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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Costume DIY Virgins

For those who want to break into the halloween costume do it yourself scene because you're tired of cookie cutter costume ideas or for what ever reason here's some tips to help get you started
what you will need
-tools
scissors, sewing machine, patterns(optional)
*Note that some looks can be no sew because your can just drape & tie
-various fabrics
tulle (can come in different colors, can be found in fabric stores or online), cheese cloth (softer than tulle; can be found at wal mart, craft stores, or online), velvet (thicker & soft; can be found in fabric stores or online), organza ribbons & trims (can be used for ties to hold the costume together or just accents; can be found in fabric stores, wal mart, or online)
-Closures/Fastenings
velcro (easy to apply, unseen, quick & easy to open & close), zippers, buttons/buckels/claps (easy to to aply, can add visual appeal)
With different combinations of the materials above a variety of looks can be achieved. You can also cut up & resew everyday close from your closet or a thrift store[neck tie skirt(sew matching men's neckties together), scarf skirt]. Accessories are key to costumes & can always be made [faux flower head wreaths, trim head band, any fabric hood or viel or cloak]. Make up along with boby art[henna, temp tattoo, face paint] can also help define a look (michelle phan makes good tutorials on youtube)

*Note () denotes mini facts, [] denotes examples

some free costume patterns
witches hat- http://www.fabric.com/creativity-headquarters-free-pattern-downloads-bad-witch-good-witch-hat-fascinator.aspx
elf shoes by Debbi Calgrove-http://sewing.about.com/od/hallowee1/ss/elfshoes.htm
fairy wings by Mommy Blessings-
http://www.mommyblessings.com/2009/06/fairy-wings-tutorial.html

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