Okay, I know that this is really November 2 but I am posting about Halloween.
First I have to go backwards to Halloween 2011. I saw the most AMAZING life-sized Jack Skellington at Running With Scissors . Jess was not only so cool that she made it in the first place, but she shared how she did it. So last year I used her basic directions and made my own.
This year, since I was giving out candy for the first time in about 18 years (I always took the kids out while Dad stayed home to hand out) I decided that I was going to have fun and dress up. And that Jack needed a Sally. So I looked at the licenced costumes for sale and didn't like what they call "Sassy" Sally (you know the type of costume... short skirt, low neckline...) and I certainly didn't like the price tag on the more authentic costume. Sixty dollars! Can you imagine? For $60 I could have purchased a low-quality, very thin dress, a yarn wig and sleeves. No thanks. I decided then that I was going to just dress up as my daughters' Mom and hand out candy.
I'm not that good with a sewing machine. I have a huge problem with seam allowances and I have no idea how to make a dress.
But he was insistent that I could do it. So I went out and bought what I thought was appropriate fabric. For a whopping $12.65.
Then I washed it and ironed it. (See? I do know to do some things!) I think my next project may be a new ironing board cover...
Then I got to work. I looked at pictures of Sally's dress and did my best to piece together colours the same way that they are on her dress. I was determined to do a good job with this. I even pinked and pressed all the seams. something I usually don't bother to do, which I am sure has added to my past failures.
Once I was done that, I had two big pieces of fabric to work with. I admit, I only used three large pieces on the back. Plus a little black patch to disguise a mistake. (shhhh)
Then I used a T-shirt as a guide and sewed my pieces together, adding sleeves. Once I was pretty happy with the dress, I pulled out my paints and added details. I have to say, at this point, I had impressed myself! I wasn't totally happy with the fit of the dress, but if I fixed that now, the day before Halloween, I would lose a bunch of my painted details and I didn't have time to re-paint them.
|Sorry it isn't a great photo. It was taken with no flash at night and was the best I could do.|
Next year I want to add Zero, Jack's ghost dog to the family, but for this year, I put Zero on my pumpkin.
I want to make a stuffed Sally as a decoration. My plan is to make her a big doll (because Sally is a rag doll!) but have a zipper up her back so that stuffing (Hubby suggested shredded newspaper) can be removed so she can be easily stored. And she can borrow my dress and wig and I will just take them back when I want to wear them! Jack is a nightmare to store, (See what I did there? haha) so Sally has to be manageable. I also plan to make a better wig. I got this one for $5 and it is too sparse and too short. Hopefully I can still use it and add to it rather than start fresh.
I have a whole year to forget about these plans and scramble next October.
Here I am with the Jack Skellington I made last year:
And here are the real Jack and Sally, in case you are not familiar with them.
|This picture is from the Disney Store. Check out all the Nightmare stuff they have!|
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