It s time again for my favorite holiday and ridiculous costume making! Even though it is Halloween, Chris and I decided to borrow a couple Christmas characters this year. My all time favorite Christmas movie is Rudolph the red nosed reindeer (the stop motion animation, not the cartoon) and the Bumble is by far the coolest character, Yukon Cornelius is a close second 😉 I figured we could double up and make some fun Christmas cards with the photos in a couple months.
See the resemblance? These were actually pretty easy costumes to make. I made pajama pants with an elastic waist out of white furry fleece from joanns. I just used an old pj pant pattern I have had forever, pj pants are so easy and comfy I really should make some flannel ones for the winter. For the top, I just used a long sleeved shirt in my drawer as a pattern and sewed it up super quick. I serged all the seams inside so that it wouldn’t be itchy from the fur edges.
Obviously the Bumble head was the challenging part, but I got him put together in just a day. I started with a cheapo hat that had a brim, and I glued blue felt around the mouth area. Then I cut two pieces of the furry fleece, each big enough to stuff with polyfil and stand up, I glued these on the brim as well. Then I stuffed them full (well, not TOO full- it was kind of heavy!) and sewed the head closed. His face is a piece of foam with blue felt glued on and white felt for the eyes. His nose is another smaller piece of foam with blue felt t give it dimension. I sewed this piece on the head, and glued on white felt teeth. Voila! The Bumble was born!
Yukon Cornelius was much easier, mostly because i didn’t have to make most of it. We just found an old blue jacket in Chris’s closet, and I had a black elastic belt. I made his ice pick out of cardboard and duct tape (very fancy) and found a toy gun at the dollar store. His beard is actually crocheted, I found this free pattern online and my mom crocheted it up. She modified it by making his mustache longer with some wire to make it stand up, and she made a red hat with ear muffs to attach to the beard. I think it turned out great, it was pretty hilarious!
We wore our costumes to a party at glassworks, and we had a total blast! Now that Halloween is over, I am hoping to get in some regular sewing time, my school schedule has been very time consuming so far this year and sewing has been put on hold out of pure exhaustion. Who’s ready for Thanksgiving break? This gal!
The In-Law’s Halloween party, disappointing it was not! Oh yes, this year Chris and I (and the dog) did a star wars theme. All the hub’s idea of course! I didn’t want to do the traditional played out Princess Leia with the cinnabuns and Chris only wanted to choose from the original cast characters so I decided that Yoda was the only way to go. Chris chose the rebel flight suit that Luke Skywalker wore, and I left Princess Leia for Harper to wear.
Yoda’s head was relatively easy to make compared to some of my past costumes. I took a beanie and sewed green fleece around the edges and stuffed it full with polyfil. I glued on small styrofoam balls cut in half for each eye and then flued on his featured with leftover green fleece and felt I had in my stash. His ears were shaped with pipe cleaners and sewed into the seams of the head. I used a robe pattern to make his hooded robe, and I made Yoda feet with foam and extra fleece.
I found some “furry” yard to use for Yoda’s hair on the back of his head. I made sure to leave a sheet of fleece around the bottom with a tie so that it would stay on my head all night.
For Chris’s rebel flight suit I used a jumpsuit pattern from and old Halloween costume pattern his mothe had for a lion. I added the cargo pockets on the legs and the arms. The vest I used some white muslin I had in my stash and I pinned it into “shutters” to create the ridged effect Luke’s vest had.
I left him in charge of the box and gears Luke wore in front, he went to home depot and got plastic tubing, duct tape, and gray spray paint and piece everything together on a tubberware container he paint sprayed.
For Harper’s costume, I used the pattern from her doggie jail suit last year but just used white cotton. I made a belt and added on Princess Leia’s silver details with some leftover scraps of metallic silver material I had from a previous Halloween. I used brown felt and a glue gun and just rolled up some cinnabuns and sewed an elastic chin strap to the bottom.
The party was so much fun, and my Yoda ended up winning the costume contest! There was also a contest for the best Halloween appetizer and the best carved pumpkins. Here are some of the crazy food platters, the first three I made.
Powdered donut hole eyeballs. The irises are melted white chocolate with green and blue food coloring, the pupils are chocolate chips and the blood vessels are red gel.
These are little witches hats I made with chocolate cookies, icing, hersheys kisses, and sprinkles.
These are bloody bandaids, made with graham crackers, cream cheese and strawberry jam.
Here are some of the spooky foods my Mother In Law put together; pumpkin barfing guacamole, and a table full of goodies like pretzel witch fingers, carmel peanut grapes, ghost nutter butters and Franestein and lily’s special brew.
There were so many fantastic costumes including the cereal character gang, Captain crunch, the Trix rabbit, Luck charms and Toucan Sam, as well as Carme San Diego and the USA volley ball team. Two nights before the party we had a pumpkin carving extraganza and carved about 20 pumpkins, it was extreme!
This one was carved by my friend Jackie, she used a potato pealer and some other tools to shave this into an amazing skull. Obviously she won the pumpin carving contest!
More Halloween festivities to come, hope you all have a spooktacular holiday!
This weekend was the big yard sale event for my local neighborhoods, over 100 houses particiapted this year. I went with my mother in law, Chris, my sister in law Rachel and a couple friends to find treasures. I was not disappointed! I just accepted a position teaching math (which I am super stoked about) so I was mostly looking for math games and tools for my classroom, but then we ran into a woman who was selling bins of fabric and patterns. I pretty much squealed and started diggingthrough them like a little kid. The lady seemed pretty ready to get rid of all of it so she offered up the whole lot a $1 a bin. We pretty much got them for free, it was ridiculous!
Now don’t get me wrong, not everything in this grab bag was a winner but I did find some cute stuff (and some pretty hideous stuff too).The majority of the patterns are mostly little kid items which I don’t have too much use for yet, maybe someday. However, get a look at these gems buried in the stash:
Now I am certainly no belly shirt kind of girl, but I do like the simple button down on view D. Who can’t use a button down shirt or two?
This pattern appealed to the Paris Hilton dress up my dog part of me. Look at that raincoat, how stinkin cute! I also like the t-shirt with the frisbee pocket on view F. However, I don’t know if view B is supposed to be a hoodie or maybe a ghost costume, but the dog looks like a member of the KKK in the picture. That just ain’t right.
Ok so I am a sucker for cheesy Christmas crafts. Look how cute they are! Meet Mr and Mrs Claus! I am so making this in December…
This Santa on the other hand is just down right creepy. I mean he doesn’t even look like santa, he’s a full size elderly man wearing a bathrobe. He’s definitely not pulling off the Hugh Heffner look well.
Hey girl, check out my demented dolly hair bow! don’t I look fly?
This is actually a pattern for Barbie clothes, there were a couple in the bin but I thought this one was too cute. How stylish are these Barbie outfits? I wish they were actual people patterns because I’d totally rock these looks!
This was the oddball lingerie pattern that just didn’t fit in with the rest. Its pretty zsa zsa though. Mee-yow!
I don’t know what is more awesome, the fact that they have 100 pictures of this boxer short pattern of the two 80’s models with matching haircuts. Just wow
The fabric selection had a few conversation starters too, besides the 5 different cat prints that I found. This was a pattern printed right on the fabric with directions for making “Mama Bunny with babies”. Though a bit strange, I have never seen something like this before.
There was two panels of this dogs playing poker print. Again, just wow
My mother in law also found this fabric at another yard sale, $1.50 for 3 yards of vintage yellow and turquoise gingham. I absolutely love this! I may have to whip up one last sun dress before it starts getting chilly out.
Good day of bargains in the neighborhood! I’m looking forward to the next one 🙂
Last night I had a bunch of my girlfriends over to bring their sewing machines, wine and snacks and we had a fabulous Stitch-N-Bitch evening! There was some good projects and sewing instruction, as well as some good ole gal bitching time 😉
Check out all our machines! This is minus my Babylock and my serger since they didn’t fit on the table. It was like a sweatshop in my crib!
Two of my friends Sarah and Rachel are rookies and came over to learn the basic mechanics of how to load the bobbin and how the machine works with tension and stitch lengths, how to feed the fabric through, etc… One of the projects they tried out was a scrunchie “10 minute scarf” that Rachel found on Hope Studios blog. This was an interesting project for them to start with since it required for handrolling elastic thread on the bobbin and taking the tension to zero, and using a baste stitch in order to create the gathers. The scarves ended up turning out pretty well in the end though! Here they are in action:
Purple knit fabric, pre-cut:
and… the final product!
My friend Jackie is probably the most experienced sewer of all of us, she went to SCAD and knows al sorts of techniques and has her own industrial sewing machine at home. She wanted to try out one of our fancy schmancy elctronic commercial machines, so she brought over some projects to test out. One of them was a bright pink bridesmaids dress that her sister asked her to make into something wearable (AKA make it super short for the clubs)
And here she is taking in a sweater, something I have never tried to do before
My friend Jo who I’d say probably has the most comparable skill set in sewing to myself. She brought over her Mom’s Husqvana Serger that she is borrowing, this is new territory she’s trying to conquer! Her Mom’s machine was crazy complicated, I felt silly ever thinking my serger was confusing because compared to this beast my machine is like the hooked on phonics version. She had to sit down with the manual and get out the tweezers and thread through all sorts of hooks and holes, it was like a logic puzzle. She got a little frusterated to say the least, this is where less “stitching” and more “bitching” came into play-
Reading the instructions…
On a happier note, Sarah completed her first placemat- check it out!
Finally my friend Anne who doesn’t do too much sewing, but does do a whole lot of crafting brought over some coatsers shewas making for her mother for Christmas. She just used white tiles (like you would use in the bathroom) from the hardware store, and decoupaged them withdesigned paper. That is she glued them onand added another glue coat on top to give them a protective seal and add some shine.
The coasters looked super cute!
I didn’t get too much of my own Christmas craft projects done since I was helping out with the others, but that’s ok because it was a blast! I highly recommend getting together with your sewing friends and having a sewing night, its the perfect way to trade tips and knowledge base as well as ideas- sewing CAN be a fun social event!