After slaving over a zillion costumes, I barely had time to put mine together. I didn’t want to spend a ton of time cobbling something together, so after looking through my closet and rejecting the old standbys (Zatana, Red shirt, 60s housewife), I decided to revisit my youth and transform myself into Wednesday Addams! I grabbed a black dress, black thigh high stockings, black granny boots, my Zatana wig, and then realized I needed one more thing — a collar! Sewing skills to the rescue.
Here’s a tutorial in case you want to make yourself a swanky detachable collar. Peter pan collars are adorable, so jazz up your outfit and sew yourself one or ten!
1. Grab a dress or shirt as a pattern. Find the center, place a pin to mark the center, then using tracing paper, lightly outline half of the collar. 2. Using the outline you made as a guide, shape the collar to look the way you’d like (make it pointy like I did, make it bigger, scalloped, what have you) 3. Using a ruler, add a seam allowance all the way around (I add a 1/4” seam allowance). 4. Do the same thing with the back side of your collar. 5. Attach the front and back pieces using sticky tape. 6. Mark your pattern on your fabric 7. Cut out your pattern from the fabric (x 2) 8. Optional, but recommended for a nicer shape: Cut out pattern from your interface (x1)
9. Iron interface to fabric 10. Attach fasteners to the fabric (hook and eye or ribbons, your choice) 11. Pin fabrics, right sides together 12. Sew all the way around, leaving a 3” or so gap for turning the fabric 13. Use shearing scissors to cut down the seam allowance, nip all corners, clip curves 14. Turn piece 15. Iron 16. Topstitch around the edge (optional) and then, TA-DA! Enjoy your swanky collar!
Hope you enjoy the tutorial! Toodles daaaahlings!
DIY Halloween Last Minute Giant Hooded Ghost Cloak Tutorial from Mer Mag here. Made out of sheets.
DIY- Crochet Mini Mouse Ears
This is a great last minute costume idea. These cute ears took me about 30-45 minutes, and that was only because I would stop to chat with the munchkin.
I got the pattern from All About Ami. Her crochet creations are incredible! I did do some modifications (as I always do). The mods that I did were these:
- For munchkin size ears I did only 24 stitches in the last round
- I crocheted the two ear pieces together verses sewing them
- I made 6 rows of stitches for the bow (I think it was because of the yarn I used)Happy Hooking!
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DIY Kill Bill Inspired Trench Coat Video Tutorial from Dare to DIY here. Top Photo: Kill Bill photo, Bottom Photo: Screenshot from Dare to DIY Video.
DIY Last Minute Costume Idea: Binders Full of Women from Brit + Co here. More costumes at the link.
Design Your Own Tattoo Tights (tights on the bottom are the ones in the tutorial). Practical advice and tutorial from swawesome on Craftster here. Other photos of tights used as inspiration from The Berry here.
You can turn anything into an oil lamp with a glass wick holder! This is just beautiful. I’m going to have to get a bunch of these in different sizes, and not just for Halloween. I bet they would great in beakers and other lab glassware. Halloween is going to cost me a fortune next year.
This picture is from a tutorial on how to make this (the one on the left):
Old Skool Papier Mache: A How To Guide
Supplies: aluminum foil, scissors, tape, newspapers, flour, paintbrush, paints
Step 1: Get several layers of heavy duty aluminum slightly bigger than your face (4-5 layers)
Step 2: Contour the foil to your face, making note of where your eyes and nose (or snout) will be
Step 3a: For masks with extra ears and snouts, I found it easier to make these accoutrements separately and tape them to your completed face mold. Cut out your eyes so you’ll have a rough sense of where they’ll go
Step 3b: When your base is done, it’s time for the paste. Boil 1 part of flour to 5 parts of water. I just used a ladle—no need to make a science of it. The end result is a thick gooey, gluey substance. This is how Grandma makes glue! Oh, also don’t forget to tear yourself lots of strips of newspaper (I used a Trader Joe’s flyer)
Step 4: Dip strips in gluey substance, and lay over your mask. As the strips will be wet and heavy, your mold may start losing its shape a bit. I used some scrap aluminum foil to ensure things were standing upright. After one layer, it is best to wait for it to dry. Continue the next day.
Step 5: After 3-4 layers of paper, and your mask is a nice and stiff, paint it up! You can go traditional or you can check out these Japanese Kitsune masks for some other ideas.
Good luck! I’ll be posting my end result as soon as it’s dry…
It’s Queen Zoé! Check out my first DIY tutorial feature on Etsy, featuring my adorable goddaughter. Learn how to make a simple paper crown just like hers.