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Halloween Costume Contest 2014

Nature Fairy costume

Finished front of dress.

My costume is a Nature Fairy costume, complete with wings.

I made the pattern myself. The basic silhoutte was based on a dress I had that I loved but had outgrown. I traced the front and back, and then cut out the paper and refined the shapes to get a fit that I liked. I then decided to add a middle panel of pleated cream velvet.  I made a mockup before cutting into my ‘good’ fabric, and was thrilled that I didn’t have to adjust the fit at all!

The skirt is a full circle skirt. Since it is made with a knit that doesn’t fray, I didn’t hem it.

The wings are also handmade. I had a pair of old wings that were badly ripped, so I used the wire from those and stretched a pair of brown stockings over them. The crosspiece is a double-layer of cardboard covered with brown faux leather, and the straps were from an old cami. Then I had fun decorating them with glitter-glue and sequins.

The trim criss-crosses over the front and then wraps to the sides, where it is attached to cream-colored ties that tie in the back. I wanted to add some waist definiton because I kept the fit a little loose so that I could fit it over my head and shoulders. The dress is made with green and cream velvet and burgundy and gold trim.

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