Halloween costumes

This Halloween I made some costumes.

First up was a pair of Ninja Turtle for my boys
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The front is a double layer of yellow fleece and tne sides are held with safety pins as I was not sure on the final fit since in finished them while they slept.

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The back was a knit remnant that I drew shell pattern on with a fabric pen and it is stuffed with pillow stuffing. Weapons were made with print outs, cardboard and cellotape. The masks, knee and arm bands were just strips of cotton torn to size.

The boys loved them and went trick or treating to a few neighbouring houses in the rain and have worn them on and off since.

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Even ninja turtles need some quiet reading time

I have a friend who is nicknamed Oscar who requested a Tigger onesie. I decided it would be more appropriate to make an Oscar the Grouch grown up size. This was a surprise gift so I had to guess size and thankfully I got it right.

I got some green fun fur that looked the right shade on sale from Spotlight. I was a bit scared of sewing the fur, but it was actually quite easy. The hardest part was vacuuming the lounge floor after cutting it out.
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I made the eye brows from some fluffy yarn that I finger knitted twice then sewed in place. I could not find googly eyes big enough so I went to Made Marion and got the biggest white/cream buttons and some flat black ones. They are not as googly as I would have liked but I think they work well. The hood is lined in knit for added comfort.
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Here is Oscar in action on me.
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Of course Oscar is always in his garbage can so I made one of those. I used a grey knit remnant from the fabric warehouse bin sewn into a tube, which I then attached to a hula hoop. Do you know how hard it is to sew around a hula hoop on your sewing machine! The ribbons over the shoulders are tied so it can be adjusted to appropriate can height for the wearer.
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Finally in other crazy costume onesies, earlier this year my friend and I made 4 animal onesies to wear up skiing/boarding. They all use the same basic pattern as above but are made in fleece with different embellishments depending on the animal.

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My Owl


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With wings

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Bumblebee

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Kangaroo

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Penguin

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Penguin front.

And who could resist these boys.
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Frocktober 2013 part two

Since I haven’t posted for a month here is a quick re-cap of Frocktober and how I went on my challenge to wear a different dress every day. I basically did it… I wore a different dress on 29/31 days. AND on two days I wore two dresses. So I did wear 31 different dresses. I was not as good at getting the daily photos, so here is a glimpse of the rest of the month.

Tuesday 8 th – New Look Pink and Black knit (Me Made). Made this dress in 2005, it was my first ever knit sewing and I am not a huge pink fan so I have no idea why I chose this fabric. I made it, tried it on and did not like the high neck line. I have already done the facing and did not have enough experience or bravery to try and lower it so it went into my fix it pile. About 4 years ago I was sorting through my sewing stuff and found it, tried it on and liked it. So it went through the wash and I have been wearing it ever since. I still have never hemmed it but no one has ever noticed.
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Sunday 13th TS Grey tunic/Dress. Worn with my new espresso tights.
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Tuesday 15th.  Vintage vogue blue sateen
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Saturday 19th Jaqui E Black white dress from my friend (shop bought)
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Sunday 20th Birdie Max shirt dress (shop bought)
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Saturday 26th Shanton jade dress (shop bought) for a friends wedding at the start of the year.
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Next I will catch you up with the actual dresses I have been sewing.