Happy Halloween 2014 and some BIG news!

Happy Halloweeeeeen! No I have not fallen off the face of the Earth, yes I have been slacking off in the sewing department! But I have a good reason! Before we get to that I just wanted to share our costumes from this weekend. Of course I always have to pick some sort of ridiculous character, and although my we did a muppets/ sesame street theme a few years ago I stumbled upon this tutorial for the Yip Yip martians! They were/are my husband’s favorite characters from the television show and they are just so darn funny!

The tutorial is pretty great and they provide a free pattern to use for cutting. When I say pattern, it is basically a lay out with measurements to use to make the appropriate cuts in length (no pattern pieces to cut out or trace). This may be confusing for someone not too familiar with sewing and having to somewhat freehand your design, but the pictures make it easy to follow the steps. I found these really easy to make, I finished both costumes in one afternoon.



Here we are with our belly dancer friend Rosemary! To make the Yip Yips I started with 2.5 yards of fleece for each, a bag of quilting batting (for the mouths), styrofoam balls and felt for the eyes, pipe cleaners and pom-poms for the antennas, and some black tulle to cover the mouth opening. It looks very sheer in the photos, and it was sheer, however it served the purpose. I ended up adding some velcro at the top of the head piece and tulle so that we could have an opening to stick our heads through for eating and drinking. I also cut some slits in the sides for our arms, although the real Yip Yips didn’t actually have arms. It ended up being a very cold night, it snowed! So these fleece snuggy-like costumes were perfect to stay warm.

10410416_10152809647297667_4001161377288348539_nParty on! Yip, yip, yip yip yip….






So as to the reason you have not seen much sewing or general communication from me for the past few months, we found out in July that we are expecting our first baby! We are so excited to be parents, and feel very blessed to have such great family and friends to support us during this special time. Needless to say, I wasn’t feeling too hot for a little while (feeling MUCH better now on the morning sickness front), so sewing kind of took a back seat. My school year also started which has obvious kept me very busy, plus I am taking two classes this semester to start working on my ESL teaching endorsement. So with all the excitement, and a growing belly, I have been working on some more craft type projects instead of my usual dresses and fashion projects. A lot of people have asked why I am not sewing some maternity clothes, but I guess I would rather put my effort (and fabric) into pieces that I know will be useful for longer than the next several months. However, I do plan to share some of my craft ย and sewing projectsย with you along the way, and I promise I will do my best not to turn this into a baby sewing blog!

I hope you all had a great Halloween and please share your fabulous costumes, I love to see all of them!




30 Comments on “Happy Halloween 2014 and some BIG news!”

  1. Ashly says:

    Congrats!!! I love the baby skeleton ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Ines says:

    As usual I love your costume, it was hilarious and awesome! And btw thanks for representing females as something else besides sexy cop, sexy nurse etc which is so cliche and boring!

  3. Ines says:

    Oh and congrats and the happy news!!!!

  4. Melizza says:


  5. Gjeometry says:

    Yip yip :). Fabulous custumes! And congratulations is in order! Glad you are also feeling better and sewing again.

  6. awe, congrats!! Your sweatshirt is adorable ๐Ÿ™‚ Can’t wait to see some baby sewing ๐Ÿ˜‰

  7. Karen * WinkyBlinky says:

    Hearty Congratulations! Wonderful news!

  8. SeeKatSew says:

    I love the Yip Yips!! So nostalgic – I love when they are shocked at the telephone…..ah to be a youth in the early eighties again!
    Fantastic news about being pregnant! Are you sewing any maternity wear?

    • cjgal says:

      Oh yes, the 80’s is the decade that just keeps on giving! No maternity wear yet, it pains me to use my fabric for pieces I will only wear for a few months.

  9. bimbleandpimble says:

    SQUEEE! This is the best news- congratulations to you both!!!!!

  10. Vicki Kate says:

    Besets news ever! Congratulations to you both!!
    The costumes are great too, but BABY!!

  11. Congratulations gorgeous! And, as always, loving all the geeky costumery.

  12. Congratulations! Such exciting news.

  13. Helena says:

    Congratulations on your exciting news! Love the skeleton sweater ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. CGCouture says:

    I had suspicions–it’s usually why bloggers fall off the face of the Earth. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Congratulations!

    Also, your Halloween costumes were awesome! We, uh, quote the Yips quite often at our house, LOL! ๐Ÿ˜›

    • cjgal says:

      Thank you! Yes this time life quite literally got in the way ๐Ÿ™‚ I think we will also be quoting yip yips quite a bit here in the near future!

  15. gingermakes says:


  16. meli88a says:

    Hi! I love the yip-yip aliens too. Do you remember the song they had that goes “Yip yip you, yip yip me, yip yip baby, yip yip family”? Would be quite fitting for this post! ๐Ÿ™‚

    As for your question about the Simplicity elephant height, I just measured mine. It sits 9″ tall if it’s seated and you measure it along the front legs to its forehead. I hope this helps. Let me know if you want any other measurements!

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