DIY Halloween Costume

Don’t have money to buy a costume that you may only wear for one night?  Me neither.  I do, however, have a creative costume used from materials you may already own.

Costume Materials
Long sleeved T-shirt
Dark Colored Pants
Light Colored Pants
Child’s Jacket
2 pairs of shoes (or 1 pair of shoes and 1 pair of boots)
socks
Baseball cap
Newspapers
Safety Pins (many)

Step 1:  Dress in dark-colored pants. Put socks and shoes/boots on at this time or wait until later.

Step 2:  Stuff the arms and shoulders of the long-sleeved shirt with crumpled up newspapers. Put the shirt ‘collar’ around your hips. This, along with the dark pants, will be the body of the person giving you a shoulder ride. The bottom of the shirt will be around your knees. Safety pin the arm cuffs of the shirt to the front of the shirt (See picture)

Step 3:  Stuff the ball cap with newspapers.  Safety-pin the ball cap  above the collar of the shirt around your waist.

Step 4:  Stuff a pair of light-colored pants with crumpled newspapers. This will act like the legs of the shoulder rider.
Make sure the ball cap is in the crotch area of the pants with safety pins. (When you are getting a piggy back ride, that is where the head is)

Step 5:  Attach the extra pair of shoes to the bottom of the pants. This will act like the feet of the shoulder rider.

Step 6:  Put the light-colored pants against your body and put the belt through the front belt loops, around yourself and back through the front loops on the other side of the pants. Buckle the belt. The ‘legs’ of the shoulder rider are now attached.

Step 7:  Bend the legs of the light-colored pants through the arms of the shirt of the person “carrying” you to make it look like he’s hanging on to your legs. Use safety pins as needed to secure this in place.

Step 8:  Put on the coat.
You have now built a shoulder ride/piggy back ride.

Published in: on October 31, 2010 at 12:14 pm  Comments (3)  
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Distressed Miniskirt

Don’t know how to get the rough edge on the bottom of your skirt?  Here’s how:

Step 1: Mark a denim skirt at midthigh.  Cut off the bottom of the skirt.

Step 2: Pour a teaspoon of bleach onto a piece of sandpaper.  This will help with the rough look.

Step 3:  Rub the sandpaper along the bottom of the skirt.  Wait 15 minutes, then wash and dry the skirt so the edges will fray. Viola!

Published in: on September 28, 2010 at 11:51 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Off-the-Shoulder T-shirts

While I was getting ready for the first Iowa Hawkeye football game, I thought of a brilliant idea for my blog.  Instead of writing about my boring law school application process, I decided to write about something I enjoy (and I’m sure others would enjoy) a little bit more.

I tend to be crafty (especially when I’m procrastinating more important things like homework) so I thought it would be a great way to produce blog posts by following some of my crafty ideas and helping those of you at home follow along.

My first crafty idea is “how to cut your t-shirts to have an off-the-shoulder look.”

What you’ll need:
T-shirt
Scissors
Pen (optional)

Step One:  Lay the t-shirt flat on the table.  Make sure all the seams from the front and back match up.

Step Two:  Start on the shoulders about two inches away from the neck seam.  Mark it.  Try on the t-shirt to see if it is located in a good starting spot (hint:  cutting less material right away is the best option because you can always cut more but it is difficult to add material that’s already been removed).

Step Three: Starting from one marked shoulder to the other, cut across as close to the neck seam as possible.

Pair it with any tank-top for a cute off-the-shoulder look.

Published in: on September 1, 2010 at 10:01 pm  Leave a Comment  
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