I knew it had been a while since I had posted, but I didn't realize it had been almost 2 months. Yikes. I promise it's not a case of blog abandonment, but more a of "shove it to the back burner" type thing. We have been some busy little bees! This will be the first in a short series of "catch up" posts. I know we've all moved on from Halloween to Thanksgiving and Christmas, but bear with me while I revisit it for a minute. Because the costumes were awesome and worth the look back - mostly because I worked so hard to make them, and I'm not willing to skip posting about it.
Meet Luke and his sister, Princess Leia.
Jack had no idea who Luke was when we decided on their costumes, but he was a total Star Wars fan by the time Halloween arrived. I figure this is the last year I get to pick his costume, so I wanted to make it count. I sewed his shirt and glued torn strips of fabric to a cheap pair of Target khakis (while he was wearing them – he was SO nice and patient!) and also onto his shoes to make the boots (the shoes were disgusting from playing all summer and he was about to outgrow them anyway). I made his belt from upholstery vinyl and a silvery vinyl fabric. Light saber was from Toys R Us. FYI – this is the BEST fabric glue I have used EVER.
I had seen a couple of versions of the crocheted hat with buns online and decided to make up my own. I LOVE the way it came out, and the fact that she did not mind it being on her head. I've decided it will be her winter hat since it has built in ear muffs and all. And I'd love to get some more use out if it! Her dress was a simple peasant dress pattern using a white knit. I lengthened the sleeves some, but wish I had lengthened them a bit more, along with increasing the overall length of the dress. But by the time I figured that out it was done, and I was over it. I made her belt following this awesome tutorial. Simple white tights and shoes, and she was complete.
It's sort of tradition that the kids come up for a visit to my office so I can show them off in their costumes. They drew quite a crowd - notice my zombie friends lurking behind the wall of the cube. They were so nice to keep their distance so as not to scare them. :)
I work at a place where Halloween is a BIG deal and people really get into it. My group worked together to make 10 of these Yip Yip costumes. And we totally blew away the competition in the group costume contest. It almost wasn't fair. We followed this tutorial to make them but substituted 4 yds of regular fleece for the blanket and left an opening in the black mesh in the mouth so we could expose our heads without having to take the whole thing off. I will say the anonymity was the best part. We interrupted every meeting we came across that day! In case you are interested, I am the dark purple Yip. Self portrait, and current facebook profie pic, below: