Saturday, August 14, 2010

Costume Gathering

Well, its August, and I am so behind on gathering all the pieces for my costume.  It’s been 3 years that I have worn the same one, and I am so looking forward to something new.  Based on my last costume, there are a few things that I KNOW I want…

1.  Working with the light.  We use blue and red lights.  Which made for an invisible dress, being that it was black and emerald green.  This year I want lighter colors, which will absorb the light better, without making me look too cheery.  (In most of the pictures last year, you couldn’t make out anything except my clown white makeup, and my white wig, it was just a little TOO weird, lol)

2.  Proper hemming.  I was not born with the amazing ability to sew, hem, or even thread a needle.  I actually duct taped about 6 inches of my dress hem, so that I could walk in the yard without tripping.   Yes, duct tape.

3.  I like the full skirts of period dresses… Civil War, Early Victorian, Rococo without the added hips (which I seriously don’t need extra padding?!?!) so I am sticking with the old ghost of the Manor gig.

rococo Love the stripes, hate the extra hip, I don’t need extra hips ;)

il_430xN.81233108 Good combination of colors, lovely waist cincher, this is a heavy contender

black Love this one, the stern neckline and sleeves are good for warmth… just wish it weren’t so black…

 

4.  I am stuck on all thing Burton, and love the quirky-ness of black and white vertical stripes.  I want something kind of half serious, half quirky.

seuss Love this quirky fabric – from the (who’d a thunk it) Dr. Seuss line (haha!).  Wish I could work this in somehow…

So with a list like that, I have not found what I want looking at Etsy, Ebay, or any of the other sites I have found.  I believe that I’m going to contact a seamstress or two, and see if there is any way I can afford some help of someone that knows OH SO MUCH more than I do about this stuff.

I guess my idea of a quirky, old, crazy lady that died in a house and was buried in what appeared to be half circus costume is not such a common item!  (I make myself laugh on this one)

shoes Love these too!

Now, all I need to find is a wacky hat………..

Happy building everyone!

10 comments:

Kimily said...

I LOVE the second dress!!! How about doing that same dress, with the same long sleeves but adding in a vertical striped corset? Even though I love the Victorian print it has now, the stripes may give you the whimsy you're looking for.

Kimily said...

Like this one... http://www.etsy.com/listing/51934787/custom-size-pirate-princess-black-and

Dawn said...

That's definitely and idea, Kimily... Jayson really likes the second one too - brocade waste cincher and all.... I might just abandon the stripes on my own. ;)

Jayson said...

Oh, don't get me wrong. I like the stripes a lot, but the second one is a good trade off. I'm with Kimily on adding the vertical striped corset. You should photoshop the stripes on the dress so we can get an idea what it would look like.

halloween spirit said...

Especially love the second one. A seamstress might find a way to incorporate stripes. Good luck! And never under-estimate the power of duct tape. :)

William Bezek said...

It's looking good, I think my favorite part is picking out something to wear!

The Frog Queen said...

Did you really say "wern't so black"? Really? LOL! That made my day, just not used to a haunter saying that. But your love of color and playfulness is what I love about you.

All good choices. That reminds me that I need a new costume this year....yikes! Better get started!

Cheers!

poopisan said...

Hi Dawn! I don't know how to stick a photo to this, but I have a black and white vertical stripe corset blouse that I was selling in my Etsy shop. The listing expired and I have been greedily hoarding it. If you wanna trade me something for it, I'd be cool with that. ( i need casting resin, paper clay, or fake crows) The arm holes are tiny though 11 inches and no stretch. Shoot me an email an I'll attach the pix, if your interested. Happy Haunting! xoxo,p-san

Mr. Macabre said...

I gave you an award...
I personally like the second one, the waist is absolutely gorgeous!

Diane said...

any of these would look lovely with the postmortem necklace you had asked me to make for you. i didn't forget!! :) i sent you an email about it!

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