Wednesday, October 29, 2014

AFI Art Pumpkins

Two pumpkins I've made based on AFI album art.  See all my pumpkin carving posts. 

DIY Richard Castle 'WRITER' Vest Costume

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This Halloween I'm going as Castle (from the show Castle), and to do so required making his 'WRITER' printed bullet-proof vest. 

-Dark Blue Vest
-Dark Blue Cloth (I used a light weight denim)
-White Screen-Printing ink and a paint brush
-Safety Pins

I cut out four pieces of fabric - two large ones for the writing and two smaller ones for fake chevrons. The larger pieces were 11.5 x 4 inches, and the smaller pieces are 9 x 3.5 inches. The smaller pieces are long so that they can wrap over the shoulders. 

I used 'Impact' font in Microsoft Word as it appeared to be the closest to what is used in the show.  I traced the text off my computer using a pencil.  Then I hand-painted the words using screen-printing ink.  I let them dry, then ironed the pieces before attaching them to the vest. I iron both sides for a few minutes, with the cloth under a piece of a paper bag. 
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I safety-pinned the pieces onto the vest, and to each other to help keep them from flapping over. 

The rest of the costume consists of jeans and a long-sleeve blue button up shirt.  Going simple this year.