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DIY Bat Costume

I have been very organised this year, and finished my Halloween costume! I’ve known for a while that I wanted to go as a bat and I was inspired by this bat wing costume tutorial for kids. I’ve put my own twist on the tutorial by giving the bat wings a long tail and extending the end of the wings using chopsticks. In these pictures, I’m wearing the wings over a black top, my disco pants and some super high heels I bought in sale in Topshop in my first year at York. And here’s how I made them 🙂

Bat Costume 1Bat Cosdtume 2You will need:2 metres of thick black fabric
Glue gun and glue
Sewing machine
2 chopsticks
Measuring tape
Scissoirs
Needle and thread
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Step 1: Take your measurements and sketch out the wing shape. Okay, so this is the part that looks most complicated but it’s actually nto that difficult. First, fold your fabric widthwise. Then take your measurements and use them to draw a bat shape that fits you, using the photo above. Length 1 is half of the distance from underarm to underarm. Length 2 is half of the circumference of your shoulder. Length 3 is the distance from the top of your shoulder to your wrist. Length 4 is half the circumference of your wrist. Length 5 is the length of your chopstick and length 6 is an inch.

Once you have used those measurements to draw on the top of your costume, draw on the loops of the bat wing, until your each the bottom of the fold of your fabric. Then cut out your wings! Phew, that’s the tricky bit over.

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Step 2: Hem the whole top edge of your bat costume (lengths 1. 3, 4 and 5.)

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Step 3: To make the sleeve, fold the top of your costume and sew length 3 onto the fabric. Length A (above) should be half the circumference of your shoulder. Do this for both sleeves.

bat costume 7bat costume 8Step 4: Glue the chopsticks into the fold at the end of your wings (I used my glue gun for this.)

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Step 5: Cut two small strips of fabric from your strips and wrap them around your finger. Pin them in place, remove them from your finger and then glue them in place. Try on your wings and mark where the bottom of your index finger touches the fabric. Glue each fabric ring to your wings at this point, as above.

Ta da, finished!

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I had a lot of fun test running my Halloween costume and make up! I decided that smiley photos wouldn’t be very scary but I’m not sure about my moody face in these pictures! Have you decided what you’re going as for Halloween yet?

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Everybody wants to be a cat.

Who loves dressing up? I love dressing up! I seem to be going to a lot of costume parties recently which is great because planning and making the outfits is so much fun. I love putting a lot of planning into what I wear. People who go to themed parties in their normal clothes are BORING. Recently, my friend had a cat party, and I dressed up as a lion.

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I made a tail – which I attached onto my gold disco pants with a safety pin – some ears, and a fur collar. The great thing about the collar is that it isn’t obviously part of a costume, so you can wear it during the day too!

How To Make A Tail

You will need:

A small strip of furry fabric
A scrap piece of white fabric
Scissors
Needle and thread
PVA glue.

Step One: Cut a strip from your furry fabric, 4cm wide, and 40cm long.

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Step two: Fold the fabric over, like is shown in the picture below, and sew it together.

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Step three: Cut a piece of white fabric, 5cm by 10cm. Put PVA all along the bottom of the fabric, and roll it into a tube. When the PVA is dry, cut into the white fabric at the top so that it has tassles. Then, push the white tube into the bottom of the furry tube. When you pin it onto your trousers, it should look like this!

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How To Make Cat Ears

You will need:

Cardboard
A small piece of furry fabric
PVA
A headband
A small piece of white fabric
Scissors.

Step 1: Cut out some ear shapes out of the cardboard.

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Step 2: Cut out two ear shapes out of the furry fabric, making sure that the shape is at least 2cm wider than the carboard, the whole way around. Then, glue the furry fabric onto the cardboard, sticking the excess fabric onto the front of the carboard ears.

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Step 3: Cut some smaller white fabric ears out, and glue them on, so that they cover the carboard that is showing through.

Step 4: Glue the ears onto the headband! This part can be tricky, so I tied the ears to the headband with elastic bands whilst they were drying.

How To Make A Fur Collar

You will need:

1/2 a meter of furry fabric
1/2 a meter of white fabric
PVA
Scissors.

Step One: Cut out the collar shape from the white fabric twice. You can see the pictures below for guidance on what the shape should look like! Then cut out the collar shape from the furry fabric, making sure that it is at least 3cm wider all the way around  than the white collar shape.

Step Two: Put one of the white collar pieces onto the furry fabric and fold the furry fabric over, gluing all around the edges, like shown below.

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Step Three: When this has dried, glue the second white collar shape down onto the side where the white fabric is showing through.

Whoo, and you are finished! Have fun partying with all of your catty friends. Have you made any costumes recently?

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Sugar, spice, and everything nice

These were the ingredients chosen
To create the perfect little girls
But Professor Utonium accidentally
Added an extra ingredients to the concoction–
Chemical X

This weekend, two of my friends turned 21 and had a fictional-character-themed birthday party. Me, Chelsea and Amy went as the BEST fictional characters… the powerpuff girls! I am buttercup (the green one), who is the most badass powerpuff girl. When I was little I wanted to be her.

To do the make-up, we followed this make-up tutorial which is amazing but so so creepy. It gives you anime – sized eyes when your eyes are closed.

I think Chelsea’s eyes are the most realistic, maybe because the pink shows up really well.

The rest of the costume was really simple: white tights, a green dress, and black shoes. I pinned the ends of my hair to my head at the top of my neck to make it look more like a bob.


Did anyone else watch the powerpuff girls?

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How did your halloween go? I had a house party, and had a great time dressing up as a pumpkin! James dressed up as a carrot, for some reason that I can’t remember. Maybe it’s his favourite vegetable. These are some post party photos of us all dressed up.

I’m sorry the photos aren’t the best quality, I’m saving up for a proper camera, but for the moment I just have my phone. I made both our costumes, so I thought I’d show you how I did it.

PUMPKIN

For the pumpkin, you will need: Fabric scissors, Orange felt (I used 2 metres), Black felt (I used ¼ of a meter), Orange thread, a Needle, a Pen and a Sewing machine (optional).

Step 1: Cut your orange fabric in half widthways, and then fold it in half lengthways. Then draw your pumpkin outline on the fabric like this:

The blue line on the bottom is where the fold in your fabric should be. You can adjust the arm holes and the width of the bottom to fit you. Once you’ve unfolded it, you should be left with the front of your pumpkin, which looks like this:

Step 2: Place the pumpkin shape onto your second half of orange fabric, and draw around it. Then cut it out. I find it easier if I pin one piece of the fabric to the other whilst I’m drawing around it, so that it doesn’t slip. This should give you the second half of your pumpkin. I did the neckline on the back half of the pumpkin so that it’s less low that the neckline on the front.

Step 3: Next, you want to sew together the front and the back of your pumpkin, along this line:

I sewed mine together loosely first, and then ran it through the sewing machine, but you can do it by hand too.

Step 4: Cut out the eyes and the mouth of the pumpkin out of the black felt. You can do whatever shape you want, but I did mine like this:

Step 5: Turn your pumpkin inside out, so that the seams are in the inside. Sew the eyes and the mouth onto the front of your pumpkin, but make sure you don’t sew them onto the back as well!

Ta da, your pumpkin is now finished 🙂 Since my hair is already green at the ends, I didn’t need to make a stalk, I just tied my hair up on the top of my head instead

CARROT

For the carrot you will need: Fabric scissors, Orange and green thread, Orange felt (2 metres), Green stretchy material (1/4 of a meter), a Needle, a Pen, a Sewing machine (optional), a Paintbrush, and Brown acrylic paint.
Making the carrot is very similar to making the pumpkin, which makes things lots easier 🙂

Step 1: Cut your orange fabric in half widthways, and then fold it in half lengthways. Then draw your carrot outline on the fabric like this:


The blue line to the right is where the fold in your fabric should be. You can adjust the arm holes and the width of the bottom to fit you. Once you’ve unfolded it, you should be left with the front of your carrot, which looks like this:

Step 2: Place the carrot shape onto your second half of orange fabric, and draw around it. Then cut it out. I find it easier if I pin one piece of the fabric to the other whilst I’m drawing around it, so that it doesn’t slip. This should give you the second half of your carrot. I did the neckline on the back half of the carrot so that it’s slightly less low that the neckline on the front.

Step 3: Next, you want to sew together the front and the back of your carrot, along this line:

When James tried on the carrot, it was a bit too small for him, so I added an extra 6-inch panel in the back of the carrot.

I sewed mine together loosely first, and then ran it through the sewing machine, but you can do it by hand too.

Step 4: Turn your carrot inside out, so that your seams are on the inside. Then, I mixed some brown acrylic paint with water, and painted the stripes onto the fabric to look like ridges in the carrot. One of the many wonderful things about acrylic paint is that it doesn’t take very long to dry!

Step 5: This is the part where you make the hat. First, I drew this shape onto the green fabric and cut it out. Make sure you adjust the size of the hat to the size of your head! It doesn’t have to have a corner, that was just my lazy cutting.

To do the other side of the hat, just trace around the side that you’ve cut out and cut this side out too. You might find it easier to pin them together whilst you’re drawing around the side of the hat.

Step 6: Sew the sides if the hat together along this line:

Step 7: Cut out some strips from the green fabric, in different lengths. I did 10 strips, but if you want your stalk to look fuller, then you can do more. Turn your hat inside out, and then sew your stalks onto the top.

Yay, now you have a carrot costume!

Here are some pictures of me and James having fun at the PARDY

What did you dress up as for Halloween?