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« on: October 31, 2011 10:55:16 AM »

First, let me say that almost everything was handmade/altered/embellished by myself. (Can you tell I'm proud of myself?). Second I apologize for my awful quality photos


I wasn't planning on making a Halloween costume, originally. I was going to a renaissance faire with a friend in September and thought, 'hey, I'll make something!'. I thought about making a corset, then about being a fairy but I quickly came to realization that I was lazy and never got around to doing it.

Then I got invited to a  Halloween party, my first adult costume party because normally my friends don't throw parties. But, being a curvy girl, I knew there was a fat chance (pun intended) I'd find something that fit me properly.

I went back to my fairy idea. I thought that was something I could really play with. So I started by making the wings. I finished those and then thought about my outfit. I didn't have much money, only about $20 at most to spend on the rest of the costume so I had to really think. I wanted to be something sexy since my normal outfit is jeans, sneakers and a random tshirt and I think the sexiest part of me are my boobs. I have a nice rack, what can I say? haha. So I decided that would be the showcase. I thought about fairies and all I could think of was flowers so grabbed a bunch at the dollar store. Then I was at Walmart and saw a $3 t-shirt on sale so I grabbed it. I found one of my dad's old suit jackets and grabbed that.  I found some old green flip flops I forgot I owned and grabbed some fabric I had lying around.


And this is what I came up with:

(you can't see the bottom half in this photo. I'll get to that but note there's more to come! lol)


I decided to showcase my lovely dcolletage, I would cover an old bra in flowers. However, I was not going to run around in just a bra (fat roll central over here) so I took the Wal-Mart $3 purple tshirt and cut it into a DEEP scoop with green bias tape. It was my first time with bias tape or really re-doing a tshirt and I think it came out okay.

I wanted something for my head because I recently cut my hair short and I hate how it gets in my face constantly, so I needed something to keep it still for when I was dancing. I told had left over wire from the wings and molded it perfectly to my head and with lots of floral tape, I made that masterpiece. I also bought a colorful hair extension at dollar tree. Here's a close-up.

Next is the corset. My favorite part. I've always wanted a corset but never had the guts to attempt making it but this time I did! It has real boning (which I've never used before) and real eyelets (again, never used them before). It somehow only took me an afternoon to whip this thing out which is a wonder for the me, the slow poke. It fits me like a glove...when its on right. In the photos it looks okay but I originally made it to lace in the back so that's the way it fits me best (because I'm so oddly shaped). The side you see in this photo is the fabric from my dad's old suit jacket. I wanted to make it wearable in the future so I made it reversible with a Chinese floral type pattern on the other side. Here's a picture (I attempted to lace it myself, I apologize for the lacing technique):


Here's a photo of the wings and the bottom half of my outfit (The wings aren't crooked, they were just attached to me crookedly):

First, in regards to the bottom half - I made handkerchief hem skirt? I think. I don't know the name of it but I didn't have money to buy more fabric so I made do with what I had. However, I hate wearing skirts because I have this swollen lump that never went down when I fell down at an anorexic hospital (the irony, I know. I think God was trying to tell me I didn't belong there) so I wore some leggings - which is the only thing I didn't make/embellish.

As of the wings, it's you standard homemade wings. I used some metal wire and pantyhose, then painted it, made some holes and even used some embossing powder. I originally had a total of six pieces but they were so big I couldn't fit through doors so I cut it down to four pieces. And here's some up close pics:


I embellished my old flip flops with some flowers:

Got a light stick wand at the dollar star and embellished it with some ribbon:

And of course, did my nails all cute with pink (it's pink, bad photo quality) and white:

And my friend did my eye makeup since I'm useless with makeup:


Unfortunately the Friday before the party, my back went into spasm and I couldn't move. I ended up still going to the party but didn't stay long and couldn't really dance. I spent most of my time sitting in a chair watching others dancing while I sipped my buttershots. I had to take my wings off almost immediately because they had beaded doorways and I was getting stuck to them. lol

And here's a photo at the party:

My first and only homemade costume for myself and I'm very proud. What do you all think?
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« Reply #1 on: October 31, 2011 01:49:05 PM »

Wow, you look great!  I love the flower decorated bra!

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« Reply #2 on: October 31, 2011 08:21:57 PM »

Let me tell you as a big girl myself there is almost never find outfits that are cute or fit right. But yours is adorable. Love it want one of my own.

So many ideas so little time. Will I ever get them all done?
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