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It’s November!

DIY Halloween 2014 | JaimeSews

In Central CA, it’s not uncommon for October and November to stride by without so much as a hint of fall – you know, cloudy days, rain, cold…? It’s been known to be 75 degrees and sunny on Thanksgiving! But my facebook feed was full of local friends gleefully welcoming the storm we had Friday night and the rain it brought with it. In our Valley, rain is desperately needed, not only to clear the air but to alleviate, even minutely, the drought we’re in. Thankfully the storm held off until trick-or-treating was done and we were all home in bed!

I know I showed you my daughter’s Super Girl Costume last time, but I was able to snap a few pictures of the two of us together as well as an updated picture of my husband in his home-sewn Anakin costume!

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We went to a party at a friend’s house and had a great time. Miss E convinced me to don my cowgirl boots with my costume too – she wanted to match. Even without the vinyl boot covers and cuffs, I think everyone knew we were super girls. 🙂  And the kids were already wearing their costumes the next day and the day after, so we will get a lot of play out of these before they grow out of them.  (For details on the Super Girl costumes, click here). A big thanks to F&M Fabrics for their great selection of Satin and Tulle!Halloween 2014 | JaimeSews

The boys chose a Star Wars theme. Mr. T really wanted to be a Clone Trooper so my husband defaulted to his Anakin costume I made years ago before we had kids. There are details on the Anakin costume in my guest post at the Star Wars Wife blog!Halloween 2014 | JaimeSews

We had a great time and hope you did too!

Currently I’m working on some quilts I hope to show you in the next few weeks. One I have finished, and the other is in progress – just finished 4 rows yesterday!

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After that I have some projects to finish for a few blog tours the end of November/beginning of December and a few things I’ve been wanting to sew for me, if I can fit them in. The holidays are upon us and this cool weather is just what I need to get me in the mood for some holiday sewing.

What are you working on?!

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Halloween 2014

I have been working on Halloween Costumes all month and was so excited to finish this past Friday, just in time for our local Boo at the Zoo. This year my son broke my sewing heart when he asked for a store-bought costume instead of a handmade costume like we always do. To his credit, he didn’t actually dismiss a handmade costume. He just asked to be a clone trooper and that is definitely a territory I’m not willing to venture into the handmade way. But I had a ton of fun making Miss E’s Super Girl Costume and it kept me plenty busy! We used McCall’s 7001.

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Because I’ve always found the Big pattern company patterns to be wide and short, I started off with a muslin. I cut her bodice size from some unbleached cotton and sewed it up without closures to test for fit. As I suspected, it was too wide, so I pinched out some vertical tucks in the pattern to adjust for the width and went to work on the real dress.

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I got absolutely everything I needed from F&M Fabrics locally – but you can shop at their online shop from wherever you are! They have a great selection of satin and tulle, not to mention vinyl, notions & thread and the best prices around. You should see the vinyl boot covers and cuffs I made – the ones I stayed up late Friday night to finish so we could go to Boo at the Zoo…? Yeah, she wouldn’t wear them. She just got these cowgirl boots and won’t take them off or have them covered, so Super Cow Girl it is!

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Boo at the Zoo is lots of fun! Besides the animals, there are lots of games and a playground.

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My little storm trooper proved to be great protection against the scary dinosaurs on the train ride!

I made the costume just as instructed, except for the removable cape. The instructions asked me to make 3 thread eyes on the top of each shoulder seam. Then I needed to sew three hooks on the cape. I a) didn’t want to do that and b) wasn’t sure how it’d hold up. I briefly considered velcro, but was concerned it would get caught up on the tulle skirt in the wash. Then it occurred to me – KAM SNAPS!

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So that’s what we did! And it worked perfectly.

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Those of you who follow my Instagram feed might be wondering where my matching costume is? Well for now, it’s all laid out in our bedroom until Friday Night. I wish I were better at Photoshop to make it look as epic as it feels every time I pass it – like a super hero displays their uniform in that glass structure…? It’s going to be fun. Watch that IG feed for the costume in action. 🙂

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There were a lot of components to these costumes this year – dress, shorts, cuffs, belt, cape, boot covers – the pattern even has pieces for a mask or star appliques on the skirt and it could easily be made into bat girl or any super hero for that matter. I love making costumes as you can choose fabrics that hold up or are more comfortable. For exacmple, I was able to line the satin bodice in cotton. I would love to see your costumes this year!! Please leave me pics or links in the comments below. Until next year, Happy Halloween!

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Star Wars Wife Guest Post 2 – Kids Costumes!

(This post originally appeared at StarWarsWife.com)

Hi there  – I’m back – this time to cover kids costumes. If you missed my previous post, click here!

Well, once we started having kids, most of my costuming efforts transferred to whipping up whatever the kids requested from year to year. Each year I made various costumes for our oldest, Tyler, but he hadn’t picked star wars yet so when our daughter was born, we knew the timing was right.

For Tyler/Luke’s costume, I used McCall’s 6184.

I slimmed the pants and took out some width in the top to better match the look Luke has in the movies. I also added shoe covers for boots from another costume pattern (most kids costume patterns include these type of shoe covers). Dad contributed by finding a belt for him to wear and we used a light saber already in our possession.

Halloween 2011 058 copyFor the baby, I used Butterick 5896, View A to make the dress.

I found instructions for her hat on Instructables. It was so simple, but the effect was so great. It was one of my favorites so far.

Lastly, this past Christmas, I made star wars robes for my son and his 2 cousins. As you can see below, this was the perfect finish for his Luke costume the year before.

For this robe, I used McCall’s 2854, View F.

I hope sharing these examples have given you some inspiration! If you have any questions, feel free to comment below. I can’t wait to see what you come up with and don’t forget to share photos on the Star Wars Wife Facebook Page!

 

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Star Wars Wife Guest Post

(This post originally appeared on StarWarsWife.com)

Hi there – I’m Jaime, Star Wars Wife and sewing blogger over at madebyjaime.com!

September is here and now’s the time to be a good Star Wars Wife and start thinking about which Star Wars Costumes you’re going to make for Halloween!

Over the years, I’ve gathered and made a few different sets of Star Wars costumes for adults and children so I thought I’d share them with you here so you can get ideas to create your own Star Wars costumes this year! I’ll be with you for two posts, so check back next Wednesday!

Star Wars costumes are pretty easy to replicate because many of them are really just pieces of regular clothing layered together in ways we don’t usually wear them in every day scenarios. And, if they are not, like a hooded robe for instance, you can usually find a way to make one using a non-star wars costume pattern as they seem to be a staple in costumes in general.

Our very first Star Wars costumes were soon after Episode 2 came out so we were, of course, Padme and Anakin.

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Our First Star Wars Costumes…Yes, We’re *that* dorky!

My costume was mostly gathered from thrift stores or clothing I had on hand: White Stretch pants & boots (thrifted), a basic white long sleeved shirt, and the cape was an old blanket that’s been in my husband’s family for years. Just tied it around my neck. The utility belt was made from some vinyl from the fabric store – just sewed some Velcro on the end, made a box on one side to slide on and a holster for the other side. The gun was a toy from when my husband was a kid. Andy’s costume was made using a karate top pattern. We found the pants at a thrift store and cut vinyl strips from the fabric store for the shoulder pieces and belt. Nothing too sophisticated but I was still in college and poor!

The second time around making star wars costumes, we went ALL OUT.

We had just been to FIDM (Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandizing) in Los Angeles where all the real costumes from the movies were on display. We walked out the door very inspired and rode over to the Garment District where we bought an industrial sewing machine, the fabric we needed and headed home to sew it all up. This time I made everything (except my lovely white leggings) and Andy helped with the details and embellishments.

For Pregnant Padme I used Simplicity 5106, View F.

I added a collar from another pattern I had in my stash and then made the straps from vinyl. BTW, I was not pregnant the first time I made and wore this costume – that’s a pillow I borrowed from work (at the time, a bridal store). To finish the look, my husband googled and printed out pictures of the brooches, tracing the lines with a glue gun. Then he painted them gold and embellished with red gemstones. I regret not getting a close up of those cause they were pretty cool.

For his costume, I used Simplicity 4450.

This time I made the pants, and instead of just cutting strips of vinyl for the shoulder pieces and belt, I made them the right way as the pattern instructed. Not only that, but we added the Jedi Robe this time around. The design of the robe was so perfect and it really turned out great. For his belt, he added some utility pockets he had on hand, but then also took pen caps and painted them gold and silver to add for authenticity. He carried his FX replica light saber and once he did some costume makeup, the whole effect was pretty awesome.

Click here to read about how we put together our kids’ costumes throughout the years!