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1  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Rain cloud costume on: October 27, 2016 09:17:11 AM
Each year I got to a crazy fun Halloween party in Detroit. It's a gala so think formal masquerade. This year I decided to go as a rain cloud.

I was inspired by this costume and knew I had to try and replicate it somehow.

I found this beautiful soft gray fabric and wanted to make a formal dress out of it. I used a pattern and it looked horrendous, so I ripped off the top and just made a simple tube top and sewed on the skirt from the failed project. The party was dark so the dress looked good and you couldn't notice the imperfections.

The hat is made out of a wire wreath frame that I crisscrossed with wire.  

The clouds are made out of gray deco mesh, dark gray and light gray tulle.  

The rain drops took the longest.  

I bought a huge bag of rhinestones with flat backs.  I then cut various lengths of fishing line.  I used E6000 to glue the rhinestones back to back with a fishing line in between -- so they would look 3D. Each strand had these "water droplets" in various locations.  For some strands, I attached a large acrylic drop-shaped crystal to the end.  At the top of the strand, I added a kidney earwire so I would be able to hook it to the cloud.  I then put each strand in their own plastic bag so they wouldn't get tangled.

I first attached the cloud to my head, using a crapton of bobby pins.  I then attached each strand individually to the hat -- making sure they were evenly spaced around me -- and at different depths of the hat.  

I loved this costume, but it was not for the faint of heart.  I'm 5'1" and getting around was difficult because the hat stood out about a foot from each side of me.  My head was sore at the end of the night because of all the bobby pins that were in my hair holding the cloud in place.  I was amazed the raindrops did not end up in one big tangled mess at the end of the night.

I may wear this costume again this weekend -- so I'll post more photos since these are kind of dark.
2  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / My VooDoo Doll costume on: October 27, 2014 07:26:01 PM

I decided to go as a Voodoo Doll this year.  I knew I wanted a fitted dress -- not something that hung off of me like a sack.  first made a bodice using a tanktop I had a pattern.  Once I was happy with how it fit -- I pinned under both bust -- so it wouldn't look so boxy.  The skirt of the dress is just gathered and sewn onto the bodice.  I lined it with muslin -- so I wouldn't be itching all night.  I then took black yarn and stitched in detail -- so it would look like I had pieced together a bunch of different pieces of fabric.

I made my yarn wig using this tutorial: http://thismamamakesstuff.com/how-to-rapunzel-yarn-wig-tutorial/ (FYI- it is hot.)

This is my heart in progress.

I wanted my heart to be 3D.  Here's how I did it:  I glued big wooden beads onto thin dowel rods.  I then hot glued the dowel rods at different heights and angles onto a heart made out of wood that I found at the craft store.  I painted the dowel rods silver -- and the beads different colors so they'd look like pins.  Once it all dried -- I wrapped it in padding.  I ripped red fabric into strips -- and then wrapped the strips of fabric around the heart -- hiding the padding.  I tacked in place with hot glue.  I secured the heart onto my dress with a bunch of safety pins.

I did pretty much the same thing for my headband.  

You can't really see it -- but I also made a quick crinoline to go under the skirt.

Amazingly, I made my costume in just one day.  
3  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Child Beauty Pageant Contestant on: October 28, 2012 08:51:17 PM

Each year I head to Detroit for this awesome Halloween costume.  This year, I decided to go as a child beauty pageant contestant -- think Toddlers and Tiaras, not Honey Boo Boo.  I made everything but the shoes, the wig and the crown.  The outfit are separates.  The top is encrusted with rhinestones.  The bottom is organza over tulle with an elastic waist.  The socks are just white socks that I stitched white lace onto. 
4  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Princess dress from hideous curtain panel on: September 12, 2012 09:35:20 PM

In an effort to save money last year -- I made this dress out of curtains.  (Just how hideous were the curtains -- let's say the swag and two panels were all attached to each other.  Material was a chocolate milk colored satin.)

I wanted to try a little something different last year -- so I had my younger siblings (they live in Florida) draw what they wanted to be for Halloween.  Thankfully my little sister chose a princess with a brown dress. 

Since they don't live in the same state as me, I had to do design it in a way that would be able to stretch to fit them.  The back, which you can't see has a shirred back.  The straps I sewed in the front, but had my mom sew them to the back of the dress.  What girl doesn't love bling?  The front has big giant rhinestones.

For the hat, I got a styrofoam cone, covered it in pink satin fabric and attached some tulle.  I then used rhinestones to make a crown.  It was super cute -- but heard from my little sister that it didn't want to stay on.
5  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: My scary doll costume -- inspired by Cris Angel's Cirque du Soleil show on: September 01, 2011 10:53:35 AM
Thanks for the comments!  I usually try to steer clear of the "slutty Halloween" costume route.  The red and black wig was actually something I bought and then added on to with gold and red ribbons.
6  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / My scary doll costume -- inspired by Cris Angel's Cirque du Soleil show on: August 26, 2011 03:15:54 PM
So several years ago I saw Cris Angel's Cirque du Soleil show "Believe" and fell in love with one of the costumes.  It's a creepily beautiful doll costume.  I used it as the inspiration for my Halloween costume.

Here is the inspiration:

Here's a closeup of my mask:

(I made it using my face and plaster strips.  The mask was actually my second attempt.  I couldn't get the lips pouty enough.  So for the second time I kind of puckered and slightly parted.  Then smoothed out the mask with spackle and painted it.  To get the drippy eyes, I dipped my brush in colored water, loaded it with water and then touched it where I wanted the drip to be.  Once it dried, there was a slight color that I then filled in with paint.  The downside of the mask: couldn't really drink unless I lifted up my mask.)

I made pretty much the entire costume -- except for the wig, gloves, leggings and shoes.  The corset and the shirt were altered from existing clothing.  My hat was made out of a veggie can that I covered with felt and embelished with ribbons and feathers.

Here's a better shot of the skirt:

(Someone dropped mustard on it.)

Incredibly -- there was another girl at the Halloween party that I went to that was inspired by the same doll!
7  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Big Bad Wolf Mask on: December 29, 2010 10:48:31 PM

My boyfriend and I went as the Big Bad Wolf and Little Red Riding Hood.
I used McCalls 8953 pattern for the body and head piece.
However, I could not find a good wolf mask.  The ones I found were either too scary -- and I didn't want to not look at him the entire night -- or too comical.  I also wanted a half mask so he'd be able to drink wthout having to take off his mask.

I used plaster strips and his face to create a base mask to work with.  I only covered the upper half of his face.  I created the snout using an empty paper towel roll.  I used glue to attach it to the mask and then covered it with more plaster strips.  

Once dry -- and it took forever -- painted it black and covered it with left over black and grey fur from his costume.  I made fangs and a nose out of polymer clay. and hot glued them on.

He got tons of compliments -- however had to remove his mask anytime he was around a dog, because apparently the fangs were too realistic and the dogs kept on barking at him.
8  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Saloon Girl Costume on: December 29, 2010 10:20:29 PM

My good friend wanted to be a saloon girl for Halloween and asked me to make her costume.
The corset is hers, but the rest I looked at various costumes of saloon girls and then winged it.

The skirt is made of four panels trapezoid-shaped panels.
The striped trim was hand-dyed with tea.  I loved how it turned out.
The gathers were made with grommets and ribbon.  The best part is that it's adjustable depending on how high -- or low -- you want to go.

The bustle in the back is a couple of big fabric loops sewed onto a square piece of black felt and stuffed with tulle -- I had nothing else on hand to stuff it.  The bustle was then sewed onto the back of the skirt.

The bandeau bra was pretty much a long rectangular piece of fabric gathered at the center to create a sweetheart neckline.  It was attached to the corset by safety pins in the front and back.
9  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Watermelon Slice Costume on: October 30, 2010 10:08:52 AM
The dress looks great!  I love it!
10  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Glitz Child Pageant Cotume--How to make a crown? on: October 10, 2010 02:00:49 PM
Great minds think alike.  I'm planning on being this for Halloween too and am hung up on the crown as well.

I found this tutorial for lace crowns and think I may give it a try for my giganto crown. 


I'd reinforce it with wire and embelish with lots of bling -- sequins and crystals and whatever.

Good luck!
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