I chose to be the 80s cartoon rocker “Jem” of Jem and the Holograms for Halloween. It was a fun costume and really stood out in a crowd.
For the dress - I took a hot pink blazer that was many sizes too big for me. It was long enough on me to work because it fell on my legs to a good skirt length for Jem. I sewed the arms in (since they were so big) to have a tighter fit on my arms. The jacket closed together overlapping in the front just like Jem’s so it worked perfectly. I secured it with Velcro.
For the belt, I took silver fabric and cut it out into the shape of Jem’s belt using a pattern that I hand drew on a large piece of stiff paper first. I then cut out smaller pieces out of a blueish purple fabric and sewed them on to be the details of the belt. I then hand sewed pieces of a silver craft string/rope to be the tassel part on the belt. I used Velcro for closure in the back to keep it on my waist.
For my makeup I used a pink eye shadow and put it on my face to look like Jem’s makeup.
For my earrings (my favorite part!) I took a cheap pair of light up earrings from a party store and covered them (using a hot glue gun) with glittery pink craft foam that I cut into the desired star shape to capture the effect of Jem’s special earrings!
This Jem Costume looked really cool and won me first prize at the party!
The Homemade Kung Fu Panda Costume was created by me for my husband. Because he is a big guy he was never able to wear anything other than a plus size boring bought costume. So when the Kung Fu panda movie came out I knew it was just the right one for him.
The top part of the costume was a light solid black sweatshirt. From a piece of white cloth I cut out the front part (the white round tummy part). For the belt I sowed a long piece of cloth to resemble the belt Kung Fu panda wears. I used red and brown spray paint for the lines, taping each line with scotch tape in order to prevent over spraying.
He used a cargo short and underneath some black workout tights, with brown flipflops. For the ears I used a black hairband and hot glued two ears. I also made a black little tail and pinned it to his but on the cargo shorts. I taped two tubes of whats left of Christmas wrapping paper and also sprayed it brown with a band of scotch tape.
He painted his hands and toes with hair paint and I painted his face to look like the panda in the movie, this completed the Kung Fu panda look.
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