Hallowe’en (Epilogue)

Y’know, that slow bit after all the exciting stuff, only read by the true fans who love the characters more than they love good storytelling? That’s kinda how I feel posting this so long after Hallowe’en, when all the excitement, and even most of the candy, is long gone.

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Regardless, because it’s my blog and I’ll blog late if want to ;), here’s some quick and not terribly organized glimpses of my Hallowe’en outfit. It’s not really a costume since I’m not actually anything in specific, but I still had a lot of fun making it and wearing it. Even if I did work the whole damn day AND evening so the only pictures I got were crappy bathroom mirror pics and staffroom selfies. I am obviously not a real “Millennial;” I suck at selfies.

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Man I miss my basement-bedsheet-photo studio! These days even if I might have time to take some decent pics it’s a gamble whether I’ll even be able to FIND my tripod, and that doesn’t even address the complete lack of any thing approaching appropriate space in our current home.

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You can’t have a circle skirt without a petticoat (ok, I can’t, anyway), so of course I had to make a crinoline. As it turned out, I had to make two—the neon green tulle one I made first was, unsurprisingly, woefully inadequate. So I pulled out the black crinoline fabric and ribbon I bought last spring to make a black petticoat, which worked really nicely, although I fear it’s more costume-grade pouf than everyday pouf. I may have to make another, not-so-fluffy one for every day wear. Which means I’ll have four crinolines to store. My husband may leave me, just so you know.

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Also, no circle skirt is complete without horsehair braid. I covered the join in a scrap of my fashion fabric, which, if you can’t tell, was an awesomely over-the-top acid-green taffeta with black spiderweb flocking. Don’t ask me why it needed to be a circle skirt, but can you really imagine it being anything else? Short of a complete eighteenth-century ballgown, anyway. That would also be awesome.

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I constructed my circle skirt EXACTLY the same as my old grey one, even using the same waist template from Elegant Musings. This is the facing for the slit I made for the not-invisible zipper.

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Of course poodles are traditional for circle skirts, but this one had to have a spider. I wish I’d had enough of my green thread to go around the applique a second time so the black edges didn’t stick out—I wasn’t really thinking about that when I bought my thread and only got an itty bitty spool. I used a supplementary (acid-green) cord of embroidery floss under the zig-zag to give it a bit of dimension, and because, ah, the manual for the Rocketeer (on which I sewed all of this) suggested it. I love the little techniques old manuals suggest. Although somehow they never mention all the massive amounts of actual skill it takes to use most of these techniques. So, y’know, your black velour fabric doesn’t stick out on the wrong side of your zigzag.

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I used a skirt hook and a thread-chain loop. We’ll pretend this was a couture touch, and not because I couldn’t find a bar to match my hook. It needs a second hook & bar, too… I confess day of I just used a safety pin. Do you see how wide that waistband is, by the way? I think it was around three inches, finished. Which pretty much brings the top of the waistband right to my underbust. Fortunately I’m fairly cylindrical in that area, so I can get away with a straight waistband rather than a contour one.

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Because I’m bored of detail shots, here’s a slightly naughty pic of my layered petticoats. You can see clearly the sheer inadequacy of the green one (sheer… snork… see what I did there? hyuk, hyuk.), but the black filled it out nicely and the green was still a nice touch of colour.

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And this eye-searing green is actually the little tank-top I made to wear under the black lace blouse. I used my brand-spanking-new walking foot to sew it, and while I don’t sew enough spandex to really compare, it sure handled it nicely. I didn’t get any actual shots of the tank-top, (I used my old pattern… the real miracle is actually that I FOUND all these old pattern pieces), without the ruching, of course, but it went together fairly nicely until I got to the straps. They are ugly. But I can always cut them off and do better at some point, I suppose, and they weren’t exactly a prominent part of the costume. I cut out bikini bottoms at the same time, should I someday wish to own an acid-green tankini.

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I decided, rather belatedly, that what the ensemble really needed to finish it off was yarn falls. Pushes it a bit into anime territory? Anyway, it only took me three different yarn shops to find what I was looking for, which turns out to be 100% wool superwash, whatever that is. It certainly was warm, and the texture was great, although a bit fluffier would’ve been nice. These are ridiculously easy to make, just cut a bunch of lengths and tie them on to a hair elastic. I’ve been trying to look up the knot I use but I can’t seem to find it…

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Oh, look, here you can actually see me edging the applique! (which I adhered with Steam-a-Seam, by the way) I forgot I took this one. I’m using the “Special Purpose Foot” on the Rocketeer, which has a little piping-hole. It seems like a really flimy, cheap little foot, but I guess it’s held up for fify-some years already, so it can’t be too bad. It worked fine, anyway.

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The blouse was made out of a spiderweb lace. This pattern, McCall’s 6467 (view D), was not the best choice. WAY too many seams, all of which had to be finished super-neatly, in this soft, floppy, annoying-to-sew lace. Of all the frilly blouse patterns I possess, why did I pick this one? *headdesk.* To make it worse, the pattern had hella crazy ease and I did not want it to be a sack on me (the way it looks on the envelope model). I made the size 8, a full two sizes smaller than usual. I went a little easy on my usual bodice shortening because of this, but apparently not easy enough because I had to cut down under the armpits to make it fit. In the end it looked fine and the sizing was about right, but it really wasn’t the best pattern for the job. And did I mention that’s a lot of annoying seams to sew in an annoying fabric?

Ah, well. Deep breaths. A week later, it’s all water under the bridge, right? It was a really fun outfit when it was all put together, and I have at least a couple of pieces that will (maybe?) be useful in the future.

Hope you had a scary Hallowe’en!

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23 responses to “Hallowe’en (Epilogue)

  1. I can’t believe you made the costume AND the petticoats! (I admit I’m a total cheater when it comes to making petticoats – I always try to buy them because I hate making them.) It all looks great! Lime green is my favorite color. =)

    • I find I don’t actually mind making petticoats, although I definitely love my ruffler feet—wouldn’t ever do that much gathering by hand. I don’t think I’d want to do it on a regular basis, mind you. πŸ˜‰

      The green is a real departure for me, but I like it! πŸ™‚

  2. Awesome, awesome costume! Great details. If your husband hasn’t already left you because of the fabric stash or pattern stash, I guess he can stick around for some crinoline storage. Don’t you think you need need a petticoat in every single colour! Love your look.

    • Yeah… he grumbles about those, too, but they don’t have to stay in the bedroom. Is it terrible that I tend to store my costumes in my daughter’s closet?

      Mmm, rainbow crinolines. I think a red one would definitely be in order! πŸ˜‰

  3. How fun! I’m sure your hubby has some eccentricities or collections of things that you wish he’d get rid of, so it’s all good. πŸ˜‰ You did a great job on the applique, very neat and the thread underneath helps cover are thin spots and really makes it stand up. Good to know about the ease on that blouse, I’ve wanted that pattern for a while…

    • Thanks! I think it’s a cute pattern, but intended to be tunic-y, whereas I wanted blouse-y. Really, it just wasn’t the right pattern for what I was going for, but I liked the ruffly sleeve and the flounce in front and abandoned all good judgement. πŸ˜‰

  4. LinB

    Who among us would NOT wish to own an acid-green tankini? … Did you perhaps use a “larkshead” knot, in which you fold the line in half, poke the bend through/behind the thing-to-which-you-are-tying, then pull the line ends through the bend and tighten? That’s how I would have attached lengths of yarn to a hair elastic.

    • That is exactly the knot! And your description is much more clear and succinct than anything I was trying to come up with. πŸ™‚

      Acid-green tankinis for everyone! πŸ˜‰

      • LinB

        “Still using the macrame skills you learned in summer camp the year you turned 11? Priceless.” (Let us not dwell on the 4 + decades ago that was for me, but rejoice that my brain could yet dredge up the proper word on demand.)

  5. Audrey

    awesome costume. Makes me want to start planning something for next year πŸ™‚

  6. i love that first shot of you so much!! your costume is made of imagination, which makes it the best kind, goddess.

  7. Great costume!! I am loving that spider lace.

    • Thanks! It was actually pretty nice, and soft, considering the price, which was ridiculously cheap. But, like all soft, thin fabrics, just not really fun to sew. πŸ˜›

  8. That is a really great costume!!!!

  9. I’ve always loved reading epilogues, and I’m so glad you wrote one for your costume! I was wondering after seeing your IG pics. Seriously, that is some dedication, making the petticoat, but it really does plump it up beautifully. Love the acid green + black + poodle skirt that’s actually a spider!

  10. Amy

    you’re glowing! I love it. When the kids show up at our house Halloween nite, I throw on a hat. I need to up my game!

  11. No matter how annoying to make, your costume turned out fantastic! I really like the wig too! lol My Mom used to make me yarn wigs for Halloween when I was young – I distinctly remember the Rainbow Bright Wig and the Rupunzal Wig.

  12. That looks like a really fun costume to wear. I don’t mind putting time into a Halloween costume if it is something that could be reworn or adapted for another costume. I am so glad that I used a pattern for a proper collar on my red and black satin cape because I think someone has worn it every year since.

  13. very late – but I love it! I always love halloween as a time to cut loose and sew something completely and gloriously insane.

  14. This is beyond words seriously freaking awesome. I love every single bit of it and now want one just like it!

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