Halloween Costumes & Party Pics
Another Halloween has come and gone, violets. For the first time in three years, I resisted doing another colorful spandex-and-jewels rehash of Scheherazade. I went Spaniard instead. Behold, my DIY matador costume!
I was planning to do this very cool video documenting the process and share it with you, but I made most of the costume during the hurricane, which meant I was sitting in bed with my facial mask in my pajamas, with candy wrappers strewn about. So, no video.
The basic process was this: I bought a $14 used H&M jacket and hemmed it so it was cropped at the waist. I bargain-hunted through the small trimming stores in the garment district. Tip: avoid major stores like M&J if you want to avoid paying full price.
I used the techniques I learned in couture embellishment class to D.I.Y. the bejeezus out of the jacket. I began by pinning and hand-stitching thick trims along the contours where I wanted them. I did a basic beading stitch to add bugle beads and other gold embellishments that I had laying around.
I created the epaulettes using a layer of foam between two layers of spandex, trimmed at the edge with gold lace. I tacked the tassels and patches in place. For the pants, I just found some medium-rise stretch black pants and tacked trim onto the back and front.
Note: I did not follow the exact style of a traditional Spaniard matador jacket because I am not a traditional Spaniard matador. It’s more fun to be creative and make it your own!
Party pics! ~ ☆
Below, Georgie proves a theory about Romanians being vampires. Plus, I make a serious face!
P.S. This amazing local band is Bad Buka. Check them out!
My costume on Saturday night (AKA pre-Halloween) was a conglomeration of whatever exciting colorful stuff I had in my closet. I wore Indian bridal jewelry, a Turkish coin belt, and a kimono. When people asked what I “was”, I said Queen of the Silk Road!
I also DIY’d a Soviet pilot costume for Raffa. We bought the hat, I hacked the sleeves off the shirt and sewed the patches and stripes on.
What a hunk!