HOMEMADE HALLOWEEN: LAST YEAR
I have been knee deep in cardboard, hot glue, and fleece for the past two weeks, which can only mean one thing: costume time. I’ve been trying to document my process a little better this year, and you may have seen some previews on Instagram recently. I will share the kids’ final costumes as soon as I put the finishing touches on them.
In the meantime, I realized that I never shared their costumes from last year. Tula chose to be the tooth fairy, and Alden wanted to be a pirate. Two pretty straightforward costumes for once.
For Alden, I used an old rain jacket that I embellished with gold buttons and some fancy upholstery trim. I hacked up a thrifted blouse and made ruffles out of the gathered sleeve cuffs. I couldn’t find solid black boots at the thrift store, but I did find a black pair with a yellow stripe at the top and around the sole, so I covered the stripes with electrical tape.Thrifted belts worked great for the shoulder and waist straps, and of course we finished it off with a classic tinfoil and cardboard sword. The hat, earring, and eye patch were bought from Goodwill’s halloween section, and the hook was borrowed from a friend.
While Alden’s costume was mostly comprised of thrifted pieces, Tula’s costume was made almost completely from the fabric store. She really wanted to be involved in the designing of her dress, so she picked out a lot of the fabric. We used this simple tutu tutorial for the skirt section of the dress. The only part of the costume that we didn’t make were the wings, which in my opinion, are totally worth buying. I found these ones at Goodwill for $1. In the past we have tried to keep them on with elastic arm bands, but they never really stay where they are supposed to, so this time I sewed them right onto the back of the dress.
Is anyone else working on costumes right now? I’m guessing I’m not the only person with hot glue blisters on my fingers this time of year.