Wind me up!

Phew, it’s been a while!  If you guys hadn’t noticed, this blogging thing is pretty difficult for me to stay on top of.  Hopefully soon I’ll be able to post somewhat regularly, haha. :)

I’ve done a few things between now and my last post.. one of the biggest things being attending the Austin Maker Faire.. and I know I’m going to be a few weeks late, but I’ll eventually post a few of my pictures from there.  I also made a duct tape dressform for my little sister and I’ve started a jacket.. which has been sitting in my room half finished for about a week.  Oh yeah, I just made these awesome earrings, but you’ll just have to wait for those pictures because this post is really for my… halloween costume!

I decided to be a wind up doll and I really wanted to put moving parts on it.. of course that would be the little key part on the back.  All in all, I made a corset-ish type top, a simple circle skirt and an awesome petticoat that I love.. and will definately use again.. but I don’t have any pictures of it because it’s pretty see through.  Last year I made a last minute petticoat with tulle and I just took a piece and gathered it so it was kind of like a tutu, but I really hated it.. it was uncomfortable and I didn’t like the way it looked, so this year I decided to put more time and money into one so hopefully I could reuse it time and time again.  I used this tutorial by sugardale but I shortened the length to fit the skirt.  It was somewhat time consuming, took up a lot of thread, but overall I’m super happy with the result and I know I’ll be saving it to use again and again!

For the skirt I also used a tutorial, but I cannot find the exact one I used right now, but there are pages and pages of circle skirt patterns when I searched google, so if you need one that’s a good resource.

I’m not too happy with how the top came out.. I really wanted it to be a corset, but I just wasn’t confident enough with myself and I just ended up sewing panels together and lacing up the back.. so it was somewhat like a corset.  I refused to buy a pattern and tried to make one myself, which I regret doing, but it was too late to go out and buy one by the time I was making the top, so I guess I just lived and learned :)

So, I’ve been building up the anticipation to see this costume I’ve been rambling on about, so I present now, the pictures!

The makeup:

And finally, the part I’m most proud of with this costume… the wind-able key!
Testing it out.

Actually on the costume.

So there’s that.  I hope you guys enjoyed it, unfortunately I’m the only one who enjoyed this costume haha, for the party I was going to attend didn’t happen, so I spent all night on Halloween playing Little Big Planet. :)

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  1. Oh wow! Congratulations on this fabulous costume. I love the wind-up key concept and the poofy skirt… so girly! It reminds me of Truly Scrumptious’ doll costume from the movie Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. It’s certainly inspiring! Thank you for making my day.

  2. can you tell me how you made your key? I have to make keys for dance costumes and just love yours. hopefully you get this and can help

  3. Hi there, don’t know if you’ve replied privately to others about how you made your key but REALLY wanna make one for halloween and have no idea where to start. If you have any advice, polease could you email me! thanks!!!

  4. hey(: well I’m here to ask the question everyone of these girls are did you make this awesome key? i also want to be a cute little wind up doll(:
    and i cant find keys anywhere,and i was thinking bout making one myself but i dnt know where to start and i seen your videos saying you used a little wind up toy to make this but can you pleeeezz help me out?(: you can contact me on myspace,cause i really dnt check my email often.
    add me,because i would be honored to have you as a friend(:

  5. hi! your wind up key is really cool! i want to be a wind up doll this year for halloween and would really appreciate it if you could let me know how you made yours. PLEASE!!!!

  6. PLEASEEE tell me how you made the awesome wind-up key??? I’m going to be a wind-up doll but need to know how to make the key part. Like all the others here, I’m looking for how to make and attach. Please let me know. thanks :)

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  8. Hi I am making a steampunk wind up doll costume and have seen si many key ideas. Yours is the best I’ve seen. Could you share with me how you made it and what kind of parts you used? Simply the best!

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