The “Michonne: Zombie Killer Extraordinaire” Costume
I used some images from the series The Walking Dead in this post, and they might be too graphic for any little ones looking over your shoulder as you read this. I thought about censoring the photos by putting some happy faces over the zombies, but then I realized that it wouldn’t change the photos that much; they are still scary looking, and I really needed to use them to give you some background on the character I’m imitating. Please come back and take a look after the kids are in bed ;)
- Fabric: mystery beige fabric for cape < $2; krama from Cambodia
- Pattern: Simplicity 9169 for cape with many modifications = $0.69
- Year: post apocalypse
- Notions: leather belt, leather thong for drawstring, mud = free
- Time to complete: ~2 hours
- First worn: battling zombies in my derelict barn
- wear again?: The cape for playtime; all the other pieces are going back into my regular wardrobe
- Total price: ~$2.69
It’s a bit out of character for me, but I absolutely love the TV series The Walking Dead. I admit to sometimes averting my eyes during a particularly gory scene, but it’s the plot and characters that keep me coming back for more: Good people doing bad things, bad people doing good things, group dynamics under crisis. Without going into the whole psychology of why post-apocalyptic themes run rampant these days (oh boy….), I’ve gotten drawn into the idea of society breaking down and humans returning to our role as predator / prey.
My favourite character is Michonne, the lone warrior who travels with her two zombie escorts, Terry and Mike. I haven’t read the graphic novels yet, so I don’t know what’s in store for Michonne this season, but I hope to see more of her. Here was our first glimpse of her in the final moments of last season’s finale:
I wasn’t going to make a Halloween costume this year because I can’t wear one to work for safety reasons, and I thought I’d be pretty busy making my daughter’s costume demand: a rescue princess fairy mermaid sea lion. Yeah, you read that correctly. Anyway, the season premiere of The Walking Dead rolled around on October 14th and I joked with a friend that it would be fun to dress up my kids as Mike and Terry, and me as Michonne. Haha, how inappropriate! Hahahahahahah! Wait….that’s a perfect idea. Minus the zombie kids, of course.
I don’t have long hair, so I started making braids from black wool, but when I pinned them to the krama, they just looked too…..I don’t know….Raggedy Anne. Not exactly the ass-kicking powerful heroine look I was going for. My unstyled Sunday hair will have to do until I can find a wig with dreads.
As usual, I’ll end with my out take photo. I’m entitling this one, “Ewwwwww! What just fell on my head?!?”