Thursday, October 13, 2011

Daisy Baby

Guess who barely fits in her mouse costume? My daughter of course!
Baby Mouseling one year later

She has grown so much, I can barely believe it. This costume was purposefully made baggy last year so it might get two years of use, but no; when I tried it on her wearing nothing but a t-shirt and diaper, I had to work like crazy to get it over her shoulders and it pulls quite a lot in the crotch area. Since the torso part is too short, there is nothing I can do to give it a couple of extra inches. Plus, at the rate she is growing (Mommy, my legs hurt!) I don't know that it will still be acceptable in three weeks time (The above picture was taken on Monday - Halloween minus 3 weeks). So...

I guess I need to make her a new costume. Sad, I know. Luckily enough, I was planning on making her a flower costume for Montreal ComicCon to go with my Buffy dress.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Season 2, Episode 6, Halloween

Of course we were sick the weeks prior so I had no time to work on the costumes (it always seems to happen this way), plus I was let go two days before, so we did not end up going to the event, but I have all the material. And because I'm lazy and I did not feel like drawing my own petal hat pattern from scratch, I bought this pattern on sale for 2.99$. Seriously, at that price, why bother; I can always modify it on the fabric.

McCall's 6416

Since I was originally planning to make this costume for an indoor event, I have some green leggings and a somewhat matching long sleeved tee which she can wear for Nancy-Raven's Annual Halloween Bash.

For Trick or Treating, I'll make her a green polar fleece one piece PJ, based on the above pattern, which she can wear for the rest of the winter as sleepwear. Now that is being practical and cost effective!

Green Polar Fleece - 8.99$ for 1.5 metres or 1 PJ size 4

For the petals and hat, I have bright yellow Poly/Cotton to match the child's flower costume int the Buffy episode shown above.

Bright Yellow Poly/Cotton

To once again match the costume from Buffy, I will add a green Tutu with yellow petals.

Green Net for Tutu

I will also add bright pink accents to this costume, but that fabric will come from my stash and I have not yet gone hunting for it.

More on this project soon. First order of business, washing the fabrics (except for the net).

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Wicked Witch

So Halloween is just around the corner, a meer three weeks away, and if you haven't begun planning costumes yet, it is about time you start. Now some of you may know this already, but for those who don't I will repeat it again: Halloween, or Samhain, is the Witch's New Year. So naturally, a witch costume would be a great costume choice.

If you are looking for a more sophisticated witch outfit, I suggest you turn your attention to
Wicked - The untold story of the Witches of Oz.

The costumes are simply devine, as shown here in this Threadbanger interview with Tony Award Winning Costume Designer Susan Hilferty, the creator of these marvels. (Watch and drool.)

Should you wish to recreate your own Elphaba costume, you can follow this nifty Threadbanger tutorial.

One of the best Elphaba costume recreation I have seen was made by Laurie of Threads of my Life. Just look at this amazing picture:

Laurie as Elphaba from Wicked

Much time and effort went into the making of this costume. Do check out more of her pictures here.

And if by any chance you think you recognize Laurie from this blog, you are right! She was in the theatre troup that I was Costume Designer for a few years ago (before I became a mom, which is the best but sucks away all free time).

Laurie as Damoiselle Mathilde D'Aubray de Castellar, Le Tzigane au Croissant d'or, 2008

I like to imagnie I inspired her a little. She really has a lot of talent and patience when it comes to costuming and I can't wait to see what she will come up with next.

Back to the main subject, has anyone else made a Wicked Witch costume? I wonder if I have enough scraps in my stash and time to make this in 3 weeks... Probably not (time wise), but this costume does get its place on my wish list!