And Now… the moment that some of you – and my mom – were waiting for!
Halloween did happen, as scheduled, and the costumes got finished!!!
Also, I have decided that one step up from quick-and-dirty should not be called quick-and-clean, because it doesn’t sound as cool. In any case, this is the method utilized on our Oktoberfest costumes. I think that part of my difficulty is starting this project was trying to get my brain around the idea that these were costumes, and didn’t have to be “clothing” level design/construction. Still, I think they came out quite nicely, and I have gained a whole new appreciation for the “bachelor button.”
The only piece I ended up making for Michael was the actual lederhosen; we picked up the hat at a Halloween store for about $5 and the shirt, socks, and boots came from our closets. I made the dress for myself, along with an apron (read: I put half of a scarf on a ribbon) and arm floofs (read: serged rectangles with elastic;) I already had the lacy cami, socks, shoes and hair.
When we wore these to Theatre Bizarre we ran into our zombie counterparts, and had to stop for a photo-op. Happily, we were cute and comfortable, all night; and for once, I didn’t need to rip off half my costume in the car, after that massive party! Side note on TB: if you’ve never been, you are missing out! If you can find your way to Detroit on the third(?) Saturday in October, it is totally worth getting tickets in advance.
Happy Halloween, Samhain, and Dia de los Muertos!!!
Tags: Costuming, dirndl, dress, german, halloween, lederhosen, ocktoberfest, Theatre Bizarre
The Comment: Nancy O'Sullivan