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Toothless Backpack

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About a month prior to Halloween, I was contacted by the lovely Britny Gutierrez, who wanted to know if I could make a small light denim backpack for her 6 months old baby. She wanted to dress him up as Dustin from ‘Stranger Things’, which is pure genius in my opinion, since he doesn’t have his teeth out yet… Britny herself was (of course) going as Eleven.

We set up a price and I got to work. This is the outcome and Britny was gracious enough to send me some pictures of the complete costume. Her kid is adorable and the entire thing is so awesome! Well, you already know I’m a sucker for a good cosplay.

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And thanks to her, you can now also purchase The Light Denim Backpack on my Etsy page, for a costume or just for regular play. This backpack is specially made for toddlers who want big-children’s bag but are too small for it. It has no button, zipper or snap so it’s very easy for small hands to open, reach inside and fill up, and it has an overlap to help keep treasures secure inside.

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You Remind Me of the Babe

 It's only forever, not long at all.

This year Idan thought of a perfect costume idea months ago, so I had sufficient time to make something quite detailed (oh, I would LOVE to have another day or two at the end, but that’s a common side-effect of procrastination).

The idea was to dress as characters from the legendary movie Labyrinth:  Jareth (the goblin king played by David Bowie), Sarah (sixteen year old Jennifer Connelly) and Toby (the baby). We knew this year was our only chance for such a costume, as Tom is at a perfect age (and developmental stage) to be Toby.

Labyrinth

As Purim came closer, and party plans were made, it was decided that one of the events would include hiring a professional photographer. At first I wasn’t even sure I wanted that. Now I can’t believe I never did that before! I put so much energy into my costumes over the years, and I am never satisfied with the pictures I am left with. Anyway, I think this is the beginning of a new Purim tradition.

 So, the Labyrinth is a piece of cake, is it? Well, let's see how you deal with this little slice...

Jareth

The very first part of this costume I had to be certain I had was Jareth’s hair. Everything else I can manage by myself, but I had to find somewhere to buy that wig from. Once a suitable wig was found, everything else started fitting into place as well.

The black vest is a loan from my aunt. I couldn’t alter it much since I had to return it to her safely, so I just folded the lapels inwards to give it a better shape.

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For the shirt, I took a second-hand buttoned shirt and started refashioning it. I elevated the waistline way up, altered the sleeves’ tops and added few layers of puff to the cuffs. I also completely changed the collar (I worked this part directly on the shirt, using a mannequin), adding fabric.

The leggings I sewed from scratch, using this very clear and thorough tutorial on So Sew Easy. When I posted a question there asking how to properly fit the leggings to my man’s anatomy, Deby sent me to Ben’s amazing quest creating a superhero’s suit, where he graciously helped me finish the pattern.

As far as the boots go, I had no idea where to find a size 44 high black boots, so I decided to fake it, and sewed these shoe-covers.

Jareth's necklace

The necklace detail was a fun thing to make. I made it from Fimo and hoped it wouldn’t brake.

For a final touch Idan put on a blue eye lens in his right eye, and shaved off his beard! This hasn’t happened in years!

 I ask for so little. Just fear me, love me, do as I say and I will be your slave.

Toby

For Toby’s outfit, I kinda figured I would get a white romper and just paint red stripes on in, but when by chance I bumped into this knit, I knew I had to order it and sew the thing by myself.

What Babe?

For the pattern, I started with this jumpsuit pattern, but then decided to separate it to two pieces, keeping only the shirt and enlarging it, and making a new trousers pattern from scratch, including feet.

Sarah

My part of this costume was the most minor, and practically unrecognizable without Idan and Tom’s company, but I did try to make the most out of it anyway.

Like Jareth’s shirt, I took a second hand buttoned shirt and refashioned it: got rid of the front pocket, added gatherings to the sleeves’ top and redid the cuffs.

The vest was the part in Sarah’s outfit that required the largest amount of work: I took an old, heavily beaded vest, and started by unraveling all the beads and embellishments off it. I also tried dipping the entire thing in detergent to make it a lighter colour, but this technique didn’t work this time, so I decided to cover the entire thing with another fabric (I could’ve sewed a new vest entirely, but was a bit bummed out to let all the work on the old vest be for nothing). anyway, I cut out the vest pieces and drew the flowy-leafy pattern on them with a regular brown marker. Then I sewed the whole thing together again. I added a brooch to finish the look.

 You have no power over me!

I got Sarah’s ugly shoes in a second hand store for a few shekels. They were a bit too roomy for me, but two layers of socks and good insoles made them nice and snug.

Because Sarah’s outfit isn’t really that iconic in itself, it was extra important for me to get the make-up right. I re-invented my eyebrows completely and also gave much shading to the nose, to look a bit more like her.

 

Bonus Section

This has nothing to do with my costume, but since you came this far look what I found while searching for Labyrinth pictures on the web!

Whip it!

Ice cream time!

Thanks Danielle Bennun for the lovely picture of us!

Last year’s Purim, also known as Purim 2014, was my first chance to celebrate the holiday as a mother. Tom was only 3 months old and I was quite exhausted. I didn’t have any idea, and wasn’t in the mood for costume making anyway. finally, about a week before Purim, I told myself I had to make SOMETHING, anything, because if I skipped this holiday I’ll feel I missed out until next year’s Purim.

I decided to make it easy on myself and focus on something simple, like just a hat for each of us (Idan, Tom and myself).

In a few days I whipped up an Ice-cream cone, with whipped cream and a cherry on top. Ice cream

Super cute!

When King Kong Took Over Purim

When King Kong Took Over Purim 

In Purim 2013 Idan and I were invited to a costume party with a Monsters theme ( Monster Mash!) and that is how I came up with this costume idea.

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I was King Kong. Idan was the Empire State Building. For all of Purim I randomly climbed on the poor man’s roof top, punched my chest and roared. It was hilarious!

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The Making

I do not intend to give an elaborate tutorial on how I made the costume. It was two years ago and I didn’t take enough pictures during the process anyway, but I will give a brief glance.

The empire state building

The Empire State Building is made of two parts: the hat and the gown. The hat was made from a dissected shoe box. I shaped it as the top of the building (more or less) while trying to make it fit not horribly uncomfortably on Idan’s head, coloured it and glued the little blond doll on it.

 

 

WindowsThe gown is a very simple, strait shaped, long piece. I used a grey,cheap, stained knit I had. I represented windows by printing rows of squares on the front, using a template I made for this. The gown was easily put on top of regular cloths. 

 

 

 

For King Kong I could have bought a full body gorilla suit, but this would have been no fun. Also, knowing myself well, I had to make something light because I am always hot. I decided to buy only a pair of gorilla feet, and made a partially furry leotard  for myself. The sleeves, back and hood were of a relatively light and short-haired faux fur. the front was regular black Lycra. I also wore black (looks more like grey…) leggings underneath.

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The mask was the most fun to make. I hate masks that cover everything and make it hard to breath, so I knew I wanted to keep the mouth free. I also left big nostrils’ holes. I shaped the mask from White Club to fit well on my face and most important – keep it lightweight. I coloured it with acrylics. Underneath the mask I coloured my face black, taking special care around the eyes.

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And, apart from paying the medical bills to fix Idan’s broken back after Purim was over – that was it!

Purim Countdown

Last week we celebrated Purim, and I am very excited about sharing our super cool costume with you, but before I do, I realized I never showed off our costumes from the last couple of years. So, during the next few days I will dedicate my posts to our Purim costumes. Let the countdown begin!

The TARDIS Dress Costume

Photo by Noa PAfter finally posting all about last year’s home-made Purim costume, I realized I also wanted to share this year’s costume I made for my dear friend Danielle, according to her request.

Danielle is a big “Dr. Who” fan, and she asked me for a police box dress, and sent me this link as a good place to start. Anyway, here is what I came up with, and you can see the result on Danielle herself:

 

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To complete the total look of the TARDIS, Danielle made a matching head piece with a real light bulb that shines. She also had Galaxy nail art on her finger nails (same concept of what I’ve done here), to fit the all timey-wimey atmosphere.

Ramona Flowers Star Bag

I originally wrote this post over a year ago, and then for some reason just let it accumulate dust until now… I’ve shown you this bag on day 9 of the Me-Made-May challenge and promised I’ll finish the post about it soon, and so, here it is:

March was Purim, and I went with my husband to a costumes party. I looked for something geeky enough to fit the expected crowd, and came up with Scott Pilgrim and Ramona Flowers from “Scott Pilgrim VS the World“. For Scott, I wanted to make the Smashing Pumpkins heart print shirt, which I thought was the most iconic, as I remembered it being in both the comic and the movie.

Movie Scott's Shirt

Idan's Shirt

Wigging out

I also improvised wristbands from a pair of Idan’s old gym socks. Next, I bought two wigs, for the two of us, and then butchered them both to the shape I wanted.

Anyway, I made all sorts of shenanigans for this double costume, but the most important part, at least for myself, was the creation of the Ramona Flowers bag.  I spent a few hours sewing the star-subspace-bag, in which I made a few creative decisions, so I could use materials I already had in my house, and most importantly create something I would actually want to use. So, yes, a byproduct of this holiday is my (now not so) new star bag, that I use ALL THE TIME.

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I figured we probably won’t be the only Scott and Ramona couple, but I could not have imagined we would be one of 3 couples plus an extra Ramona, each with different outfit, hairstyle and accessories from different scenes of the movie! We couldn’t have planned it any better if we tried. I round everybody up for a group photo:

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