Wednesday, October 1, 2014

COSTUME: Miss Lovett from "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street"

Yesterday, I made a Sweeney Todd costume, so of course we needed a Miss Lovett costume too. This version of the character is played by Helena Bonham Carter (Tim Burton's wife). If you aren't familiar with the film, "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street", I suggest watching it if your into horror and musicals. She's a baker with the "worst meat pies in London". She meets Sweeney Todd who used to live/work above her bakery many years before. Through a chain of events, a revenge plot is formed where Sweeney Todd kills certain people with his barber razor. She chops them up and uses the "meat" to make meat pies, that London raves about. She's also madly in love with Sweeney Todd. When I was a kid, I saw a play on TV with Angela Lansbury playing Miss Lovett.

For this costume, you need a long a-line black or dark grey skirt, a red camisole, a sheer black or dark grey half sleeve top or jacket, a black underbust corset, fingerless lace gloves, short boots, and of course a meat cleaver and rolling pin. You might have a few of these things already. If not, you can likely find them online, second hand, and in a Halloween store (the props). For the hair and makeup, check out the video tutorial below.

The wonderful Grav3yardgirl (Bunny) created this Mrs. Lovett Hair and Makeup video tutorial.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

COSTUME: Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

For this costume, I choose Johnny Depp's character Sweeney Todd from Tim Burton's "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street". It's a gruesome movie about revenge, murder, and meat sum it up. This again can be a unisex costume. You'll need black dress pants (pinstripe if you have them), and white dress shirt, a black vest, a dark printed scarf, fingerless gloves, low boots, a wig (unless your hair is suitable for this style, then just add the white stripe with a white hair spray), and of course a barber's razor. For costume safety, it's better to get a dull toy one. His makeup has dark eyes, cheek bone contouring and a pale complexion. For some added gore, a splattering of fake blood will do you. Warning though, it does stain clothing, so think about that before deciding to ruin your clothing. Make sure you sing when you speak, for added effect.

The marvelous Grav8yardgirl (Bunny) created this Sweeney Todd Makeup video tutorial.

COSTUMES: Large Marge from "Pee-Wee's Big Adventure"

One of my favorite characters from Tim Burton's "Pee-Wee's Big Adventure" is Large Marge. She is a truck driver who picks up a stranded Pee-Wee from the interstate at night. She seems ok at 1st, but then starts telling Pee-Wee about the worst accident she ever saw. If you've seen the movie, you know why you need the spring glasses. If you haven't seen the movie, the 2 minutes Large Marge scene should help. She's a ghost, just in case you wanted something spooky, but subtle. This is a great last minute costume. You need the glasses and wig, which you should be able to find easily around Halloween. The jeans and plaid shirt can be found at a thrift store, if you don't already own something suitable. Boots, well most people have those, though her feet aren't shown and you could wear sneakers instead. Don't forget your keys for your big rig and to "Tell them Large Marge sent ya"...

The classic "Large Marge" scene from "Pee-Wee's Big Adventure".

COSTUME: Pee-Wee Herman

I've been a fan of Pee-Wee Herman since I was a little kid. I've seen all of his movies, Pee-Wee's Playhouse, and some of his more adult themed comedy before Pee-Wee's Playhouse was toned down for kids. One of my favorite movies is "Pee-Wee's Big Adventure", which was created by Tim Burton. Like the movie poster states, it's "The story of a rebel and his bike". If you haven't seen it, it's a must. There are a lot of characters you can pull from it for costumes. The costume below is Pee-Wee's classic look...grey suit, white shirt, bow tie, white loafers, and white socks. I included a bike bell, as a ode to the film and his bike. However, the one from the movie is a tiger, which would be harder to find. This can be a unisex costume, depending on your hair length or willingness to wear a bald cap and short wig.

Monday, September 29, 2014

COSTUME: Sally Skellington from "The Nightmare Before Christmas"

One of Tim Burton's classic character is Sally Skellington from "The Nightmare Before Christmas". In the film, she is the creation of Dr. Finkelstein and shares the same last night. At the end however, Jack Skellington and Sally profess their "undying" love for each other, so I gave her his last name instead. For this costume, you could wear a patchwork dress that is manufactured to match hers. However, going with something more creative, I went with a different patchwork dress that might be easier to acquire a similar one for a last minute costume. Sally's skin is pale blue with stitch lines. To negate some of the body paint, wear a pair of light blue tights and draw stitch lines on them with a paint marker or fabric paint and fine brush. For everywhere else that skin shows, you'll need to mix the blue and white body paints, and use black eyeliner or body paint to make the stitch lines. The makeup video below explains that clearly. For the hair, use a long bright red wig. Some short striped socks and black boots finish off the look. This is a classic costume that is sure to be recognized.

Alexa Poletti created this beautiful Sally Halloween Makeup video tutorial.
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