21 Oct

10 Days of Halloween

Creeper Costume done!

Mom's Costume

The Creeper costume, and my Candy Corn dress are done. I had to add one more thing to the list (I forgot to get a black turtleneck for my daughter to wear under her Dalek jumper), but the to-do list is still getting shorter!

Buy interfacing, a hula hoop, little plastic cups, bronze spray paint, and a plastic hardhat
Cut out and interface fabric for Dalek
Assemble Dalek dress with straps and hula hoop for shaping
Attach balls to Dalek dress
Cover stiff interfacing hoops for helmet
Paint hardhat helmet
Attach hoops, headlamp, and cups to helmet
Cut fabric for Candy Corn dress
Sew Candy Corn dress
Buy tights to coordinate with dress
Gesso box for creeper head and cut out eye holes
Paint Creeper head with green grid
Paint green hoodie with some green squares
Buy black turtleneck for K

The Dalek dress is mostly assembled as well, so that’s even more progress. I am not sure if I want to add Tusken Raider to the list or just leave that in hubby’s lane. He did set aside a paper tube and order a bunch of ACE bandages, so maybe we have that one pretty well covered after all.

06 Oct

More Costuming

None Shall Pass!

This has turned out to be a rather cobbled together costume. The helmet is a cardboard one we bought in Germany a few years ago and which has been waiting patiently for the rest of the ensemble. The shield and sword are wooden ones also from Germany medieval festivals and which have seen lots of use in backyard battles since.

Who Goes There?

I knit the chain mail out of a semi-metallic crochet yarn and big needles. It looks pretty authentic, but all the loops pull and distort easily and it was a pain in the butt to knit. In retrospect (and if I need to make a girl version of this outfit to go with her sword and shield) I would probably be better off getting the metallic mesh fabric at the fabric store. The belt came straight out of my closet.


The bracers have been the project of the last two days.  They are made of fun foam cut to shape and secured with elastic and velcro. I used as many supplies as possible already in the house, but I really, really, really should have gotten black elastic. The white just makes the whole thing cheesy. It’s all buried in layers of foam in hot glue though, so I don’t think I’ll actually change anything. We need to do something about the pants too. I don’t think they had track suits in the Middle Ages. He’s got some light brown pants that should look more authentic and allow the leg bracers to show up better too.

18 Oct

A Seasonal Diversion

My daughter saw some cute skull-themed kitties in one of those catalogs of cheap toys and craft supplies. I liked the idea, but knew we could make something of better quality at home. I went to my go-to basic softie pattern from Wee Wonderfuls and whipped this out:

I couldn’t make something just for my daughter and leave my son out in the cold, so I used to opportunity to make a monster I had been toying with.

I love all the softie monsters I’ve been seeing (check out all the monsters in my Flickr Favorites), but had to put my own twist on this. The answer was in tiki inspiration and BDU fabric.

Ha! is not only and interjection and part of a laugh, it is Hawaiian for breath. Zipper mouths rock.

29 Oct

Princess and Pin-Up

The Garden Princess Halloween costume is done — with three days to spare!

And even though we’re no closer to feeling like Fall here in Hawai’i, at least I no longer have to figure out how to incorporate jackets into the kids’ costumes.


Now that we have TV, I’ve been watching What Not To Wear. That’s where I got the idea for the scoop neck shirt. I also saw some really cute shoes and set about to find them. It took a few weeks, but I found something close and darn cute in my opinion. The day they arrived, the exact shoes showed up on a new episode. I feel so dressed.