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Sewing a Fairy Costume

Two years ago, when I still lived in the semi-detached house, I was sewing a fairy costume for Halloween. Some of my old blogging friends might recall that I failed to complete it in time, and that I somehow managed to whip up a Day of the Dead Bride costume in, well, a day! After Halloween ended I tried to complete the costume but lost steam. I was hand sewing tulle onto a skirt lining and couldn't find the energy or motivation to finish it. It's strange but returning to it two years later I found it far easier to tackle(?); the hand sewing took almost no time at all, the tulle wasn't as difficult to handle, the tutu came together perfectly. I'm struggling to figure out what exactly made it so hard to finish in the first place? I guess I'll never know.

The Inspiration

I normally wear black garments with skulls, spiders or bats on them. That's a day in the life of me. I see so many witch and vampire costumes that look exactly like my wardrobe, it's kind of weird. As you can imagine, when Halloween comes around the last thing that I want is to look like I normally do. I'm usually not a fairy princess type of girl, which is what made this costume that much more appealing to me. I can't remember if I was inspired by the ombre tulle, or if it was my Lockshop wig that I bought so many years ago. Regardless, I eventually ended up with a classic fairy costume; a poofy pink tutu skirt, a crushed velvet top, a long periwinkle wig, accessorized with wings, antennae and star shaped wand.

How I made it

I look back at my original concept sketch and I cannot believe that I actually thought I would make the equivalent to a prom dress, two weeks before Halloween. Initially my costume was more reminiscent of the Good Witch from The Wizard of Oz. I was even working on a very similar crown, but I scrapped the idea when I finally came to my senses. This wasn't going to be a costume that I would revisit very often, I wanted something more practical. This is when I decided that instead of a dress I would make separates; I would make a top out of stretch crushed velvet and a tulle tutu with a satin lining. The benefit of the top is that I can wear it with almost anything, it's just a long sleeve top. Likewise the tutu could be used again in the future, at least as a petticoat for something else.

For the long sleeve top, I drafted a pattern based off of a shirt that I own. This worked out alright, although the shoulder rolls awkwardly so I'll need to revise it some day. I used stretch crushed velvet in a soft pink, which is warm and easy to work with. I definitely wanted to keep warm because I know how cold our Canadian Halloweens can get.

For the tutu, I drafted a circle skirt out of some cheap pink costume satin. I made a back seam of 5/8" where I would place the zipper (about 7" deep). The seam edges were overlocked. Next, I basted the zipper on so I could fit the skirt onto the dress form without using pins. The lining hem was finished with a rolled hem on my overlock. The tulle overlay was created using six layers of tulle rectangles, seamed, gathered and hand basted on. I developed a shortcut for this which is too difficult to describe, so if you're interested just PM me.

I wish I had taken more time to re-evaluate the skirt waistband. It was a rectangle, which works for stretch materials but this was interfaced satin. I should've known better but I guess I was too lazy. It obviously doesn't fit right, waistbands should have a curve to them, but I didn't care enough to correct it, maybe someday I will unpick it and take it in by ½" or more.

The wand was made using a wooden dowel spray painted silver, sandwiched between two star shaped pieces of silver foam sheet. The antennae were made in a similar fashion using foam sheet stars, silver pipe cleaners, and a headband which I covered in silver stretch spandex. I used pink feather boa as an embellishment. The wings were purchased at a dollar store, the elastic was replaced with a prettier glitter elastic that I bought at a fabric shop. I embellished the wings with rhinestones and some additional glitter paint.


Conclusion

I like how it turned out, especially with my wig and pink and purple make up. I wore body glitter which felt so 90's. I had a lot of compliments on my costume although some kids thought I was the tooth fairy?? I handed candy out at my parents' house this year, where my husband and I just scarfed down pizza and watched Hocus Pocus. We had about 30 kids within a two hour time span, it was more than last year but shorter than I expected. I guess perhaps it was too cold? Who knows! Now to work on next year's costume.

Ladyfair


Pumpkin Purée

How to make homemade pumpkin purée

While canned pumpkin purée is always good in a pinch, fresh pumpkin purée is far superior in both flavor and texture, and what's more it's not difficult to make your own. All you need is a pie pumpkin (also known as a sugar pumpkin), a baking sheet, and a food processor.

How to Make Pumpkin Purée

Ingredients & Tools:

  • 1 pie pumpkin
  • kitchen knife for carving
  • cutting board
  • baking sheet
  • cooking spray
  • food processor

To Begin:
Pre-heat your oven to 350°F.


Wash your pumpkin thoroughly, then cut off the top and discard it. Remove the innards and seeds, then cut the pumpkin into quarters.

🎃 Helpful Hint: You may choose to keep your pumpkin seeds for roasting or baking. Here's an easy way to clean pumpkin seeds: simply place the seeds in a mixing bowl full of water, you'll see that the innards will sink to the bottom of the bowl but the seeds will float up. Mix them gently to remove excess innards, then carefully strain the seeds off the top of the water using a slotted spoon.


Spray a baking sheet with cooking oil and place the quartered pumpkin slices onto the tray, insides facing up. Cook for 40 minutes (30 for smaller pumpkins).

Remove from the oven and let the pumpkin cool until you can safely handle it. Once ready, peel the pumpkin skin away from the pulp. Transfer the pulp into a food processor and pulse until smooth. If you find that the pumpkin is too dry for your food processor continue to add a few tablespoons of water until it blends smoothly.

This pumpkin purée can be frozen for future use in freezer bags or stored in the fridge for up to 1 week in an air tight container.

Pumpkin purée is great for pies, soups and a host of baked goods.

Did you know?

The insides we take out of the pumpkin are not actually the pulp of the pumpkin, this stringy substance is referred to as the pumpkin's "innards", whereas "pulp" refers to the part of the pumpkin that we consume.

🦇Happy Baking and Happy Halloween🦇
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Ladyfair