Once Upon a Time Costume Inspiration

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Once Upon a Time is a show in which all of your favorite fairy tale characters come to life! If you haven’t seen it yet, you should try to catch at LEAST one episode because this show boasts some of the most beautiful costumes we’ve ever seen. Everyone looks like, well, a princess! If you’ve been inspired to make your own Once Upon a Time character costume, we have a few helpful suggestions to take your costume to the next level.

Snow White and the Evil Queen from Once Upon a Time

Two of the main characters, Snow White and the Evil Queen, have the most contrasting looks on the show. Snow White wears lots of fur and leather, befitting a totally kick-butt princess. It’s more function than fashion for her. The Evil Queen, on the other hand, has some of the most ornate costumes on the show! Check out the beaded trim, frogs and lace on this dress! She definitely demands attention with her incredible gowns. Those sleeves leave us completely speechless.

Siren from Once Upon a Time

This may look like Snow White, but it’s actually a shape-shifting siren! We love her jeweled crown which looks just like water, and the fringed wrap reminds us of a fisherman’s net.

Rumplestiltskin from Once Upon a TimRumpelstiltskin plays the resident bad guy of Storybrook. When you find him in flashbacks he’s dressed to kill in leathers and crocodile skins. If you’re going for an authentic “Dark One” look, don’t forget the golden thread!

Aurora from Once Upon a Time

Aurora, A.K.A. Sleeping Beauty, is on point with her princess-attire. With her lush feather collar and rhinestone accessories, she definitely fits the part of a princess!

Tinkerbell from Once Upon a Time

Dressing like Tinkerbell is all about sparkle. So bring on the beaded trim to recreate her headband, and don’t forget the wings and pixie dust!

Do you watch the show? Which princess’s style are you coveting? Let us know!

DIY: Gatsby Headband

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For our second Halloween DIY installment, let’s take a journey back in time to the Roaring 20s. This style has taken the DIY world by storm after The Great Gatsby came out this spring. With the grandiose celebrations, chic fashions, and surplus of sparkles, it’s no wonder we’d love to channel the look into a DIY costume this year. Embrace your inner flapper with this amazing (and simple) Gatsby-inspired headband! Gatsby_Supplies

What You’ll Need:

3/4 yard of 18mm Foldover Elastic #25068

1 Curly Goose Feather Patch #42639

1 Beaded Pearl Fan Appliqué #41988

E6000 #46486

 Gatsy Headband Fitting

1. Use an elastic band to measure the distance around your head. Make sure it isn’t too loose or too tight! Create a half inch overlap, and cut off any excess.

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2. Place glue on that half inch end, and glue the ends together. Let it dry for an hour.

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3. Take your feather patch, and glue it over the seam you just created.

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4. Take your fan appliqué, and glue it over the feather patch.

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5. Make sure you allow your headband to dry for 24 hrs before wearing. You wouldn’t want the feathers to go flying while doing the Charleston!

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6. Place it delicately on your head to avoid disrupting those fabulous pin curls, and you’re all so set to go! Wear it out to your next party for a look that will make even Daisy Buchanan jealous!

Love the look, but want to make it your own? We’ve got you covered! Find all of the inspirational embellishments you need, from beaded trim to peacock feathers, at our Great Gatsby Inspiration Page!

Halloween Recap

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 By Roseann

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Over the past month I have been posting ideas and instructions for creating your Halloween costumes.  It has been a very busy month and I was unfortunately unable to post everything that I would have liked to, so I’ve decided to do a little recap of the events held here at  M&J and share a couple of last minute ideas from a basic garment that everyone has in their closet that maybe useful next year.

The Halloween DIY bar went over very successfully.  People brought in all kinds of things to embellish and take to the next level.  My favorite was a bustier that was part of a mail order bride costume. We embellished it to the max using everything from feathers, chains, sequin, beading, and nailheads.   Masquerade masks were created, an Elvis costume adorned, and cat woman accessories made saucier.  The event took place Fri evening in the store; it was the first of what I hope will become an annual event here at M&J.

One of the things I wanted to show people this year for Halloween was that costumes can easily be created from pieces already in your closet.  I made a couple of simple pieces from men’s white button down shirts.  The process in seven steps was easy and fun to do. 

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Straight Jacket:

  • First you will need a white button down shirt, this can be oversized. 
  • 10 D rings
  • 5 yards of 1 ¼” webbing style: 42216-0 (1-800-9-mjtrim) and 2 yards 1/14” twill tape.  You could use twill tape for the entire project if you prefer. 

1. Remove the top portion of the collar as well as the sleeve cuffs, front pocket, and buttons.

2. Cut the webbing into

      Four 10” pieces finish 1 end by folding 1” over and secure

      Four 16” pieces finish both ends

      Two 25” pieces finish 1 end on one and both ends on the other

3. Finish around the sleeves and the bottom with twill tape.  If the bottom of the shirt is not straight you will need to cut it even.

4. Attach 10” pieces equally apart on the left side of the center front of the shirt.  Leave 1 ½” extra, slip 2 d rings through this and secure to inside of the shirt.

5. Attach the 16” pieces to the right side at same intervals leaving 8” free.

6. Attach about 4” of the 25” pieces to sleeves and then attach 2 d rings to the left.

7. Attach strip of webbing down center back starting 4” below neck line.  Attach 5” of webbing at top stop and attach 9” at bottom.  Same piece, you want a gap so that the arms can be thread through.

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Ukrainian Folk Costume Inspired Shirt

1. Measure 2” from neckline and mark all the way around, cut.

2.  Remove sleeve cuffs and pockets.

3.  Measure down center front of shirt; add 2 inches to that measurement. Cut two pieces of the 62 mm jacquard equal to the measurement from before and apply to front of the shirt; finish ends by folding over.

4. Cut another piece of the 62mm jacquard and apply to front of neck by tacking the front down push up a wave and tack. Continue around entire neckline.

5. Add tassels and cording to the back of the shirt at the center front neck line.

6. Cut cluny lace in half; apply to the sleeve 4” down from shoulder seam finish ends.

7. Apply 12mm jacquard around sleeve opening, use what’s left and apply at the edge of cluny lace at the top of the sleeve.

The belt is simply a jacquard ribbon 1 1/2 yard long wrapped and pinned.

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