This is making my Halloween.
This is making my Halloween.
You may remember that my company has a large Halloween party every year. Last year, I was out of town but I was an owl in 2011. (Photos and instructions here and here.) I didn’t even place in the costume contest with the owl. People are not playing around. Therefore, when Goodwill asked me to work with them on a Halloween costume video, I had some ideas of what I was going to be and was glad to get a head start on it.
The costume had to be easy. I met with the Goodwill team on a Monday morning before I flew out for the week and we shot the video the following Wednesday. Therefore, I only had the weekend to make it. Additionally, I put myself on a $15.00 budget. I noticed lots of Halloween costumes cost at least $15.00 and I wanted to prove that you can make something fun, unique and cheap. I knew it could easily be done as my costume for the owl was around $15.00.
The easiest way to start a costume is to find a main prop or piece to build the costume around. So, after our meeting on Monday, I went to the Berry Hill Goodwill armed with some ideas and open to finds. I looked through the women’s clothing and noticed the rack of child costumes. I walked up to it and noticed a girl’s fairy costume. I quickly grabbed it and made the decision I was going to be a fish. Here’s how I saw it:
While on the road, I went to JoAnn Fabrics and bought the smallest amount possible of five different fabrics. I don’t remember how much it was of each, but it was less than a quarter and cost a little under $4.00 for all pieces. Additionally, while on the road, I bought the following:
The cardigan was necessary as the dress was strapless and I’m not going bare armed for nobody, nowhere. I could have used a cardigan I had, but wanted to show more Goodwill finds. When I got home I cut the fabric into “scales.”
I didn’t use the top or the skirt underlay. I did use the tulle overlay, the straps and the wings. I put on the dress and placed the tulle overlay where I thought it looked best. I decided the best way to use it was to cut the overlay in half and put each half on my hips as fins, while filling in the rest of the of skirt portion of the dress with the fabric scales. I marked where I wanted the overlay placement to be with a permanent marker while wearing the dress. Then, I got to hot gluing.
I did the front of the skirt first. Then, I flipped it over to do the back, where the fins were. Luckily, I had enough fabric fins to go under the tulle in some areas. The whole back was not covered in fabric fins but the areas that would be seen were covered. I moved the tulle over to the side to make sure I didn’t accidentally glue them down. I wanted them to be as flowy as possible.
I glued my fins from the bottom. You get better coverage this way and it is much easier to start from the bottom and work your way up. If you start from the top, you have to flip what you just glued down so you get under it. It’s a mess that looks like this.
I liked the ones I chose the most due to their weight. I simply cut their stems off and placed them on the headband (while I was wearing it) to see where I liked it the most. After eyeballing it for a few seconds, I took the headband off and hot glued the two stems together on the headband. I pressed the bottoms of each into each other and the glue. Then, I placed the larger of the two starfish on top of the stems with additional glue. The starfish were not only fun but covered up all the ugly hot glue.
I pressed the starfish into the picks and headband and let it cool completely. Then, I added the smaller starfish on top and, once again, held the headband while it cooled. I didn’t want to lay it down out of fear that it would stick to something or slide around. When I was done, it looked like this.
Last, I needed to make the fairy wings from the little girl costume into a fun, fish fin. I made the fin out of cardboard and the scrap fabric I had. I simply free-formed a fin shape onto the cardboard, cut it out and glued the fabric to it.
I flipped the wings upside down so instead of the wings pointing up, they pointed down. I thought it made the wings less “wing like.” Then, I hot glued the fin onto the back. Making the fin, headband, and dress took a total of about three hours. The total cost of all the pieces was $17.00 which was $2.00 over budget due to the cardigan. It was fun, unique and fast – everything I needed it to be.
To see the final product check out the Goodwill video here!
Yesterday, I told you how to make the body of the costume. However, the face the most important part. It was the identifying feature that I was an owl. Here are the items I used.
I considered a headband or creating a hair clip but when I saw the visor at Hobby Lobby it was obvious. I took the stretchy band off of it and put it in my hair with bobby pins.
First, I covered the visor with hot glue. (see photo below) Then, I laid fabric on the visor as a sheet. Then, I trimmed the excess.
Second, I cut some ears out of the same fabric.
I made them so large so they could easily be glued.
Next, I trimmed the coffee filters for the owl eyes. I used coffee filters to give it some depth. I used three filters for each eye, as one filter wasn’t thick enough. However, the filter diameter was too much so I cut them down after stapling them together.
I traced circles on the black fabric to create pupils which were hot glued onto the coffee filters. Then, I used a sheet of orange foam for the beak. It took me a few tries but I finally got the size and shape I wanted.
Last, I hot glued everything onto the visor to make my mask. I hot glued the ears first, then the eyes. I decided to add lashes by cutting a couple long strips of the black fabric that I glued in the top corners of the eyes. You can see them below. However, they were not visible when I wore the costume. I glued the beak on last. Here is the complete face or mask.
Here it is with the costume.
I wore my Halloween costume to work as we have an annual contest and party. Here I am all done up.
I wore a long sleeve black shirt, a black skirt with black tights under the vest.
Then, The Mister and I met his family for dinner. That’s right I went to TGI Fridays with The Mister’s parents, sister, niece, brother-in-law and brother dressed up as an owl.
I put the mask on for a short time for our niece and to show that the “vest” was for a reason. I’m ridiculous.
As you know from here and my 30 before 30, I dressed up for Halloween. I decided to not be Punky Brewster, even though I really wanted to be. Turns out that it’s harder to find a purple vest and puffy tennis shoes than you’d think. However, I’m going to stay on the lookout for these items for future Halloweens.
I didn’t choose any of the costumes from here and instead went rogue. Marisa (hello!) was awesome and dressed up like The Mad Hatter and suggested using a large sweatshirt for something as she saw a bunch of them at Wal-Mart. I instantly thought of this image.
I purchased a 3X men’s sweatshirt and a couple yards of $1.00 fabric. I purchased way too much yardage, though I thought I was being conservative. I’d suggest only buying a quarter yard of each. Of course, this depends on the number of fabrics and the size of sweatshirt.
The cream and navy dotted fabric is our tablecloth, so it was not included. I like it where and how it is.
I cut the arms off the sweatshirt. I decided to wear it like a vest/jumper and wore a long sleeve black shirt under it.
I decided to make my feathers with a rounded edge. I started by creating a template and tracing it on the fabric. However, I quickly realized it was much easier to “eye-ball” the size and shape. The feathers were not consistent in exact shape and size, but I liked them better. It added interest. Obviously, the fabric had different patterns and types which added to the interest. I cut out large numbers of each fabric. Then, I hot glued the fabric randomly on the shirt. I started at the bottom of the shirt and hot glued just the top part (the straight edge) of each feather onto the sweater. Working from the bottom allowed the feathers to overlap.
I glued the front and then the back. Then, I put it on and had The Mister spot check me. This is when he announced that he is an owl costume expert as he dressed up as an owl in an elementary school play. I used left over cut out feather to fill in the few gaps on my sides. The Mister glued them on the shirt while I was wearing it.
Due to the thickness of a sweatshirt, and me wearing a shirt under it, I couldn’t feel the hot glue. The section that needed the most filling in were my shoulders.
The Mister, using his supreme owl costume knowledge, decided to alternate the sides of fabric to fill in the shoulders. The black feathers are the same fabric but the underside of it was brown.
Tomorrow, I will share how I made the hat/owl face. You’ll need to know how to make it so you can look this cute.
It seems like Halloween has became a raunch contest, like everyone is trying to win Ms. Slutty.
Immedialy, “Who let the sluts out? Who?! Who?! WHO?!” to the tune of “Who Let the Dogs Out?” came to mind.
Now, I admit that if I was in shape I’d be tempted to try some sexy Mother Goose character, but that’s not going to happen. I dressed up as “hot for teacher” a few years ago and I pray nobody has photos.
My office has a Halloween party every year and I’m in town during it this year. In the past I’ve dressed up like one of our products and a “little girl.” I like costumes. (If you have a costume party anytime of year, just let me know. I will commit.) So, I’ve gathered some images for inspiration.
Raining Cats and Dogs was my original plan, but I realized it would be incredibly difficult to walk around with an open umbrella all day.
This is hilarious and very easy. I’d really like it if I had a Bob Barker to go with it.
The shoes would be my biggest thing to find. I like this idea, but not as much as the flamestich upholstery on that couch.
The second costume is from etsy. I would make my costume. It would require more work than Punky.
Though I like butterflies, I think the other ideas are more original.
Take the poll and/or give me some ideas.
Update: Come back on Friday, October 7, 2011 for the second edition of inspiration.
Today, we are two months and counting from Halloween. Therefore, I’m treating you to some pumpkin inspiration.