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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

I have not abandoned you!

I know.  I really should've been updating on the halloween progress.  I just slapped myself on the hand if it makes you feel better.  So here's the deal.  I got a lot done.  A hell of a lot done.  But then my sewing space was taken over with boxes and laundry and other things because the electrician needed to get into the corner of the apartment that has become my clutter kingdom to put in a new line so my parents can have an outlet near the front door so they can plug in all there twinkly lights for Christmas and other holidays.  I know.  TMI.  But I just wanted you to know that my absence was legit and not me being lazy.  Well, I am lazy, but not about halloween!!  And so, with that said, I give you MAX!!!!

Ain't it cute?  No makeup on.  Aren't I a sort for sore eyes?  So let me tell you about all the lovely snags I hit in the process of little Max here.  I read all the pattern instructions.  Very carefully.  I ironed out the pattern, cut it out, and placed it on the fleece.  At this point I was very happy and excited.  Then I had to start cutting.  Who knew that cutting through two layers of fleece would hurt so much?  My thumb was numb by the time I was done.  I ran out to Michael's and bought a rotary cutter the next day.  That trip was a nightmare, by the way.  Where is the customer service!  Nobody knows how to work anymore!  20 people on line and 0 people at the register!  Does that make sense to you?  Anyway.  Rotary Cutter.  What a God send!  Who ever invented that sharp dangerous round blade is a genius!  I cut the hood out with it and my thumb had feeling!  Hurray!


Now, on to the pinning and sewing.  Everything was looking dandy until I got to the right thigh.  The material bunched up underneath, unbeknownst to me, and it looked like caca.  Let me tell you a little something I learned about fleece.  Don't mess up!  YOU try finding the thread with the ripper without putting a big hole in it!  I dare you! So I tried the whole costume on to see if it was really that noticeable and it wasn't.   It looked great...... except it was GINORMOUS!! Maybe a size M wasn't a good choice.  The crotch was down to my knees.  I got back to the sewing machine and slimmed that puppy down!  A lot.  Great!  It's looking good now.  I sewed on the hood and collar and squealed with joy.  Then came the snaps.  It was tough getting through all that fleece so I cut a tiny hole to push the pointy little snap thingy through.  Bad idea.  I tried to unsnap them and one of the snaps went right through the fleece!  NOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Now I have a great big hole.  And then 2 more snaps came through!  More holes!!  I'm thinking I might switch the snaps out for buttons.  No major decisions have been made.  I guess I can reinforce where the snaps will be and try again.  My biggest fear is that the snaps will come through during one of the many pee breaks I take at work.  I have to take off the costume to tinkle!  There's no way around it!  I better do some test runs before the big day.

So I'm almost done.  The finishing touches shouldn't take very long.  I have the ears and tail left and hemming the legs and sleeves.  In the movie it looks like Max has fingerless glove mitts attached to the sleeve but I need to have my hands free for work.  Maybe I'll try making ones separate so I can use them outside of work.

All in all, this was a fun learning experience.  No emotional or physical scars were made so you may see more sewing out of me in the future.  How are your costumes going?  Did you start yet?  Well, what are you waiting for?  Start sewing!!

5 comments:

  1. Looking great, just like Max! Well done :) But I'm glad I'm not making a costume - it would be a spectacular fail I can assure you that :D

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  2. I don't even know if I'm going to have a costume this year :) It just feels like extra money/time that could be spent doing other things. No, I don't have any Halloween spirit, why do you ask?

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  3. Now you need a few monsters to follow you. Let the wild rumpus begin!

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  4. You have been busy! I've stitched up a few masks and chatted about them here: http://ceodraiocht.wordpress.com/2011/10/21/creating-a-few-masks/

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  5. Some of the best costumes are the ones pulled together at the last minute and requires little money! One year I was a zombie. All I did was rip up some old clothes, powder than up with flour, mess up the hair, and gunk on some grey/green makeup. Done! Zombies are sooooo in this year!!

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