Wind me up!

Phew, it’s been a while!  If you guys hadn’t noticed, this blogging thing is pretty difficult for me to stay on top of.  Hopefully soon I’ll be able to post somewhat regularly, haha. 🙂

I’ve done a few things between now and my last post.. one of the biggest things being attending the Austin Maker Faire.. and I know I’m going to be a few weeks late, but I’ll eventually post a few of my pictures from there.  I also made a duct tape dressform for my little sister and I’ve started a jacket.. which has been sitting in my room half finished for about a week.  Oh yeah, I just made these awesome earrings, but you’ll just have to wait for those pictures because this post is really for my… halloween costume!

I decided to be a wind up doll and I really wanted to put moving parts on it.. of course that would be the little key part on the back.  All in all, I made a corset-ish type top, a simple circle skirt and an awesome petticoat that I love.. and will definately use again.. but I don’t have any pictures of it because it’s pretty see through.  Last year I made a last minute petticoat with tulle and I just took a piece and gathered it so it was kind of like a tutu, but I really hated it.. it was uncomfortable and I didn’t like the way it looked, so this year I decided to put more time and money into one so hopefully I could reuse it time and time again.  I used this tutorial by sugardale but I shortened the length to fit the skirt.  It was somewhat time consuming, took up a lot of thread, but overall I’m super happy with the result and I know I’ll be saving it to use again and again!

For the skirt I also used a tutorial, but I cannot find the exact one I used right now, but there are pages and pages of circle skirt patterns when I searched google, so if you need one that’s a good resource.

I’m not too happy with how the top came out.. I really wanted it to be a corset, but I just wasn’t confident enough with myself and I just ended up sewing panels together and lacing up the back.. so it was somewhat like a corset.  I refused to buy a pattern and tried to make one myself, which I regret doing, but it was too late to go out and buy one by the time I was making the top, so I guess I just lived and learned 🙂

So, I’ve been building up the anticipation to see this costume I’ve been rambling on about, so I present now, the pictures!

The makeup:

And finally, the part I’m most proud of with this costume… the wind-able key!
Testing it out.

Actually on the costume.

So there’s that.  I hope you guys enjoyed it, unfortunately I’m the only one who enjoyed this costume haha, for the party I was going to attend didn’t happen, so I spent all night on Halloween playing Little Big Planet. 🙂

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  1. November 5, 2008 at 12:26 am — Reply

    Oh my god! How adorable! Congratulations on a fantastic costume idea. I love the whole package — I adore how poofy the skirt is, in particular. It makes me think of a younger version of Truly Scruptious‘s doll costume in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

    Here‘s a picture, just in case. .^_^.””

    How long did it take for you to make it? Again, congratulations! You just made my day. 🙂

  2. November 5, 2008 at 4:26 am — Reply

    Oh wow! Congratulations on this fabulous costume. I love the wind-up key concept and the poofy skirt… so girly! It reminds me of Truly Scrumptious’ doll costume from the movie Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. It’s certainly inspiring! Thank you for making my day.

  3. Emily
    September 23, 2009 at 9:26 pm — Reply

    Where did you find your awesome key?

  4. December 9, 2009 at 5:51 pm — Reply

    You didn’t say where you got the key from. I am a dance teacher and looking for one…would you share this info?

  5. patty
    January 20, 2010 at 7:48 am — Reply

    can you tell me how you made your key? I have to make keys for dance costumes and just love yours. hopefully you get this and can help

  6. Jodylynne
    February 28, 2010 at 11:34 am — Reply

    Can you tell me how you made the key?
    great costume. also how did you get the key to stay on your costume?

  7. Jade
    August 28, 2010 at 12:22 am — Reply

    Hi there, don’t know if you’ve replied privately to others about how you made your key but REALLY wanna make one for halloween and have no idea where to start. If you have any advice, polease could you email me! thanks!!!

  8. sam(:
    September 16, 2010 at 6:44 pm — Reply

    hey(: well I’m here to ask the question everyone of these girls are did you make this awesome key? i also want to be a cute little wind up doll(:
    and i cant find keys anywhere,and i was thinking bout making one myself but i dnt know where to start and i seen your videos saying you used a little wind up toy to make this but can you pleeeezz help me out?(: you can contact me on myspace,cause i really dnt check my email often.
    add me,because i would be honored to have you as a friend(:

    October 16, 2010 at 9:25 pm — Reply

    hi! your wind up key is really cool! i want to be a wind up doll this year for halloween and would really appreciate it if you could let me know how you made yours. PLEASE!!!!

  10. kara
    October 21, 2010 at 10:59 am — Reply

    I also would like to know how you made your key or where you purchased it. Thanks!

  11. Jennifer
    October 21, 2010 at 1:16 pm — Reply

    PLEASEEE tell me how you made the awesome wind-up key??? I’m going to be a wind-up doll but need to know how to make the key part. Like all the others here, I’m looking for how to make and attach. Please let me know. thanks 🙂

  12. October 21, 2010 at 1:53 pm — Reply

    […]  Anyway,  I’ve received a lot of comments asking for a tutorial on how to make this key for a Halloween costume I had made a while ago.  I had started to create a tutorial for this but I ended up moving and all […]

  13. Renee
    July 19, 2012 at 2:49 am — Reply

    Hi I am making a steampunk wind up doll costume and have seen si many key ideas. Yours is the best I’ve seen. Could you share with me how you made it and what kind of parts you used? Simply the best!

  14. October 3, 2013 at 11:18 pm — Reply

    […]  Anyway,  I’ve received a lot of comments asking for a tutorial on how to make this key for a Halloween costume I had made a while ago.  I had started to create a tutorial for this but I ended up moving and all […]

  15. October 9, 2014 at 1:53 pm — Reply

    […] years ago I posted a Halloween costume I made that featured a working wind up key. Four years ago I posted a tutorial on how to make said […]

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