My father in law made a vampire cape 40 years ago and over the years it was accidentally misplaced, but since then he’s talked about it sometimes. My sister in law remembered it mainly from the terror it caused her as a child and finally it was time to be reborn!
I hunted around Mood for about two years and finally at Halloween I was able to pick this up when I got the fabric for our One Punch Man outfit. I am also posting this all on quite a delay – but overall here is this wacky and incredibly successful project lol
I used cardboard to make the collar and cut some triangles out to give it a slightly rounded shape and taper.
From there, it was time to take the sparkly stretch jersey to hand sew around the collar, basically like a pillow case:
I then sewed the fabric wrong side to right side around the cardboard and flipped it inside out a final time to hide the seams. I then gathered and tucked the top of the cape into the bottom of the collar and sewed it all shut. I then attached the little neck ties. There was a point where I thought… Is this too much? too high of a collar??
I don’t have a direct reaction picture, but it was VERY well received and was worn around the house and throughout all Christmas present unwrapping! Even trips to the fridge!
We also had some family photos taken and we had a few fun extra pictures!
Happy Halloween 2021 and Merry Christmas! (And Happy New Years and Presidents Day)
I had a wonderful day going to Mood and picking out my fabric for my One Punch Man outfit. It was my first morning officially between jobs and it was wonderful!
I ran into my friend at Mood and he knew the show and was very excited about my costume choice! He saw me when I was getting about 5 yards of yellow cotton and we talked about the best fabric for the gloves and cape. I ended up picking out a polyester stretch fabric for the cape and a thicker jersey for the gloves so that they will hopefully stay on. I will also make some covers for my boots to make them red too.
I’ve realized my zipper should technically be silver but I’m going to have fun with this and not sweat the details that much.
I have combined three patterns to try and do this – D’s vogue pants pattern, and two butterick shirts.
I am not planning to do fancy seam finishes because I just have other stuff to do… like make cardboard robot arms for D
As the week progressed, I continued to chip away at this outfit. There are many pieces and the fit is actually a little complicated because the shirt has to attach directly to the pants!!
First, I made the jumpsuit which I think means I have officially made my first pair of pants for myself! I then attached the shirt very carefully and then cut out the proper facing for the neckline.
The polyester seemed like it could be tricky so I decided to prick stitch this whole thing. I am actually getting better at this technique and I like the way it looks.
From there it was cape, gloves, and shoe cover time!!!
The cape was pretty easy – but gloves are tricky!!!! I did it “Thanksgiving Turkey” style but at first I actually made the fingers too narrow and had to re sew them. It was an interesting learning experience.
The shoe covers were also pretty easy -my own original idea! I made a tube for my legs and then a flappy circle with another half circle sewn on the bottom. This covered the tops of my shoes but my heels and middle sole of the shoe were exposed so I would still have some traction on the ground.
From here… it was robot armour time for D! This was made the day of the party and I basically took some of the ideas of samurai armour that we saw in the Tokyo Samurai museum and some cosplay googling to make this out of old amazon boxes we stored up and some acrylic paint. Here is the mess that was left behind:
In the final minutes of getting really to leave to the party – the bald cap was NOT working. It was too hard to put on and seemed like it would get hot. D as the continuous source of supportive sanity told me to tear it off before it was too late. I took his advice and did not look back!
Here’s the final look!
One person at the party recognized us LOL but I did not do this for the fame, this costume is exclusively for myself based on the joy that show brings me. D later pointed out that that is truly the most One Punch Man style costume possible hahaha. I did receive many nice compliments about the details and sewing. It was a really fun night and great to see friends!
We have some great friends in NYC who host a Halloween party every year. They know about my sewing and they told us at least a month ago about their plans for the upcoming party. That said… I’m writing this draft on Oct 12th and we have not made our costumes yet – nor do I even have the fabric! (I am holding off posting some things until I have officially left my old company)
This delay and slow down in sewing has mainly been due to my job search and wrapping up work at my old job. Balancing and preparing for interviews was really intense on top of my normal responsibilities and I’ve also been working to improve some of my computer skills now that I have the new job.
I am also finishing the Dangerous Polka Dot dress first as I want to wear that for some work stuff. Work Sewing > Halloween Sewing.
I am also waiting for the week I have off between jobs to try and do this project… and it may be a scramble!
Here’s the plan:
There is an anime series called One Punch Man that D and I really love and right now we are thinking of going as the two main characters for Halloween.
The bald guy is so strong that he beats everyone with a single punch, and with such easy victories being a hero stops being fun. The cyborg behind him is his student who takes everything really seriously.
Except for in the most intense battles, the bald guy is drawn like below. He is a normal dude who is a hero for fun. He trained so hard, his hair fell out. Talk about a Growth Mindset!
I want to be this bald man for Halloween and D can be the cyborg. I feel like I have the giant head shape already down.
Will this be too weird? It is a very popular show, but are you probably hearing about it for the first time right now? haha we’ll just have to learn the hard way! Also, by the time this is posted, I will probably already be sewing a bright yellow jump suit, so it’s too late for alternative ideas in the comments 🙂
ALSO an even bigger risk is that at my new job, they will have a Halloween costume lunch on the 31st. Do I reveal this much about my hobbies and media preferences three days into a job? I think I will use the party as a test drive and then bring my pirate costume from last year to the office in case I chicken out. I am pretty certain I will chicken out unless I can learn in the first two days that people at the office know and like this show.
Things to do for this and my game plan:
Sew a yellow jumpsuit for the first time (it’s really just attaching pants to a shirt right??)
make my first cape (big rectangle in something flowy?)
make some red gloves (I figure I’ll get a stretch fabric and trace my hands)
make cybord arms out of cardboard (we’ve been saving some amazon boxes for months)
repurpose black clothes (probably attainable)
prepare to be labeled the “weird girl” or “the coolest girl” (call my mom after and tell her it was all okay)
relax after all of it at the Korean Spa (I have found one in SF already too)
After a Halloween party in 2017 where I went as a dead bride and basically just wore a black dress with terrible makeup, I swore I would be prepared for 2018! And so we were! It was time to be pirates! Also, shout out to my cousin in the middle of the Polaroid who was a 70’s feminist!
We went on our first trip to Joann Ect and OMG I bought a million things. They had a sale on patterns and 50% of everything! My husband really enjoys shopping with me for all of this, which is quite a surprise because for him, going in ANY other type of store is the worst thing you can do to him. BUT NOT FABRIC STORES! He comes with me, looks at everything, and encourages me to do harder things!
I had to make this velvet coat three times. OMG I had never worked with such a challenging fabric. This required me to start to learn about presser foot pressure and thread tension. The first coat had SO MANY crinckles it looked like a bath robe. I ended up buying a stiffer cotton that was much more normal and manageable. I also used interfacing for the first time to make this and that helped with the second try at the bath robe. It was better but still had to be abandoned in the end.
The buttons for our outfits were from an army surplus store. Last item: Shout out to my mom who visited and made the pirate skull and bones patch. It really helped distinguish us from something else like vampires.