Happy Halloween! With today being Halloween I was thinking about what to post. Later today I will have more food post and what-not but I was thinking I should pay tribute to this holiday with a throw back to one of my favorite costumes I made. Yes, I sew too.
Back in 1991 Steven Spielberg wow’ed audiences with his movie Hook. In it Dustin Hoffman played Captain Hook. His costume captivated my imagination. Over a decade later that costume never left my imagination. I spent that time getting into sewing and learning how to make my creations come to life.
I started with working with felt. The nice thing about this was in a pinch I could just glue the seams. Then I started getting more serious with making my own costumes. I started working with lace and velvet. I would construct yarn wigs and over sized hats.
The time finally came to try my own hand at making my own version of Captain Hook. I went to the fabric store and looked at patterns for pirates, red coats, anything period that would give me ¾ coats and knickers.
I then went over to the fabric section where they had bridal fabrics. There I found an awesome lace, a great textured fabric for the shirt, and the velvet for the coat. Then I went over to where they had their Christmas stuff and found a great red and gold wired ribbon. Then it was over to buttons. I looks through tons of buttons and landed on a few. One for the coat which had a crest like emblem. I found one that was smaller that would work for the vest. I then found a great white round button that would work for the shirt cuffs.
Then it was over to suiting fabric and I found a great pinstripe that would work for the vest. The vest was the same pattern as the coat but I didn’t do the sleeves and I too the hem up about 3 inches.
When I went to get everything cut I was getting looks from the ladies that worded there but over the years I just learned to ignore the judgement and just tell them what I needed. I know they couldn’t understand what a early twenty something guy was doing with all of this but I didn’t care.
I took all the stuff home and borrowed my mom’s sewing machine. Then it was a lot of patience in putting it all together. Whether it was making the yarn wig and “styling” the “hair” or making the hat and giving it the grandness of a pirates hat, or all of the hand stitching that went into it, I just took it one step at a time. When it came to sewing the ribbon on to the velvet I removed the wire from the ribbon and then did a whip-stich. On the gold trimmed edge I used gold thread and stitched through every gold square, and then on the rev velvet side I stitched with red thread through every red square. All the lace was and stitched on as well.
Yes, any sane person would say I went over the top but this costume is one of my proudest accomplishments and still is on display in my home office. It’s a reminder that anything you put your mind to can be achieved with a little time, patience, and attention to detail.