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Halloween Costume Contest

Winter Tree

This is me standing next to my costume! 

As I was walking around the House of Spandex, I spotted this woodgrain spandex fabric. At that moment I decided I was going to be a tree for Halloween.  This was the MONDAY before halloween!  The costume is composed of a pair of leggings, a dress with sleeves, and a corset.  The branches appear a different color, but indeed are the same fabric as the rest of the costume, but the color lightens when stretched out.  I made the branches first, by cutting long triangles of spandex and merrowing them close on the long side.  I then cut 14 gauge wire the length of the branch, and twisted it to add strength.  I bent the ends of the wire with pliers to prevent getting poked by sharp edges.  I then stuffed these branches with fiberfill until they were extremely stiff.  For adding the smaller branches, I cut a hole in the original brach and looped the wire from the smaller branch around the wire of the larger branch. The rest of the process remained the same except I hand stitched the fabric where the small branch meets the large branch. Wiring the branches proved significantly important as I wore this to work (I am a server) and had to bend the branches inward to prevent attacking my coworkers.  The corset itself consists of many layers. It has a cotton lining, a heavy interfacing, a layer of cotil, and a top layer of the woodgrain spandex.  I hand basted the layers together to be able to sew them all.  I created channels along the seams and inserted spiral boning to help hold the weight of the branches. I created loops and attached them at the back for lack of time to get the corset grommeted.  After the corset was finished, I added channels on the surface to slide the branches into.  In 5 days, and many sleepless nights, this tree was born!  I can’t begin to tell you how many people stopped to take pictures with me and how much of a hit this costume was!  I’m not sure how I will top this one next year!


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  1. lauraflo | | #1

    This is awesome! Fantastic! Having done one-of-a-kind costumes myself, the type you have to completely make up yourself as no patterns exist for them, I admire this very much. It speaks Theater. Thanks for sharing it with us.

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    garytorres | | #2

    This is very horrow.

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    daveabbott | | #3

    lokking awesome

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    alexwest35 | | #4

    amazing work mate

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    roywong20 | | #5

    Its amazing tree.

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    flowersjeannie | | #6

    Nice post.

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    edwinwatkins | | #7

    I like it.

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    margueritelucas | | #8


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    markblack10 | | #9

    I love this tree.

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    robingreer26 | | #10

    Really nice.

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