Saturday, October 30, 2010


I know! I know! It has been a long time since I have posted. But as you can see, I have been busy making costumes. I haven't photoshopped any of the photos so don't look at the front of the house. I am trying to convince Chris to put new siding on it....maybe next summer.
The first one you see is Courtney as Ariel from the little Mermaid. This costume was made from a pattern for a gypsy or witch costume. I left all of the embellishments and over skirts off and made it the colors of Ariel's day dress. This costume was very inexpensive since I made it from three sheets that I had bought along the way for $4 each. That along with the zipper and this costume cost me a whopping $15. It wasn't difficult to make either and turned out better than any of the store bought ones I have seen.





This is Cody as Beat, A graffiti artist on rollerblades. He is from one of Cody's favorite video games. I can't tell you which one since I have no idea. Cody opted to wear his tennis shoes since most places won't let you enter wearing blades. He also seems to have put his spray paint can down somewhere. Don't worry folks. I didn't arm him with a full spray paint can. We finished up a can of it on his shirt and then sprayed it until it was completely empty. We literally spray painted his shirt after masking it off with contact paper. It bleeds a little under the contact paper but that is the look we were looking for. If I had an airbrush I would have painted it up to look like graffitt. Cody's costume cost me $4 each for two t-shirts and $5 for the glasses and $1 for the gloves( they are magic gloves with the fingers cut out.) So the grand total for his costume was less than $15. Not bad for a halloween costume...you can't buy a pre made one for that.



Next we have Snow White. This is Kristine, my daughter Cari's best friend and my third daughter. I made this from the actual pattern and didn't improvise anything but the piping down the front. It was supposed to be yellow but I didn't want to make my own and JoAnn's didn't have any yellow. This one was made in two days crunch time! I really hope the kids give me more time for the next ones. Most of this costume was made from fabric that I had bought for other projects in years past. So I can't say exactly how much it cost me. I would guess between $20 and $25.


Cari's costume was the hardest and most expensive. Between the fabric and accessories, this costume cost well over $300. We made it out of dress satin and organza from a historically correct pattern. all of the buttons are made of fused glass with dichroic glass. She needed two wigs to create her wig. She used one as a base and cut the other one up to make the bun. After these pics were taken, she did more to the wig to make it look more like Belle from Beauty and the Beast. She would have loved to have been the Beast but I didn't know where to start with that one and she didn't exactly give me time to think about it. This dress was started last year a week before she was to wear it. Needless to say, it didn't get finished. This year she pulled it out a week before she needed it and we barely got it finished on time. I really have to get it through these kids heads that I need more time than that! I told them to tell me by November 1st what they want to be for Halloween next year.



After the costumes were all finished and the kids figured out how to put them on AND wiggle their way into my car, we went to Great Lakes Crossing mall. The girls wanted to go to the Disney Store to buy plushies. Cari has wanted a bit Beast since she was three...she finally bought one for herself. I wasn't about to spend $99.95 on a stuffed animal. It was a lot of fun at the mall. The little kids were amazed at seeing princesses walking down the mall. One little girl said to her mom that she wanted to be Snow White and then said in awe, "I didn't know there would be REAL PRINCESSES here!." Another little girl was talking to her daddy and stopped mid sentence when her jaw dropped and her eyes got huge and round when she saw the girls. There were a lot of people who stopped the girls and asked to have their picture taken with them. It was a lot of fun and well worth the trip to the mall. I think the girls will want to dress up more often and just walk around the mall! Maybe I should start making and selling costumes. I have made almost all of my kids costumes over the years and they always get so much attention from them. Maybe I should share that with other kids.

Well, I hope everyone has a wonderful Halloween. And a wonderful weekend.

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