DIY: Halloween Bob's Burgers Louise Belcher Costume

October is here! It’s my favorite month because of two things...my birthday falls right in the middle and HALLOWEEN! Costumes and costume making are up there on my favorites list and I’ve been planning this year’s ‘stume since I finished binging a certain show recently - Bob’s Burgers! Louise Belcher costume, coming right up! I snagged all my supplies from JOANN, including this XL tee that’s going to be the base of the costume!

 Louise Belcher c/o Fox/Bob’s Burgers

Louise Belcher c/o Fox/Bob’s Burgers

OCT - Before White T.jpeg

On top of the shirt, I needed some wire and pink fleece for the ears as well as some green dye to match Louise’s dress color!

Louise Belcher Costume - Supplies

It’s dye time! I prepped my t-shirt and submersed it in water before tossing it into the washing machine and adding my dye.

Louise Belcher Costume - Apple Green Dye

The pre-wash wetting maneuver will help ensure the color stays bold and even!

Louise Belcher Costume - Wet T Shirt

While the shirt was cycling in the dye, I moved onto the hat portion of the costume. To create a hat, you can make one from scratch like I did OR you can always buy a pink beanie base and then add ears if you’re on a time crunch. I feel like Halloween always ends up arriving so quickly, so if you don’t have enough prep time, there are ways to still make it work!

Louise Belcher Costume - pattern

I crafted a pattern similar to one based off of a basic beanie, just adding length on each side to match Louise’s flaps. The circumference around my head was 20 inches and 13 inches from my head to my shoulders.


Louise Belcher Costume - Louise pattern trimmed

(The pattern is for one side of the hat, as I’ll be cutting out two layers of fleece at once to double the size.) Hello soon to be hat!

Louise Belcher Costume - cut material for pattern

Next on the agenda...the ears and the little rectangular bits that go the end of each flap. I made freehand patterns and used remnant fleece to create. I trimmed out four of each ear and rectangular piece (2/piece) and pinned them together.

Louise Belcher Costume - Pinned patterns

With everything pinned, it was time to stitch! First came the ears...

Louise Belcher costume - Ears Collage

Then came the flap ends …

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To help make the ears stand up, I added wire to the interior of both ears. Little trick...use hot glue to keep the wire in place!

Louise Belcher costume - ears and wire

Next it was time to stitch the base of the hat together.The front and back of the hat (where it was pinned) was stitched first leaving the top of the hat open.

Louise Belcher costume - hat stitching.JPG

Here’s where the ears come in! I placed the ears on the right side of the fabric facing down and then stitched them together. This will close up the open portion of the hat while setting the ears in place!


Louise Belcher costume - hat ears

The little rectangular bits were stitched to the end of the flaps next, getting this hat ready to go

Louise Belcher costume - final hat

The final step before being fully costume ready was the t-shirt! It was dyed perfectly and all it needed was a quick take-in! I pinned and then stitched it to make it a smidge smaller.

Louise Belcher costume - green T shirt

And with the help of a black bob wig, my Louise Belcher costume was complete!

Louise Belcher costume - Louise After Look

I just love how the hat looks!

Louise Belcher costume - Louise After Look

I mean, we’re twins!.

Louise Belcher costume - Louise After with Louise

It’s just such a fun costume to wear!

Louise Belcher costume - Louise After Look

Wearing a wig is always add an extra element of mystique to any costume!

Louise Belcher DIY Costume - Louise After Look

When something is this enjoyable (and pretty simple to DIY) - that calls for a celebration!

Louise Belcher Costume

Happy Halloween!!!

DIY: Lace Embellished Dress

It’s warm outside and the summer soirees and (bridal/baby) showers are in full effect! Even though I have plenty to wear, I was excited to craft a dress for a girlfriend’s baby shower! She’s having a boy, so I went with something blue to tie into the theme. I hopped over to JOANN to grab all the accoutrements to craft my dress! 

I was inspired by a blue Dolce & Gabbana lace dress from 2012 and knew this was the piece I wanted to recreate. I started with a cotton dress base. (I had this one in my closet and it needed a refresh! Go with something you own or pop into a thrift store to score the perfect piece)

White Cotton Dress - Before

You'll also need:

Beads (Mix it up! They’re for the center of the flowers and I went with some shinier black ones.)
Fabric Dye (I picked two shades of RIT - Evening Blue and Royal Blue.)
Thread (Something that matches the beads or dress shade.)
Appliqués or Ribbon (Flower shaped lace or appliqués are perfect for this piece!)

Dress Supplies

It’s dye time! Begin by rinsing your dress and appliqués in water to fully saturate before adding into your dye bath or washing machine.

Soak Dress in Water - Dye Process

Next add them into your dye bath. You can do this on the stove top in a pot or use your washing machine and the amount of dye used is dependent on how dark or light you want your piece to be. I wanted a light blue shade, so I put in two capfuls of Evening Blue with a few drops of Royal Blue in hopes for something lightish blue.

Dye Choices


I always get so excited to see how the color turns out post-wash

I was especially excited to see the appliqués because they’re made of all different kinds of materials (polyesters, cottons, linens, oh my!

Dyed Appliqués

Now that the dress and appliqués are dyed, it’s time to stitch the beads to the center of the floral appliques. String a bead onto a piece of thread attached to a needle and weave through the center of the floral appliques and out the bottom. Tie a knot to hold into place. (I went with 1-3 for each flower depending on size.) Continue until all flowers have center beads.

Create beaded centers on appliqués

Now place the beaded appliqués onto the dress!

Garden of beaded flowers

Scatter them around or place them in groups - totally up to you! With the dress covered in flowers, it’s time to put it on!

After Look - 1

I really loved how the different shades of blue complimented the dress!

After Look 2

Nothing like florals to make me smile!

After Look 3

Fabric dye has a way of giving an old garment a whole new look!

After Look 4

It’s more fun, more flirty, and the just the thing to wear to the baby shower!

After Look 5

Bye old dress! Hello new look!

Before / After Look - Blue Flower Appliqués

Oscar DIY: I Tonya Copycat

Perhaps my favorite Oscar contender of this year was...

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...and you know that the costume game in this film was 💯. #allthesequinsintheworld

I was obsessed with most of the wardrobe in this movie - hello 90s. That jacket on the left...

I Tonya Costumes

The outfit I chose to remake was neither of the above though. I went for a little more gold. I mean it is Oscar Sunday!

I Tonya white and gold outfit

I started with a base of a long-sleeved bodysuit from Boohoo and a matching skater skirt from there too, together costing less than $20!

I Tonya - Before Look (Bodysuit/Skater Skirt) 2

That mock turtleneck collar is SO perfect for this!

I Tonya - Before Look (Bodysuit/Skater Skirt) 3

This is also so cute as is, if you add a fun long necklace to pair! However, we're going to make a few changes...

I Tonya - Before Look (Bodysuit/Skater Skirt) 4

I hopped over to Joann, got my materials and ALL the sequined fabric I could, and then got to crafting!

Supplies

First off, I trimmed and affixed some golden diamond-shaped sequined fabric pieces with E6000 fabric glue

I Tonya - Process Shots (sequined bodysuit)

Then it was time to cut the sleeves!! 

I Tonya - Process Shots (sleeve trim)

Can't have short sleeves without some fringe, amirite?

I Tonya - Process Shots (fringe trim)

More sequins were added and then it was time to sew the fringe in place! 

I Tonya - Process Shots (stitch time)

We're getting SO close!!! I couldn't not add rhinestones either once I got started...

I Tonya - Process Shots (rhinestones)

I'm ready for the Olympics, friends!

I Tonya - After Shot

OK, maybe not THOSE Olympics...but the DIY Olympics, sign me up! 

I Tonya - After Shot 3

What's an ice skating costume without some skates?? (PS, those skates look real, right? They're printed and backed with some cardboard! That's also why there are two right feet 😂

I Tonya - After Shot 2

I'm really trying to encapsulate the brooding Margot Robbie asTonya Harding vibe here. 

I Tonya - After Shot 4

That's a tough cookie right there!

I Tonya - After Shot 5

OK, not totally...

Margot Robbie on the left, yours truly on the right. 

I Tonya - Margot/Marisa

I'm ready to take the ice!

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