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TTMT #400 – Masquerade & More

My Favorite Things #favthingsbom now available as a set in my Craftsy shop! #bom #paperpieced #somanyoptions

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Fairy Tale Femmes

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TTMT #392 – Terribly Mysterious

In which I talk about Halloween, a very special quilt, and quilting practice on some projects for The Linus Connection!

I have a TON of Halloween content right here on Sewhooked. You can find it all here.

My Favorite Things. a Block of the Month by Jennifer Ofenstein

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TTMT #266 – It’s A Vacation

This video comes to you from the past while I’m out of town enjoying the company of a very dear friend! More on that next week. 😉

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Halloween and TTMT #134 – Red, Gold & Green

In which I look very, very silly, talk a little about Halloween and show you a few things I’ve been working on.

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Halloween 2011

Two fandoms collide – Miroku and Simon “Ghost” Riley

Halloween 2011


Halloween 2011

Miroku‘s wind tunnel is being held in check.

Halloween 2011

Miroku‘s staff

Halloween 2011

 Simon “Ghost” Riley

Halloween 2011

 Simon “Ghost” Riley. He has pockets for everything!

Halloween 2011

 Simon “Ghost” Riley. That’s one scary guy.

Halloween 2011

Boy George, circa Karma Chameleon

I hope your Halloween was safe and happy!


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Dear Great Pumpkin

1999 Pooh & Dorothy

Pardon me for a moment while I talk about something other than quilts.

Hey, it does happen!

Once upon a time, I got to make Halloween costumes that were sweet. Adorable, even.

1997 - Piglet
Elena as Piglet, the first costume I ever made. Made from a commercially available pattern.

1998 - Gareth's M&M Costume 1998

An M&M and a Purple Princess. Gareth hated his costume and I had a terrible camera! Both made from commercially available patterns.

1999 - Winnie the Pooh 1999 - Dorothy

Winnie-the-Pooh and Dorothy (with Toto).  Both made from commercially available patterns. The Dorothy dress holds the record for the garment with the most pieces that I have ever made.

2000 - Long John Silver 2000 - Chocolate Chip

Long John Silver and a Chocolate Chip. This kindergarten for Elena.  She was the only girl in her class not planning to be a princess. Princesses were SO three-years-old… Gareth wanted to be a chocolate chip, so I made a Hershey Kiss pattern in brown.

2001 Dalmatian and White Tiger

Dalmatian and White Tiger. Commercially available patterns. The tiger’s stripes were hand-drawn.

2002 - Merlin and Flynn from Tron

Our black cat, Merlin and Flynn (from TRON). This is really they stopped being costumes and started being characters. Elena put most of her costume together from items she already had. I made the rest. Gareth’s Flynn costume really stretched my costuming creativity. Lots of craft foam and fabric paint!

2003 - Cat Woman & Robin

Cat Woman and Robin…the only themed year we ever had! Elena discovers the joy of Halloween shopping at thrift stores. Gareth discovers the 1960s t.v. Batman and Robin.

2004 - Frodo and Werewolf

Frodo and Werewolf, 2004. Frodo was so much fun to make. I think I used four or five separate patterns to get the look. Elena made most of her own costume, I hoped with the accessories.

2005 - Batgirl 2005 - Peregrin Took, Knight of the City of Gondor

Batgirl and Peregrin Took, 2005. This is the year I started really getting away from patterns and creating my own designs, especially when it came to accessories. Some of Pippin is recycled from Frodo.

2006 - Anakin Skywalker 2006 - Rogue

Anakin Skywalker and Rogue (X-Men). They’re not sad, they’re in character! 2006. Anakin was a load of tea-dyed muslin, plus a much altered bicycle helmet. Rogue was made using black pleather and a scuba suit pattern, plus a corset I designed.

2007 - Sphinx & Roxas

Sphynx and Roxas, 2007. The Sphynx is very sad because she had homework that night. Sphynx pattern was hand drawn for me by a dear friend of mine. That Keyblade? One of my favorite props ever! All of Roxas’ clothes were reconstructed from thrift store finds.

Ryoga from Ranma 1/2, Halloween 2008 InuYasha, Halloween 2008

Ryoga and InuYasha, 2008. Both costumes designed by me, a combo of reconned and from scratch garments and props. Tetsusaiga a purchased prop.

InuYasha & Ryoga, Halloween 2008
Yeah, my kids are definitely into cosplay…

Halloween 2009

Kagome and Bakura with friend Harry Potter (visiting from Australia!) 2009. Both costumes a combination of reconstructed garments and original pieces.

Halloween 2010

Agent Washington and The 10th Doctor, 2010. I will Never. Make. Armor. Again. That costume took about 100 sticks of hot melt glue. I wish I was joking…

And this year?

Gareth will be “Ghost” from Call of Duty. Isn’t he sweet?

Elena will be Miroku, her third character from InuYasha

Ghost is close to complete, made with a combination of thrifted and Army/Navy purchased pieces, as well as some accessories I made out of old camo pants. As of now, I just need to make the Union Jack patches (which you can’t see in this photo) that go on his sleeves.

For Miroku, I still have to make everything purple and the staff. The black kimono is done, as are the blue beads. Whew! We picked up brown flip-flops at Old Navy on clearance a couple of months ago. Gotta love the sale rack!

I didn’t go into too much detail about the individual patterns, but if you have any questions about any of them, let me know and I’ll do my best to go back into the Way Back Machine and answer!

Happy crafting,


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Halloween Traditions

Halloween is probably my favorite holiday.  It’s certainly my favorite to craft for.  Fun costumes, crafts, decorations…

The first costume I made myself was one of my Dad’s suits that I reconstructed to look like Madonna in the Who’s That Girl? video.  I was in high school at the time.

Since then, I’ve enjoyed making all kinds of costumes, mostly for my kids.  Halloween is, of course, a darn good reason to costume!

Our family tradition is this:  My kids have until September 30 to choose a costume idea.  Once they’re decided, there is no going back and the planning begins in earnest.  They tend to lean towards character costumes, which are fun to try to duplicate.



This year, my 13 year old daughter wanted to be one of her all-time favorite characters, InuYasha. I created the top half of the costume based on a kimono I made some years ago. There are a number of custom changes to make the top appear the same as InuYasha’s. The pants are adapted from a pj pattern, with a more flared leg and belt.  The wig was purchased, with handcrafted ears added (made from faux fur and felt).  The sword and necklace were purchased online.  The scabbard is a toy sword scabbard that’s been covered in black fabric.   The entire costume is made with quilter’s cotton.

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My 10 year old son’s costume this year was Ryoga, from the manga and anime, Ranma 1/2.  The top is a reconstructed sweatshirt with a custom collar and cuffs made from cotton fabric.  The belt is also cotton fabric.  The pants are adapted from a pajama pattern, with loops added to the sides for lacing the legs.  The rucksack is completely custom from canvas.  The red paper umbrella was purchased online and customized with paint and fabric.  The cording is clothesline cord.   His headband is made from a strip of darker yellow fabric with squares stenciled on in black paint.

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The two characters are from different manga / anime series, but both are creations of the same author, Rumiko Takahashi. We thought we’d have a little fun with that and took a couple of “what are you doing here!?” poses!

Charlie Brown & Pansy Parkinson

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My husband and I like to dress up, too!  This year, my hubby, Eli, was Charlie Brown in a t-shirt I stenciled and black shorts made from a commercial pattern.  I was Slytherin Pansy Parkinson in a hand painted green tie and custom Slytherin buttons…snarky attitude included!

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InuYasha and Ryoga are not amused at having a Slytherin at their back!

Visit my Halloween 2008 flickr album for more photos.

Costumes photos 1995 – Present

Happy November!

also posted in Craft Challenge #32 – DIY Halloween Costumes on craftster and on Deviant Art