29 October 2009

Halloween Costume Teaser

I haven't dressed up for Halloween in years, probably since high school. And I wasn't planning on breaking that streak any time soon since I've got no where to be that requires that I dress up; but then I found out that I have to have a costume for work this Saturday, so I had to come up with something. Of course, this is me we're talking about, Little Miss Go-All-Out, and instead of buying some cheap costume or using the ready-made Indian get-up that we have stuffed in a closet somewhere for emergency costuming situations just like this one, I decided to make my own costume. From scratch. Like, with sewing and whatnot. Problem is my extensive domestic repertoire has never consisted of sewing, and while I thought I'd be able to figure out my mom's 30+ year old sewing machine just by playing around with it (which is a method that almost never lets me down), I came to realize that my innate technological acumen is not backwards compatible with anything made before1982, give or take a year. So I had to wait for my mom to come home to show me how to operate it (oh how the tides have turned!) The parts I've done so far have turned out pretty nice, considering my lack of sewing experience, but before I show you any of that, let's take a look at my list of supplies and see if you can figure out what I'm supposed to be.

(Also, my camera is back! It came back the very day I shipped my laptop out for repair, but let's focus on the positive! My camera! It returns! And is healed! Hence the photos you are about to see)

Well, duh, there'd be fabric involved since I said I was sewing. And yes, it is already cut out (save for the brown scraps which will end up lining the bottom of the gold fabric when all is said and done), so there's your first clue - there's a skirt involved. But I'm just gonna tell you now, my costume is an INTERPRETATION on a character. The thing I'm dressing up as does not wear a skirt. So good luck figuring this out, suckers.

Not pictured is a plain brown top that I already own (I wasn't about to attempt sewing a freaking shirt), but this will be a sash-like thing around my midriff (did you know it's not 'midrift?' Like, with a 't?' I did not. Thanks spell-checker. Learn something new everyday) worn over the top, with the ribbon sewn on eventually, in a precise pattern.

And I need two light bulbs. Though they won't be able to light up, unfortunately. I know I'm good, but I'm not that good.

Next, a bunch of styrofoam balls cut in half and painted gold. Not pictured are the other 14 halves that I don't have yet. The balls were surprisingly expensive for being styrofoam for Pete's sake, so I decided to get a 50% off coupon for the craft store and go back tomorrow. Anything to save a few pennies these days.

Oh, and I need a headband. But it's more of a functional thing than a form thing.

And a plunger is needed. Obviously. I mean, you can totally tell what I'm going to be now, can't you? No? Well, before I move on to the next item to help you narrow it down, let me tell you about my plunger-finding drama. First of all, Wal-Mart had plungers for $4, but I'm cheap, and the size they had was way too big for my needs, so I decided to check out the Dollar Store. I put it into the GPS, since I didn't know where the nearest one was, and where did it take me? To a building that USED to be a Dollar Store, but had since gone under. So I tried the next Dollar Store on my GPS's list, and once again - if there used to be a Dollar Store there, it ain't there now. And then the situation repeated itself a THIRD TIME. How bad must the economy be that DOLLAR STORES are going out of business? So I drove to the only Dollar Store that I KNEW to exist (it was in the next town over, but what can you do?) , only to find out that they didn't carry plungers. Apparently poor people don't have clogged toilets. Anyway, I finally found this plunger two stores later - at a Lowe's Foods - and wouldn't you know, it was the EXACT quaint size I was looking for! Granted, the plunger part needs to be painted black, and I might paint the handle gold, but other than that - PERFECT! And just over $2! Bargain.

Then there's the egg beater...mixer...thing. You probably think I'm making this all up as I go along, but oh no! I have a very specific character in mind that I'm going for here. And this mixer thing is a KEY part. I simply wouldn't be this character without it. Except that it's not ACTUALLY a, uh, mixer thing (oh my GOSH, what on earth is that called?), it's actually a weapon, a gun kinda, but nope! I've said too much already. Don't want to give it away, now do I?

Also - cookies. They're not actually part of the costume in any way, shape, or form, but I was eating them while painting mah balls, so there you go. (And don't go knocking the store-bought. These are actually quite good, thankyouverymuch).

So, to recap - fabric, a slew of painted half balls, light bulbs, headband, plunger, and egg beater thing.

What am I?