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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween!


Happy Halloween!
I've always loved Halloween!
And I met my husband on Halloween night...so that sort of seals the deal!
 I'm not into gore or scares...
but we love costumes!
 I love this cape I made!  I want to wear it everyday!
Do you think I can get away with wearing it to church or something?
Check out the Cape Here!
Check out the Twilight Sparkle Costume Here!
Check out Jango Fett Here!
And the fat ninja we picked up last year after Halloween...love those sales!







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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Red Hooded Cape!

Okay, not that I am a super model...
and not that my daughter is the best photographer ever...
but I was thrilled with how easy and awesome this cape turned out!
And gotta love that accidental hexagon sun flare bokah!
 I decided to go as Morgana from the Merlin series.
I loved when she would sneak around at night in a glorious RED hooded cape!

And when she embraced more evil magic...she looked awesome!
So I went with a combination of the 2 looks.
 


 The cape was simple.
(and I didn't line it with anything)
4 identical pieces.  60 inch width fabric made this perfectly flowy!
I used all the width at the bottom and tapered it up to the top.
2 pieces are separate and cut on the selvage edge.
1 piece was cut on the fold.
3 pieces for the cape.
Measure from the base of the neck to the floor for the length measurement.

 Then a simple stitch on the tapered edges to sew all 3 pieces together.

 Like this.
Then I rounded off the bottom edge and hemmed it.
As well as rolling that selvage edge and hemming the sides.

 I knew I wanted a giant hood.
I'd wear it down mostly, so I wanted it big and impressive.
I traced my hoodie hood and made it very exaggerated.
Sewed it and flipped it right side out.

 Yes, it's long.  My hair goes down to my low back...
and I didn't want my hair to cover the hood completely.

 I gathered the top edge of the cape just enough to fit the width of the hoodie.


 Then I pinned it in place...yes, I rarely use pins...but this is a must!
 Pinned so that they are the same width.  With just a subtle amount of gathering.
I used ribbon and an old red belt clasp for the cape clasp.
It's a little sloppy with my black thread...but alas, I love how it turned out!

 Floor length and flowy.
The air caught it perfectly when I walked!

 I think it will work for a ton of other costumes too!
Like Little Red Riding Hood or something Christmasy!




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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Twilight Sparkle Equestria Girls Cosplay Costume!

Twilight Sparkle Equestria Girls Cosplay/Costume!
 
 We love My Little Pony!
Last year my daughter was Pinkie Pie in the Grand Galloping Gala Dress


This year we went with the Equestria Girls
Twilight Sparkle in the Fall Formal Gown!


Pretty Spot on!
 
We found this pink sparkly tube dress and the lavender under shirt at Goodwill.
The boots we found at a yard sale

  Here's how we did the wings:
 We used fun foam.  Hobby Lobby has big sheets of foam...for 89 cents.
We used the equivalent to 5 sheets...and this is adult size.
You'll also need some hot glue, craft sticks, eyelets/setter, and elastic.

Cut a wing shape  the size of one sheet of paper...8 1/2 by 11"
Hot glue on a craft stick.  This will give the wings structure and strength.

 Then add a contrasting color of foam in a puffy shape like this:

Turn the wing over and hot glue on 3 craft sticks.

Lay it on top of the large sheet of foam and cut out a
 similar shape using all the foam possible!
 Do this for both wings...one the mirrored image of the other.
Then, sadly, I skimped on the pictures...
hot glue craft sticks across the center of the 2 wings.
Cover with more fun foam.
Use an eyelet setter and make 4 eyelets about 6 inches apart.
Add another smaller foam wing on the backside too.
 Thread elastic through the eyelets, and tie them off...
just measure on your model for this part.
(you can see where I covered the craft sticks with foam in this pic:)

 Finished off like so!
Top one is the Twilight Sparkle or other Princess pony wings...
Bottom wings we made for a smaller girl, the Rainbow Dash wings!
Same technique!

 Here's the back view!
Perfecto!

Next for the pony ears and Elements of Harmony!
Same idea.  Fun foam ears hot glued together...
 And then hot glued on the side of a metal headband.
 Using a paper pattern, I just cut out the
 shape of the elements of Harmony crown...
and then cut them out of sparkly glitter foam!
 Hot glued the crown onto the headband...and it's the crowning jewels!


 We made a simple elastic waistband with a heart shaped bow!
Easy cut out like this.
 
Sewed up the edges...hot glued the center
 Gathered and wrapped the center with more white fabric!
 Hot glued it to the waistband and added some
 fun foam cutie marks to the dress too!

 Then it just needs some blue, pink and purple hair!
We did a faux bangs for her...hairspray and a bobby pin!
 Oh yeah, the boot covers!
We made them just like leg warmers out of fleece!
Hot glued the lace strips in place!  Easy!



Of course, the wash out is the worst part of the night!
 


**UPDATE**
Check out this simplified Wings and Ears Tutorial!
www.doodlecraftblog.com/2014/10/simple-my-little-pony-derpy-costume.html



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