Blaine's costume included such touches as a leopard-print ascot,
epaulettes, a monocle and an embroidered name tag for "Colonel
Michael's coat was a purple herringbone pattern,
fully lined and included four working pockets. The corduroy
vest and bowtie were also sewn by Felicia.
Jason, played the role of the rich tycoon in a green
"smoking" jacket. His tie had a dollar sign pattern and his
pockets were filled with wads of "Mr. Green money" to give away. I'm
not sure if it influenced the judges, but it seemed that people were
reluctant to say the Mr. Green was responsible for Mr. Boddy's
murder, after that.
Best In Show! Clue
I'm sure many of you grew up playing Clue (or Cluedo
outside the U.S.) and are very familiar with the colorful,
iconic characters in the game (from left to right
Scarlet, Mr. Green,
Colonel Mustard and
Plum). Since there 6 suspect characters, split evenly between men
and women, it seemed like the perfect Halloween Costume theme for us
Like most years, Felicia spent many weeks
with long days sewing all the costumes, starting with the idea in
early October to completed costumes a week before Halloween. Apart
from Michael's pants, everything you see was the result of Felicia's
In the past, she would have been sewing right up to Halloween.
But this year we wanted to join two local costume contests which
were held the weekend before Halloween. On Saturday we went to the
parade and costume contest near Blaine's parents. We were
proud to win first place in the
family/group category. (This is in addition to the individual
awards that Blaine and Michael received in their respective age
groups.) Then on Sunday, we entered the costume
contest downtown. Not only did we win first place in the
group category but we received a special Best In Show trophy
recognizing efforts both this year and in prior years. It was quite
We spent much of the time during the parade insisting,
"I didn't do it" then pointing fingers at another suspect like
"Professor Plum, in the Study with the Lead Pipe". Each person had
somewhat shady alibis and really got into their characters. Rosemary
couldn't explain why she spent an inordinate amount of time dusting
fingerprints off a candlestick. Amara offered her autograph to
anyone that would say she was innocent. And Jason was handing
out $100 bills to anyone that would side with him. Colonel
Mustard tried unsuccessfully to deny that he could have used a
revolver, so just kept deflecting suspicion over to Mrs. Peacock.
I think the crowds liked getting involved too.
Felicia found a beautiful "feather brocade"
fabric for the bodice and cuffs of her dress. Also notice the real
peacock feathers on her hat.
Rosemary was thrilled to play a sexy Mrs. White and
to have her hair up in a French Twist. Felicia worked up a
flattering design that flairs out slightly at the knees. We have to
think twice about letting her out of the house in this.
Amara was a stylish Hollywood starlet, Miss Scarlet. She
was thrilled with all the details from the ruffles on the skirt to
the fluffy/furry cover-up.