Thursday, November 5, 2009

Talk Back Thursday

Thank you so much to Christine, Julia, Mamafitz, Gwen, Elaina, Uta, Cindy, Summerset, Becky and Sandy for talking back to my confession last Friday! With Halloween almost upon us, I asked about costume making experiences...

So, do we do costumes? Oh my goodness, do we do costumes!

Of course, there were LOTS of children's costumes mentioned, like Mamafitz's superhero son pictured here:

For children's costumes, people called out:

ANIMALS - like a giraffe, monkey, fish, starfish, ladybug, turtle, dragon, dog, cat, Hello Kitty, one-eyed one-horned flying purple people eater, Quack and a bionic bunny!

CHARACTERS - like Pocahontas, Sacagawea, Pippi Longstocking, Nancy Drew, Indiana Jones, Flintstones and the little boy from "Where the Wild Things Are".

Check out the amazing Sharpay (from High School Musical) costume that Sandy made for her niece here and Cindy's very own Ghost Buster and Twilight character here (scroll down to see)!

TRADITIONAL - like a princess, fairy, witch, angel, mermaid, sleeping beauty, jester, cowgirl, cheerleader, Spiderman, Zorro, pirate, and ninja.

Check out more of Mamafitz's great costumes over the years - doctor, archer (NOT Robin Hood), and Caesar and Uta made this wonderful witch costume without using a pattern!

And there were some odds and ends, like a pumpkin, a flower in a pot, a shrimp sushi, an Egyptian and a spooky dead bride.

At the same time, I was surprised by how many people reported making costumes for themselves – for costume parties (such as New Year’s Eve parties), carnivals and renaissance fairs. Summerset, for example, has made herself a German maiden costume and a Barbie costume!

Here is a picture of one of Becky's many beautiful Lord of the Rings inspired costumes!

Check out some of her other costumes:
an angel, Eowyn #1, Eowyn #2, pirate, dark fairy and the Scarecrow from the Wizard of Oz.

Some of my favorite stories were about the pairs of costumes – Cindy & her husband, for example, have gone to parties dressed as a pregnant nun and a priest! And Elaina and her son do paired-themed costumes whenever they attend a comic book convention – recently they were King Cactuar and Lulu from the Final Fantasy videogame. Isn't that cool?

All in all, only a couple of people reported waning enthusiasm for making costumes – Christine pointed out that commercial costumes are readily available and inexpensive these days and Gwen seems to have developed costume-overload last year while gluing red sequins onto an Elvis costume...

Of course, I’ve heard that happened to a lot of his actual tailors. ;)

Thanks again, to everyone for your wonderful stories and pictures!