Friday, October 10, 2014

Halloween! Breaking Bad, Doctor Who and Adventure Time!

So Halloween is one of the favorite holidays around here, natch.

Upon our finally finishing Breaking Bad this summer my husband immediately started to grow a goatee and plan his Heisenberg costume.  I splurged and bought him a very special present (because Halloween is also the anniversary of our first date) - the honest to goodness Heisenberg hat!

We found the same black windbreaker they used on Amazon along with some blue rock candy and wire rimmed glasses.

We usually try to do costumes that at least sort of go together.  But this year is a little awkward for me because I will probably still be in at least one surgery boot come the holiday, so what to wear?  I'd thought Skyler would be fun, a barrel of methlamine or even wearing a super sparkly dress and coming as "blue sky."  But none of this was going to work given my shoe situation.  So I decided to be Jessie!  I got a cheap hazmat suit, gloves, goggles and a respirator all on Amazon.  The suit covers my feet so it should work fine.

My younger son is going to be the 10th Doctor.  He already has a blue pinstriped suit and usually we try to do one big present instead of a lot of little ones so we got him a knock off of the brown trench coat.

My older son still hasn't decided but will probably wear his Adventure Time Jake costume from last year if he can't think of anything else.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Bits and bobs

*  Thanks to Jennifer at Historical Sewing for pointing out The Custom Wig Company's amazing guide to rollers.  If you ever wanted to see visual examples of just which hair roller did what, this is the place.  Definitely using this next time I style a wig!

* In costume movie news: The Imitation Game (out in November) with Benedict Cumberbatch  tells the story of how Alan Turing helps crack the Enigma code during WWII and looks to have a bunch of great 1940s fashions.  

* Here in Southern California we mostly have to worry about how to stay cool at the Renaissance Faire but those of you in more northern climes may have the opposite problem.  The Girl With the Star Spangled Heart comes to the rescue with a great blog entry on how to stay warm at Faire.

* The Victorian Needle has a great blog entry on mid-19th Century etiquette with humorous and informative examples from the Ladies Book of Etiquette and Manual of Politeness.

*  Are you in the mood for the eerie and macabre with Halloween around the corner?  Why check out the  American Horror Story Costume Design Contest?

* Speaking of Halloween, I received a few of the Game of Thrones accessories I ordered from the Spirit Halloween Store -  I bought Melissandre's necklace and the Hand of the King pin was very impressed with the quality, and others tell me even the costumes are higher quality than is usual for a Halloween store costume.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Facebook page for the Costumer's Closet

I finally decided to follow other costume bloggers' lead and make a Facebook page for this blog.  I'll post things I run across I think you'd like there and links to new posts on the blog.  I hope you like it!

Monday, October 6, 2014

Birds of a feather

This weekend I got the second bird done and also just happened to get some of the feathers I ordered in the mail.  So I played around with one of them then stitched it on.  I may need to tweak the colors in the embroidery a bit more to mesh with the warm brightness of the feather, but the feather is so dead on the ones on Cersei's gown I feel I have to use them.  I think changing the tone of my metallic threads to a more straight up gold will help.  And I have a warmer ivory and red I can add  to it as well.

Now on to bird # 3...