Thursday, June 16, 2011

Costume 2010: Super Mario

"Clothes make a statement.  Costumes tell a story." ~Mason Cooley

This is long overdue.  But I'm posting it nonetheless--for the mere fun of it.  So, yeah, my son wanted to be Super Mario last Halloween.  And not just the regular Mario, mind you.
He even drafted me this so I know what he's talking about.  As if I was just born yesterday. 
The overalls was easy.  The corduroy material didn't cost much and didn't need much.  Made a regular pair of pants from a pattern I already have and just added the bib & straps.
Took the buckles from an old pair of overalls and re-used them for this pair.
The most challenging was making the hat.  I looked all over for a white hat but for the life of me, I couldn't find any.  So I made it out of old t-shirts and scraps. Check out this tutorial and try it.  That was the most challenging part but I did it.
Mainly made out of triangles (trials and errors).  These were my practice pieces and eventually used them as lining.
The brim had cardboard in it. And the logo was made out of felt materials.
 
So did the mustache.
And voila! He had a great time with his fun outfit but the mustache was a bit itchy that he didn't wear it for the most part.  Good thing, that wasn't hard to make!
There you have it. By the way, if anyone wants this costume, it's up for grabs. It's about size 9ish. All you need to do is make the mustache. Easy peasy.

Monday, June 13, 2011

STAYING WARM

One kind word can warm three winter months. ~Japanese Proverb

My brothers.  One a postman who served in the Army (thus the camouflage pattern). The other, a sheriff, so I sewed a 7-point star on his cowl but it ended looking like the Star of David. Oh well. Perfect winter gifts, especially with the cold weather lately, and it's already summer! And these 2 are always out and about on the streets.  
I made one for one of my kids' coaches and one for the pool's lifeguard who are always keeping an eye on my son.  At first, they weren't sure how to wear it so they got creative.  Funny.
They later figured it out.
I was in a cowl-making mood so I made one for all of their coaches.
I used fleece material, cut out the basic shape of a manta ray (the team's icon) and sewed them in.
For the lifeguard, I used the Red Cross pattern.  How easy was that!
I also made other ones with rosettes.  Just cut out circles of varying sizes and sew them atop each other.
 Add a button, and voila!
I've tried knit jerseys (old t-shirts) and they work just as well. 
So simple and so easy.  You can apply these little rosettes on any projects.  Go make one.  It's still cold outside.  From where I live anyway.