Some celebrities are famous for being outrageous. They may be shy in their private lives, but when they're out and about and strutting their stuff, they're totally over-the-top. And we love them for it.
Now that we're officially beginning our Halloween Sew-Along, the question we must ask ourselves is, Just how over-the-top am I willing to go? Because a lot of what makes a costume a costume is the creativity (and chutzpah) behind it, and a lot of what makes Halloween fun is exaggeration, even if we're sewing for kids.
Confession: I don't consider myself and Cathy over-the-top types of people. It isn't so much about playing it safe as it is about the impact of not being outrageous. There can be power in restraint too, and more surprise.
Let's take Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz, a very popular Halloween character for some reason.
You can be normal Dorothy -- we'll call this Level 1.
Or you can crank it up a bit and go for Sexy Dorothy -- Level 2.
A bit further, and you're Dorothy displays Kansas -- Level 3.
Having a penis automatically puts your Dorothy at Level 4. I hope we're in agreement on this one.
To most people, adding a Nellie Oleson wig and not shaving your beard raises you to Level 5. However, I actually consider this a slide back to Level 3. To me it reads as much less committed. Thoughts?
So since I'm about to start my Scheherazade project, I am having to decide: How over-the-top can I do this? It doesn't come naturally, even with all the beads and chiffon. But I'm going to try my best.
Please answer the following poll:
Friends, if you haven't joined our Flickr group, please do so. You can post your projects there, ask questions, or just hang out and smoke.
Before I forget, I'd love to have some sew-alongers post about your Halloween projects here on MPB. If you're interested, please shoot me an email (peterlappinnyc at gmail dot com) and I'll send you some questions about your project. Of course, I'll want photos too!
Get those creative juice flowing and have a great day, everybody!
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!