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1  Halloween Minnie Mouse Costume in Halloween Costumes by Dana_M_S on: November 05, 2009 06:21:09 PM
My 2 year-old daughter wanted to be Minnie Mouse this year, so instead of being "regular" Minnie Mouse I decided to make her a Halloween Minnie Mouse Costume. She loved it!

Here is the dress and ears.

Here she is with her brother (Bumble Bee from Transformers) before we went Trick-or-Treating.

And here we are at her day care's party.

This is my favorite of the challenges - I love seeing everyone's creativity!

Please note: the ears, shoes and long sleeved shirt are store bought, but the costume elements I made. Also, I had to remove the witch's hat from the ears because they were too top heavy and wouldn't stay on her head.
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2  Re: Mickey & Minnie Mouse, Tinker Bell and Goofy in Halloween Costumes by Dana_M_S on: November 03, 2008 09:41:24 AM
Thanks!  I'm really proud of the Goofy hat because I totally winged it and I really like the way it turned out.

My niece and nephews were Dorothy, the Tin Man and the Scarecrow for Halloween.  I totally would have had the kids be the Lion and one of the witches if we didn't already have this planned.  Maybe next year!

Last year my kids were characters from Monsters, Inc.  Hunter was Sully and I turned his pumpkin into Mike and Autumn was Boo in her monster costume.  Most people didn't get it, but those who did loved it!  I bought Sully, transformed the pumpkin and made the Boo costume (put over a sleeper) without a pattern.  My daughter was not quite 2 months old.  My son was really into Monster's, Inc. when he was 3 and wanted to be ALL the characters so he was - he wore the Sully costume, I made the Mike pumpkin and bought a Boo doll.  The next year he wanted to be Sully again so I decided to make Autumn be Boo.  So much more fun than the black cat costume I bought her!


The may not be super-original, but it's what my son wants, and that's what Halloween is all about for me.
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3  Mickey & Minnie Mouse, Tinker Bell and Goofy in Halloween Costumes by Dana_M_S on: November 02, 2008 06:00:31 PM
I LOVE this challenge!  I wasn't able to submit it last time but I am so excited to participate!  I prefer home made costumes - so much more fun!

This is the first time we've dressed as a family.  It was inspired by my daughter's Minnie Mouse costume (which is store bought and not part of the contest, but the inspiration).  I bought this for my niece years ago and was so excited my daughter Autumn could wear it this year (she's 1).  My son Hunter (5) decided to be Mickey (yay!  I was sure I was in for a super hero).  I refused to may $50.00 for a black jacket and decided to make his costume myself. 

Mickey's pants are from Goodwill and I added the white "buttons."  I made his jacket from a black sweatshirt.  I added ribbon trim for the cuffs and collar.  For the vest I sewed in jersey knit and added buttons.  I decided he would be more comfortable if it wasn't a resticting jacket.  I made the bow tie from some yellow cotton fabric I had and sewed it onto the jacket/vest combo.  He is wearing a white polo shirt underneath.  I bought the ears. He's wearing his Hulk shoes (pick your battles!).

(sorry the photos aren't super-clear - I need to replace the camera)

Tinker Bell started as a REALLY UGLY green dress I got from a project I started called Project Prom (we take donated gowns and give them to girls who can't afford them).  We were cleaning house and I saw this dress.  In the photo below I had alreay cut out the lining (the dress was REALLY heavy) before I remembered to take the photo.  It was huge (I took in about 10 inches - although this photo stretches it even more for some reason).

I removed the two gathered rows in the front and the bow.  I had to take it in down the front because it was so large it was almost off my shoulders.  I took in both sides and both back darts.  To make the leafy bottom I gathered both layers.  I added dollar store wings and green tights I had to complete Tinker Bell.

My husband Jonathan was Goofy.  I bought the orange shirt but I made the rest from fleece fabric.  I used a scrubs pattern for the pants but I made the vest and hat without a pattern.

We had a great time dressing together this year and I loved making the costumes.  I hope you enjoy them!
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4  Monsters Inc. Boo Costume - construction ideas? in Halloween Costumes by Dana_M_S on: October 16, 2006 09:46:34 AM
My 3 year-old son informed me last week that he wants to be "Monsters Inc." for Halloween - all the characters!  I finally got him to agree to Sully and to carry a Mike treat bag (I'm making from a plastic pumkin painted green with Mike's face painted on and arms and legs from a stuffed frog attached).  Well, I purchased the costume on eBay and he decided he wants to be Boo, the little girl.  So, I'm hoping I can talk him into Sully after he sees the costume with the Mike bag (plus the Boo doll I also bought on eBay), but I'm preparing to make a Boo costume.  I could find a Boo costume on eBay going for $50 - 60, but I am NOT spending that on a costume (I really prefer to make a costume rather than buy it, but I didn't want to attempt Sully).  Plus, I figure if the Monsters made her costume in the movie, I can too (I realize they are fictional, but in theory it's a home made costume). 

So, any ideas or patterns you know of I might be able to put together?  I'm an OK sewer, but I'm not that great at clothes.  I'm more of a cut-a-t-shirt-hot-glue kind of girl.  I bought cotton fabric I found cheap that's purple with diamonds that looks a lot like the fabric in her costume. 

For the body I'm thinking I'll make a tube, with lining batting to make it puffy.  The hood part is where I'm getting stuck.  I know I can use yarn and make the eyes, but it's the rest of the head I'm not sure how to do.  Any suggestions would be appreciated! 

I'm thinking if I can get my son to be Sully, I might make the Boo costume for myself, so there's a good chance I'll be making it for someone!

Here's a photo of Boo in her costume:

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5  Pirate Costume from 2 t-shirts in Costumes: Completed Projects by Dana_M_S on: September 01, 2006 09:34:03 AM
My son's third birthday party is tomorrow and it's a pirate theme.  I wanted to wear something cute, but not too hot or anything I wouldn't want to get messed up by kids.  So I had this big Captain Morgan t-shirt that I wanted to use.  This design came to me as I was falling asleep.  I think it came out pretty well for a kid's birthday party!

I made it from 2 t-shirts, one XL blue Captain Morgan free bar t-shirt, and one fitted red t-shirt.  Since it's a kid's party I didn't mind the Crayola colors.  I should mention that I took this photo after I cut the red shirt.  Also, I had made it into a halter shop (from Generation T), but as you can see in the above photo, I have BREASTS and it didn't fit right so I decided to use it for this.  I got the red t-shirt for a dollar at an outlet store.

I cut the blue shirt below the breast area.  I also cut a wide neck.

Then I cut the red shirt below the sleeves so I had a tube.

I sewed the red and blue pieces together so it looks like a peasant blouse with a corset over it. 

The final steps were the sleeves and the skirt.  I cut a slit into the hem of each sleeve (on the inside) and ran elastic through it to bunch them up.  The skirt is made from the bottom of the blue t-shirt.  I turned it upsdie down so the hem was the waistband and I inserted elastic.  I considered sewing the skirt into the top for a dress but I decided this was more wearable and the corset part looked better.

I hope you like it!  I also made my son a pirate costume (I felt guilty that I made myself one and not him).  I'll add it when I finish it and take photos.
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6  Momkey - The Mommy-to-Be Sock Monkey in CHALLENGE 13 ENTRIES by Dana_M_S on: July 03, 2006 05:58:38 PM
Let me say I had a really good time with this challenge!

I thought about who I admire, and I admire Moms everywhere.  I'm lucky enough to be the mommy of a beautiful little boy, but it's not always easy.  So here's a monkey to honor all of those who begin the Great Adventure that is Motherhood.

Momkey from the Front:

Momkey in her Denim Halter Overalls.  All pregnant women, socks monkeys or not, need really comfy overalls!

Momkey up close.

This is my first sock monkey, and I think it turned out really well!  I'm already enjoying the other entries - I can't wait to see them all!

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7  Carnival Birthday Pary Invites in Party Planning by Dana_M_S on: June 23, 2006 01:12:20 PM
I wanted to share this invitation I made for a friend's birthday party.  Her daughter and my son are best buds and she is having a carnival themed birthday party with lots of carnival games for the kids and carnival foods.  She said she was having trouble finding invitations.  I, of course, was horrified at the TOUGHT of store bought invitations and agreed to make some for her (mostly because I couldn't allow her to commit such an atrocious act).  (FYI I removed identifying information, but the name of the fairgrounds is the family's last name, followed buy their address, and then of course the phone number was also removed).

This is the Photoshop file:

Here is the finished invitation from the front:

And the side:

I created the carnival booth in Photoshop and printed it on cardstock. I cut out the sides of the booth and the sides and bottom of the awning and folded them to make a 3D pop-up card. The invitation was embellished with carnival games (this one is ducks - there is also one of bears).
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8  "wrapped" window sill in CHALLENGE 8 ENTRIES by Dana_M_S on: December 09, 2005 05:37:49 PM
First of all, this is my first posting! I've been lurking for a while and I really enjoy the site.   Smiley

My bathroom is a mermaid/sea theme.  The window sill was covered in yucky wood-look contact paper.  It needed serious help so I took it off and found inspiration at Home Depot when I was looking for something "organic" that mermaids might use to decorate.  I found the twine - it cost about $3.00.  I also used some thinner twine to hold back the curtain.

So, here's what I did. I hot glued the twine to the window sill, looping it at the top and underneath.  Here is a photo of it in progress:

Here's a close up of gluing the twine:

This is how it looks finished:


This is a close up of it finished with my frame and some shells on it (the photo is me and my husband SCUBA Diving in college):

A wide shot of the whole window finished:

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