Thing 41

Yesterday’s Thing was cute. Today’s Thing is the Anti-Cute.

Esther (my youngest) needed a costume for a Griezelfeest — Horror party — with her gymnastics club. As an avid Harry Potter reader, she wanted to go as a Dementor.

Time was limited. I was off to a weekend in London with some friends and with everything else going on I had about half an hour to give to this project.

I pulled together supplies from my stash: a graduation gown from when my husband got his MBA a few years ago, and several pairs of old worn out black dress pants (I have quite a collection because I can’t thrown out anything with fabric).  

I cut both legs off one pair of pants, opened them up and stitched them to the underarm seam of the graduation gown, like wings. Then I tore the fabric in strips, to give a creepy, ghoulish effect.

For the hood I chopped another leg off at the knee, undid the hem, opened the side seam part way, and called it a hood.

Isn’t she sweet?


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A generous serving of grey eyeshadow around the eyes and mouth, and this soul-sucker was ready to party.


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Cost of this Thing: 0
Cost of all Things to date: €21.79



  3 comments for “Thing 41

  1. Linda Rook
    March 7, 2014 at 4:16 am

    Ohh, sweet, sweet Esther… Sweet, horrible little Esther!

  2. Heather Bylenga
    March 7, 2014 at 10:17 pm

    This is not what I meant when I said I want to see smoky eyes.

    • Melanie
      March 11, 2014 at 12:49 pm

      I was sure you said “soul-sucking.” Oops. Does this mean I should stop smearing eyeshadow under my eyes?

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