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1  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Adam and Barbara Maitland from Beetlejuice on: November 06, 2011 10:05:04 AM
I...I don't think we survived that crash.

My girlfriend and I were Adam and Barbara Maitland from Beetlejuice when they try to scare the Deetzes from their home. This has been something I've wanted to do FOREVER but had never been able to motivate someone else to my level of Halloween madness. Until this year!

The handmade portions are: the masks, the book (altered, new cover with linen printed "Handbook for the Recently Deceased" and side "Deceased"), the shirt (Colette Negroni pattern), the dress (refashioned from long sleeves and a 4X to an L with shorter sleeves and hemline), and the eyeballs. We worked on this for about 2 months in bits and pieces after work.

And we are in this Youtube video a minute in from the West Hollywood Halloween Carneval. It was insane there!

I posted more pictures of the creation process in my gallery if anyone is interested.  Smiley 

Materials used were: aluminum sculpture wire for the armature, screen door mesh (which is super sharp and pokey!), zip ties to hold to armature, paper mache with Elmer's glue and strips of news paper, drywall plaster (the kind that comes in a bag that you mix yourself with water - not the thick spackle in little jars), felt, sculpey for the teeth, a plastic glove stuffed with tin foil, spraypaint, mixed housepaint for the skin tones and stretch lines, lots of sandpaper, ping pong balls, cut up hair extensions, E6000, pantyhose and tears. My Barbara mask weighed 9 pounds and her Adam mask was 4.

I can't wait for next Halloween! I have no idea how I'm going to outdo this year's, and I'm kind of sad it's done and over. But I learned a whole heck of a lot building this (i.e., Paperclay is the devil and chunky and heavy. My mask is so huge because I had to cover the botched, un-sandable paperclay with a new layer of plaster to make it smooth  Angry )

Thank you for looking!  Cheesy Happy Halloween!



2  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Hey Puddins! I'm Harley Quinn! on: November 01, 2006 10:36:54 AM
I was Harley Quinn for Halloween this year! The best thing to come from comics translated into children's animation. Smiley

I made the entire costume, including the eyemask. No patterns for this baby, because unfortunately, there were none! I recommend Somewhat Stretchy for help sewing spandex catsuits, though. Smiley The headpiece caused the most trials and tribulations, the bodysuit the least. The gun is a Megazooka. The shoes were spraypainted to match.

Sorry if you've seen these before over in the scrapbook! Smiley

My friend Garrett (Blackbeard!) and I at a friend's party.

This friend's! Who went as Ned Kelly and who ALSO made his costume. A theme among my close friends happens to be a strict dedication to costumes and Halloween.

My mom, myself, and my boyfriend - who alas, could not be persuaded to be my Mr. J.

Dancing the night away. Smiley Comic nerds represent!

A reference picture of Harley. Smiley

Some tips:
  • Spandex is actually not the devil, just a close relative. If at all possible, use a Serger. When making small things like gloves, just cut two blobs out and sew the glove shape onto the blob and THEN cut out the glove. Sewing small seam allowances in spandex IS actually the real devil.
  • Craft foamies are jack-of-all-trades awesomeness. The mask on my face is craft foam, heated with an embossing tool and pressed onto my face while pliable. Attached with spirit gum and/or liquid latex.
  • When doing a headpiece out of unstable fabric, go to a wig shop and get one of those styrofoam heads and pin the fabric in place on the head to draft a pattern. Smiley

Hope everyone had as much fun as I did! I can't wait for next Halloween. Smiley Now my only problem is trying to top this one... I don't wanna give up Harley! Sad

3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / A drop-waist dress that is actually flattering! on: August 04, 2006 09:57:24 AM
Hello all!

I suppose this would be my first real live post to craftster! Cheesy

In any case, I highly recommend the McCall's pattern M4828: http://www.mccallpattern.com/item/M4828.htm
The pattern is for a drop-waist dress with different sleeve options. Being a little, oh, bottom heavy I was apprehensive about this pattern emphasizing the economy sized junk in the trunk. However, it didn't! Not only did this pattern go together very quick and easy, but it was actually something I would wear on an everyday basis. Smiley

Without further ado:

Please excuse the messy hair and shiny face - it gets hot when you sew!

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