Readers, today I'm delighted to introduce you to another MPB Halloween Sew-Alonger, Derek G. I could tell you all about his project, but I thought I'd let Derek describe it in his own words:
Q: Derek, how did you decide on your costume idea? What inspired you?
A: This costume is for our annual Halloween party, with this year's theme being The Wizard of Oz. As the organizers, we wanted the main character roles to go to our guests. There was also a real danger of having to sing a karaoke solo if I chose the wrong character. My criteria became offbeat, but recognizable, with little to no dialogue or singing. The generally snarky persona of the Lollipop Guild sealed the deal. The green Lollipop Guild munchkin also carries a large sucker, which is something I can use to *smack* around our guests if they get too rowdy!
Q: What challenges, if any, are you experiencing?
A: The last time I used a sewing machine I was 10 years old. Patterns are new to me and the language used on the patterns is clearly aimed at sewers "in the know". As a complete noob, I also chose the worst material possible for the shirt and shorts. My body measurements also squarely indicated a size M, but the shorts are tight and the shirt is already cut. Guess I'll skip that chocolate brownie in the fridge :)
Q: Where are you going to go in your costume?
Our party is being held at our house with 22 guests expected. Good thing The Wizard of Oz has a large cast of characters. Fingers crossed for good weather so we can use the decks and patio. Otherwise we'll expect mayhem in the closer quarters.
Readers, I am so excited to see Derek's final costume, aren't you? And I can't wait to see how he does his hair! If you'd like to share some details about your Halloween costume here on MPB, just shoot me an email. It's so much fun to see what other people are sewing and, let's face it, how much can I drag out a harem outfit? Speaking of harem outfits, readers, today I treated myself to something special: shoes, new shoes. The reason is related to something I haven't shared with you because, frankly, I didn't want to upset you. Six weeks ago to the day, I left my apartment to go running, and I ran directly onto a freshly poured cement sidewalk, into which I collapsed, badly spraining my right ankle. The scene was a cross between planting one's footprints at Grauman's Chinese Theater and every episode of Gilligan's Island involving quicksand -- a mess. Anyway, my ankle is 85% recovered, but I cannot handle very high heels, and that's pretty much all I can find at thrift stores these days. Yes, I could have opted for flats, and that might even have been more historically accurate, but it sounded too drab for words. So I splurged on these, which I purchased at a dance shoe store in my neighborhood. (Thankfully, they were on sale, though I have to pay extra to have rubber soles put on.) Since they're made for ballroom dancers, they're super stable and very well constructed. I may even share them with Cathy, who will swoon over their retro good looks. Readers, that's all for today. I want to thank Derek for sharing his project (and sense of humor) with us and I know we all wish him lots of luck over the next week finishing his costume. Derek, don't forget to take lots of photos at the party and please, stay away from those Lullaby League girls — they're trouble! Have a great day, everybody! How are your costumes coming along?
I'm a native New Yorker and self-taught sewing fanatic! I've been sewing obsessively since 2009 and today make all my own clothes using mostly vintage patterns and vintage sewing machines. Welcome to the warm and whimsical world of Male Pattern Boldness, where the conversation is sewing, style, fashion, fabric, and more!