Added Oct 24, 2011
BERNINA Halloween 2011
This is Ms. Halloween Cat. My husband calls her “The Catastrophe”.
The design is the McCall’s vintage clown costume pattern (which I think is now out of print) with a twist. My dear friend Dawn created the first one, Boo, and I made this one to be his companion in the great tradition of hobo-clown-cat romances.
When I thought of what I would like to be for Halloween, I thought that the idea costume should:
- be work-appropriate (in my case, a high school).
- be able to terrify a jaded teenager
- conceal my identity to make the other teachers curious.
- be a cat
The students’ reactions waver between “oh my lord miss I am so scared” to “…what on earth…that’s crazy I love it”. Either way, I get a kick out of it. I usually have to have someone with me when I wear it as I make my rounds through the classes to distribute the candy, because although the paws are adorable, they are completely useless at holding things.
I am completely in love with cats and I couldn’t think of a better way to be one for Halloween.
I did base the paws on those of cat, Mocha.The following vendors can provide quotes on T-Shirts for special events, etc.
I have larger size pictures, but I had trouble uploading them.
Quilting cotton, 2 types – Fabricland
Wooden bead fringe trim – Fabricland ($20/m)
Pom poms – Mom’s 26 year old black acrylic yarn
Cat fur – acrylic fur: extra shiny leather backed for the head and regular fun fur for the paws and feet for breathability.
Base – roll of cushion foam
Bat, pumpkin and leaf patches were digitized and embroidered/appliqued onto polyester organza backing
Serged seams with black thread and pulled open to create ladder stitches.
The eyes are embroidery mesh and I can see out of them.
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