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Maimy
« on: November 07, 2011 06:03:32 AM »

I'd like to start by saying that I'm allergic to face paint. As in, it burns my face and turns it red for days. So as much as I adore halloween, coming up with costumes can sometimes be a bit of a challenge! Normally I cobble something together using what's in my wardrobe/scrap fabric bin, but this year I had a little more to spend...





I started this back in July (is that admirable commitment or just sad? I don't know), if you don't count the sketches from May. I traced a vintage dress to create the pattern for the bodice - I made about 5 toiles before I got it to fit right! - it's fully lined, and the outer is made from polyester glittered tulle layered over creased taffeta. The neckline, front seams and where it is hitched (bustled? gathered? What's the proper term for that anyway?) are embellished with a mix of glass and plastic beads, sewn in place by hand. At the bottom of each seam line is a felt flower, self-fabric leaves, a sequin or two and a glittered fake leaf. It closes with a zipper on the back (it was supposed to be invisible, but the invisible zipper foot on my machine just doesn't get CLOSE ENOUGH!! Grr).



The skirt is a basic elasticated circle skirt, with one layer of lining and one layer of iridescent chiffon. I left the hem raw - and square - and cut a vaguely leaf-shaped edge. This was then hitched (?!) and embellished with self-fabric leaves, sequins and fake leaves.



Next came the head piece; it's a twig I carefully carried home from the woods, glued & wired onto a headband, embellished with an artificial bird, fake leaves, dried lichen, felt flowers and sequins. I used paper-covered wire for the twirly vines. Then the shoes; these were an old pair of sandals I basically covered in more fake leaves, with a little lichen and a couple of sequins. And some more paper covered wire to wrap around my legs.



Then in case I wasn't cross-eyed enough from all that sparkly green stuff, I made a matching bag. Leaf-shaped, with hand sewn beading. And finally my little cuff things - floral felt trim, more wire to wrap around my arms, and bead & sequin embellishment. Again, applied by hand.

((Click here to view the flickr set or view them on facebook here for a couple of bonus detail shots!))

This was a complete departure from the kind of things I normally make, but it was SO MUCH FUN. Plans for next year are already underway Cheesy Thank you for looking!
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« Reply #1 on: November 07, 2011 06:46:56 AM »

Totally fabulous!!!
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« Reply #2 on: November 07, 2011 07:11:16 AM »

Awesome!  Love the head piece.
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« Reply #3 on: November 07, 2011 07:13:10 AM »

OH my goodness! You're beautiful! And that costume looks AMAZING on you!!!
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« Reply #4 on: November 07, 2011 08:28:34 AM »

That is one stunning costume! Great detailing!
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« Reply #5 on: November 07, 2011 09:19:55 AM »

That's beautiful!  If the foliage was easily detachable, that's something that I would wear all through the summer.  Great job. \m/
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« Reply #6 on: November 07, 2011 09:51:38 AM »

Aw! Thanks for all the kind words guys!!  Kiss
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« Reply #7 on: November 07, 2011 10:30:39 AM »

Your costume is so complete! Awesome with all the details! There is a lot of thought!
Good job!
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« Reply #8 on: November 07, 2011 11:46:12 AM »

You are a vision in this costume - and I love the leaf-shaped bag.  I want to make one of those for me!  The entire costume is just beautiful and so well executed.  You rock!   Cheesy
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« Reply #9 on: November 07, 2011 07:20:50 PM »

Lovely costume!  Have you tried using acrylic craft paint?  We use that face-painting kids sometimes.
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« Reply #10 on: November 07, 2011 08:40:28 PM »

I love it.


If you choose to recycle the dress, you could add wings and become a wood sprite...
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« Reply #11 on: November 08, 2011 05:02:34 AM »

Thank you so much everyone!  Cheesy

@kitschbitch, no I haven't tried it, I hadn't even thought of that! I'll have to bear it in mind for the future Smiley Thanks!

@badwildrose, I actually thought about adding wings at one point, as I thought people wouldn't really "get" it. But it turns out that didn't matter, all night I was hearing things like "ooh I like the tree!" and "are you Poison Ivy?" ... and then won a Best Dressed trophy! But wings are definitely something I might add at a later date  Wink

P.S. @fiddlegirl8 if you want the pattern I made for the bag (and I can find it in my messy work room...), you can have it, just give me a shout!
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« Reply #12 on: November 08, 2011 02:23:43 PM »

I have always loved dryads.  I think secretly I've always wanted to be one.  Thank you for reinspiring me!  Lovely.
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« Reply #13 on: November 08, 2011 05:20:16 PM »

So pretty! It's not sad either for me as soon as Halloweens done i'm planning next years costume and it becomes my summer project. But I really love the work for the beading it's really good and looks professional, I also love the green colour you chose.
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« Reply #14 on: November 09, 2011 03:58:29 PM »

Super pretty and super cute.
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« Reply #15 on: November 09, 2011 04:26:46 PM »

This is stunning! I wouldn't ever take it off! Job well done! Wink
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« Reply #16 on: November 09, 2011 04:54:45 PM »

This is just so beautiful! I love the attention to detail, like that bag! Such talent around here! Smiley
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« Reply #17 on: November 10, 2011 02:06:36 PM »

Oh my gosh, this is the most incredible thing ever! Shocked
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« Reply #18 on: November 12, 2011 10:29:53 AM »

Thanks SO MUCH for all the kind comments everyone!! It really means a lot  Kiss
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« Reply #19 on: November 12, 2011 07:11:05 PM »

So very pretty! Loving the layering & textures in the skirt.  Smiley
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« Reply #20 on: November 15, 2011 02:56:15 AM »

  Shocked Simply Glorious!!!!! I'm in love!!!  Kiss
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« Reply #21 on: November 17, 2011 09:27:23 AM »

Thank you both!  Cheesy

@I Sew Cute, I probably spent more time fiddling with the skirt than anything else, it drove me a bit mad!
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