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You have so many beautiful costumes! I would love to see more about how you created them. Did you use patterns? Did you make them all from scratch or were you able to find parts of the costumes?
shawnakstudio (author)  Penolopy Bulnick3 years ago
Hi Penolopy, Thank you so much for your kind words about my costumes. Edward Scissorhands is the only costume I've made 100% from scratch. I just started learning how to sew in February. On her costume (that's my daughter), I made the black pleather outfit from an "It's Sew Easy" pajama pattern, but added a zipper up the back so she could get in and out of the jacket. Then I glue gunned grommeted/studded belts to her jacket and pants. I spray painted plastic knives and silly straws to make her scissors and glue gunned them to her gloves. I also did her hair and makeup myself. On the angel costume, I found the white basic dress at a thrift store, but I added all the gold embellishments, including the gold overskirt, because she wanted to be a "gold" angel. I have very demanding/particular children! haha! I also bought the wings but they were too small and not very fancy, so I made them bigger with a foam block and feathers, and added the feathers around the edge. I did her face painting myself. The clown is almost 100% homemade. I bought her leotard, booty shorts, legwarmers and shoes, but I made the yarn pom-poms on her shirt, I made the tutu, and I also made my favorite part of her outfit: the felt mini-hat. I LOVE how that turned out and if it wasn't so expensive to make, I'd make myself one for every occasion! On my other costumes: Mad Hatter, Alice, and the Red Queen, those were mostly purchased. I like to take purchased costumes and embellish them and I like to make sure everything is authentic as much as possible. I found the Alice dress at a shop the specializes in Quinceaneras, but added the tights and gloves, and my mom made her apron. I even added a "bump-it" in her hair so she would look like the original Alice. I think she's combination of both the original and the Tim Burton Alice. With the Hatter, the costume was purchased. I just did her make-up. With the Red Queen, I purchased the dress, but I found her crown and sceptor separately and did her hair and makeup. Her hair was a challenge. It actually has curlers inside of it to give it depth, and I spray painted the curlers themselves along with her own hair to make it work. Her hair and make-up took me about an hour each time I did it. It was fun ... but I'm always so glad when Halloween and all of the parties are over!
Thank you so much!
Wow! You just learned how to sew in February! I feel like I've had the knowledge of how to sew for so long, but whenever I try it always seems so hard. You make it look so easy! Also, the angel facepainting looks beautiful. I think it would be great if you put the info in the Instructables! It helps to compare the words and technique with the picture of what you created :)
shawnakstudio (author)  Penolopy Bulnick3 years ago
Yes ... just in February. My mother is this amazing seamstress but she would never teach me how. I got tired of wanting to make all of these cool things but not knowing how to sew, so I used my Christmas money from last year and bought myself a sewing machine and took a couple of Saturday morning classes. It's funny, my instructor teaches me the "right" way to sew and my mom looks at it and tells me the shortcut way. LOL! But I've taken to it really quickly and it's like my most favorite thing in the world to do, but I don't have too much time for it.
That is a good idea to add my info to the picture ... I'm not totally sure how or where to do that. In the description section below the title? I'm super new to this website -- I only found it because of an advertisement I saw for the Halloween contests--so I'm just learning. It took me ages to upload my pictures and get them entered into the contest. LOL!!!

Thanks again,
Well, I think learning from your Mom is always the right right way :) And always good to have those tips.
If you would like to edit your projects just go to the project you want to edit, and go to the right side of the page where it says "edit" under "author options". This should take you to the editor where you first published your project. Just put in the text you want in the text box and click save. That should do it :) I'm sorry it took so long to upload the images. Please feel free to let me know if you have any other questions or run into any issues!
shawnakstudio (author)  Penolopy Bulnick3 years ago
Thanks for the tips. And no worries on the upload ... since I'm new to instructables, I just didn't quite get how to do it and how to enter them into the contests ... but I finally got it figured out. Thanks!