Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Just Julie: Homemade Halloween costumes! UPDATE

Whew! We're done. After a last minute decision to attend our local zoo's Boo at the Zoo event last Friday, I realized I had exactly 2 days to purchase the fabric and sew 1 Lava Girl & 2 Shark Boy costumes. I still had no real idea how I was going to do it but the fabric did lend itself to a little inspiration.

For Lava Girl I was most drawn to the pink vinyl and sparkly fabrics, sequins, etc. For the Shark Boys I found a snakeskin that I thought might double as sharkskin. All in all I ruined one whole pink skirt, that's not uncommon when you try and cut a skirt pattern out of your head without taking any measurements or anything. It was way too small and was totally not cut right. Even the skirt that I ended up using still didn't quite fit right, but the Lava Girl belt covers up the imperfections.

For the Shark Boys I was at a loss, I couldn't for the life of me figure out how I was going to make them look like sharks. I made the shorts first, then the arm cuffs, then the vests. It was at the last minute that I realized I had some super strength aplix that I had bought to make diapers and it worked perfectly for attaching the shark fins to their backs. Although, after having worn them to one event the shark fins already need to be replaced with new ones, they took quite a beating...

Maybe I just work best under pressure, who knows!? Just thought I'd update you all on how they turned out. Anyone else working on their costumes yet?

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

the costumes look really good!!!
I also am wearing a home made costume..a very cute 50 shirt..
Happy Halloween!!!!

Momto3LittleFlowers said...

They look AWESOME!!!!!!! My girls are going to be Powerpuff girls this year... I dont have a sewing machine (not that I know how to sew, but Im sure can figure it out if I only had a machine), so I ordered pillow dresses with the Powerfuff colors... So, they are homemade, just not by me... Gotta share the love with WAHM's, right?

Julie said...

Absolutely! I know not everyone has a sewing machine, or a local fabric store for that matter...Supporting other wahms is awesome!

Leslie said...

DO you live in Atlanta? WE have never been to boo in the zoo, but it looks fun.

Julie said...

This was our first year too. We live in Florida. It was fun, we didn't get a whole lot of candy but I guess that would vary by zoo, sponsor participation, etc. There were cool crafts, a haunted trail, magic shows, costume contests, vendors, etc. Something I think we'll be doing in the years to come. You should check out if your local zoo does the same.

mummasinJH said...

They are so cute! This motivates me more to get a sewing machine and figure out how to sew!

 

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