Trick or Treat: Our DIY Family Halloween Costumes (Hint: It Involves Ms. Frizzle and a School Bus!)

Saturday, November 4, 2017



This is such a late post. Face palm.

I know, I know we're in November and probably over hearing about Halloween costumes but bear with me! I am still super excited about this year's DIY costumes and life has been nothing short of crazy. CRAZY, I tell you! We can talk about the crazy later but, for now, let's talk about costumes (said with jazz hands -  lots of jazz hands)!

Last year we were super awful and waited until the last minute to create Hugo's Halloween costume but this year, I was ready! We started talking about our costumes almost immediately after last Halloween and decided to do The Magic School Bus. Talk about being prepared! At the time, Hugo wasn't into the show, and didn't even know what The Magic School Bus was, but I thought it would make for a great family costume theme because there are so many characters to choose from. Over the summer Netflix released a Magic School Bus reboot and now Hugo rather enjoys the lo busss (toddler for, 'yellow bus'). The timing, let me tell you, was on point. New show? Hugo loves the yellow bus? Somehow, I managed to spot a trend - in advance! Whoop, whoop! Any how, we chose to dress up as Ms. Frizzle, Arnold, and Liz the Lizard. Plus, I made a Magic School Bus treat bag for Hugo to carry. SO. CUTE. 


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Hold onto your goggles, Ms. Frizzle: 

For the Ms. Frizzle costume, I used McCalls M7314 because I had a specific dress in mind and wanted a pattern that was reusable in the future. Seriously, hooked on versatility. I think is my new mission statement in life and the response to everything is, but is it versatile? In this case, the M7314 is a major score. I love the customized options and the fact that there are different cup size bodices. I'm a petite pear so it's difficult finding a great fit from the shoulders to waist and I was really happy to have found it with the M7314. There are so many different spring and summer dresses rolling around in my brain for this pattern already. Love, love, loooove! Here's what it looked like in progress:



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The fabric for this dress is just your good ole cotton in a galaxy novelty print from Joann's splashed with a healthy dose of glitter. If you know me, in real life, you know that my fascination with glitter has stuck with me since preschool and I show no signs of maturing or outgrowing glitter or sparkles any time soon. If it weren't so weird or socially inappropriate to wear this dress just because - I would be wearing it right now. As I type. On November 4th. Or out buying a Turkey. For Thanksgiving. As Ms. Frizzle. Gaaahh, social constructs! Oh yeah, and before I forget, the wig is from Amazon! I'm already trying to figure out what costume I should make next so I can pull it out of my "hair-stuff" drawer. T-swizzle from Bad Blood? Peach from Mario Bros? Ariel from the Little Mermaid? The choices, ya'all.

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Oh, Arnold:

Next up is Arnold! Truthfully, our costumes were meant to be a little more old school Magic School Bus but quickly morphed into the Bus Rides Again. I planned to make Scott's Arnold costume with a white sweatshirt and yellow striped fabric paint. Since this was the least time intensive, I put it off to be complete a few days before Halloween and then potty training made itself into our lives. The time to make his sweatshirt literally vanished before my eyes. Since Arnold kind of had a fashion makeover in the new series, I have to thank Target's Gentleman & CO. for saving my booty and having a fancy-dancy (as my husband says) yellow striped shirt available, in store!

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Liz, the Lizard:

Now it's time to talk about my sweet little lizard! Hugo's lizard costume is a pattern hack of Simplicity 1351 View A & D with self drafted spikes and horns. Let me just say that I loved making Hugo's costume. It was so quick and easy that I was able to finish it in 2 days. My M7314 dress took a bit longer than I anticipated and I really appreciated the ease and quick turn around on this costume. All of Simplicity's patterns (for babies/toddlers) run large so it's really helpful to read reviews before cutting out your pattern. I also chose to purchase Simplicity 1351 instead of self drafting a costume because I can see myself getting a lot more use out of it. If friends or family need help with making a costume or if I want to make Hugo something for play, or whatever, then I already have something on hand to reference. The fleece I purchased is also from Joanns and was 50-60% off a yd so it was a steal of a deal. Oh, and my husband made and hot glued the horns because he loves to participate in making the costumes as much as I do! Here's another in progress look from Hugo's last fitting:

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Swinging Through the Stars, it's the Magic School Bus:

Honestly, I wasn't sure if I was going to do a treat bag this year because life became so busy but on the day of, I decided that not only was I going to make one - I was going to create a tutorial too! Ambitious, much? Eventually, the day became so busy that I had to rush through it and any hope of a tutorial was scrapped. In terms of coming up with something on the fly, it's not bad. I love the little rocket boosters and Hugo loved his bus - so much so that he didn't want keep any treats in it!

DIY MAGIC SCHOOL BUS

MAGIC SCHOOL BUS COSTUMES

MAGIC SCHOOL BUS COSTUMES

Those rocket boosters are just too much fun! Anyhow, that's a wrap for this post! Sorry for the less than stellar images this go around (life, yo). Hopefully it'll be back to the original programming sometime soon. In the meantime, I really hope that you enjoyed the break down of our costumes, what it looked like in progress, and family photos from our night out on Halloween!

Finding Versatility in McCalls M7127

Saturday, September 30, 2017


MCCALLS SEWING PATTERNS

Not too long ago, my husband and I were grocery shopping at Walmart when we happened upon a clearance bin of fabric in the middle of an unassuming aisle. Of course, I had to look and was rather excited to find a ton of knit fabric bolts marked down to a $1 yd. Surprisingly, I don't have a lot of knit in my fabric stash, and was really excited to be going home with 5 yds of black and gray jersey. As soon as they got home, they went straight into the washing machine, and I thumbed through my knit patterns trying to figure what to make with all of this newly found fabric.

DIY Fall Inspired Fashion: The Freya Dress by Simply Sewing Magazine

Tuesday, September 19, 2017



THE FREYA DRESS PATTERN BY SIMPLY SEWING MAGAZINE


Fall is quickly becoming my favorite season, guys! I've always been such a fan of fall fashion with it's lux color choices, the layering, and of course, pouring over the all of the September magazine issues. This year, it seems like everywhere you turn, there's denim or 70s inspired style in the stores in the magazines, or online, so I was thrilled when I found a ton of denim fabric at Goodwill for $5.99.

Relaxed Summer Fashion: A DIY Wrap Dress Tutorial

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

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The last couple of weeks have been so busy because I've picked up a bit of client work doing alterations, re-upholstery, and custom made dresses through word of mouth. I am kind of blown away sometimes by the fact that other people have been sharing what I've sewn with others and trust me with their projects. As a (mostly) self-taught hobbyist, it's crazy to think about how much my sewing has improved - even in the last six months. Like my husband joked the other week, "babe, you've come a long way since sewing pajama pants," which is kind of funny because for awhile, that's all I knew how to sew so we had lots of pajama pants around the house. haha. Truthfully though, I really enjoy sewing for others. I feel as though I am always learning something new whether it be a new skill, a project I've never attempted, different type of material, finish, etc. Plus, it still feels like I am getting that new fabric excitement over my client work without adding to my already out of control fabric collection.

Speaking of collection, I have to say that I am really proud of myself for sticking to my challenge set at the beginning of the summer to sew exclusively from my stash (you can find the challenge here). I've sewn exclusively from my fabric stash this summer - yay! In fact, this DIY wrap dress is from fabric that I thrifted about 6 months ago and only cost $1.99 - score. I love the little flower details on this 90s looking print. The fabric itself is that weird 90s scrunchy material that irons smooth and feels so soft after a good pressing. I just love this wrap dress and have already worn it three times in the last couple of weeks, including to work, and no one could tell that I made it myself. #goalsrealized 

To find out how to make this dress, scroll down to the bottom for a tutorial! 

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 Want to learn how to make this wrap dress? Here's how I did it!

Materials:


  • Sewing machine
  • Fabric (I had a yard and half of wide nap you'll need more if you don't have a wide nap)
  • Bias tape
  • Ribbon
  • Thread
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Ruler
  • Paper (this could be a paper ad, gift wrap, paper bag, etc.) 
  • A dress that fits loosely

Step 1: 

Find a dress that has a loose, flow-y fit. This is going to be your template to achieve your dress. Mine is a cream colored dress from H&M that is too see-through so I never wear it but love the fit and would love a similar style in a darker color. 

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Step 2:


Now we want to lay out our fabric and pin the dress to the fabric marking darts and where you plan to sew the dress ties into the seam. Don't forget to include a seam allowance! For the back piece, fold in and half and pin around the fold (photo 1). I outlined the front piece of the dress and took a picture so it's difficult to see but you'll open up the fabric and cut out piece 1 of the front. After you've cut out piece 1, lay it on the fabric right sides together and cut (photo 2).

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Step 3:

Now that we have our pieces cut, we need to sew our darts and any pleats that we have. I added a pleat in the black for a little extra room in the back of the dress and I really like the added piece of design.



Step 4:
Now that we've finished our darts and pleats that we may have, it's time to sew the dress at the shoulder seams, right sides facing together, at the seam allowance you've included.
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Step 5:

If you don't have a dress form, try on your dress in front of the material to figure out the drape of the front and if you've properly marked the ties for the wrap into the side seams. 

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Step 6:
Grab your ribbon, and cut two pieces rather long, and mark in the side seams when you want to place them. This is for our wrap ties inside the dress. 

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Step 7:

Once you've figured out the shape and made any adjustments that you may have, it's time to move onto the ties. I used the left over fabric to have a matching tie. Initially, I made my ties a lot shorter to have a thicker, fuller bow but the dress just looked way too big on me that way and I had to go back and make much longer, skinnier ties to wrap about the full dress. These pictures are for a shorter, thicker tie so make sure that the fit is flattering before committing to the short ties. I grabbed my ruler and measured the length, width, and diagonal line that I wanted with a 1 cm seam allowance. After you've determined your measurements, cut out your tie pattern and pin it to the fabric. Cut out your fabric. Now, with right sides facing, sew down the length and diagonal sections leaving the straight part of the bottom up. This is so you can turn the fabric right side out. After you've turned it right side out, iron, and then top stitch. 


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Step 8:

Now that we've marked all of our ties, we need to sew down the sides of the dress. Make sure that all of your ties of facing the right direction right side out. 

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Step 9:

We're almost done! Now, we'll want to grab our pack of bias tape and hem the dress. I used the bias in the arms, neck, and sides. I had white bias at home but I really wish that I went to the store to get black since it would match a lot better. To hem the bottom, I just gave it a roll hem where I folded the fabric a 1/2", folded it a half 1/2" again, and the stitched close to the edges. 

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All hemmed and ready to go?! Your dress should look something like this! 

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I hope that you enjoyed this week's summer dress tutorial and if you decide to make your own, please send me a photo - I would love, love to see it! 


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