For me I find the most exciting part of a costume party is the brain storming and creating a costume. With Halloween just around the corner here is the the costume I made last year – the evil Queen of the Forest.   As I was studying in year 12 last year, and halloween fell just prior to my final exams, I had very little time to dedicate to making a costume. This costume was quick and easy and the perfect study break project. This costume had three elements, a black dress out of the wardrobe,  a black cape I sewed  and the crown I made. 

For the crown I first found this blog post with a similar idea and based mine off this. This project was great as it is  unique and worked really well for the costume. I followed the steps detailed by Jessica Andersdotter and then added some small black hair elastics to the sides of the crown and placed bobby pins through them so that I had a way of securing the crown to my head throughout the entire night.

For the cape I adapted this pattern using fleece for the body, hood and lining and a wide ribbon for the closure. The thick fleece was a little bit of a pain to work with as the seams were so bulky but the warmth was needed for the Melbourne weather, that always unpredictable around October. I used the basic idea and construction to then make exactly what I wanted. I modified the hood so it was less drapey and to reduce bulk as I used a heavy fleece. To do this I just rounded off the point at the top of the hood so it was more fitted to my head. I also shortened the cape section to make it about a mid length. I made two of these to match with a friend and it took about a day to complete both.

Happy Halloween!

Cape

Fabric- Spotlight Fleece

Pattern- modified from this

Crown 

Instructions here

Materials- twigs from my backyard and other materials from Spotlight

I’ve noticed beeswax wraps popping up in stores over the past few years as the move to being personally environmentally friendly grows. As a fairly environmentally conscious person myself, I’m always looking for ways to minimise my plastic use – no single use plastic bags and avoiding cling wrap and plastic packaging. Honestly, I get way too excited about movements such as ban the bag and any environmentally conscious or locally made products.  These wraps are small thing to do for the environment but with so many new ways to avoid plastic  it seems silly to rely on plastic packaging.

I have found that beeswax wraps are normally quite expensive so I decided I’d have a go at making some myself. This is also a perfect project to use up small scraps of woven fabric from other projects. 

I followed the instructions here and found they worked really well. I saw a few methods that used a tree rosin to make the wraps a tad less sticky but couldn’t buy it at shops and didn’t want to source it online (/was too excited and impatient to make these and didn’t want to wait for it to arrive in the post). 

I made two wraps. I sewed a button and string to the larger one to add some extra support to the wrap if it wrapped a sandwich. I also made a smaller one for baked goods or fruit. I think these are super handy and also a good way for me to feel good about reducing my carbon footprint. The materials for this project were also very environmentally friendly as I used Melbourne ‘grown’ beeswax ,Australian packaged jojoba oil and scrap fabric. I always love these types of projects that will have a use in daily life and I will be making more of these wraps as I have plenty of materials left. 

They are a little stickier than bought wraps however with use the stickiness decreases. I would recommend slightly less beeswax than what was listed in the instructions I followed. It’s important not too put too much beeswax on the fabric as I did initially, all my food ended up sticky and tasting slightly of beeswax. Minimising the beeswax so there is just enough to allow the fabric to mould will make the wraps a lot nicer and less sticky. I am overall happy with these as they are really cute, functional, use up scraps and make me feel good about minimising my plastic use!

Fabrics- Spotlight