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ketchupqueen
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We usually seem to end up with a Halloween costume idea/feedback/sharing thread, so since I'd like some input, I thought I'd start one...

Emma chose our costumes this year; she's going to be Superman (got the costume on sale from TRU at the mid-summer clearance for $7.50 including shipping; it's the $35 deluxe one), Jeff and I are going to be Jonathan and Martha Kent (easy-- jeans, flannel shirts, boots, etc.) and Bridey is supposed to be Lois Lane.

Here's where I'd like input-- I have some ideas for the Lois Lane costume, but I'd like your ideas on baby girl clothes that would work for it. She's a size 18 months, I'm willing to spend a few dollars (either at the thrift store or clearance at a store or online) because they'll be things she will wear again, but I'd like to know what kind of outfits you think of when you think of Lois Lane (that would be available and appropriate for a little one size 18 months.)

Edit: Dood, it's 2007. Pregnant brain!

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I am putting pressure on my wife to let me shave Toshi's head. He is 3, half Japanese, and looks more and more like Ang from Avatar: The Last Airbender.

I so want to shave his head, paint a giant blue arrow on it, get an Ang costume, go teak-or-treating, and take lots of pictures.

So far I am loosing the battle.

EDIT:

About Lois...hmm...I always imagined her in a mini-skirt and business blouse. Maybe you could get a wig that looks like the Lane from the original Superman Movie?

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No mini-skirts here, but a knee-length-ish skirt and businessy-type blouse was what I was thinking of, mostly. (What kind of skirt do you think? A-line? Straight? Pleats? What about colors?) Maybe with some cute textured tights and the most grown-up-ish non-high-heeled shoes I can find in her size for under $15 (she needs new church shoes anyway.)

There's no way she'll wear a wig, I'm gonna have to deal with her hair (which actually is not far from Lois Lane in the original tv show/early comics...) The best I can hope for is she'll actually let me style it with gel and barette(s). So it's more about a costume that says "Lois" as much as possible. I was thinking of maybe a little "Press card" if I can figure out how to do that with as little effort as possible and make it look good. [Wink]

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(Oh, and a little notebook and pencil to carry around, if she doesn't drop it too much or her sister doesn't steal it.)
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quote:
What kind of skirt do you think? A-line? Straight? Pleats? What about colors?
I'm a guy. What language are you speaking?
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LOL! I was asking what shape you usually think of when you think of a Lois skirt. You can post a picture link if that's easier.

And I know plenty of guys who would understand exactly what I'm asking. You just don't spend enough time in costuming circles, obviously. [Wink]

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My husband and I are still undecided, but we found a dragon costume for our son at a second-hand store that is great. Last year, we didn't dress up. First year in my life. I don't want a repeat of that, but I'm lacking inspiration.

re: Lois Lane -- well, one of the first things I usually think of is a cigarette. Not sure that's appropriate for an 18-month-old [Smile] . Lois Lane is always more characterized by her high-strung attitude than her clothes. For clothing, I'd just say a straight, business-length skirt (NOT a mini-skirt) and a blouse. Color isn't all that relevant.

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Cigarette? Really? Definitely not appropriate for an 18-month old from a Mormon, vehemently anti-tobacco family.

Honestly I've never thought of Lois as a smoker.

If it helps with wardrobe choices, the reason Emma knows about Superman is my Lois and Clark obcession. So when she thinks of Lois, she thinks of Teri Hatcher's Lois.

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(Oh, and Bridey SO has a Lois personality-- nosy, outspoken, opinionated, and, as you said, high-strung.)
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If I ever get around to it, Bin will be a pink fairy. I have the pattern and the fabric, just need some tulle and the time. Oh, and some wings- I think it would be easier to buy them then make them.
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I've made fairy wings (costuming society workshop) and trust me, you are MUCH better off buying them!
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I always imagined Lane's skirt as pleated.
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I used to watch Lois and Clark -- you're right...that Lois didn't smoke. Most of them do, though. The one in the old movies definitely did, as does the one in the new Smallville series. Honestly, it stands out to me because I find cigarettes to be so very unattractive. Probably best to just go with your Lois and Clark version. [Smile]
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It stands out to me because he mentioned in both 1 and returns that cigarettes are bad for your health... I am going flip a coin and watch one or the other right now.
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I think pleated skirt as well for Lois as well.
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In the most recent movie, Lois wore pencil skirts. I seem to recall them being high-waisted. When I think of a pleated skirt, I think of ones that go with belted blazers - that late 40's look.

Aerin is going as a ladybug. It's the same costume as last year, in her current size. I figure, why mess with perfection. It's also her Purim costume.

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I was thinking pleated skirts too-- was it the Batman-Superman adventures I used to watch where she always wore a lavender pleated skirt, blouse, and blazer? But the only pleated baby skirts I've found don't look Lois-y at all.
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http://www.toyotter.com/stas/lois.html

So, is this the version of Lois you see?

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I'm trying to create my Snow White's witch (pre-old lady transformation) costume. I have a cape and a purple medieval dress and I have to figure out how to do the head piece...the black wimple thing and the crown...how in the heck could I do that?
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Not the one I see, scholar-- she's more of a composite-- but one of the early influences on my concept of "Lois clothes", for sure.
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(Narnia, I'll look through some of my costuming resources tomorrow and see if I can find any links that might be helpful.)
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I always picture Lois in a Navy blue skirt. Not sure why, that is just what *pops* in to my head.

I am going as Vash The Stampede from Trigun. I will be accompanied by 2 of my sisters who will be Meryl and Milly, as well as one of my brother who is going to be Wolfwood.

The Red duster Vash wears is online, priced at around $675. I'm willing to buy it becuase I would wear it often, but any alternatives would be appreciated.

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Matthew is going as Cmdr Riker (1st season, as he is unlikely to sprout facial hair)
Olivia, Dorothy.
Andrew, Godzilla.
me, Jadzia Dax.

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The Red duster Vash wears is online, priced at around $675. I'm willing to buy it becuase I would wear it often, but any alternatives would be appreciated.
Dang! Here's one for 99.95.

Edit: Heck, ebay has 'em for $25.

[ October 05, 2007, 04:51 PM: Message edited by: vonk ]

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Anyone know where I can get a cheap gavel?

I still have my black robe from college graduation. So I figure that, a shirt and tie, a gavel, and I'm golden: Judge Javert!

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I'm finding them on eBay for as low as $7 including shipping.
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(Your local Halloween prop shop might have them for as little as $5.)
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Ahhh. The joys of using Halloween as an excuse to cosplay. (I will be B. Jenet from "Garou: Mark of the Wolves".)
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Thanks. I swear I looked on ebay a couple of times. Need to hone in on my searching skills.
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Search "gavel" in "Clothing, Shoes, and Accessories"-- that's where I found the cheapest ones.
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i might just singe my clothes and go as joan of arc.
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You should tape 3 black round construction paper circles to your white shirt and be:
3 hole punch man/woman

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I'm hoping to find a little blazer and bow tie so that Lego can go as a professor. I'd sew patches on the elbows of the blazer. I'm still undecided about glasses.
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This thread is making me want to dress up for Halloween, something I haven't done since I was 10.

Anyone know where I get can a dread pirate westley outfit + sword?

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Nevermind! I know what I am going as, if I can convince my mother to let me use her credit card for it and take it out of my account. Yay for being in college and still not having my own credit card.

http://cgi.ebay.com/The-Doctor-Who-Wool-Coat-Suit-Cosplay-Costume-Custom_W0QQitemZ230178414389QQihZ013QQcategoryZ32991QQtcZphotoQQcmdZViewItem

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Brinestone: they carry little blazers and bow ties at Sears. I've even found ones with elbow patches already...
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JonHecht: if you have the money, why not just get a pre-paid Visa at the grocery store and use that? Or, you know, set up a PayPal acct. linked to your bank acct.?
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Uhh nevermind on on the Doctor Who suit+coat. The total cost is 250 dollars, that's a bit much for Halloween.

Back to the Westley as dread pirate Roberts costume. Any suggestions?

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I think that outfit may be a Halloween staple at pattern sites like Simplicity. Up for a little sewing?
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I am an 18 year old male, is that a serious question? Besides, it isn't just the fabric but the gloves, boots, and sword. I wish that I could go as Doctor Who but even the cheap version is 250 dollars. I found a high quality version made by an actual suit retailer in London that is nearly 400 for the suit and 800 for the coat.


Edit: It's by the place that actually made the suit for the show....

Edit2: And I got the price wrong for the coat, it is 999. Gee, those Time Lords sure spend a lot of money on clothes.

[ October 06, 2007, 10:29 PM: Message edited by: JonHecht ]

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quote:
Originally posted by lem:
I am putting pressure on my wife to let me shave Toshi's head. He is 3, half Japanese, and looks more and more like Ang from Avatar: The Last Airbender.

I so want to shave his head, paint a giant blue arrow on it, get an Ang costume, go teak-or-treating, and take lots of pictures.

So far I am loosing the battle.

EDIT:

About Lois...hmm...I always imagined her in a mini-skirt and business blouse. Maybe you could get a wig that looks like the Lane from the original Superman Movie?

Hair grows back. But if she really really won't give in, how about making a cap or hood for him?
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quote:
Originally posted by vonk:
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The Red duster Vash wears is online, priced at around $675. I'm willing to buy it becuase I would wear it often, but any alternatives would be appreciated.
Dang! Here's one for 99.95.

Edit: Heck, ebay has 'em for $25.

Cool, just be careful to add in the shipping charges -- at least one of the eBays has $59.99 shipping.
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I just found out I'm going to a halloween party for the first time in my adult life. It's a college party, we will likely be inebrieated. I have no clue what to dress as. I'm 5'0 have shoulder length brown hair, and quite a chest.
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I have no idea yet, but I'm not entirely sure I'm going to need one. I don't know if I have a party to attend or not, and dressing up for class seems... well... vaguely tool-ish at this point. Unless it's an awesomely funny costume, of course.
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As for breyerchic04 I don't know. I figure just don't go with anything strapless if you've got "quite a chest" and are going to be inebriated.

Generally what I do is select the most random costume I can think of, directly after Halloween is over, and wear that the next year. Perhaps you could help me?

Of course most of the people I know were they to dress as goth, pirates, things of the sort would dress exactly as they usually do with slightly darker makeup, I falling into this cateogry.

I was thinking something along the lines of an undead cheerleader in our school's colors, red and white.

Or perhaps a football player, although the shoulder pads would be quite uncomfortable considering the person that I would have to borrow them from is over six foot and two hundred pounds.

I'm 5'2" and weigh barely one-twenty, and am not gifted to have "quite a chest," so any ideas would be appreciated.

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My husband and I are going as Lupin and Tonks, with the new baby! My toddler is going as a dragon. We're pretty excited.
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Cayla wanted to be a sock monkey, but we've also tossed around the idea of going as Firefly characters after I saw a Hawaiian shirt costume at Wal-Mart.

We can't/won't do a mask, so the face would have to be face paint. I had found sock monkey costume instructions online but I'm not sure where.

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quote:
Originally posted by CaySedai:
Cayla wanted to be a sock monkey, but we've also tossed around the idea of going as Firefly characters after I saw a Hawaiian shirt costume at Wal-Mart.

That's not a bad idea - some sort of jumpsuit for to be Kaylee...

Requiring a lot more work, but equally awesome, would be to dress up as a character from ASOIAF.

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My daughter is going to be Dora the Explorer. She already has the orange shorts, pink shirt, and pink & white shoes. I'm probably going to knit this wig, only in black yarn. If I can find a small, purple backpack for a decent price, I'll get that and paint the face on it, but otherwise she has a Dora backpack that will work. She has a stuffed monkey that will wear snow boots to be Dora's friend Boots.

I don't know that I'll be dressing up as anything. As far as I know, I'll just be sitting on the porch handing out candy, and if last year was normal, the trick-or-treating will be done within an hour. There doesn't seem to be much point in putting together a costume under those circumstances.

--Mel

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quote:
Originally posted by JonHecht:
I am an 18 year old male, is that a serious question?

Being an 18 year old male is no excuse not to sew. It is a very useful skill.
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