Monday, September 3, 2012

DIY: The Horror Flick Dress

My cardboard suitcase is packed and I'm ready: Horrifying Haunts, here we come.
Ah, Labor Day weekend. A time for cookouts, catching up with friends and, of course, sewing a Horror Flick Dress. Oh, you didn't know that was on the agenda? Well, you best get crackin, friend.

I know what you are thinking: Dude (feel free to call me Cassie), it's September! Halloween isn't for weeks!

Or maybe your thought is: Wow! That dude (seriously? It's Cassie) has cured her infamous Pro-Cass-tination problem. 

Or perhaps, in all of your ADHD-ness, you are comtemplating: Another dress? From the same pattern as the Empire Strikes Back, Presley Poodle and the I-See-London-I-See-France frocks? Huh. So versatile (hey, is that sarcasm?). I think I need more chocolate. My feet itch. Is the cat reading my mind right now? Duuude! (I give up).
As soon as I saw this Horror Flick fabric by Robert Kaufman, I knew I had to have some. I shared some extra yardage with Jen over at Peachy Tuesday. I cannot wait to see what awesome hair accessories she busts out with this fabric. I snagged my yardage from Lady Buttons Fabric.
 Okay, so lemme explain. I'm actually not way ahead of schedule because here, at Creepy Casa de Cassie, Halloween begins very early (in less than 10 days!) and continues for every weekend until the end of October. I confessed in this post that hubs and I love going to haunted events. You know, the kind where you pay money for someone in their zombie-finest to chase you with a chainsaw. After seeing this fabric, I knew I had a make a dress for the occasion.

 Our addiction to these haunted events started at Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights (I dare you to say "Candyman" three times and click on the link). I remember walking up to the first haunted house behind a group of girls. Whatever they saw at the entrance of the house scared them so much, they shrieked and took off running. This left hubs and I staring into the eyes of an actress dressed as a psych patient complete with bloody gown, crazy grimace and one big butcher knife. After escaping that house with sweaty palms, nervous knees and laughter, we were hooked.

It's very fitting that Universal Studios would host such a spook-tacular event as it's kind of like the Godfather of Horror. Founded by Carl Laemmle in 1912, the studio is the oldest in the U.S. In the 1930's Carl's son, Laemmle, Jr., began producing a series of monster movies, nicknamed Universal Monsters. Those movies can be found in the posters above...and in the fabric of my dress.

If you find yourself at Universal Studios in Orlando, please make sure you see the Universal Studios Horror Make-Up Show. It gives a great history on the horror movies of Universal all while being super silly. Not gonna be in Orlando anytime soon? Check out this bootleg.
When I wear this to the haunted houses, it will not be in these shoes. I'll be pairing this dress with my less-than-glamorous-but-oh-so-comfy Chacos. Perfect for running from chain-saw-wielding-homocidal-maniacs.
Not that I'll be doing any running. Oh no. This year, I'm gonna put on my best Morticia Addams face and be brave. Look those monsters right in the eye and not even blink, take my hands off my hips or have a hair out of place. My evil eye will have them running from me.
Dude, seriously?! If I could perfect that glare, I'd never have a single ounce of backtalk in my class room. The only thing more frightening than that stare is that drive-in movie screen sized fivehead, er, forehead.
Oh who am I kidding. My evil eye will quickly fade and become a Big Fat Baby Cry. Like every year. It's the only time the monsters break character and give me a "Duuude! Relax! Can someone please come get this crazy?!"
 Thanks for dropping by. I'll keep you posted on the haunted events the dress and I visit. Enjoy your Labor Day, dudes!









20 comments:

  1. GREAT fabric!! I need that, too!!

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  2. Get you some, it's awesome!

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  3. Amazing! You've reminded me that I have to start getting ready for Halloween...

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  4. you are too cute! and funny, love this dress!!
    also, you are brave because I cannot go to those haunted places I am such a enormous WUS. glad my hair accessories can make the trip for me...:)

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  5. Love it!!! and your air and makeup!

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    1. Coming from a doll like you, that's a giant compliment, thanks, Q!

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  7. Your dress is amazing, I wish it was in my closet! I love Halloween, last year was amazing because the beau and I went to LA and did the Halloween Haunt at Knotsberry Farms and they had the most amazing haunted houses, Disneyland, then back at home, it was like Halloween on steroids and I loved every minute of it!

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    1. Here, we were there too!! That is so funny, Knotsberry's event was so big. I'm glad you liked it. We've never done Disney's Not-So-Scary...was it fun? I'm sure it was, it's Disney!

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  8. Positively horrifying, dear! ;) Love this dress--quite possibly my favorite that you've made!

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  9. I LOVE this dress pattern and the fantastic dresses you have made. Your style is exactly what mine would be, if only I could pull it off! Sadly, as a Library Assistant in a little library in Surrey, England I don't think I could quite manage it. You have great talent and great taste!

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    1. You are so sweet! I never thought I'd pull it off...and now the kids are bummed when I have a "blah" day. I say start spiffiying (a new word, tada!) that wardrobe slowly...before you know it, you can dress wild and crazy and folks will think: "Oh, Nicola ALWAYS dresses so different, that's why we love her!" ;)

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  10. Such a whimsical dress! =)

    http://pinkchampagnefashion.blogspot.com/

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  11. how many yard do you think Ill need to make a dress in size XL? Greetings from eurpean CM;)

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    1. Hiya! I used a bit less than 3 yards for this dress...so perhaps 4 yards? Because of the pattern in the fabric, it's a bit tricky laying out the pattern...no flipping it upside down so that makes it so you use more fabric. I hope that helps. Please share your dress when you make it!

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  12. On the "collar" I am not going to vote because I think you mean the neckline. I would like to see it a little lower in front- a U more-just a little. It does not look comfortable- like it is choking you a little. But that is being maybe too picky- it is gorgeous and so are you and the fabric!

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  13. LOVE IT.

    AMAZING!

    And gotta love the Addams family references too... One of my best halloween costumes was Gomez in a group venture.

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