It’s technically still summer, but if Martha’s Halloween issue goes out on stands we know Fall is rapidly approaching. Similar to Martha, here at M&J we love Halloween! It gives us an excuse to play dress up and honestly who can resist that? Leave it to Martha to come up with the most eye-catching costumes using M&J materials. We were thrilled to be included in this years issue and cannot wait until October to show you what we have in store for you!
We’ve always loved Black Swan, especially the gorgeous and elaborate costumes. Our latest mood board is inspired by the thriller, and we think a black swan-inspired costume would be perfect for Halloween. We’re thinking: black feather skirts, embellished trim, and a sultry lace mask. Wouldn’t it also be fun to DIY a cute pair of ballet flats? Check out some more of our inspiration below!
October is finally here, which means we’ll be bringing you plenty of Halloween ideas and DIYs. We’re starting the month off with a classic Halloween DIY, a mask, which is perfect for a masquerade party or a last-minute costume. We found some gorgeous scalloped lace in our store that worked perfectly as a mask, and we’re loving the final result. Check it out below!
3. Rotate one of the scalloped pieces so when you place the two pieces together, they create your mask shape. On the bottom piece, apply glue to the top three points, where the two pieces will intersect. Then lay the top piece over and press down on the three points to stick it firmly in place.
4. Trim off any extra trim to create your desired mask shape. We trimmed off a bit from the bottom of the mask so it wouldn’t cover too much of the face.
5. Attach the feather pieces to the top of each side of the mask. Our feather pieces have pins on the back, so they are extremely easy to apply!
6. Flip the mask over. Cut the satin ribbon in half, then glue one piece to either side of the mask. Let dry.
7. You’re all done! Now you’re ready to show off your DIY mask on Halloween!
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?
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.
- 1/2 yard of Red of Turkey Feathered Trim, Style # 45222
- 1 pack of Nail heads Gold, Style#04618
- E6000 Glue, Style # 37777
- Swarvoski Crystals
- 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.
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Halloween is right around the corner, if you don’t have time to buy a costume. Then why not make your own fun jewel encrusted head-piece. Its easy and fun, and you will definitely stand out. It’s a piece you can do at home at your own time, you don’t have to worry about waiting on those long lines in the costume stores anymore.
- 20” of elastic sequence trim 4 row, Style # 34479 Royal
- 6” of 1. 5 Single faced Satin ribbon, Style # 00299 Black
- -Guinea Pad feather, Style # 43373 Royal (1.800.9.mjtrim)
- Mallard Duck Pad Feather, Style # 42648 Navy
- 24 x 17” Oval sew-on stone, Style # 40940 Crystal Satin
- 18 x 10.5 ” Pear Sew-on Stone, Style # 27474 Crystal
- 22mm Square Sew-on Stone, Style # 27476 Jet Hematite
- 10 x 2” Navette Rhinestone with Setting, Style# 03911 Montana
- 12 mm Sew-on Rhinestone, Style # 32016 Crystal
- 1/8 yd of 3.25” Feather Fringe on Satin, Style # 30865 Black
- 2” of 24mm Elastic Trim, Style # 41259 Black
- Take the 6” piece of ribbon and face it upside down, you are going to fold the feather fringe and glue it in the middle of the satin ribbon. Glue the two ends of the satin ribbon in the middle after gluing the feathers.
- Turn the feather and satin ribbon so that the glued part of the ribbon is facing down, take the big square sew-on and glue it in the middle of the satin ribbon. Take the large oval sew-on and glue it to the right of the large square sew-on. Take the round sew-on and glue it on the left side of the square sew-on. Then glue the small navette and glue it in between the round and square sew-on (on the bottom). Then take the pear-shaped sew-on and glue it in between the round and the square shape sew-on (on the top).
- Turn the Jewel encrusted satin piece and turn it around. First glue the Mallard Duck pad feather to the satin ribbon. Then glue the Guinea pad feather on top of the mallard duck pad feather. (Glue it so both feather pad show)
- Then glue the Feather piece to the sequence trim. Glue it so it’s a little to the side of your head.
- Take the two inches of elastic and sew it on to both sides of the sequence trim.
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.
- 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.
Ukrainian Folk Costume Inspired Shirt
- 1 white collard button down
- 2 tassels
- 1 yard cluny lace
- 3 yards 62mm jacquard ribbon
- 1 ½ yard 12mm jacquard ribbon
- ½ yard cording
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.
When it comes to Halloween many of us enjoy dressing up and pretending to be someone we’re not for just one day. However, there are certain years like this one, when we wonder if a $100 costume is practical. With the economy the way it is, some people are going the other route for Halloween.
If you don’t feel like wearing a costume this year, then you also have the option of wearing the colors of the holiday. The great part is that you can reuse the outfit later on for other special occasions. You can wear an orange dress and use black ribbons as a sash. Then top it off with black leggings and shoes. If you really want to make it stand out, then also use unique stitch fabric glue to add some loose sequins to your leggings. That’s all it takes to look great for a fun night out. If you don’t want to wear an orange dress, then wear your little black dress with orange ribbon sash and orange accessories like a ribbon bow with applique headband.
I suspect that we will see a lot of MJ impersonators this Halloween, so I’d like to help those who are interested in celebrating the King of Pop’s iconic style do it right. The late pop star’s style was always evolving and maturing from his bell bottoms and afro in the early 1960’s to tailored and refined yet glitzy looks of late. While the white glitter glove became the corner stone of MJ’s on stage uniform, military inspired jacket’s endowed with cording, crests, and rich shoulder embellishment will forever remain inscribed in my mind as his most important contribution to fashion. Creating the jacket is easy and paired with the right accessories will make a great Halloween costume or an awesome addition to your closet this Fall.
- 4 metallic frogs
- 2 rhinestone appliqués
- 3 v shaped iron on patches style: 4364001 (to order call 1-80-9-mjtrim) or you can use crests
- 2 yards metallic braind
- Black jacket
- Craft glue, needle, and thread
- Remove the buttons from your jacket.
- Cut 8 pieces of metallic cord to 8” long.
- Curve the cord around so that the two sides are parallel to each other and the ends are even.
- For ease of workability I stitched the parallel sides together
- Remove the closure loop and knob of your frogs, you just need the design loops.
- Glue the rhinestone appliqués to the shoulders of the jacket. If this piece is for more than costume, I recommend stitching the appliqués on.
- Attach your patches or crest to the left arm. In case you wanted to get really authentic you could attach a band of ribbon or leather around the right arm.
- Glue or stitch (recommended) the metallic cord pieces to the front of the jacket in place of the buttons and covering the button holes.
- Attach the ornament portion of the frogs over the unfinished ends of the cords
- Measure 1 ½” from the end of the sleeve and mark. Following these marks sew or glue the remaining metallic cord around the sleeve. Depending on how much is remaining you could do a second row.
- If you used glue let dry for 24 hours before wearing out.
- Happy dressing up!