|THE WORLD'S BIGGEST MUNCHKIN!!!|
I have never had a store-bought Halloween costume in my entire life. It comes as no great surprise that neither of my parents are Halloween enthusiasts; my dad could take it or leave it and mom would just as soon leave it entirely. Because my mom disavowed any true participation in Halloween, our costumes were always of the "homemade" variety that started with clothes from her closet and ended with a mustache drawn on with an eyebrow pencil. Year after year, I wore almost-identical costumes with only a change in title - pirate, gypsy, artist, etc. On the odd occasion, we managed to eke out a clown costume and for a couple years running, I was a scarecrow. As a child, I was none the wiser. As an adult, I am actually grateful that imagination, thrift, and ingenuity were thrust upon us.
For years, I have made Mary's Halloween costumes. This year I was perplexed. She has been Lucille Ball, Willy Wonka, Dame Edna, a pirate wench, a glamorous witch, Jean Harlow, and others that I just can't seem to pull from the recesses of my addled brain at this moment. I was toying with the idea of "Scary Poppins," a macabre interpretation of the classic, Mary Poppins character, but in the design stages, it became too reliant on props; nobody wants to carry a carpet bag full of Jane & Michael's severed heads around all night!
In thinking of things that were a little on the lighter side but still mildly-ironic, I decided that Mary (at 6' tall) could be The World's Biggest Munchkin!
|A quick design sketch|
The best part of this costume is that I had EVERYTHING I needed on hand. Sometimes it pays to be a hoarder! From the fabric to the notions to the discount placemat that I used to create the hat, it was a joy to avoid multiple visits to the fabric store during the Halloween season. I "frankensteined" several patterns and ended up having to draft some of my own pieces. I made the green, circle skirt a separate piece so she could incorporate it into her regular, post-munchkin wardrobe. The bodice/apron is all one piece and unless she gets really brave, it will probably be cast to the back of her closet - the costume graveyard.
|The finished product.|
I'm rather proud that the outcome very closely resembles my original design.
I played with the idea of forcing the perspective even more by having her in heels, but with a hat of almost 18", she already had to duck to get through doorways.
|Mary shows off her layers of pink petticoats and pink stockings.|
|After all, height is just a number, right?|