Coraline: The Other Mother

While dressing up as The Other Mother from Coraline, I had this wild thought that while I picked the earliest rendition of the character from the movie because it is the easiest one to recreate with items you might already own and/or items that could be reused, there are people who just live their normal lives with this exact aesthetic. #CouldntBeMe I have an aversion to turtlenecks, but as I continue dressing up like characters, my collection grows. I picked this specific one up secondhand for this very purpose.

A chunky oatmeal colored turtleneck sweater and dark wash cropped jeans on a dress form with bright red sneakers on the floor in front of it.

Outfit: Oatmeal Michael Kors Waffle Weave Turtleneck Sweater

Black with White Polka Dots Scoop Neck Merona T-Shirt

Dark Wash Simply Vera Wang Capri Cropped Jeans

Red Seeker Socks

Shoes: Red Quilted Leather G by Guess Sneakers

A person dressed as The Other Mother from Coraline facing away from the camera. The emphasis  is on the black bob wig.

Hair: Short Black Bob Wig

A selfie of a person dressed as The Other Mother from Coraline. They wear a thick turtleneck sweater, bright red lipstick, and black buttons on their eyes.

Makeup:

Face: Blackest Black Glimmerstick from Avon on my face mole to create a beauty mark.

Eyes: Large Black Buttons

Lips: Kitten Heels Bright Red NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick

A selfie of a person dressed as The Other Mother from Coraline. They wear a thick turtleneck sweater, bright red lipstick, and black buttons on their eyes. They are holding their hand near their face to show off their long red fingernails.

Nails: Artificial Nails trimmed to Square Tips painted in Gia by Zoya

A closeup of two large black buttons front and back. On the back, there is tape doubled up to stick them onto eyelids.

Prop 1: Black Buttons taped to eyelids

In the spirit of using items that can be reused again, I just grabbed some buttons I had in my sewing stuff. They make Button Glasses, but the reviews say you don’t see well through them. Instead of wasting my time trying to fashion my own glasses with fishing line or something, I just used tape to hold them in place during photos. In full disclosure, my partner had to help me a lot during this photo shoot as it is very difficult to take photos (especially selfies!) with your eyes closed and buttons taped over them.

A white jewelry box. On the cotton pad side, two small black button eyes have been taped.

Prop 2: I used an empty jewelry box with a cotton pad inside where I could tape smaller black buttons. If I was going all out, I would’ve included black thread & needle inside and decorated the outside of the box to match the one in the film.

A side-by-side comparison of a person dressed as The Other Mother from Coraline in a chunky oatmeal colored turtleneck sweater, dark wash cropped jeans, black buttons for eyes, bright red lipstick, and bright red sneakers next to the character The Other Mother from Coraline.

A person dressed as The Other Mother from Coraline in a chunky oatmeal colored turtleneck sweater, dark wash cropped jeans, black buttons for eyes, bright red lipstick, and bright red sneakers edited into the kitchen from Coraline.
Oh, Coraline, I’m so glad you’re here! Don’t worry about these button eyes. I’m your Other Mother. Would you like some gravy on your food? How about a Mango Smoothie?

A person dressed as The Other Mother from Coraline in a chunky oatmeal colored turtleneck sweater, dark wash cropped jeans, black buttons for eyes, bright red lipstick, and bright red sneakers edited into the kitchen from Coraline. They are holding a large kitchen bowl with a wooden spoon.
Happy to see you again! Fetch your Father. We’re having Breakfast for Dinner.

A person dressed as The Other Mother from Coraline in a chunky oatmeal colored turtleneck sweater, dark wash cropped jeans, black buttons for eyes, bright red lipstick, and bright red sneakers edited into the kitchen from Coraline. They are holding a small gift box with small black button eyes in it.
I know you love it here. All you have to do to join us permanently is just sew some buttons into your eyes. You do want to join us, don’t you?

A person dressed as The Other Mother from Coraline in black tee with white polka dots and dark wash cropped jeans edited into the kitchen from Coraline next to the character Coraline.
I wish you knew how to be a loving daughter, Coraline. Would you like to play a game?

A side-by-side comparison of a person dressed as The Other Mother from Coraline. They wear a thick turtleneck sweater, bright red lipstick, and black buttons on their eyes next to the character The Other Mother from Coraline.

A side-by-side comparison of a person dressed as The Other Mother from Coraline next to the character The Other Mother from Coraline. They both hold a large kitchen bowl with a wooden spoon in it.

Catch me back here tomorrow for another post.

In the meantime, check out the Coraline Vibes board on Pinterest.

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