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Coolest Nightmare Before Christmas Costume 76

by Sarah
(Des Moines, IA)

Coolest Nightmare Before Christmas Costume

Coolest Nightmare Before Christmas Costume

Coolest Nightmare Before Christmas Costume
Coolest Nightmare Before Christmas Costume
Coolest Nightmare Before Christmas Costume
Up-close view of the stitching on the patches.  All of the patches were sewn on in this manner.

What could be better than Halloween? Combine it with Christmas! I wanted to pay a true homage to the characters by making my own costumes.

Originally I started making my Sally costume completely from scratch by taking my measurements and trying to create my own pattern, but my measurements got off and I knew I wouldn't be able to do it correctly that way.

So I found a bargain dress with a similar cut and shape and decided to patch on the pieces of Sally's dress pattern. I included close-up pictures to see the stitching better - I hand-sewed all the patches on (unfortunately my sewing machine was out of commission) and then added the yarn for decoration, so the yarn isn't actually holding any of the pieces together.

I traced out all the shapes on a piece of muslin to use as a guide for where I wanted each piece and its approximate size. I used teal Ben Nye Liquid Paint for my upper body and arms and found matching tights, and wore a store-bought burgundy wig.

Although I'm primarily entering my Sally costume, I also hand-painted Jack's jacket (I included a picture with him too so you can see the costumes together), which we had to rip some seam out of to make it fit him lol, made the bat bow-tie out of cardboard and attached it with a strip of velcro and painted his face with Ben Nye cream makeup.

The costumes took a lot of work but I was very pleased with the finished product and received compliments on it, so it was very much worth it!

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Great Costumes
by: Carri

Those are great costumes!!! I can't believe you hand made that Sally costume - it is by far the best I have seen!!!

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Coolest Nightmare Before Christmas Group Costumes 73

by Joy
(San Diego)

Coolest Nightmare Before Christmas Group Costumes 73

Coolest Nightmare Before Christmas Group Costumes 73

The round heads started as a very round balloon, were paper mached and then covered in felt. Lock and Shock are simply taped cardboard with nose and ears masking taped on and then covered in felt. The round heads are particularly hard to cover in felt so I pinned down the felt before I hot glued it down. This part takes a lot of patience!

Zero's head is a paper mached regular balloon on its side and cut open. The upper part of Zero's nose is half a paper mached long skinny balloon and the lower lip is a bigger tube balloon. Zero's nose is an led light inside a fishing lure with 9V battery (it really lights up!).

All of the mouths are covered with black net- except Sally who has white net eyes (so the kids can see) and the facial accents are all felt. Sally’s dress was sewn from squares of material and accented with fabric paint, Shock's dress was sewn from felt and felt was used to cover a lot of other accents (i.e. shoes, bat bow-tie, etc.)

Jack’s suit is a thrift store find that was pinstriped with paint. Barrel's outfit is a sweat suit with bones painted on in glow in the dark paint. Sally's hair is made of thick yarn and Barrel's hair is blue fur. Sally's eyelashes are black pipe-cleaners.

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