“Do we need the monkey?”

If you’ve been watching my Twitter or Instagram, you’ll have noticed weeks upon weeks of updates pertaining to my Halloween costume.  Well, here it is, folks!

This year I’m going as Marion Ravenwood from Raiders of the Lost Ark in her “Streets of Cairo” outfit of red harem pants and white peasant blouse (and Patrick as Indy of course).  And guess what…I did it all myself! And I can’t deny that I’m pretty darn proud.

It was a long and grueling process.  But long story short… After pouring over the film multiple times, as well as screencaping it myself, I sketched out the embroidery design, scanned it, then printed out strips to then trace onto the blouse using a water soluble pencil, followed by days upon days of hand-embroidering.  I aimed to be as accurate as possible, down to details that I think many miss in the film, including some zig-zag stitching under the arms and down the side, as well as four dots on the back of the blouse (although some concessions were made. I believe the smaller design between the larger design on the sleeves is actually eyelet work).  And while it may seem like a lot of work for just one event, I have plans to wear it again down the road for Comic-Con and Halloween at Disneyland.

I want to thank our friend and stellar photographer Anthony for shooting these. He’s so amazing!

My Costume
Blouse: New Look Pattern 6892, slightly altered, hand-embroidered by myself.
Pants: New Look Pattern 6132, slightly altered.
Sash: 1/4 of a yard of fabric, trimmed up, sewn in rousing with snaps in back.
Shoes: Thrifted
Monkey: Thrifted
Monkey’s vest: Made myself.

Patrick’s Costume
Hat: Disneyland
Shirt and Pants: Thrifted
Bag and Holster: Belong to my dad
Gun: Flea market
Whip: Swapmeet

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