Sunday, November 02, 2008

leonard nimoy, paul stanley, tim burton, and frida kahlo

I spent most of the week making halloween costumes for other people. My hubby was spock, my daughter and her friend need handpainted tshirts with the KISS logo on them, and another of her friends needed a Betty Rubble flintstone blue dress. (sorry no picture)
So, I didn't have any ideas for myself. I haven't dressed up too often over the last few years, but my husbands band was playing on halloween night, so I figured I had an excuse.
So at the last minute after finishing everyones makeup and hair, I thought about Sally from Nightmare before Christmas. I've wanted to do this costume for several years, but never got around to it. I love the idea of 'stitching' yourself together. So with about an hour or so left before we had to leave, I whipped up a patchwork dress, checked the internet for images of Sally, watched a couple of you tube videos of someone applying Sally rag doll makeup, and proceeded to get ready.
This is why I would love to be on project runway someday, because I like the pressure of sewing/designing really fast.
Start to finish here are my times:
Betty Rubble dress: 30 minutes
2 KISS stencils: 1 hour
Handsewn patches over a dress I own: 1 hour (I didn't get a full length shot, but I'll take some on madame coco and post later)
Spock costume, wig, ears and makeup: 2 hours
The spock costume was the most time consuming, and I had to actually BUY things. Gold rick rack, a girls pixie wig that I had to cut to look like what it was supposed to, and my hubby already owned a blue shirt.
(Prepare yourself, it's kind of scary looking) {Drummer Conrad from Cordial Spew on the left}

He was so excited to live out his life-long dream of having a star trek costume. He made the tri-corder thingy and the phaser gun himself.
Also, a most awesome idea that I may have to 'borrow' someday, Conrad's girlfriend went as Frida Kahlo! Totally brilliant. I forgot to take my camera to the show, but she was lovely. Hey, I'm an art teacher, what can I say?


Vern said...

Way to go to both you and your Vulcan husband! One of my lifelong dreams is also to have a Star Trek costume, although I was thinking Data for me.

aksarbenlove said...

I love that! I would want to be the borg though... and that's hard to pull off.

sUz said...

hi eLLeNe!

Astonishing! I can't get over the speed and quality of your work. You make a great saLLy too. I hope to indeed see you on project runway which I read is going to be on lifetime next year.

By the way, email me with your mailing address, you won my ornament giveaway, hooray!

Thanks so much for stopping by,
iN jOy,

Anonymous said...

those are great costumes. I knew who you were supposed to be as soon as the page came up. I wish I could have seen Frida. So creative!!

tish said...

i love kevins star trek outfit--you know i'm a trekkie! sorry i missed your bday-i was off saving lives--am i forgiven? im constantly amazed at your work. i would have loved to have seen Frida also! tell kev the tricorder was awesome touch!! love tish

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