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Friday, 31 October 2014

Happy Halloween! Homemade Costume Fun!

My kids picked some pretty obscure costumes this year.  I don't usually make their costumes, but this year I didn't have much of a choice.  I did my best to not purchase anything to make them.  I used what fabric I had to make my daughters.  For my son, I only had to buy the fleece to make his cloak, which I luckily found for 50% off on the remnant rack at Joanns.  The rest I refashioned old clothes and used fabric I had on hand.  I will focus on the refashioned pieces on this blog, but if you would like to see how my daughters Dragonball Goku costume came out or see more details on my sons costume, feel free to visit my blog.

My son picked a very obscure character, but I give him props for creativity.  He wanted to be Gaius, a character from his favorite video game, Fire Emblem Awakening.  Gaius is a candy thief, which I thought was very fitting for Halloween.  I really worked hard on his costume.  He is super stoked on how it came out.  Here is the picture of Gaius I used to work off of:


I started with a pair of my daughters old, torn, stained, too small leggings.  


I hacked them up to shape them into his arm bands.  I just cut a hole for the thumb.  I ended up sewing elastic into the top of the arm bands, so they would stay up because they were falling down a bit.


For his tank top I used two of the three shirts shown here:


I cut the sleeves off of the black shirt.  Then cut off the back of the grey and laid it over the top of the black shirt.


I sewed around it and then trimmed off the excess grey.


The back of the black shirt had some writing, which I covered with a strip of grey from the other shirt.


I also made him the vest, cloak, headband, and candy accessories.
Here are some pics of him dressed up:




He LOVES this costume!  He keeps telling me he is going to brag to all his friends about how I made it for him. 
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I have received several hugs, kisses, and thank you's from the kids for these creations.  I had fun testing my pattern making abilities making these.  I am so happy they came out as well as they did.  I am looking forward to taking these kids out on the town tonight! 

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Happy Halloween!!!!




Upcycled Brutus Costume



Happy Halloween Everyone,

We actually went to a Halloween party last weekend so I thought I would show you the hubby's costume that went with my Olive Oyl costume.  I don't have a new blog post but I put a few more pictures on the post including my cray hairdo.  :-)

Happy Refashioning
Cindy @ Upcycled Design Lab

FLEECE FIX: Goooo Cardinals!

I've had this wonderful black fleece for about four years -- received it at work during an employees' appreciation fair or something. As soon as the weather turns brisk, I throw on the fleece except when it may be covered in cat hair. Seriously, why is cat fur attracted to black fleece? Argh!

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I ran into a former co-worker who wore her fleece jacket long after she moved on from the company and she blacked out the logo with a black permanent marker. Despite the easy artistic solution, the logo and the black scribbles could be seen.

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The best solution? A patch! Before I could decide between a Cinderella or Wonder Woman patch, I decided I wanted a St. Louis Cardinals patch. I easily found one for a few dollars online and simply sewed it over the logo. Easy peasy!

See you next season, Cards!

Wander over to my blog at jenniferelliott14.com.

Jennifer Elliott

Argh, me hearties!

 
With Halloween right around the corner, I wanted to share this pic of me as a pirate! The costume is cobbled together from various pieces I had in the costume closet. The eye-patch, however, was made by me.
I took one of the boob inserts out of a shirt (you guys know the concave padded thingies I'm talking about, right? Like shoulder pads for the girls!). I trimmed the pad down to size so it would cover my eye, then I attached some elastic (an old elastic hairband). And voila! A one-eyed pirate look! 
What are you guys wearing for Halloween?

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Funky dress into shirt and skirt

I started out with this dress I got for a buck at a rummage sale. I thought it might be long enough, but it wasn't even close. Plus, it just looked too "junior" on me.


It did, however, have this lovely bib detail that I planned to take full advantage of.


I started out by chopping it in half just under the bib. I pinned the skirt and its lining together to keep them at the right lengths, then gathered it and stitched it to a wide elastic band I took from another old skirt that was very snagged.


Some careful seam-ripping removed the bib from the rest of the dress. Originally, I kept the ruffle on it, but I decided it was much better without it - more clean and modern. A grabbed a spare white t-shirt and stitched the bib to it to create a sort of tuxedo t-shirt.


Here is the view from the back.


Styled with a black blazer for a graphic look.


And finally, with that elastic-waist skirt. Yay! 


Thanks for reading!   -Amy