This naughty forest nymph costume was made for the Elf Fantasy Fair in the Netherlands last April. First of all I have to admit, I bought the corset, but only because I didn't have a pattern to make one. The idea came with the skirt.
It was an old wedding dress that I used as a Halloween costume. So I cut off the top, painted the skirt green (synthetic so had to use water based paint), then added the leaves. Each leaf was ironed onto fusible interfacing and cut by hand. That alone took a few months. Then I sewed them all onto the skirt, partially by machine and the rest by hand. I added green netting just in case the dress had to be lifted.
Sadly you cant really see the cloak but I also made this out of brown/orange organza with a green shine. The sleeves were lined with dark green fleece (very warm!) and the glovelets were made seperately. I then added fake leaves to the back of the cloak. I also used fleece around the next to fasten the cloak.
The handbag was also an existing handbag on which I glued a piece of orange/brown suede and green fleece and decorated this with leaves and little fabric flowers. The hair is sadly not all my own, I used a clip in with dreads in my own colour and added woolen dreads in various shades of green that I made myself.
The horns were cast by a friend out of gypsum type material and I painted these myself in matching colours. All in all this costume took my about 6 months to make.
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Coolest Jailbird Prisoner and Guard Family Costume
(Portland, Oregon, USA)
Jailbird Prisoner and Guard Family Costume
I love to make our Halloween costumes a family theme. One year I decided that I was to be a prison guard trying to keep track of my jailbirds.
So I got a police toy set from dollar tree and found a blue button-up shirt from a thrift store. I put on some tight black slacks and my high black boots... presto! a police officer. Oh and the cap said "NYPD" I got in 2001... :(
For my husband's prison costume I bought a white sweatshirt and white sweatpants. I cut the collar and bottom band out of the sweatshirt and cut it up the front. Then I laid the pieces on the driveway (on top of a drop cloth) and taped stripes on with masking tape. Then I used black spray paint to make the lines. When the paint was dry I removed the tape - and had nice clean white lines. I overlapped the front flaps of the shirt and sewed on black buttons. Then I used a permanent marker to write the prison numbers on the front.
For my son's costume I used the same painting process, but I had to make the top and bottom with a basic pajama pattern. I was surprised how well spray painting fabric worked, even after washing! Just make sure you cover the ground well or you'll have black lines for a very long time. :)
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This was for villain day at my school. I didn’t just want to be any normal villain, so I came up with my own. I love working with balloons, so I became Balloon Lady.
You can see the frame if you look closely in the picture. Basically, the frame is cardboard and in made of loops that get progressively larger towards the bottom and vertical reinforcement strips.
To attach the balloons, I just used a lot of boxing tape loops and it seemed to stick pretty well.
The hair: To make my hair do that I put a balloon in the center of my head and brought my hair up all around it so that you couldn’t tell that there was a balloon inside (especially after spray painting my hair).
My villain was of course Mr. Pin Head, a figure I made of Styrofoam and wire.
Everyone laughed at my costume and I had a great time with Mr. Pin Head.