I am not very good at getting Halloween costumes together on time, so when I managed to actually do something this year – you can bet I wore that costume around the whole weekend, costume party or not!
Title is: Steampunk Pilot! I made the goggles, which set the tone for the whole get-up. I already had that rad shirt (gifted from a friend when it didn’t fit her), I had the dual hippie skirts from back when Fashion liked them, and I had been lusting after those gaiter-style leg warmers and finally bought them a few months ago. I bought the vest from Maurice’s and can you believe they were the only store in the whole North Grand Mall to carry a suit vest? I was amazed! It was on sale, too. I altered the skirts by bunching them up. Just threaded string through a button, then sewed up the skirt on both sides.
And yes! That’s the more-hirsute-than-usual Jayne Cobb from Firefly as played by my husband Tim. We made Blue Sun shirts last year for some friends’ costume wedding. And I sneakily ordered the hat online from a knitter who apparently spends day and night crafting this cunning headwear. This Master Knitter needed a head measurement, and unable to estimate accurately, I had to covertly measure my husband’s head as he slept. I didn’t even have a tape measure. So, in the early morning (I got up early for a desk job then, he slept late because he worked in a restaurant/bar/pub) I started a drowsy conversation with him. “Hey buddy, groceries, blah blah blah?” “Murmble burmble!” As I created this diversion, I wrapped his own work belt around his head, marked it with my thumb and disappeared into the morning darkness. Later on that day, I asked if he remembered what we talked about that morning and he said now. (Secret personal high five.) The hat came in a box with post marks from Canton and Persephone, and contained straw and a letter from mom.costume • Firefly • my art • Sewing & Crafts • steampunk