|No jacket version with whip and idol.|
Henry's costume was a huge hit at his school. He had to leave the whip at home since it is technically a weapon, but he brought the legendary artifact, "The Glittering Gargoyle".
|I tried to get Henry to make up an adventure to go with this "artifact" but his tale sounded suspiciously like the beginning of Raiders of the Lost Ark. "And then there is traps! And a big rock!" He knows better then to mess with a classic, I guess.|
|Indiana Henry prepares for adventure surrounded by his sidekicks. His "girlfriend" is the mermaid on the end. Dr. Jones is a ladies man.|
|Jacket version. I have no idea why he is winking. He's a charmer!|
|Pumpkins from the garden behind her... we never carved them. We're slackers.|
Snow White, while very ill, posed like a champ for these photos. Her collar and cape were made without a pattern because, again, I'm an idiot. I buy patterns and then just do what I want, apparently. I've yet to follow an entire real pattern. I alter the hell out of them despite the fact that I don't know how to sew. I have no excuse! Her accessory here is a tweeting blue bird like the ones that follow Snow White around. Abby also has a plastic poison apple that did not make it into the photos.
|Don't forget the sparkle shoes!|
The collar I drew freehand straight onto the satin and used standard interfacing on both pieces to make it stiff. To get it to fold over properly, i.e. to frame her face but not block her vision, I sewed small pleats into each edge. I used Velcro to attach it to the inside of the dress- I sewed the prickly part to the collar and ironed in no-sew Velcro (soft side) into the dress. If I'd been smarter I could have sewed it to the lining before assembling the bodice, but I didn't think of that.
The cape, since I didn't follow the pattern, was super easy. I seamed two rectangles of red stretch velvet together and used a simple hook and eye as a closure. To keep it from falling over her shoulders and obscuring the laborious puff sleeves I tucked the edge into the back of the dress between the collar and the bodice- the fabric hooked a bit on the Velcro hidden back there and so didn't slip out. The cape didn't serve to keep her warm since I didn't have it covering her arms, but it was nice enough here in California that it didn't matter. The velvet draped really well and I'm glad I didn't use more of the cheap satin.
|A grand curtsy.|
Notes on the projects: Indiana Jones was easy, in part because I bought the pants, shirt and jacket... which is kind of the whole costume. Really I only made the whip, satchel and idol. But I did hunt down the hat! Snow White was much harder and required a whole list of things I'd never done before, including (sort-of) using a commerical pattern and all that entails: a tracing wheel and pattern paper, cutting notches and matching dots, etc. Plus, the dress itself required me to sew darts, make sleeves and do insets all of which I'd never done before. I also tried corded gathering for the first time which didn't work out and I was forced to take in the bodice (alterations!) and use all sorts of materials I'd never worked with (velvet, satin, metallic trims). If I made Snow White again using this bodice pattern I'd for sure raise the neckline and narrow the shoulder width. Oddly, there was never any directions for sewing a seam up the back of the bodice which was weird, but I guess it is pretty clear that it needs to be done. The true work was done by my housekeeper who cleaned up after me. It's amazing how many bits of thread and scraps of fabric I can create making small children's clothes.
Verdict: Boo! Did I scare you? Halloween rules. Learned a ton making these costumes.
Cost: I estimate these costumes cost me between 2,000 pesos and a gazillion euros. Maybe 600 galactic credits? I really don't know. A LOT is the answer.
Update on Cleopatra as soon as it's finished-finished! It's crepe-back gold satin and bejeweled! I know you can't wait.