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« on: January 18, 2010 02:22:43 PM »

Way back in October 2009 I was working on tons of costumes for my work. We were putting on a carnival event and I decided that it just wouldnít suffice unless everyone was in costume, so I put myself to work.
I did all of this and more in under 3 weeks (with school on top of that) and was a bit rushed, so some of it is more makeshift than I would have hoped.
In general, I'm real proud though.

The ringmaster!

Ruffled shirt and bowtie/cummerbund: Thrifted

The jacket was thrifted and then altered to be a tailcoat, and the red collar, buttons and cuffs were added. Making regular jackets into tailcoats is a skill I think everyone should use!
So Iíll post a tute when I get the chance.
I don't have any good pictures of the tail part I added, unfortunately. I lined it in the same fabric as the cuffs and collar, and it is my favorite part!

Hereís another one with his hat:

Next up,

The Amazing FishBoy! (Part fish, part boy, allllll man.)

Shirt: Altered thrifted sequined dress

This one was super last-minute.

His leggings are held together with staples because I didnít have enough time to sew them.  o_O

The shorts have scales drawn on them with gold sharpie, he has green painted cardboard flippers and webbed finger gloves held together with hotglue.  If I had more time, he would probably be a less riffraffy fishboy, but hey! I think it worked out!

And now,

 The spectacular Jungle Girl!!!

This one was so much fun!

I basically went to a thrift store, got 4 different kinds of fabric (some shirts, some pants, a skirt), tore them up into long strips, and sewed all the strips together! Because one of the fabrics was stretchy, I didnít need a zipper or anything!

Bearded Lady = easiest costume ever.


1 dress
1 wig
1 hairy man

Mix thoroughly. 

The mime ballerina!

I got the tutu at a thrift store, and sewed the halter top from a thrifted tuxedo shirt.
The over skirt was thrifted silky black and red fabric cut into trapezoids and then sewn together, alternating each color.
If I had more time, I would have put some elastic or a drawstring into the overskirt.

The Amazing Stilt Girl!

My coworker provided the talent, I provided the pants.
Stilt pants are actually really easy to make.
They are like PJís with really long legs!

I should have posted this all in October when everyone is in the mood for costumes, but... I didn't Sad
I think carnies are good anytime of the year though!
Thanks for looking!

« Reply #1 on: January 18, 2010 03:04:24 PM »

these are great - i really like the ringmaster's tailcoat (and yes! everyone should know how to upcycle a regular one into a tailcoat. so looking forward to the tute) i think i spotted these on threadbanger, but seeing them a 2nd time only adds to the awesomeness Smiley

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« Reply #2 on: January 18, 2010 03:15:13 PM »

This post is made of pure win.
I love the tailcoat, jungle girl dress, and the ballerina mime skirt Cheesy!
Awesome job

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« Reply #3 on: January 18, 2010 06:16:38 PM »

These are great! I especially love fish boy's hands and the way the bearded lady is workin' it.
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« Reply #4 on: January 19, 2010 01:21:43 PM »

I want to come hang out with you guys! It looks so fun! You did a lot of work in just that amount of time!  Wink

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« Reply #5 on: October 16, 2010 06:58:45 AM »

The tailcoat is awesome! Great costumes, they look like fun Smiley
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