year I was, very pleasantly, surprised at the amount of entries I got
for my lil ole Halloween Costume Contest. It has become bigger than I
ever imagined and I just hope that it will be an ongoing, growing,
THAT said.... My judges wanted me to express to you that they had a
VERY difficult time making the decisions of who should win...simply
because ALL Of the Costumes were to the point of "AWESOME" and those
that DID win..probably only did so by a slight margin. BeCAUSE there
was such difficulty in decision making, I have had to adjust the Prizes
to be given out. (None are "less" so don't worry ‹). I have "added" a
couple of "win" positions. Two 4th places, and one "Honorable
Mention" have been added. Hopefully there is no objection to
(It goes without saying(but I'll say it anyway ‹) that if my wallet was
a bit fatter you would ALL win 1st place! ‹ But... I guess then it
wouldn't be called a "Contest" eh?)
The prizes will be sent via snail mail (U.S. Postal Service)(so if you
are a winner and have not yet sent me your mailing address please do so
soon ‹) as Money Orders. I will be putting the Prizes in the
in the first week of December (if not sooner). ‹
......without further foolin' around ‹
The Winners Are:
$100.00 Grand Prize
A Little Privacy
A Hunter in an Outhouse
Congrats to Colby
and Mom, Melissa
(actually, I wouldn't call her Head"less"
after all she DID bring it with her! ‹)
We have two 4th place
In no particular order.....
Red Bi-Plane and Pilot Josh
Good Goin' Josh
and Dad, Bob
(the 2nd, "4th" place winner ‹)
Jacob aka Batman with Batcycle
and his Dad, Bob
The next 6 winners are
5th place and/or "Honorable Mentions"
(They were just too good
to NOT "mention" at all. ‹)
These, also, are in no particular order.
I hope every single person had fun
in the Contest
If you had FUN...
then you are a winner.
You won GOOD FEELINGS
and SMILES. ‹
Thanks for being here.
Your Hostess, Coletta
Instructions BY THE
CREATORS of many of this years HOMEMADE COSTUMES can be found
INSTRUCTIONS for HOMEMADE COSTUME CREATIONS
Below is the actual
2008 Halloween Costume
to contestants" ‹: If you send in a
Costume' with any instructions (however breif) on how you created the
costume...I will post your costume, AND instructions, on my "Homemade
Costumes" page once this Contest is over.
Oh...I have ONE MORE thing to tell you before I get on with it
...please bear with me ‹: If any Contestants are not happy
the way I present their Costumes...please just drop me a note and let
me know what you would like me to change and I will get to it just as
soon as possible.
issue has arisen that must be addressed so I will do my best to
Because some contestants have sent in more than
Costume....OR Moms have sent in more than one costume worn by
same child, I have had to try to arrange/group the costumes in a
certain way and I will state a "rule" for all to go by so there will be
no confusion.(or LESS confusion anyway ‹)
~~When one person is wearing more than one costume..I WILL
all costumes (a reasonable amount that is ‹). HOWEVER...All Costumes
worn by one person will be grouped under a single Contestant Number and
only ONE Costume out of that group will be allowed to win a prize (so
we can spread the wealth around a little ‹). If Mom has brothers and/or
sisters of the above contestant... that child/person will be consider a
seperate entry or contestant number of his/her own.
I am doing things this way in an attempt to be
without having to limit the amount of Costumes entered in the Contest.
I WILL rethink this for next year if interested parties do not find
this new "rule" agreeable.
~~By the same token...when I recieve a GROUP picture of
topic, i.e. Superheros (See Contestants 1 for example).... I will post
them as one
entry UNLESS you send seperate photos for each costume AND specify that
you would like each to be a seperate entry. (sometimes I
to ASK so please be clear in your E-Mail. If I need
change any that I've already posted please let me know . It is easy
enough to fix ‹)
Here we GO! .......OR NOT!? Gotcha! ‹
VERY last minute thought:
I thought it might be nice to post a
picture of your JUDGES for this year:
(so you can throw darts at
THEIR picture when it's all said and done! ‹)
Count Randy and his She-Devil,
A team that I have no doubt will be honest and true in their
Aren't you ready to
begin yet? ‹ ‹
Without further STALLING..... ‹
Entered by Crystal, aka Wonder
Above we also have Crystals brother Shane, as Batman, and
son Blake, as Robin.
These WONDERful Costumes are
Below are some pictures of each
Super-Hero doing what Super-Heros do best.
Ummmm..what IS that again? ‹
Here is 3 yr. old Ean driving a VERY cool Homemade
amazing what JOY can come out of 2 cardboard boxes a lil bit of paint
Many thanks to Eans
for sharing this idea with us.
Austin, at age 7, makes YUMMY looking Sushi.
(thanks to Mom Sherry's Costume making skills
and eye for detail ‹)
Homemade Costume idea.
Here is Rachel, beautiful in pink,
as The Tooth Fairy.
The Costumes are SO
creative this year!
WOW! I am impressed! What FUN!!!!
My Thanks to Rachels Mom, Shannon.
This is Ashley Lynn as Sleepover
Just home from the Toy Store,
as you can see, she is still in her Box. ‹
your Entry Ashley Lynn!
This is 9 year old
She is the "Main Course" of this goulish array of
delectable fine-dining at it's best!
She is serving up Fried Finger Fondue,
Sizzling Snakes marinated in Garlic Butter,
and Sauteed Spider in a Rum Sauce!
(Did I hear someone say "Yummy!!!"? ‹ )
Costume made by
Grace's Mom, Crysta
Meet Bubby....errrrr young Michael Meyers
Thanks for your entry! ‹
of "Halloween" fame.
THAT little boy was definately a "Killer Klown"!
Just below you'll meet his brother Tristen
If you are wondering
aboiut the "half" number(12.5)
It is because I had made an error in this contestants entry.
Tristen and his brother Bubby look so much alike,
(and E-Mail can be so confusing (to me‹) sometimes
That I THOUGHT the two boys were only ONE boy.
so sorry....my bad.
SO! I did not give Tristen his own "Contestant Number"
I made him a "half" number in order NOT to
throw off all of the numbers below.
So! Is everyone as confused as I am now?
Good..then my job is DONE! ‹ ‹
This young man, Tristen, almost 3 yrs.
is Bubby's(contestant 12) brother.
Tristen, like many youngins' his age,
just LOVES Thomas the Train.
In Alaska, where Tristen and family
Trick-or-Treating can be a COLD job.
However..I think Tristens hat
actually adds to his costume! ‹
Bubby and Tristen's
helped the boys with their costumes.
Dad, Wally, is in the Army
and is in Iraq during this Halloween.
Prayers go out to him and this family
as well as to all of the troops in harms way.
Thanks for the entries Olivia!!
we have Jordan as a
a beautiful swashbuckler she makes too!
Jordan is Bubby's and Tristen's sister.
Jordan as Prom Queen.
Check out THAT smile! ‹‹
Looks like she is HAPPY to be here eh?
Jordan again as Prom Queen
This girl LOVES to clown around! ‹
Seen here with her sister, Khaleigh, also in Costume,
and who is also in this Contest...
somewhere below ‹
Thanks again for the entries Olivia!
Jordan, You really DO look lovely!
This is Benjamin in a very cool
Sponge Bob Costume.
Here's Benjamin, Sponge Bob, again ...
seen with little brother, Aleck...
as Gary. (contestant 15...below‹)
This is Aleck
(Benjamin's(above) lil brother ‹)
He is in costume as Gary.
Many thanks to Amy,
Benjamin and Alecks Mom,
for 2 great Contest entries. ‹
Another Creation that comes equipped with moving parts and
The Propeller even spins by "SUPER rubber band" method!
This is Christine in a Costume created by her hubby Bob.
(Yes, the very creative "Bob" from previous 2 costumes ‹)
Bob has named this Boat/Costume "The Deadliest Catch"
a Side View of the Boat and Christine too.
This is the rear of the Boat named "Christine.
and sitting on the rear(of the boat ‹)
is the Deadliest Catch (below).
(OR..could it be that CHRISTINE is the Deadliest Catch??!!
after all..it IS Halloween! ‹ EGADS! )
I'd like to Thank
Bob once again for sharing his fantastic Costume Creations with
us. AND I'd like to let you all know that I WILL be posting these
, as well as some from the years past, COMPLETE with MORE
pictures AND instructions by
the man himself, Bob..in my "Homemade Costumes"
pages. I will post them in Mid November when this
comes to a close. (You will have plenty of time to prepare
for NEXT Halloween! ‹)
FYI ~~Master Costume Creator Bob left this message
(below) for anyone interested.
~~If anyone ever needed help or advice (on projects of this
they can contact me at ~~>
This is Justin who
is dressed as Yoshi.
Yoshi is carrying Mario as strapped to his back.
A really great Costume by our return contestant Mrs. J...
who has proven she is still as skilled as ever in her Costume
(if you need MORE proof just look below! ‹)
Jacque is a Witch
and she is carrying a frog
(Frog tongue is a Party-Blower..
the kind that uncoils when you blow on it ‹)
in a big pot!
Guess we know what will be served for dinner....
Frog Stew anyone?
GOOD ONE Mrs J.!
Here we have a bag
of Sugar...and a Cookie.
Sugar & Cookie = Sugar Cookie
Mrs.J's daughter ,Jes, is the "Sugar" of the pair.
(Just as sweet as she can BE
Mrs J. Thank you for returning to the
Costume Contest again this year.
I was anxiously awaiting what great costumes you would
I am NOT disappointed! ‹
More of Mrs.J's costumes can be found in the "Homemade" section and I
shall post the ones that are here now in the Homemade pages once this
contest is over. Mrs. J is great about providing info and hints on how
to make her costurmes also! ‹
Thanks again Mrs J!
This is 6 yr. old Ethan.
Ethan loves "StarWars"(who doesn't? ‹)
So his Dad, Daniel, made him into a Snowtrooper!
Thank you Ethan and Daniel!
Fantastic Job Dad!
Here's a very
interesting and SCARY entry
sent in by self-taught Make-up tech Brenna.
Brenna dresses up each year to honor her father
(now deceased (he passed on Halloween no less ‹) )
Brenna's Dad would dress-up on Halloween night
and go around the neighborhood spooking the
(all in good fun I'm sure ‹)
Now that Brenna has picked up the gauntlet
she does it with a flare for SCARY Make-up
as seen above.
Thanks for the scary face Brenna and Good Luck to you!
yr. old David M.
and he looks to me to be a GRINCH!
Very cute/cool costume..
Gotta love that face. ‹
My thanks to young David and to the sender ‹
This contestants name is
And I believe this is a GUMBALL Machine.
I THINK I see a XannyBall for sale in there
with the GumBalls.
Thanks for the Entry
Very original idea!
(above) tells me that this costume
was made mainly with things
that were found around the house.
Total MONEY spent: approx $9.00
WOW! and it's a very...
shall I say?? "realistic"?? Costume!??
REALLY COOL Madison!
Thanks for the entry!
Here's Rusty Ole
YEP! The wearer/creator of THIS Costume
also has a few other family members
in Costume above.(16,17,18)
Bob is getting to be (or maybe always HAS been!?)
a real Costume Creating Pro!
This poor ole Rusty Hunk has sure seen better days..
HOWEVER! I am told that he has
functional lights front and rear....
AND for the sake of convenience
2 drinking cups with tubes running to mouth
JUST IN CASE
ole Rusty has a sudden thirst to quench ‹.
and here's what a Rusty Ole Robot looks like from behind.
I'd love to watch you dance in THAT outfit!!!! ‹
This little guy hardly needs
At a mere 5 years old young Chandler makes a fine
Someone put a LOT of work into
Thank you for the entry
and best of luck in the Contest!
I have very
little info except to say that
this GREAT Costume was sent to me by Cirin.
If I am correct in my Addams Family Trivia
I believe this would be "Cousin "It"" ?
Thanks for the entry
we have a
Halloween Party Picture
of James and Jamie.
Lookin Good you two!
entering the Contest
and Best of Luck!
And what's a Halloween Costume
Children of the Night
Here are Jen and Bill
having a wonderfully wicked
and possibly "delicious" night out.
Thanks Jen and Bill
for the Entry
You both look fantastic!
This beautiful little Ladybug is
Ava Lee's Mom, Jenny, made the
and we can see she put lots of love into
Dad and Husband, Sam..
fondly tells me that he thinks
Jenny did an AWESOME job on the Costume
and that Ava Lee IS their little Ladybug. ‹
This is 10 yr. old Victoria
Thanks to Sam for sending in this entry.
Ava Lee is an awesome Ladybug.
as Barbie in a box.
Victoria came up with this idea
one warm afternoon at the park
in her home in S.Dakota
Thanks to Victoria and her Mom
for joining me again this year ‹
Here is Landon age 6
He is the Clock of
Hickory Dickory Dock fame.
Notice the Mouse on top as the
Clock strikes ONE.
If memory serves (and that's not true often ‹)
"The clock strikes one and down he runs."
Is the verse.
Landon's sister is the "Barbie" posted above.
Thanks to Landon, and Mom Sheri, for the entry.
This beautiful little girl is Mei
Lin and she is 3 yrs.old.
She is joining this Contest as a
Cup of Swiss Miss Cocoa ...
with REAL Marshmallows!
This is Mei Lin's first Halloween
because it is her first year in the United States.
She was adopted from China last summer .
Mei Lin is EXCITED about Halloween
and all of the Goodies to be had for
Trick or Treat in S. Dakota.‹
Thank you Sheri
(also Mom to last 2 contestants, above.)
Not only for the entry...
but also for sharing a bit of Mei Lins story.
It is a wonderful thing you and your family have done
for Mei Lin and I wish you all the BEST of life. ‹
Great Kids and...
COOL COSTUMES TOO! ‹
Here we have a Werewolf!
When in human form he is Marcus, age 6
YIKES he has some FIERCE
Mom, Mindy, for the entry.
Mindy says :
scrapbooking and stamping needs:
Here is 3 yr. old Aiden
as a newly-hatched Chick.
Another great Homemade Costume idea
that could double for EASTER also!
I don't mean to wag my
Mom tells me that my "Easter Egg" pattern
was used (and then of course modified) to get
the basics of the project going.
Enough BRAGGING though, ‹
Aiden is an adorable lil Chicky.
Thanks for the entry
AND Thanks for sending in the "modifications" instructions.
After the contest I will have them posted
on my "Homemade Costumes" Page.
Here is Allister, Aiden's(above
Allister is a Phoenix!
A Fantastic Legendary Bird she is too.
It was a bit difficult to fit her wing-span in .
It is why SHE is so small.
The wings are SO long,in fact,
that Allister grips long dowels in each hand
to get the full spread of them.
For convenience sake though,
she can simply let go of the dowels
and slide her hands out of the slits
that are about half way up the wing
and have her hands free for other things.
Thank you again to the Mom of Aiden and Allister.
awwwww..TOO CUTE!!!!! ‹
This is 6 month old Liam in his Sock Monkey outfit
that was hand knitted just for him.
The little Babes
just steal my
In Costume...or not.
Thanks for the entry
to the proud parents of Liam.
I have only ONE "Pet" Costume
Entry thus far.
SO! I will post lil Jasmine
here with the rest of the Costumers
Until and/or Unless I get more pets
before judging time.
Hope not to offend anyone ‹.
Thank you for the Entry to Jasmines
I know what some of you may be thinking
"Professional FX Job".
(I thought the same thing at first)
But then Austin sent me some photos
of the "Making of Reptileman"
There is no denying
Austin is just a Super Deluxe Costume Creator ‹
Here is Austin looking a bit geekie in the beginning
He made each "horn" out of clay.
As you can see (I hope)
some of the horns had to be Duct-Taped
to Austin before the rest of the suit was created.
Austin getting into the "netting"
that helped him achieve that "scaley" look.
Austin kindly sent me some instructions and helpful tips
on the making of this superb costume.
After Nov.15th you will find these instructions
in my "Homemade Costumes" pages.
Austin is not only a great Costume designer,
his daily JOB is as one of our many sons
who are in the Armed Forces.
Austin THANKS for
(and especially Thanks for your patience ‹)
I know I'm not the only one here
who appreciates your service to our country..
So MANY "Thank Yous" for that also.
This is 13 year old Nolan.
He is dressed-up as Charlie Brown,
Trick-or-Treating, as he did in the TV Movie
The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown.
This for a Halloween event at his Middle School.
Costume sheet had several holes all over
To finish the Costume,
Nolan is equipped with Trick-or-Treat Bag,
Carrying not candy..but Rocks! ‹
Thanks to Nolan's
Mom Sheri (again)
This S. Dakota Family, amongst others,
has been a great inspiration
in getting this costume contest going.
MUCH appreciation for your continued interest
and show of support Sheri. ‹
Wow! This is
Tyler as Edward Scissorhands.
It is obvious thatLOTS of work went into the detail
of this Homemade Costume.
The Hair and
Make-up is done very accurately
to match the Johnny Depp
am told that
only the"Hands" were a purchase.
They were found on the "Internet" of all places. ‹
Many Thanks to Mom,
for the creation of this Costume
and the one just below.
Sheri and family live in Utah
and they joined me the first year
of this Costume Contest.
This is Kori as a
Her Kimono is
Kori is wearing the
white-face make-up of the Geishas.
Thanks again Sheri.
You are an AWESOME
Costume Maker! ‹
Here's an entry coming
to us all the way from Hawaii!
This young man is 3 yearold AJ
AJ is wearing a Homemade Costume
that cost only about $10.00 to make.
The Costume is of "Kikaida"
an Android Superhero created in Japan.
It played in Hawaii about 35 years ago.
AJ.s Mom, Sabrina, says that her
son loves to do
all of the stances and action moves that
SuperHero Kikaida does.
Thank you for the entry
and the story that goes with it! ‹
Here's a great GROUP of a
Contestant from Pa.
Even I remember The Mario Brothers!
Although they are entered as one Contestant
Below (next 8) you can get a good look at each Costume.
Mario = Damien
Peach = Kelly
Luigi = Nick
Yoshi = Melissa
Toadstool = Nathan
Wario = Mike
Done you guys! (and girls!)
Thanks for the entry!
Our Contestant here is Kalli,
dressed as an Oral-B Toothbrush
Her little brother Kai is just tagging along
a lost baby-tooth perhaps? <yukyuk>‹
Thanks to Mom,
for this very creative costume
This Groovy Witch is 3 year old
Mom, LaKrisha, made this fantastic little outfit
out of bits and pieces
and I am HAPPY to say that she sent
along some nicely detailed instructions.
(that we will share later ‹)
This Groovy Witch
and her family
are from Florida.
THANKS for the entry!!!!
A family entry called "Farm
Shayna and her husband Casey are Farmers
Shaynas Mom, Sue, is a Cow
The little Chick is daughter Casey Marilyn
I just realized what made the
Chicks feet! HA!
But I think this lil chick is ready for a nap!
Thanks a lot for the
Farmers really are Americas
Bread and Butter.
(my humble opinion of course ‹)
Entering as the Simpsons we
Victoria as Marge Simpson
Nathan as Homer Simpson
Nathan and Victoria for your entry!
REALLY cool Costumes!!
This is a neat costume.
Aladdin on his Magic Carpet.
A firm Carpet allows for the illusion
that when Axel stands up the carpet is floating.
This is Axel Below also.
This young man
must have been in a flying mood.
Here he is, a soldier sailing down in his Parachute.
Mom was a bit worried about the stiff
competition this year.
I say" Mom you have nothing to fear...these Costumes are as good as
and maybe even better than some.
But I hope we are all here mainly to have fun.... and give the kids a
to see themselves on line....and to be proud to be here. ‹
This is 2 yr. old Fairy King,
Here is Armani at a closer
Looking nothing if not REGAL
Some people were just born to be "King" ‹
Thanks to Mom,
for coming back again this year
and showing some great costumes
EGADS! I gotta
say...These kinda freaked me OUT!!!! ‹
(in a good ole' scary Halloween way. ‹)
A Zombie Wedding!
Priest presiding over the service will be
David Jr. (deceased of course)
and the Bride, Osiris (deceased also)
and the Groom, David (dead as a doornail I'd say)
a closer look at David senior and
Job-well-done fellas ‹
REALLY fun Costumes
Thank you for joining my
Costume Contest again this year
Here is another way to use that wedding dress
that's seen better days
This must be
just couldn't keep her in her coffin.
She wanted to show you how easy it is to
go from Walking Dead to Vampire!
Basically just ADD TEETH!
Miss Jenna Jade is this pretty
She's just a DOLL...what else is
to be said?
You will see Jenna
Eric and Stephanie
coming up as the next 2 contestants.
This is Eric (Jenna Jades' Daddy)
as The Joker!
Thanks for being with us this year Eric!
This is my friend
(Mama to Jenna Jade and Wife to Eric (both above))
She dresses as a" Nun" but guess what?
Stephanie is due to have a little bundle around Christmas
Her costume thus becoming "pg Nun"
(Steph and Erics baby will be named "Lexie Noelle".
Stephanie, Thanks to
you and yours
regal costume is worn by
for being here again this year!
Great Costumes as usual! ‹
She looks like royalty to ME!
Beautiful robes and crown
Here's Khaleigh with her sister
She is also sister to Bubby and Tristen. ‹
(all contestants from somewhere above ‹)
You BOTH look LOVELY!!!
Many thanks to Mom, Olivia
for the entries, by her, in this contest.
This is 18 month old Jacob as a
His Mom Tricia says the costume is totally Homemade.
Without even a PATTERN!
The fishes tail wags each time Jacob takes a step,
I was sent a short video to attest to this fact
but I am sorry to say that I can't get it to go on my site.
You'll just have to take my word for it I suppose ‹
The wag is VERY cute!
although a tad blurry
this pic shows the tail better.
Tricia was happy to say that she was able to
wash all of the ORANGE hair color out
of Jacobs whitish locks. ‹
Great Job Tricia
Here is Joseph as a
He just happens to be Jacob's
(the fish above) brother.
That could make for a
good fish story!
Thank you Tricia for
your great looking kids in the Contest!
This is Cheryl's
Gnome on a Toadstool
Me thinx the Toadstool needed a
sit-down break! ‹
Cheryl sent a GREAT set of instructions on
how she created this fantastic costume.
(which I will have posted on my
"Homemade" Pages after the 15th of Nov.)
(~sorry if I'm getting redundant with that line. ‹)
Contestant 63 and 64)
for sharing your beautiful costume
and all of your hard work too! ‹
as I said above (first "dog"
since I have very few "pet" entries this year
I am not going to have a seperate contest for PETS.
I will just put them in the mix, with the humans,
and let the Judges sort them out ‹
This cute Yorkshire Terrier is 5
yr. old Emylu
She's all dressed up for Trick-or-Treats as you can see!
for entering your sweet pup.
Gore has a few Human entries also. ‹
And here we have a tiny Teacup
His owner says thathe now sleeps all nights
in this new bed/coffin created out of a Cereal Box.
Thanks for the Entry
David has a "wedding" photo
amongst the "Humans" above.
This young man is Colby.
His costume is
A Hunter in an Outhouse.
(looks about right to ME! ‹)
The door pulls closed with a bungie cord,
and there are lots of "bathroom" accessories.
This is really an original idea I think.
Right down to what you CAN'T see,
A sign on the outside of the door
which reads "Occupied".
Here is Colby again in a
and I quote Colby's Mom, Melissa,
shows how the capture of a Gorilla
went terribly wrong". ‹
Here is Colby one more time as
From what I am told by the Costumes Creator,
(Colbys Mom, Melissa)
the helicoptor blades actually spin (by motor)
ALSO, Inspector Gadget
has a "Hand"
with different items coming out of each finger..
Such as a toothbrush, mini umbrella,
a flame made from tissue
and HOMEMADE too!
Thanks very much for your entries.
This lovely creature is Megan
She is dressed as none-other-than an
(of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory Fame)
(but then, you all knew that..right? ‹)
Melissa, Megan's(and Colby's(above))Mom,
took great pains at perfecting this Costume
as the movie is a favorite of hers.
The Human-turned-Blueberry is a great touch.
Here is Megan as Pippi
In fact, she is one of the CUTEST Pippi's I think I've seen.
Mom makes the statement that she thinks her
"Homemade" Pippie turned out much better than
a "store-bought" Pippie Costume would have been.
I AGREE Whole Heartedly Melissa!
Then we come to Megan once more,
as a Wicked Ole Witch!
(Hard to believe she is the same sweetheart
who was just Pippi Longstocking ‹)
The Witches Dress was store-bought
(Oh for SHAME!!!! ‹ ‹)
HOWEVER! Mom, Melissa did her magic
and fancied this outfit up with home style
till it may as well have been a great down- home job.
They had so much fun with the make-up
that no-one even recognized Megan under
all of that WICKNESS!
Thank you Mom, Melissa,
and Colby and Megan, for sharing
these fantastic Costumes with us.
Good luck in the Contest.
I WILL have instructions
for how Melissa made the last 6 Costumes
once this contest is over and I can get
the Info Posted in my Homemade Costumes Pages.
This Contestant comes as a Mom and Daughter team.
Mom, Flower, is the dark half as a chilling Vampiress
Daughter, Keilani, is from the lighter side, as an
adorable Lavender Fairy.
I think that between the two
they balance each other out nicely.
Thanks to Flower
for entering these great Costumes
in my Contest. ‹
This is Monica, age 17
in an 18th century French court dress.
"Robe a la Francaise"
This is a Homemade" costume
Monica says that the gown has so many layers,
(10), each requiring it's own special attention,
that it took a year to complete.
The gown features long pleats in
a very ingenious application that,
through some lacing within the lining,
made it a "size fits all" kind of gown.
Thus, a woman gaining or losing weight
was no problem..simply adjust the lacings.
(WOW! We could sure use more
of this kind of consideration in PRESENT day! eh ladies? ‹
Each layer is made using period correct
the gown is pure silk taffeta,
and the under layers are starched linens.
In Monica's words :
"This is a "homemade" costume,
one which is a little complex in structure,
but overall isn't complicated in sewing technique."
Monica Dear, I think you have SKILLS!
Thank you for your Entry Monica
If you aren't a professional seemstress..
..you sure should be .
Contest closes for entries on November 15th at Midnight.
As the Contest comes to a close (for THIS year)...
I want to
personally thank ALL of the Contestants and their Helpers
(seamstresses, builders, crafters, Moms, Dads, and ETC.!) for sharing ,
not only the Costumes, but for taking the extra time to type out
instructions, however detailed (you made the EFFORT), so that in future
years if somebody would like to build or sew what they see you Costumed
as...the general idea will be available to them. THAT is a
wonderful thing I think ‹. So Thank You
.....and Thanks for showing up ‹