Mardi Gras 2011 & My Stuffed Animal Dress!

by Mallory Whitfield on March 10, 2011

So I’ve shown you Mardi Gras past… and now my recap of Mardi Gras 2011! Remember, this was the raw ingredients of what was to become my costume:

Mardi Gras 2011 sneak peek

A denim halter dress, two sizes too big from the thrift store, and a whole lot of stuffed animals. This is the work in progress:

Mardi Gras 2011 costume in progress

And this is the completed costume, which I wore on Fat Tuesday!

Mardi Gras 2011 & My Stuffed Animal Dress!

If you follow my Facebook page, you already know that this costume was the cause for me sewing through my finger for the first time ever on my sewing machine! (It wasn’t really that bad in the end, but it did freak me out as I’d never done it before! And I still maintain, I have hurt myself more times hand-sewing!) This dress ended up requiring a mixture of machine sewing and hand sewing, and a whole lot of seam ripping to get those stuffed animal guts out, but it was worth it!

I got some comparisons to artist Mike Kelley and to Lady Gaga (namely that Glee episode where Rachel wears a dress covered in Beanie Babies), but none of that was intentional. When I first came up with the idea, I did try to search around online and see if a bunch of other people had already done something similar but I was having trouble finding much. It wasn’t until after I started working on the costume and hinting at what I was doing that someone pointed out the Glee / Lady Gaga thing. Either way, I’m happy with the way it turned out, it was very fun to wear and very SOFT! I also have some amazingly talented and creative friends too:

My friends Dan & Andrea as a gangsta Stormtrooper and a BP oil spill beauty queen

My friends Dan & Andrea as a gangsta Stormtrooper and a BP oil spill beauty queen

the lovely Veronica in her picnic attire!

the lovely Veronica in her picnic attire!

This shotgun house on Chartres & Barracks gets dressed up every year. This year it was a dragon!

This shotgun house on Chartres & Barracks gets dressed up every year. This year it was a dragon!

Me at the dragon shotgun house.

Me at the dragon shotgun house.

me, in my Noisician majorette outfit before Box of Wine on Sunday

me, in my Noisician majorette outfit before Box of Wine on Sunday

I think it’s pretty clear that I had a fun Mardi Gras. If you were here to celebrate it, I hope yours was equally fun! And if you weren’t here, well, luckily Mardi Gras is a holiday that comes once a year, so make your plans now!

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