Halloween is my favorite holiday, but my costume often gets short-changed. It’s the season my job is crazy and the Winter Doldrums start tapping on my door. Plus, my husband — the darling Captain Procrastination — requires my Last Minute Mad Craft Skills on his elaborate, enthusiastic, bangin’ costumes.
I have a new policy: Costume Summer.
I’ve started hand-stitching a Mabel Pines costume. For those of you not in the know, she looks like this:
She has my hair and round face, so I don’t have to do a lot to be her. I can pop in my retainers to give the appearance of “braces.”
Also, she’s not wearing an outfit that’ll be cold or revealing in the winter or at a convention.
Because it’s a cartoon, it’s difficult to tell how her sweater was constructed. She’s shown on the show knitting and making crafts. It stands to reason the sweater — or at least the appliqué — was hand-made.
So I hit the craft store with a vengeance. I picked out fun fabrics. I touched all the thread. If I could do a cartwheel, I probably would have.
I was hyped to have a reason to buy an embroidery hoop.
Now my star just needs a home! I ordered a too-big turtleneck sweater on Ebay for $5, and am eagerly awaiting its arrival. Then a purple skirt (yay) and a pair of black ballet flats, and I’m ready to rock and roll. I’ll post pictures of the look as it progresses.
In the meantime, here are a few Mabel Pines & Gravity Falls cosplays that are totally knocking it out of the park:
Hope you’re having a great day, Internet!