02, 2009 11:10:12 PM »

@msfitts13- I liked your costume a lot as well as your Ariel. She's super cute.
I think the wire was an aluminum wire. I'm not exactly sure but it was very light weight.

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« Reply #10 on: November 03, 2009 02:37:43 AM »

awesome work!

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« Reply #11 on: November 05, 2009 11:49:16 AM »

Lots of octopi this year! (Including me! I posted the tute over here) I love that your tentacles could curl out and up. I tried wiring mine, but they were just too heavy, so I ended up gathering the fabric in various places, so that they'd have a little curl/bounce to them.

Funny, though, I didn't end up wearing this costume on Halloween night (I made it for a Disneyland Halloween event) because I thought it would be too difficult to ride the train in it, so I wore something else on Saturday... funny that you have pics of you in the train station! Smiley

« Reply #12 on: October 16, 2011 06:32:58 AM »

This outfit is INCREDIBLE! I would really like to be Ursula this Halloween! Any chance you'd like to sell your costume? Or share some detailed instructions with me about how to make my own? Please let me know! Thanks so much! Smiley Ursula ROCK!
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