Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Time to Vote: Halloween Costume Challenge

It is time to vote on the Halloween Costume challenge! Remember that voting starts today and goes through Thursday night at 8 pm. All the looks have so many details so be sure to see them all!!! Good luck contestants!


  Wild + Wanderful--Dracu-Lou



Thank you so much for having me back for another round! Holy cow has this been an inspiring sewing month to be a part of! I'm super excited that I get to share my little vampire with you...and as you can tell, he's very excited to be Dracu-Lou. Louis went to a Halloween party last year and saw a little girl dressed up as a vampire, and has wanted to be one since then. But how do you take such a classic costume and make it sewing-showdown worthy? With little bits of details here and there, of course!



This outfit consists of four total pieces. The basic, black pants (with room underneath for layering in case it's cold outside during Trick or Treating!) are the Patterns for Pirates Playground Pants in a black ponte. The white button-down is the Patterns for Pirates Lumberjack Shirt, of which I shortened the sleeves a bit and added a Victorian-esque bell sleeve. I wanted to keep them shorter than Louis' wrists because he's a kiddo who is constantly pushing his sleeves up, no matter what he wears, and I didn't want them to bother him if they were actually wrist-length. Plus, once Halloween is over, I can chop those sleeves off and he has a staple white button-down in his closet! The most vampirey pieces were both self-drafted. I created Louis a vest with a cascading bat detail, and dramatically curved/pointed bits on the hem. The bats are actually appliqued fabric that I fused onto the vest. The final piece was his cape. I love the striped inner lining and the traditional stand-up collar. And I added extra long, thick ties so it would almost create the ascot-look that we see in traditional vampire styling. If you'd like to see more photos of my theatrical kiddo, I'd love for you to pop over to MY BLOG and check it all out! Thank you so much!





Sew and Tell Project--Zorro

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This Halloween you can rest easy because Zorro is back to save the day! With the beautiful senorita cheering him on, this iconic hero of Spanish California will be striding through his neighborhood watching out for injustice and collecting candy to share with all. I am so lucky that these kids love dressing up as much as I love sewing costumes for them! Watching how costumes spark their imagination and transport us all to a different time and place never ceases to amaze me. They have so much fun wearing the costumes to all of the Halloween festivities in addition to playing dress up year-round! Both of these costumes started with considerable research so that they would have an air of authenticity. For Zorro, I used thick black ponte and Love Notion’s Moto Maxx pants pattern to create a pair of pants that are both slim fitting for horseback riding and yet allow for a great range of movement for tricky sword fighting. Top-stitching down the sides creates a polished look. The shirt was made using my grandma’s vintage Butterick costume pattern and features a stiff collar, gathers where the shirt body attaches to the front and back yokes, a facing, hand-stitching along the inside of the collar, and a blind hem. The encased elastic at the cuff of the sleeve allows for the upper portion of the gloves to be tucked in so no skin shows. The cape, mask and sash were all self-drafted. The sash has buttonholes along the center back edges so that the laces can be adjusted for a custom fit. I also drafted the hat myself, hand-stitched it using layers of felt fused together and then embellished it with a band of faux leather and small medallions.
 Zorro Costume - Costume Week for Project Run & Play

 For the lovely senorita’s costume, I modified the skirt portion of the SLPCo Cora Dress (maxi option with double ruffle), assembled it with French seams, and added a waistband. The voluminous petticoat that I drafted has an elastic waistband encased in soft knit and a lining to keep the scratchiness of the petticoat netting and tulle away from the skin. The petticoat netting and tulle were hand gathered – all 40 yards of strips! Fortunately, I was able to gather some of the layers together at the same time. For the senorita’s blouse, I used the Daphne top from Made for Mermaids. I added an eyelet lace trim and embroidery around the bottom edge of the shoulder ruffle. The gold, self-drafted sash also has embroidery in addition to gold tassel trim at the ends of the sash. To finish off her outfit, this little senorita wore antique screw-on cameo earrings that I inherited from my grandma. We paired them with this outfit as a special tribute to a woman who loved to sew both clothes and costumes and in turn shared that love with me. For more pictures and details, come on over to the Sew and Tell Project!

  Lovely Senorita Costume from Zorro - Project Run & Play




Sew Sophie Lynn--Greetings from Africa

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 Yay! It's week three and we're so excited to share our Halloween look today! We got a little sentimental with our costumes this year. My amazing in-laws have been living in South Africa and Zimbabwe for the last 21 months as humanitarian missionaries. We miss them terribly but have enjoyed learning about all the service they've been doing and all the grand adventures they've been on. They will return home just a few days after Halloween and we thought we'd dress up this year as a little tribute to them.

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 My oldest is our safari guide and ready to lead us into the savanna. Her outfit features a jumpsuit made using the Sew Straight and Gather Cafe Romper with added pockets and details. In a faux suede, it's luxurious and soft. For a chilly Halloween night she can throw on her quilted knit bomber jacket made using the Ollie Bomber pattern from Sew A Little Seam. Her purse is a souvenir Grandma sent from Africa. My youngest couldn't wait to be a leopard. I had planned a skin suit until I realized it wouldn't be the most bathroom friendly when she wore it to her school party- got to plan ahead! Instead I slimmed down a Flashback Skinny tee and added a mock-neck and thumb-hole cuffs and paired it with Love Notions Leggins'. Her tail is a simple belt that can easily be taken on and off. Her jacket is a self-drafted scarf neck cardigan with pockets all made from a bargain blanket from Wal-Mart! Throw on some cute handmade faux leather cat ear clips and her outfit is complete. I love Halloween costumes that are cute, simple, and don't cost a fortune! I also love that these outfits can be worn long after the holiday. The leopard separates will pair well with jeans and a cardigan or under a dress or tunic and the romper looks so cute with a scarf or bright belt and sneakers. To see more of our safari adventure looks head over to SewSophieLynn!

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  Gracious Threads--Bo Beep and Her Sheep

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Thank you so much for having me back for a third week! It's been an incredible ride and I hope you'll enjoy reading about my costumes. This week I'm sewing for my two kiddos that you haven't seen yet in this competition. {Please excuse my 15 month old's nose; he is learning to walk and had a run in with the sidewalk}. I chose to sew Little Bo Peep and her sheep costumes, inspired by the Toy Story version. For my daughter's dress, I used the bodice from the Precious Dress by Scientific Seamstress. It is sewn from pink microfibre satin and white bridal satin. The bodice has a lace inset with piping and soutache trim. The bodice is fully lined and closes with an invisible zipper. The skirt has a gathered chiffon overskirt, a satin circle peplum, and a floor length satin skirt trimmed with lace. I appliqued each of the pink satin circles onto the skirt. Under the dress is a 3 layer tulle crinoline to give it volume. To complete the look, my daughter is also wearing a self drafted bonnet (also fully lined) and carries a shepherd's staff, made from a thrift store cane that I painted blue.

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My son's sheep costume is loosely based on an Ottobre snowsuit pattern. I added ears (borrowed from my free Sheep Purse pattern), a shaped face edge, and a satin tummy panel. I changed the side zipper to a front opening and hand sewed snap tape to the center front because I didn't want any fur getting caught in zippers or velcro. There are also appliqued hooves on the feet and the hands flip over (although my baby refused to let me cover his hands with them!). A blue satin ribbon ties a bell around his neck. The costume is fully lined with interlock knit, and is super warm, especially with the hands folded over (very important for trick or treating in northern Canada!). I would love to invite you over to my blog this week; not only do I share more photographs and pattern details, I've also given a honest account of what it is like to compete on Project Run and Play, and what I've learned in the process. Thank you for following along!

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8 comments :

  1. These looks are so amazing. I love them all!

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  2. wow, everyone did such an amazing job!

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  4. On the mobile version of the site, Dracu-lou's photos are twice as big as all the rest. All the other photos got scaled down smaller. That doesn't seem fair.

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    1. Hi, Unknown
      All the competitors' photos are within the size constraints given to them, and all equal.
      I just double checked on my own phone, and nothing seems different. I formatted the post, myself, and can assure you that no scaling has taken place.
      Thank you for your concern.
      ~Michelle
      VA of Project Run and Play

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