I will take you through how I created the look.
Basically I started with a white dress--this one was purchased at a local thrift store. With its fitted corset top and the pleating which created a bell, it made an ideal mountain-esque shape.
To get the background color for the lower altitude meadows I used a basic RIT dye powder pack. Because I only wanted the bottom of the dress dyed and the top to remain white (for the snow cap) I used the boiling water stove top method. I twisted the bottom of the dress and submerged it for a short period so it took a moderate amount of color, wringed out the excess water, and laid it on a dark towel to air dry.
Once it was dry, I used some basic fabric paints to create texture and give the impression that there were various flora scattered about. I just used a small and medium sized brush to dab on the different colors, overlapping and fading as desired.
|Yarn from Paulanna at Pergolina. Thanks, Paulanna!|
To give it some actual texture, I sewed feathery green yarn sporadically throughout the skirt,
creating patches of tall grass.
These patches were accompanied by small red and yellow flowers which I embroidered.
And after I added my flora I made sure to strategically place a little fauna.
Sweet little stag.
For the base of my snow cap I used cornflower blue fabric paint and added contour coloring and texture. I also added some little silk flags for a tiny skier to have a fun downhill slalom. I hand sewed these with a little embroidery thread and used a black fine tipped marker to draw the flag posts.
Fun Fact: the peach silk flag (fabric purchased at a garage sale) was actually the same fabric used as the lining in Natalie Portman's dress from the tornado scene of Where the Heart Is.
I also made a bird necklace from miniature doves and wire. You always need to accessorize!
I was going to be more of a Mt. Saint Helens and have a cloud headpiece, but then I decided to go with an actual peak so that my costume was a little more discernible, more Mt. Rainier. Luckily, I had some household items to fashion it out of: a white microwavable leftover bag, thin black head band and cornflower blue paint (leftover from above).
Not a super-long project, maybe a total of five hours all together. But I love it and will always keep my dream of finding a bunch of ladies to form a mountain range with me...
|Me and Crisp (aka Olive)|
Need a few other DIY costume ideas? Why not go as a snazzy skeleton, a fantastic fox, or Jon Snow and Ghost?
Wow really inventive I love it!ReplyDelete
oh what a fabulous idea! and you have a lovely smile :)ReplyDelete
i watch those same shows when i'm crafting lol!!ReplyDelete
Fabulous!! You are so creative to think of that! My boyfriend and I were the sun and earth for Halloween this year. I drew him an earth shirt and smeared dirt all over his face. :P Do you live in the PNW??ReplyDelete
sooo cute and sooo much thought!! xReplyDelete
Rachel, the sisters are all from the PNW!
Excellent costume idea, Rachel!ReplyDelete
Oh Rachel I love it! Any excuse to smear dirt on my boyfriend's face. :)ReplyDelete
This is great! Good idea!ReplyDelete
Thanks! I am exhausted just thinking about what I'm going to do this year.Delete