Shannon Berrey

Saving your day

Thursday, October 31, 2013

You have the office Halloween costume party tonight and you have simply been too busy to even think about a costume. 
  I'm here for you.    

Open the kitchen junk drawer and grab yourself some tape.  Go crazy.

{all images via FullyM via Wes Naman}

Done and Done.

{added bonus--beautiful clean pores at the end of the evening} 

DIY easy tutu/ Superhero costume

Thursday, August 29, 2013

I wanted my Superhero Gala costume to be easy and fast because we had a crazy amount of decorating to focus on. Since Halloween is right around the corner, it may be a costume you want to whip up, so, I am sharing the details of how I put it together. 

It's pretty easy to find superman t-shirts and I was beyond happy when I spotted one in Wal-Mart within 30 seconds of walking in the door. {I think it was $7.50}


The distressed t was cute, but, I wanted to give it some sparkle. Using Aleene's Fabric Glue, I painted it on to the red areas with a small paint brush. Then I sprinkled red glitter over the glue and let dry. 

I bought 2/3 of a yard of red sequinned elastic {also from Wal-Mart} and sewed it onto the edge of each sleeve. {You could glue it on if you don't sew!}

For the tutu, I bought rolls of 6" glitter tulle in silver, blue and red {Wal-Mart}. 

It would have been cheaper to buy the tulle in yardage off of the bolt, but I hate cutting tulle {it's super hard to get straight} and this project was about 'fast'. I ended up going back and buying more. So, I ended up using 2 rolls of each color.    

 I played around with how long I wanted the tutu to be. When you fold a 41" strip in half, you end up with about a 20" long tutu {an inch is taken up in the knot}. This worked well on this 5'10" frame. I used a 1" wide piece of elastic that I put around my waist and marked a comfortable length with a pen.    

Fold one piece in half.

Lay the looped middle a couple of inches over the elastic.

Hold the 2 ends together and pull them around the back of the elastic and through your loop, forming a slip knot. 

Keep pulling the ends to tighten your knot.  

{Note the progression of more and more glitter on the white background of each pic??? FYI-- this stuff sheds the glitter like CRAZY! It was, and still is, covering my house. I actually apologized to the housekeepers at Harrah's for the glitter trail I left everywhere} 

Slide it to the end and then rotate your colors.

Depending on the look you are after, you can push them really tight together {which requires more tulle} or rather loosely for a more 'see through' look. 


I used a needle and thread to stitch the ends of the elastic together. Then I used 2 sheets of glitter silver foam sheets to cut out a few stars and attached them with a dot of hot glue. 

My wonder woman cuffs were made from 1 sheet of blue glitter 8x11" foam.{Wal-Mart} 
I cut it lengthwise.

I measured my wrist so that I could slip it on and off, hot glued the edge and then attached a silver foam star. 

I bought a pink foam crown from Wal-Mart {they didn't sponsor this post, but they should have!!} and I gave it a spray with some metallic gold paint. {$1.00}

You can see it in this pic with my buddy, Krysta.

My comic tights came from Celeste Stein Design. This hosiery company offers over a thousand different designs that you can get printed on tights, socks, or leggings. After I placed my online order, I gave them a call and asked if there was anyway that they could expedite my shipping {because I waited until the last minute to order} and they were kind enough to fed ex them to me overnight for about $1.50 more!! Thanks ladies!!

I also have received comments about my monogrammed boots. I ordered these wellies several years ago from Zoubaby. I love them!! They are the closest thing to superman boots I own! 

A super easy and super affordable costume, right??


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I'm an artist, interior designer, wife and mom. Join me here as I share projects, ramblings, and inspirations.
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