I got a bunch of really cheap patterns awhile back and some fabulous Heather Bailey fabric, so I thought I'd try my hand at making myself a quick skirt.
I actually altered the skirt from what the pattern dictated. It wanted the front to be a seam, and I didn't think it looked very good. Plus, I like there to be a band at the waist (the better to hold my tummy in... :) ) and this one didn't have one. So, I changed where the zipper went so the front part of the skirt didn't have a seam and added a 3 inch wide waistband at the top.
I'm loving my new skirt!
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Sunday, October 31, 2010
My favorite part of Halloween is dressing up. Historic fashion and period dramas all play into my enjoyment of dressing up and pretending to be someone else for a moment. I like Halloween costumes, and I really like the costumes I put together for our family this year.
T has been fascinated with the Titanic since the Titanic exhibit came when he was about 4. It has never waned. He is a Titanic expert. So, of course, he chose to go as Captain Edward Smith for Halloween. Who's that, you ask? Why, he's the captain of the Titanic.
I altered a cheap too-big boys dress shirt into his jacket and sewed on gold buttons. I made the epaulets out of felt. I altered a $3 pair of women's white capris from Salvation Army into his pants. The hat is a black women's visor, a circle of stiff white felt, and white cotton fabric draped over the felt and sewed to the inside of the visor. The scrambled eggs and insignia are printed from images I found online (that's the actual White Star Line insignia) onto cardstock, cut out, and hot glued on. My favorite part is the beard. It's gray felt, tied on over his ears with ribbon.
J's costume is also inspired by a museum exhibit. We went to see King Tut this fall and he fell in love. He's been devouring books and documentaries on King Tut ever since. He was super excited to be King Tut for Halloween.
I briefly contemplated buying a King Tut headdress at the gift shop or a party store for this costume, but they were much more expensive than I could make this one for, so I stuck with homemade. The headdress is stiff black felt stitched to a headband and painted with blue and gold glitter craft paint. The back of the headdress is painted broadcloth. The tunic is made of broadcloth, too--leftover from an old project. I free handed the shape of his tunic, cut it out, and sewed the two sides together. Easy-peasy. His belt is gold cord. The collar is, again, painted broadcloth.
H was Gus-Gus from Cinderella, since Hubby and I were Prince Charming and Cinderella and H is still too young to protest having a family theme. :) His costume was a brown sweatsuit with hoodie, with a too-small yellow shirt I got for $1 on clearance. (Too-small because Gus's shirt is too small for his big belly). I made mouse ears out of felt and a hat out of another clearance t-shirt and stitched both to the hoodie. Isn't he a cute little Gus-Gus?!
I was, of course, Cinderella.