Happy Halloween!

IMG_2100I decided to share this because I made my own costume and I am so proud of it. I haven't done a Halloween costume in years. I love the holiday and I will usually wear Halloween-themed clothing or jewelry, but I gave up full-on costumes when I gave up trick-or-treating. However, this year I was invited to a small, costumes-mandatory gathering, so I had to come up with something.

I decided to go as The Space Saloon's Artificial Intelligence, affectionately known as "Doors", which is a character from The Thrilling Adventure Hour, one of my favourite things in the world. It's a stage show/podcast in the style of old-time radio, and it's wonderful. "Doors" is voiced by Annie Savage, a phenomenally talented actress who, frankly, deserves to work far more than she gets to. (Seriously, casting folks. Get on this. You are missing out on a gem.)

I sewed a lot of this costume myself, which is why I am so proud of it. Anyone who knows me knows that I don't sew. I was that kid in Home Ec who couldn't seem to stop sewing things to the machine, the pencil case I made by hand fell apart almost immediately, and I have been paying a tailor to hem my pants since I moved out of my parents' house. But I finally needed a piece of clothing that I couldn't seem to buy (a skirt in a brick print), and from there it snowballed, and so, there you have it.

(If you're a non-sewer like me, and would like to try an easy project, a simple skirt is a good place to start. I used this tutorial, which was very helpful (I also knocked a couple of inches off the width, because I wanted a more fitted shape.). It gives you instructions for machine-sewing, but I did all of it by hand. It took hours but worked just as well.)

Happy Halloween, everyone!  Have a safe and spooky night!

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