Clever Costume Inspiration

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Halloween isn’t only the time to get creepy. It’s also the perfect occasion to get clever! Check out these pun-tastic costumes, and get inspired to make your own hilarious creation!

638fccc3319b42eef1fe1e42b1ce76fcThis social butterfly costume is #winning in our books!

nrm_1411491135-50-shadesGet literal and literary with this fun 50 Shades of Grey costume!

Deviled-EggsA clever costume for couples who have an appreciation for a classic food pun.

Spice-GirlsSpice up your life with actual spices! The best part about this group costume? There are more than five characters to go around, and no one has to fight over who gets to be Baby Spice.

8c6a26da0a1ce442aff308167f95f398With a Taco Belle costume, you can still dress up as a princess while also being hilarious! Everyone wins.

Celebrities Have Fun on Halloween

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By Blerona

So the big day has passed and its back to our regular clothes, but the fun doesn’t have to stop just yet. I’ve decided to write a post about some of my favorite Celebrity Halloween Costumes this year. Being that many of us dress up like our favorite celebrity, I love seeing what the celebrities dress up as. Here are some of my favorites.

Fergie as a Beauty Queen

Heidi Klum and Seal as Monkeys

Jessica Simpson as a Mummy

Kim Kardashion as Poison Ivy

Michelle Trachtenberg as Tim Burton’s Blue Girl with Wine

Which Celebrity was your favorite this year?

Halloween DIY Roundup

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By Blerona

With Halloween well on its way, I wanted to share some amazing Halloween DIY’s I’ve come across recently.  What are you DIY’ing for Halloween?

Homemade Owl Costume by Finding My Aloha

Halloween Invitation by Brooklyn Limestone

Halloween Gost Lights by Craft Passion

The Real Life Lichtenstein-Comic-Girl by M.A.C. Cosmetics

Robot Halloween Costume from Make Projects

M&J’s Halloween Station!

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By Blerona

Need help making your Halloween costume! Well M&J Trimming has a Halloween Station set up in front of the store! Starting Wednesday, October 27th til Sunday, October 31th. Our creative department is coming down to show or help you get your costume together with no additional cost, after trims are purchased. 

So come and join the fun, and create the Best Costume For Your Halloween Fun!


Hours

Wednesday- Friday 10am -7pm

Saturday- Sunday 10am- 6pm

For more information call: 1.800.9.MJTRIM

DIY:Bejeweled Feather Halloween Mask

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By Julissa

Halloween is right around the corner. Don’t have much time to find a costume? Well make your own by using jewels and trims here at M & J. Here is a jeweled and nail head in-crested mask. To make it more fun we added feathers on top. Its the best way to make your costume and really call it your own.

Materials:

Directions:

  • Create your own pattern by sticking the rhinestones where you desire.
  • Gluing the nail heads is pretty simple, push the prongs behind the nail head inside.Then the put glue on the nail head and glue on to the mask.
  • Take pieces of the feather trim and keep gluing pieces till the top of the mask is covered with feathers.
  • If you wish, you can randomly glue rhinestones on to the feathers.

DIY: Lady Gaga Halloween Inspired Masks

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By Blerona & Julissa

Halloween, a day where you’re anything or anyone you want be! A day where you can let your inner self shine and a day to enjoy a lot of candy without feeling guilty. But before the 31st it’s all about creating your costume. And DIY’s are the best ones of course, and since we’re all goo goo for Gaga we made some inspired masks by the one and only Lady Gaga. Happy DIY’s


Mask 1: Maison Michels Inspired Bunny EarsMask 1: Maison Michels Inspired Bunny Ears

Materials:

Directions:

  • Step 1- Shape out your bunny ears and twist the ends (you will use this end to loop it around the headband for a strong hold)
  • Step 2- Take a piece of your lace (make sure it’s wider and longer than your bunny ears) now sew and the lace to the wire, be sure to go slow and keep the shape of the bunny ears. Then do the other ear.
  • Step 3- Cut out around the ears, snipping off the extra lace. Then take the twisted ends of the ears and loop it around the headband.
  • Step 4- Take the scraps of the lace and wrap it around the headband and glue the ends for a finishing touch.
  • Step 5-Take the rigid lace and measure it to fit on the upper half of your face, then cut it and glue just the top of the ends to the headband and your finished with the top half of your costume.

 

Mask 2:


Materials:

Directions:

  • Step 1: Take the 4.5 inches of the chain and glue is in the middle of the mask, glue it so it’s going across.
  • Step 2: Cut the plastic square trim in large pieces, glue them where you desire.
  • Step 3: When you glue the large pieces of the square trim, there will be smaller empty spaces in which you will need to glue trim on, take small pieces of the trim and glue them (not around the eyes)
  • Step 4: When done gluing the pieces trim, take the rhinestones glue them around the eyes, glue black diamond on one side and jet hematite on the other.

Halloween Costume Series: The Ultimate Flapper Dress

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By Roseann

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Another popular Halloween and certainly one of my favorites is the Flapper.  I think all of us girls try this costume at least once.  And, why not, who doesn’t want to be a glamorous liberal minded woman breaking free from the shackles that were once placed on us.  This spirit is still alive in most of us and is a fun look for your Halloween shindig  or any other costume party through out the year.

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You will need:

  • Slip or cocktail dress, I used black but you can word with any color you like.  Remember that the flapper look put emphasis on the hips and not the waist, so you want a dress that is strait up and down and not contoured to the waist line.
  • 5 yards 3” poly chainette fringe style: 00217-bk The dress that I used I found at Salvation Army and already had fringe on it, so I added 3” fringe in white to bulk it up and give the dress more dimension.
  • 1¼ yard 6” poly chainette fringe style: 06006-bk
  • ¾ yard 5” bugle bead fringe style: 14290-bks all materials listed above can be ordered by calling 1-800-9-mjtrim
  • ¾ yard cut bugle / seed beaded trim style: 14622
  • Unique stitch glue
  • Sewing machine and thread

Directions:

    1. Before you purchase your supplies be sure to take measurements around your neckline and around the skirt portion of your garment to be sure you are ordering the correct amount of trims.  The amounts listed above are for the dress that I used which is about a size 4 or 6.
    2. Add your 6” fringe around the neckline, you can stitch or glue it is completely your preference.
    3. Then add your bugle bead fringe on top, then measurement given above will only be enough to add the front of the dress
    4. Complete the neckline by adding your seed beaded trim, again I added just to the front
    5. Measure 2” from the bottom of the skirt and mark all the way around.  Repeat until you have marked 5 rows 2” apart.
    6. Add your 3” chainette fringe along your markings.  You may repeat with a complimentary color for more flash.  I added white to every other row.
    7. Be sure to add the correct accessories such as; a feathered headband, strand of pearls, and boa.
    8. Now, go be the most glamorous one at the party!

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Halloween Costume Series: No-Sew Medieval Cape

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By Roseann

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Take a walk down the costume aisle of any Halloween store and you will find the same unimaginative costumes year after year.  I believe that the best costumes are the ones we make ourselves.  Our Halloween costumes should speak volumes for our own personalities.  Over the next several weeks I will show a couple of quick and easy DIY Halloween costume ideas in the hope that it will stimulate your own imaginative DIY pieces.  Please share with us what you too have created.

 A very popular theme for Halloween costumes is medieval and renaissance.  This is a great theme for DIY if you are detailed oriented and can be easily be done with treasures from an attic or thrift store finds.  Interestingly home décor trims are quite suitable for detailing your medieval garments.   I purchased in inexpensive robe (under $20) and added a rabbit fur trim style: 41563-WT and 2” wide gimp style: 36808-10 both can be purchased by calling 1-800-9-mjtrim.  I replaced the ties with 5/16″ rayon twist cord style: 00618 in old gold and added imported fancy key tassel style: 50015 also in gold at the end of the new ties.  All of the trims were added by using fabric glue, since I know that not all of us are so inclined to sewing and I don’t want that to hinder anyone’s creative side.

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 Check back through out the week as I will try and post a couple times each week leading up to Halloween.  And again, we are very interested in your own thoughts and ideas, so please share.

 Have a happy DIY!

M&J’s DIY Costumes on Martha Stewart Show

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M&J Trimming’s was recently featured on NBC’s Martha Stewart Show on October 9th.  Kristin along with Martha embellished some hoodie’s and created some fun crafty costumes.  Besides having to be careful about the candies on Halloween, parents also have to worry about the health of their children.  Especially since Halloween night is usually a little chilly.  Which means kids can’t stay out trick or treatin’ for long.  However, Kristin and Martha came up with some really fun ideas for creating a DIY costume while keeping warm simply by embellishing hoodies with items from M&J Trimming.  You can find the template and more information on how you and your children can create your own fun costumes at MarthaStewart.com.