Saturday, October 28, 2017

Handmade Halloween: Tina Belcher Costume

Let's take a break from our regularly-scheduled cool weather clothing making. I needed a Halloween costume to attend a party this weekend. I have no idea why this idea popped into my head and would not leave, but I really wanted to go as Tina Belcher from Bob's Burgers:
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If you don't know Tina by now, look away. You won't get it. But to know Tina is to love her. Awkward and anxious but confident, lover of horses, butts and zombies. A dramatic daydreamer. Feminist. Enthusiastic dancer. If Tina had a sewing machine, we would be BFF.


Sartorially, Tina is pretty simple. Light blue t-shirt, royal blue A-line skirt, tube socks and old-school black high tops. Plus her iconic yellow barrette. And a copy of her self-penned Erotic Friend Fiction. I had a feeling I could recreate Tina's look with items that I would likely wear again, which is my nerdily-practical Halloween dream.


Perhaps my Tina costume revelation came when I was pouring over Tilly and the Button's Love at First Stitch book for my Margot pajama pants. The Delphine skirt caught my eye; it's the perfect exaggerated A-line shape! I got a yard of this really nice royal blue ponte on sale (double coupon, y'all!) from Joann Fabrics, figuring the thick ponte would hold the shape well, and I had at it.


In Tilly's size chart, I'm between a 7 and 8. For my Delphine, I cut a size 8, although I probably could have done a 7 since the pattern is intended for wovens and I was using a knit. It's a little bit big.

I sewed up the center back seam where the zipper would be inserted (I kept it in rather than cut on the fold because it had some shaping) and redrafted the waistband to be one long, wide rectangle that is folded over and attached to the skirt. It worked out pretty well! The waistband is a little bit tall (I forgot to subtract seam allowances) and could probably use a bit of contouring, but I can fold it down, yoga pants style, no problem.


I didn't finish the seams, I just pressed them open. I also left the hem raw, because I'm lazy. The skirt turned out perfectly for my costume needs, but I'm not sure I will wear it as such post-Halloween. I may slim it down on the sides to more of a straight/pencil skirt shape.

The fabric is the real winner here! This stuff, the "refined ponte" from Joann, is really high quality- nice and thick, almost like scuba. And not too poly-feeling or -looking. I will definitely buy it again!


For my shirt, I opted for the Cashmerette Concord T-shirt pattern and some light blue slubby cotton jersey from my stash. I think I got it in Hong Kong several years ago for a song, but I can't quite recall. I cut a 16 C/D with the scoop neck and short sleeves. I made a 3/4" full bicep adjustment on the sleeve and lengthened them slightly because I found that my other Concord sleeves ride up into my armpit and drive me mad. The fit ended up just how I like it and I know I will get lots of wear out of this t-shirt!

What do you think? Did I capture the essence of Tina?


23 comments:

  1. I don't know the show, but I love your "nerdily-practical" take on a Halloween costume. I have such a hard time deciding on a costume because something that will only be worn a bit just gets me stuck. I'm so glad to hear a review of your skirt fabric. Thanks for sharing it!

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    1. Yes! It feels good to use things you already have, or that you will wear again, to make your Halloween costume!

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  2. YES! Brilliant. The perfect character choice! (Also, bonus: if you say anything awkward at the party, you can pretend it was "in character"! But perhaps you are better in social situation than me... :P )

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    1. I definitely pulled out a few Tina-like "Uuuuuhhhhhh" responses when asked questions I didn't want to answer ;-)

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  3. I love Tina! This turned out perfectly. I'd know you right away. I hope that erotic friend fiction has zombies in it.

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    1. Zombies, butts, horses... the works.

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  4. awesome. I think the socks should just go to about mid-calf. : )

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    1. True, I think Tina is a bit leggier than me. But it was over the calf or scrunched down at my ankles the way my legs work.

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  5. Brilliant! I may borrow this one for a costume party my husband forgot to tell me about until, oh, yesterday. Maybe I'll make him be Gene!

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  6. You look like a smart, strong, sensual woman.

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    1. I'm no hero. I put my bra on one boob at a time like everybody else.

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  7. Ha! Love the whole look on you, especially the socks. Clever costume though, well done!

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  8. You are an awesome Tina! Love everything about this!

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  9. That's so perfect! You totally nailed it. Now I'm super interested in that fabric, too. I don't love the South Burlington JoAnn's, though. Had a few less-than-pleasant experiences there and I'm hesitant to return.

    I've been known to be Louise around town Burlington on Halloween. Hand-dyed the yarn for the hat and everything. It's a fun excuse to be totally naughty for the sake of character ;)

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    1. Thanks!

      Yeah, Joann's is not my favorite. Some of the sales people are nice and knowledgeable. Others less so. And I always feel like the store is trying to trick you, between the sales and coupons.

      Hand-dyed Louise hat?! Sounds amazing! I briefly considered Louise, as I have the perfect bright green dress, but I'm really more of a Tina in look and personality. http://cookinandcraftin.blogspot.com/2016/08/brussels-washer-lottie-dress.html

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  10. OMG, I love Tina! You captured her perfectly! Love the outfit! I am wondering where in the world you found those socks?!

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    1. Thank you!!

      Tube socks care of Amazon. I probably could have searched for the locally, but convenience won out. Searched "tube socks red stripes" or something to that effect!

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  11. CUUUUUUUTE!!! You're perfect as Tina!

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