I’m not generally a costume person, but after getting (good-natured) grief at the Halloween parties last year, I knew I had to step up my game. Of course, I also wanted to kill two birds with one stone and make it a blog project as well!
To still be “me” and keep my costs down, I decided a deer costume was the ticket. I thrifted a brown skirt to pair with my white button up and brown sweater, and the makeup was from the college theater class. To complete the look, I designed a pair of deer ears.
We cut felt really early in the blog run, way back during Week 4, Rock Band Drum Covers. We learned the hard way the smell of laser cut wool was pervasive, so I used synthetic felt to construct the ears. Jo-Ann’s has a plush felt that was perfect, and at less than $6 a yard. We needed less than 1/8 of a yard for the project.
I knew I wanted something more realistic looking than “Cut a petal shape and pinch at base.” I consulted Google for deer ear shape images and I did a practice run in paper. I’ve never really drafted a pattern before, so the paper was to test where folds would go and what the fabric to look like before folding and gathering to give it the appropriate shape.
Deer ears are brown with white inside, and than get brown again near the inside base. To really get full use of the laser, I did decorative swirls on the inside of the ears. We found that while the laser cut the material nicely, the inner swirls were too tight of a cut and got a little melty and stuck to the “plush” part of the felt. Not a big deal, but they had to be trimmed out later by hand.
The makeup was a lot of fun to do. I used the brown and white pots of my Ben Nye creme make up kit, and everything else is black eyeliner and mascara. There are a ton of you tube videos for the deer look (It’s really quite in right now) but they were a little too over the top for me and involved too many fake eyelashes. I took my inspiration from this image (unfortunately I can’t track down the original source), but I pulled back on the fawn spots, added a black lip and white to the nose which is seen on some deer – like this great photo of a mule deer by Anthony Dunn.
The costume was a hit, and just my speed. The makeup and hair, shockingly, lasted all night, and I’ll have the ears for years to come!