The making of Halloween

Last year, I challenged myself to create my own version of Katy Perry’s candy dress from the “California Gurls” video. This year, I had a slightly simpler plan — Daenerys Targaryen from the HBO series “Game of Thrones,” based on the book series by George R.R. Martin. But it still required some creativity.

For the Katy costume, I enlisted the help of my mom and her sewing machine. For Hanukkah, she bought me a sewing machine of my own, but I haven’t really gotten the chance to learn how to use it, so I again asked for her help. I bought fake suede for a skirt, and a burlap-like material for the top.

The skirt was fairly simple to make. My mom found some instructions online for making a skirt without a pattern (our progress can be seen in the picture above). Since my mom didn’t have a zipper foot for her machine, I hand-sewed in a zipper, which made me feel somewhat productive. The top was a bit more challenging, but with creative use of some cord we found at good old 5 & 10, we were able make it so I could tie the top on, and also cut holes and string the cord through, to make the neckline.

My husband also got pretty creative himself. He’s going as Daenerys’ (unfortunately short-lived) husband, and used strips of dark brown vinyl to create a big leather belt.

We’ll debut the outfits at our second-annual Halloween shindig tomorrow night.

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Lisa Chamoff

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