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Halloween Past

October 5, 2011

Last Halloween, I fulfilled one of my crafting (and nerdly) fantasies by creating some costumes based on one of the biggest cultural forces of my time:  video games.  Having been born in the same year as the NES game console and Super Mario himself, I grew up with Mario’s every iteration.  Mario is a classic Halloween staple, and you can always buy mass-produced versions of the costumes, but I wanted to try my hand at making some myself for a spectacular group costume.

Check it out!

The handmade ones (not all by me, though), are as follows:

Second from left:  the big yellow guy, Bowser (Mario’s arch-nemesis).  I bought a gold sweatsuit and jazzed it up with some spiky arm and sleeve cuffs (not shown) and the horns and hairpiece (made out of fleece stuffed with Poly-Fil).  His shell (which is spiky on the back) is a soft-sandwich board concoction made out of the same stuffed fleece.  I didn’t use a pattern for this, but next time would to make it a little more symmetric.

Third and fourth from left:  Mario and Luigi.  I purchased overalls online, grabbed the turtlenecks from Goodwill, and made the hats and overall buttons out of fleece.

Fourth from right:  Princess Peach, Mario’s lady love (personified beautifully by Krypton)–I modified Simplicity pattern 2813 (a Cinderella costume) to match Peach’s cream-puff image and Krypton produced the jewel on the front and the crown out of craft foam and glitter.  Krypton joked to me that she was going to find a way to get me back for making her hips look huge, but I couldn’t help it!  🙂

Third from right is me in the Yoshi costume.  I modified Simplicity pattern 3639 (family penguin costumes) so that the arms were standard arms and not wings.  The headpiece (the piece de resistance, non?) was made for me by a great textile artist and colleague who shall be heretofore reffered as Strawberry Shortcake (due to her choice of costume that year).

Second from right is a coin box, and he made that one himself out of cardboard (props to him for keeping the image on the front pixelated–that’s old school).

On the far right is Toad, another of Mario and Luigi’s sidekicks–she produced the vest herself and repurposed a “pimp” Halloween costume hat to be her mushroom cap.

The costumes were a huge hit with the other teachers and students as well. The highlight might have been getting to show them off in front of the whole school to the Mario theme music!

NERD ALERT! ….because we at SQ can’t help but teach you a bit, we picked another set of famous figures from the discipline of each teacher. From left to right enjoy: The gamer controlling us all on the wii…disguised as Erwin Schrödinger. Schrödinger is one of the fathers of quantum mechanics (thanks for developing the Schrödinger equation!) and a Nobel Prize winner in physics. He also proposed the fun “Schrödinger’s cat” thought experiment. E. Chadwick dressed as Bowser disguised as Thucydides. He wrote “History of the Peloponnesian Wars” and is widely considered to be the father of history. Mario disguised as Octavian (Augustus) Caesar, the first Roman Emperor. Luigi disguised as Friedrich Mohs. Mohs was a German geologist/mineralogist who studied and classified minerals based on their physical properties. He develeoped the Mohs mineral hardness scale, which is based on the ability of one natural sample of matter to scratch another. Krypton dressed as Princess Peach disguised as Robert Bunsen. Bunsen was a German chemist who studied emission spectra, discovered cesium and rubidium, and was a photochemistry pioneer. And oh yeah, while rocking a great neck beard, he improved the laboratory gas burner which now bears his name. Miss Pascal dressed as Yoshi disguised as Rene Descartes. Descartes is the father of modern philosophy AND analytical geometry.  He is also known for developing the Cartesian coordinate system (the x-y system you know and love from math class!). The Question Mark box disguised as Antoine Lavoisier. Lavoisier was a French nobleman and is often thought of as the father of modern chemistry. He did reach on gases, water and combustion (disproving the hilariously named phlogiston theory), helped development the metric system and compiled a list of all known elements. Unfortunately, he was guillotined during the French Revolution. Toad disguised as Karl Marx. Marx developed the socio-political theory of Marxism and is known for his “Communist Manifesto”.

~Love and Stitches,

Miss Pascal

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Big Sister Pascal permalink
    October 6, 2011 7:40 pm

    I still want a squid hat! 😉 But seriously–you all looked fabulous, and the soft-sculpted bits (Bowser and Yoshi’s head particularly) were REALLY impressive.

    Keep on keepin’ on!

  2. Strawberry Shortcake permalink
    October 6, 2011 9:54 pm

    i approve of my moniker! 🙂 can’t wait to see your finished costumes this year! i’m still looking for inspiration this year…

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