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It’s that time of the year again.
When people goes crazy splurging on unnecessary things, clothes and decoration for the homes.
Of course I’m talking about – Halloween!

This year I decided to try something I’ve never done before – A Halloween photoshoot.
And since I couldn’t decide which one of my costumes I would use, I decided to use all of them…
No not really, but there where a lot.

The whole idea started when “American Duchess” announced her Instagram photo contest.
I started collecting inspiration pictures to decide what kind of picture I wanted for the competition – and from there it grew.
I decided there was no way I could model all the outfits I wanted to photograph, so I put a questions for models out on my private facebook – And you guessed it – I got lots of answers.

So this weekend I packed all my carefully ironed, sorted and packed dresses (shoes, corsets, hats, jewelry ect) in the car on top of the box holding all my Halloween decoration and masquerade make-up, and drew to work.
Yes, Since thee was now about 10 of us to get styled, dressed and photographed, I’ve decided to hold the photoshoot at the theater. And the fact that I had access to lighting, smoke machine and a wonderful huge “Dollhouse” as a backdrop really made the decision easy.

12112163_1277175332310740_7696391100424882181_nLots of things was going on in my sewing room previous this week.

I will show you the pictures as soon as they are ready – just need to do some sorting, editing and finishing first.

In the meantime here are some of my inspiration pics:

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Headless Portraits From the 19th Century (11)

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Halloween party at work

This Wednesday I hosted a Halloween party at work.

I’d brought all my decorations and some fabrics to help set the mood, and exactly one hour before the colleges was to arrive I finally closed down my computer and got to work decorating the office.

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IMG_3297I used white sheets as tablecloth and lots of lights and spiderweb to get out sterile and clean office look more cosy and scary.

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IMG_3317The small figurines in the background are the clay versions of the “Sexy – for real” ensemble which I worked with last year.

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IMG_3305The part was nice, and everyone was impressed of how much I’d manadged to change the room in one hour.

IMG_3295Martin likes this holiday just as much as me, and he helped whit the mood by arranging the blue lights.

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IMG_3319I did manadged to get of selfie of myself as Alex from “Clockwork Orange”.

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Just in time for Halloween I decided to try to get yet another box of costumes out of my basement.
This time I’m focusing on masquerade costumes, I’ve made for past holidays.

Here are some of the items that is up for grabs this time:

CIMG1170A classic strapless witch/vampire dress in red and black polyester satin.

CIMG1217A black, one shoulder witch/vampire dress in plysch with a notched hem.

CIMG1272Yet another black/red witch/vampire dress. Floor length and in plysch this time.

CIMG1332A white nurse dress made from sheets, includes cap and cuffs.

And if you’r as tired of the “cliche” Halloween costumes as me, then why not go for some of the following outfits…

DSC_0724Cleopatra – queen of the Nile…
The costume includes: A white dress, red “shawl”, golden belt, neck and headpiece.
Everything made by me for a school project.

Åsa PeterssonCarmen/Esmeralda/Phantom of the opera…
The costume contains: Yellow/purple skirt, white blouse, red/black corset/bustier (not the one in this pic) and black shawl (not depicted here).

DSC_06281930-1940s dress, in flowery grey polyester with white collar, belt and cuffs.

IMG_0487Or why not celebrate the ending of the series “True blood” with an iconic “Lorena” blouse.

How do you dress for Halloween this year?

And my Halloween costume 2013 is….

This year I decided to host a party myself, and invited som friends to join.

I knew I wanted to dress up but, not to much. As both my time, money and ambitions was low, I decided to use stuff I already own and combine a simple costume.

I searced the internet for inspiration, finaly deciding on the caracter of “Beetlejuice” from the 1984 Tim Burton Movie.

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I also found some various costumes portraying the caracter

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A cute doll.

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And a adoreble child

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I made my costume by combining a striped chiffong shirt, a black skirt, some striped stockings and a black tie. The only thing needed to be bought was the stockings.

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I also styled my hair like crazy and put on a pretty heavy make-up, following parts of this tutorial https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MwGu1no7zD4

I will how you some proper pictures in my next post.

Past Halloween Costumes – Alice part 2

Last year when making the halloween costume for my youngest sister I got my first try out at disressing clothes.

I started with a cute little outfit in white and blue, with an adoreble toy bunny to match.

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Then I grabed the scissors and the faux blood and got to work. Ripping, cutting and dripping blood on both the dress and the apron.

I even “killed” the bunny by stiching X-s as eyes, and making the head removable (and attacheble) with a hidden snap.

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And the we did an other photoshoot.

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She had realy fun at the pary and the “White Rabbit” was the evenings most popular guests…

Past Halloween costumes – Alice part 1

Last year my youngest sister asked me for some halloween inspiration, as she was attending a masqurade party at the university.

We sat down and searched the internet, and came across this outfit.

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We both liked it and decided to make it.

I bought 2 m blue cotton and found some white cotton in my stash. I draw a simple pattern and cut and sewed the dress and apron in one day. I also made a bow headband and bought some white stockings.

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Then we whent looking for a stuffed bunny. But time was running out, and no white bunnies was to be found, so I decided to make one.

I found the pattern for this little cutie on the web.

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And made my own version of it, adding a waistcoat and a clock.

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Then we did a quick photoshoot.

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By now I’m sure you all think – “Hey, didn’t the inspiration picture show an evil Alice?”

Well, yes it did. And I will show her to you in my next post…

Past Halloween Costumes – Renessance / Elizabeth I

When my sister told me she was going to a big halloween party last year, we immediately sat down to decide on what to make. Since the time was tight we both decided to re-make one of her old costumes.

Since I’ve haven’t gotten around to write about the “old” costume yet, I will start there and then show you the alterations we did for halloween 2012.

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2010 I took a class in costume design, and was asked to design and make a costume to fit one of the caracters in Shakespeares “The Tempest”.

Being a sucker for beautyful renessance gowns, I choose the one female character in the play – Miranda, the daughter of the king, who’s been living on a deserted island until a prince comes and rescues her.

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All items were to be made in theatrical fashion – super easy to both get on and of.

So I made the open skirt with the forepart as one.

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And the bodice with the big sleeves sewed on, and a opening in the back next to the lacing which closed with snaps.

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I also made a partlet, a bumroll, a belt and a french hood.

Then me and my sister whent outside and took some photos.

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Then, two years later, we dugg the dress out from it’s box and got to work.

This time it was going to be transformed to something fit a young queen Elizabeth I.

First we needed to lenghten the bodice (to get a better fit), and then we made the skirt and bodice connect by sewing on hooks and eyes.

I also made a simple ruff to wear around the neck, and put some pictures of King Henry IIIV and Anne Boleyn in a amulet.

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This time we din’t have the time to take good pictures but I still managed to snap a few shoots of the ensamble.

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Past Halloween Costumes – True Blood

Halloween are without doubt my favourite holiday, unfortunaly we don’t celebrate it here in Sweden.

The wounderfuly decorated houses and creative costumes that’s been seen in the US are never seen here. Even though the celebrations have started to grow a bit these past few years, it still have a long way to go in my opinion.

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So last year when I got invited to a halloween/birthday party I tought long and hard of what to make.

I decided on one of the coolest evil television caracters right now: Lorena from “True Blood”.

I always loved her outfits and style, and decided to make the white ruffled blouse and little black skirt she wears when being staked to death in the series.

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I made a simple halter top and sewed the ruffles on to it. Then I dripped and painted faux blood on it.

2012-10-25-22.31.49I bought a slim black skirt and some stockings with a contrasting black seam.

I also decided to take the look down a bit and didn’t use either fangs or bloody tears on the face.

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