Hiccup and Toothless Costumes Revealed!

I can’t believe I forgot to post Tristan & Graham’s finished How to Train Your Dragon costumes! Well, here they are in all their glory. Graham’s was super easy since I found an awesome vest in the girl’s section at Target. The fluffy fabric I was going to use to make his vest shed everywhere. It was gross and annoying. The Target vest was perfect! A little pricey…but cosplaying can be pricey, yes?

Hiccup cutie

Hiccup cutie

Tristan’s costume is created from a fleece hoodie and additional black fleece fabric for the wings, tail, and ears. The wings have wire hangers (that have been cut and shaped) in them, which worked pretty well! I used this tutorial for the wings, with minor exceptions, which I found via this blog!

Tristan squealing in excitement in his Toothless the Dragon costume

Tristan squealing in excitement in his Toothless the Dragon costume

I wish he'd put the sippy down for one minute! I want a photo!

I wish he’d put the sippy down for one minute! I want a photo!

For most of the costume design, I winged it (lame pun, sorry) and just kept sewing! The final night before Halloween in the Halls at Wisconsin Lutheran College (my old college!) I stayed up until 1AM sewing this thing. I loved how it turned out and Tristan enjoyed wearing it! I originally wanted to make the hood have light up green eyes, but they would’ve been too heavy for poor Tristan’s head.

Graham…got used to wearing the costume. He was pretty upset the first time I put the vest on him.

Oh well, he looks happy for the photos!

Plus, I got to use a skill that has been sitting unused for years. I call that a win!

Zombie Hoard Attacks 42 Lounge or Halloween 2014

Halloween was amazing. My cousins (Nicole and Natalie) and I went to Milwaukee’s 42 Lounge, a geek club. We got ready at my apartment beforehand, which was fun too! Before they arrived (they live in Illinois) I started the process. I created a leg gash a few weeks before that I applied again to myself. I am so thankful that I saved the leg gash. It took me two hours to create, apply, and enhance with makeup the first time so I was able to save a lot of time this go around. After that, I applied my face piece I created a few weeks ago as well. I learned from my previous mistake of adding too much extra “flesh” around my mouth when I practiced applying the mouth gash the week before Halloween. It was too hard to talk, eat, and drink with that much face covered and it looked less real. As I was applying blood to my wounds, my cousins arrived already partially zombified. Nicole was a hippy zombie” complete with bell bottoms adorned with butterflies. Natalie was a business woman zombie with a ripped suit. We were an awesome hoard of zombies. They set to work bloodifying themselves with my arsenal of makeup and I applied a ghastly hand wound to each of us with liquid latex and kleenex. I should have taken “before” and “after” photos, but we really wanted to get to the club ASAP. This was my first halloween out since I had kids! I wanted as many hours among actual adults. I completed my costume with ripped jeans, moccasins, a ripped and burned plaid shirt, hipster glasses, and a t-shirt that read “I Liked Brains Before they Were Cool.” In retrospect I should’ve made the text a LOT bigger so people wouldn’t have to squint at my chest to read my shirt, but it is still a cool shirt. It was too dark to take photo at 42 lounge, but we saw some awesome geek costumes including several characters from “Adventure Time”, some steampunk people like a steampunk Scout Trooper complete with working switches and lever, and many other geek eye candy. I got many compliments for my makeup, which felt awesome. Someone even asked if we were going to start attacking people because we were so obviously infected. My friend Caitlin and her boyfriend, Eric joined us as pirates. (See us attacking her in one of the photos) We had a great time, even when the DJ switched from dance music to the theme song from Tetris. Oddest mix of all time.

Happy Halloween!