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Last but not least, possibly my very favorite of our costumes this year– Husband as Flynn Rider.

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The main part of this costume is the vest Flynn wears, of course.  I started with Simplicity 4059, view B and made some pretty significant modifications.

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I found a woman who made a Flynn Rider costume beginning with the same pattern and blogged about it in 2011, and her documentation of the modifications she made to the vest pattern (she also started with Simplicity 4059) were extremely helpful, as were her detailed notes on the vest Flynn wears in the movies.

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We chose a faux suede in a slate blue that I found on clearance+sale at JoAnn.  I bought two yards and spent about $9 on it!  I consider that a good deal.  We pored over screenshots of Flynn’s vest and analyzed and studied it some more.  I added some width and length to the pattern so that the front would overlap and the torso would be long enough for my tall Husband.  I also “drafted” faux yoke pieces for the front and back and we marked out what seemed to be miles of topstitching lines.  To give the vest the loft in its quilting, I padded the main torso section with a layer of flannel (an old sheet!)  and the yoke sections with an additional double layer of flannel before doing the quilting. Husband drafted the collar (my brain was fried)

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We collaborated to figure out how to recreate the hook closures.  Husband bought a short length of brass chain at Home Depot and took apart the links– half of them were twisted to form hooks, and we left the other half of the links “whole.”  We devised fabric mounts (for lack of a better word) that involved tiny buttonholes and fabric loops…I was glad to finish that portion of the vest!

Husband wore khaki pants and a white button-up shirt he already owned, but we wanted him to have the rakish adventuring boots that Flynn has–without having to buy much.  Husband had the brilliant idea to turn an old pair of brown pants into a spat-like device that covered boots he already owned to give them to floppy fold-over top (they are also lined with pieces of yet another old sheet!).  We used a swatch of pleather to make Flynn’s spats.  I sewed elastic to the corners to make loops, and we added large brads from my scrapbook stash to look like the studs on Flynn’s.  I didn’t have brass brads, so we used a yellow permanent marker to color some silver ones.  I was amazed what a difference they made!

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To top it all off, Husband grew a beard and shaved it to a goatee for Halloween weekend.  Look at that smolder!

 

 

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Costumes 2016: Pascal

Our almost-two-and-a-half-year-old son played the part of Pascal in our family costume this year!

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We started with the basic jumpsuit in Simplicity 1765 in the smallest size published, but it was still over 10″ too long for our boy, since the pattern is really a “child” sized pattern, not a “toddler” sized pattern.  We shortened the pattern and also took out quite a bit of bulk on the side seams.  Since we were making a chameleon outfit and not a dinosaur, we lengthened the tail and changed its shape a bit.  When the suit was assembled, Husband added some strong twisted wire into the stuffing of the tail, and we used that to curl it up.

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I changed the feet on the pattern to be more like Pascal’s three toes, and instead of making mittens, which B would have hated for restricting his ability for holding onto things, I modified the feet to make something that is effectively a wristband with three big puffy toes that come out over the hands.  The wristbands are held together with Velcro.

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We hand-stitched the head and eye ridges onto the hood and added fabric eyeballs.  To make the eyes, I cut two large circles out of white cotton (old sheet, of course!) and ran a long stitch around the perimeter.  I added some polyfill inside and cinched the stitches.  On the first one, I used a marking pen to determine the placement of the iris and pupil, removed the stuffing and flattened it again. Based on this marking, I used freezer paper templates to paint the iris/pupil onto the flat fabric circles, then cinched them up again with stuffing inside.  At the very end, I added a little catchlight (the white dot) in each eye, and it absolutely amazed me how much of a difference it made– the eyes suddenly looked friendly, rather than staring.

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The hood (as well as the hand-toe wristbands) is lined with some fabric from an old dress shirt of Husband’s.  When I realize that there was a likelihood of the lining being visible, I knew I needed to use green fabric– and the only reasonable green I had in my stash was this shirt.  Before I cut anything, though, I made sure that I could also transform the shirt into an apron!  The hood lining was cut from the upper sleeves– it is amazing how much fabric goes into a sleeve!

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Stay tuned for Flynn Rider!

 

 

 

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When we first started discussing the idea of having our family do a Tangled costume this year, it was obvious that V would be Rapunzel, but we debated who would play what other characters.  I absolutely nixed the idea of being Mother Gothel, and after briefly considering Husband and I dressing as Pub Thugs, we eventually settled on my dressing as Maximus, the royal guard horse.

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Instead of taking the costume too literally, we decided to stylize things a bit.  A full horse suit would have been an overwhelming amount of work, and I was already overwhelmed by the amount of sewing for this year’s costumes as it was!  First, we chose a medieval-style dress pattern and added a brown belt to call Maximus’ harness to mind, then topped things off with a stylized horse mask.

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The dress is Simplicity 1773, view A, and I wanted a full lining, rather than just facings, since I was sewing it with plain white cotton– an old sheet, to be precise!  To create the lining, I made a second dress, but without sleeves, and attached it at the neckline (as the facings would have been attached).  I sewed the lining to the armholes with a machine stitch, and hand-stitched the zipper opening to the zipper tape in the back.  The lining has a simple overlocked hem, and I did a single turn hem on the outer dress.  I had the sheet and thread on hand, and the zipper and elastic were among sewing notions that I’ve been handed-down from people recently (thank you, thank you, thank you!), and so the only thing I had to purchase for this dress was the buttons.  I didn’t want to spend much–there are nine on each cuff!!!– so I got super cheapo buttons at Walmart: a pack of 20 for $0.88.

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Husband was in charge of the accessories, and honestly, I don’t know which one is the better show-stopper!

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My horse-head is made from white posterboard (another thing we purchased for my costume).  Husband found an amazing horse mask when he was searching for ideas, and we thought it was beautiful (and prohibitively expensive for our costume purposes!).  As he looked at the pictures, he said to me, “I think I can recreate that!”  And he did.  (His spatial reasoning skills continue to amaze me).

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To create the leather medallion that Maximus wears on the front of his harness, Husband turned to an excellent tutorial on the Epbot blog for making craft foam look like leather.* He used scraps of foam I had leftover from another project and traced Rapunzel’s kingdom’s sun emblem onto the medallion using a template and added the horse’s name, since he spotted it in a closeup in the movie.  The only other thing we purchased for this costume was the gold wax to add the gilding effect.  Of all the characters in our costume, I think I probably needed the most explanation, so it was nice to have such a stylish “nametag.”  It slides onto the belt (from my closet) with a foam loop he adhered to the reverse of the medallion.  After I fasten the buckle, the medallion slides over and covers it.

Stay tuned for Pascal and Flynn Rider!

 

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Our four-but-very-close-to-turning-five-year-old daughter played the part of Rapunzel in our family costume this year.

The dress is not new; I made it for our big Disney World trip this past January.  You can read all the details of the construction in the blog post I wrote back then.  But since she was the main motivator behind our group costume,  I wanted to give her a post on her own.  Some of these photos might show some of the dress details better (or at least differently) than the photos from our Disney trip.

Of course, our Tangled Rapunzel needs a frying pan!

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She took it along as she “adventured” through the pumpkin patch…

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…and played a bit of peek-a-boo!

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I was surprised and delighted that the dress still fit her this fall.  She has been growing so much– but it is apparently mostly in the length of her legs, so that bodice still fits her very comfortably.  I love that she is getting so much use out of this dress, because I love it, and I put a lot of work into it 🙂

Stay tuned for Maximus, Pascal, and Flynn Rider!

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Costumes 2016

Happy costume day!!  Our family loves coming up with elaborate group costumes each year, and this year was no exception! Say hello to the cast of Tangled!

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Our almost-five-year-old daughter is really into Rapunzel right now, and our almost-two-and-a-half-year-old son really loves the movie, as well.  So it seemed only natural to choose to “play” characters from the movie for our costumes!  It’s pretty obvious that V is Rapunzel! B is dressed as Pascal, Rapunzel’s best friend and pet chameleon.  Husband is Flynn Rider, and I am dressed as Maxiumus, the royal guard horse.  (I didn’t want to play a kidnapping, conniving, selfish and lying old woman, even if her dress was prettier!)

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Starting at the end of this week, and going through next week, I’ll have posts featuring each of our individual costumes, with all the details about how we made them.  Stay tuned!

Rapunzel
Maximus
Pascal
Flynn Rider

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Purple shift sundress

I have this dress that I bought several years ago.  It’s a simple shift dress, made from striped jersey knit.  I found myself wearing it as much as possible in the summer– it was cute, and even better, it was easy and comfortable.  I’ve had the idea to copy it for a while, and I finally did it this summer.  I bought some very inexpensive 100% polyester “jet set” knit from Joann (it was under $3, since it was on sale!) and I already had thread to match!

I folded the original dress in half and used a pin to pierce through it onto some large brown packing paper I had on hand to make a pattern for the front and back.  It is super-simple– since it’s jersey, there are no darts or other shaping other than the side seams!

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The hem is a straightforward coverstitch, and I bound the armholes and neckline with more of the same jersey.  My practice with the Blanc t-shirts is starting to pay off!

For such an inexpensive and simple dress, I’m really pleased with how it turned out.  I’ve been brainstorming ideas to modify the pattern to make it more exciting!

 

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Grey Blanc t-shirt

The day I purchased the fabric for the aqua t-shirt, knits were all on a bit of an extra sale, so I also purchased jersey fabric for this second Blanc (as well as another knit for a simple shift dress, post coming soon…) I am a total sucker for dark grey t-shirts.

 

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This fabric was a bit more typical of a t-shirt jersey knit– this one is 100% cotton, and therefore it was easier to work with because of its stability (at least, compared to the aqua).  It does cling to itself, and the edges rolled like crazy, so it had its own set of challenges.  The drape isn’t as flowy as a result, but I still like how this grey tee came out.

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I think I did a better job on the neckline here, even though I can definitely still improve!

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