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Purple Rain Costume

So, I can't remember how the idea cam up, but a while ago I told Danny that I would sew him a "Purple Rain" era Prince costume for Halloween. My schedule got so crazy for a while that it didn't look like it was going to happen. Yesterday I decided I was going to make it work.

Yesterday evening I went to the fabric store and bought a costume suit jacket pattern, purple suede-like fabric (I wanted something with more structure than cheap velvet - the nice velvet was $20/yard), interfacing, purple silky fabric (for a neck scarf), silver buttons, and leopard-print ribbon (guitar strap).

After dinner, I measured Danny and started cutting out the pattern. I sure hope it fits! He was at the top end of one size, but there was a pretty big jump up to the next size. If it is too small, I'll need a new pattern and more fabric so I can start all over.

I stayed up too late sewing, but I really wanted to get the top third of the jacket completed (minus sleeves). The whole collar/lapel/sholder lining area was tough! My seam-ripper was my best friend. I finally got the collar sewn in without any seam puckering, and I pinning the lapels and chalked in the shape I wanted for them before heading to bed. This morning I spent 15 minutes sewing the lapels and pressing everything. I think It looks great so far. I am just really nervous about the size...

Yesterday I won 100 pyramid studs on eBay. When they arrive, I will cover the right shoulder with them. The buttons I chose look like something Prince would have picked - if Prince had to shop at Joann's.

I am letting Danny chose what kind of prop guitar to get. I sent him links to three kinds - inflatable, a life-like rubber one I could custom-paint and a realistic kids' guitar that plays riffs at the push of a button.

I need to order a jheri curl wig and a ruffle shirt today. With the pirate craze, it is easy to find fru-fru shirts. He is just going to have to wear a pair of his own black pants. The coat is all I'll have time for.


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Oct. 17th, 2006 04:07 pm (UTC)
awesome job! be sure to post pics when he's dressed up!
Oct. 17th, 2006 04:07 pm (UTC)
nice work, very cute! Are you going to be Sheena E or Appaloosa? hehe
Oct. 17th, 2006 04:13 pm (UTC)
Hehe... no matchy-matchy for us this year. I am going to re-wear my mermaid costume.
Oct. 17th, 2006 04:13 pm (UTC)
Pictures are required. When the shirt comes in, be sure to make lots of "puffy shirt" references. ;-)
Oct. 17th, 2006 04:17 pm (UTC)
You've done a great job on re-creating the "Prince" look!!

Oct. 17th, 2006 04:19 pm (UTC)
.. singing ...
purple brain! purple brain !
Oct. 18th, 2006 01:06 pm (UTC)
Re: .. singing ...
Mmmm.... Brrraaaainnnzzzzz
Oct. 17th, 2006 04:52 pm (UTC)
Ironically I was working on my fiance's costume last night. I'm almost done with the pleats on his Spiderman kilt. Last night I started work on his Spiderman sporran. He's going to wear a Spiderman baseball jersey and be "Spiderman!" (said enthusiastically with a Scottish accent). Otherwise he was going to make a Spiderman yarmulke (tho he's not Jewish) and go as "Ira Spiderman" pronounced ("Spee-der-man").
Oct. 17th, 2006 05:04 pm (UTC)
Is Dan going to wear the butless pants too?
Oct. 17th, 2006 05:06 pm (UTC)
a) love your icon
b) that's a mad-cute costume!!
c) What are YOU going to be for Halloween?
Oct. 17th, 2006 06:10 pm (UTC)
Wow! That looks awesome! What you guys doing for Halloween this year?
Oct. 17th, 2006 06:29 pm (UTC)
You are amazing. Seriously. I envy anyone who can sew. I can barely sew a button.
Oct. 17th, 2006 07:54 pm (UTC)
Go by a pawn shop for the guitar. I see some for like $20. You can then spray paint it whatever color. Grated they aren't good guitars but... I don't htink dan plays anyways.
Oct. 17th, 2006 07:55 pm (UTC)
Oh, and it's lookign awesome! But dont' go with buttless pants!
Oct. 18th, 2006 09:38 am (UTC)
Awsome costume idea,..
... but you should make sure that Danny let grow and trim the same thin whisker, Prince wore at that time. :D
Heh, if you wouldn't already re-use the mermaid, I would be realy a good match if you would wear a "Sheila E." costume. ^_^
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