I saw Corpse Bride yesterday, which was fantastic of course, and now I absolutely MUST make the costume for THIS Halloween - I just have to! I think waiting a whole year is much too long, plus I think I can actually pull it off, since I have many pieces of it all ready to go, and I spent the latter 3/4ths of the movie paying close attention to details, along with fully enjoying the story, visuals and music! Of course the pirate costume that I had planned well ahead to save myself time this year is indeed almost completely finished, but that can be easily saved for Mardi Gras instead, since it's not as Halloweeny.
When I saw The Nightmare Before Christmas in October 1993, I knew there was no way I could do the Sally costume for that Halloween, so I was Sally for 1994 after I had the VHS so I could pause for details. Unfortunately only a few people recognized me then, since NBC had not yet become a cult favorite as it has in recent years. Emily the Corpse Bride is slightly bluer than Sally, but I can use the tights and makeup I bought back then for Sally, plus I will carefully cut off the skirt of my ghost dress from Halloween 2003 so the ghost dress can be put back together again, then add a new bodice. I found a pair of white opera-length gloves for $3 so easily trashed, I already have loose-weave muslin for the veil, and I'll just scavenge through the JoAnn and Michaels bridal sections for headbands, flowers and such that I can thrash. Since her hair texture is yarnlike anyway, I will get dark steel blue yarn to make a new wig, using a wig cap this time so it can be a full head of hair. I will not make fake extra-large eyes this time as I did for Sally, but just deeply shade around my eyes and draw on the distinct eyelashes.
The question is the exposed bones for her left arm and right leg...can I do them well enough or will they just look stupid? That is still to be determined, since I think with all blue shoulders, arms & legs, with the facial makeup and blue yarn hair, the effect will be good enough without exposed bones...but we'll see what I have time to do. :)