Monday, November 11, 2013

Halloween 2013

Before it gets much later I wanted to share these pictures of my Halloween costume from this year.  I think I mentioned in a previous post that back in the mid '80s my mom made a Snow White costume for me and my sister, and a Grumpy Dwarf costume for herself.  We were going together to a costume party at IQF Houston, so she thought I should make a new Snow White costume to go with her existing Grumpy.

It was quite a bit more Halloween sewing than I've done for the last few years; the outfit consisted of a dress (with hand-drafted sleeves since the ones in the pattern didn't match the old dress) cape, detachable collar and hair bow.

Here I am trying it on at home during construction.

And here we are (me and my mom) at IQF.  I knew I wanted to wear my costume all day at the Quilt Show after putting all that effort into it, but I wasn't thrilled about wearing a black wig all day.  I decided to just dye my hair really dark brown instead.  I've never dyed my hair before (excepting one botched kool-aid experiment in high school), but it went ok.  It didn't turn out nearly as dark as I'd hoped, but it seems a little darker.  I got lots of sweet comments at the show and lots of poison apple remarks.  My mom couldn't see too well out of her mask, and it was pretty hot so she just wore it at the party.  I think this picture is as genuinely happy as I've seen myself in a long time.  We had a lot of fun even though we didn't win; the costumes that won were mostly clever costumes (rather than traditional ones).   In an effort to appeal to the judges, when it was my mom and my turn to be judged I  held up an apple, took a big bite, and collapsed dramatically to the stage.  Although the judges were unmoved, it was pretty funny; I landed with quite a bit more bang than I thought and my glasses fell off the stage all together.  My mom and some nice man came and helped me up.

All together a super fun Halloween!  I hope you guys enjoyed your celebrations.


  1. That's fantastic! Congrats to both of you! :)

  2. You look great! What a wonderful job you did!

  3. so cute! I love the collar/cape. It makes the outfit!