Benevolent Blue Fairy Costume
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Benevolent Blue Fairy Costume
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This homemade costume for women entered our 2017 Halloween Costume Contest.
A word from Carmela, the 'Benevolent Blue Fairy' costume creator:
I am wearing the Blue Fairy costume. I came up with the costume whilst reading a bedtime story book to my titled, "Through the Starlight Window". Images and words from the book made me think of a time during my childhood when I watched the Disney movie, "Pinocchio".
I went to a thrift store and found the long blue dress, the wings and the star wand. For the rest, I used old clothes/fabric and other materials that I already had at hand.
Blue Dress: There were a few things I added to the blue dress to make it look like the Blue Fairy's. I purchased a yard and a half of this sheer whispher blue fabric, which I cut into two equal pieces to create two separate wide kimono-style sleeves using a sewing machine. I then sewed each sleeves onto the sphaghetti straps of the dress. I then hemmed certain small sections of the sleeves, but only very small sections, so it could have an airy/flowy effect. I then took a bottom corner of each sleeve and sewed it together and positioned it behind the blue dress. Next, I made a dark blue oval design and machine sewed it on the front chest area of the dress using fabric from old clothes. I did the same thing for the heart shape belt sash that ties around the waist line and which has a hanging extension going down the dress. I also added velcro at the ends of the belt sash to keep it in place and to help create a more defined silhouette when worn. I then sprinkled a little silver glitter on the dress.
Fairy Wings: The wings I believe were a child's size and they had stretchy loop trims attached that you put your arms through. But I removed those loops and instead put velcro on the center back of the wings. I also sewed velcro on the back of the blue dress where the zipper would be when zipped up and, as a result of that, I was able to connect the wings to the blue dress without having those tacky looking white loop trims showing. Also, the original shape of the wings were not to my satisfaction either because they looked too rounded, instead of having a little more of an oval shape to them. And so I decided to reshape it using my hands by bending the wires that help to make up the shape of the wings. It actually took quite a bit of time to achieve the shape resultI wanted.
Gold Star Wand: As for the star wand, its original form was a see-through blue, hard plastic material and it came in a packaging with a glow stick wand that is suppposed to attach to it. I discarded the glow stick and instead I wrapped two wooden chopsticks together with beige tape and attached it to the blue plastic star. Afterwards, I painted the see-through blue plastic star into a gold color and as the paint was still wet, I sprinkled silver glitter on it and let it dry.
Golden Blonde Wig: For the hair, I bought a golden blonde wig to wear and I sewed a hairband using some blue fabric to wear with it. This was my first time wearing a wig and a blonde one at that and I was not certain if I was going to be able to pull off the look. Due to my very long straight, thick black hair, it was almost difficult to hide all that hair under the wig. I also turned my black eyebrows into a blonde color using some eyeshadow makeup.
Shoes: I wore gold glittery shoes and I think they paired well with the costume..
I celebrated Halloween at the mall. The reactions I got were mostly from little kids. The majority of them being girls between the ages of three, to I would say, eight-years-old. I actually did not realize at first just how much attention and gazes I was getting from them because I was quite focused on my toddler son who was dressed as Pinocchio and he was also getting quite a lot of attention. But when I did realize all the attention on me, I could not help but feel so amused. My brother who came with me and my son was also amused as he saw how the kids were swarming around me and trying to get me to notice them. Quite a few of them had star-strucked eyes and kept repeating the word "hello" to me. This must be akin to what the workers who dress up as Disney characters in Disneyland go through. I also had several moms and a couple of dads ask me to take pictures with their daughters and so I did quite happily. In fact, a lot of the parents also tried to get the attention of their kids who were busy playing to look at me. Kids swarming around me was not something I expected to happen when I dressed up as the Blue Fairy. One of the little girls even asked to hold my wand and she ended up breaking it, which I found so hilarious. I just put the wand back together with tape I unraveled from a section of the wand. I can't help but chuckle to myself when I think about the experience I had.
And since I dressed up as the Blue Fairy to complement my toddler son's Pinocchio costume, there were other reactions/compliments we received as a pair together. It was truly a great time and my son had so much fun.
Also, thank you to everyone involved in putting together this contest. I appreciate it so much!