Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Halloween!!!

Happy Halloween everyone!
Here we have the grim reaper. Easy costume. Didn't finish seams or hem, because he's death after all. Pattern is Simplicity 5512, size 8 but I added 5 inches to the length and the sleeves.

Glinda the good witch says hello. The zipper on her dress is one of the few things that makes this dress less than fairworthy, but Macy loves it none the less. Pattern is McCalls 4948, size 7. I made her crown from a silver piece of poster board. Her wand is a Christmas ornament wired onto a dowel painted silver.

Eleanor our vampire looks ready for an evening of trick-or-treating. Her dress is one of my favorites and I wish it were fairworthy. Unfortunately I burned a hole in the skirt with a faulty iron and didn't center the front bodice piece (which is drapery fabric, but I loved how it looked!), but she loves it all the same. This is the same pattern (McCalls 5731 or P277) I used to make her Halloween costume last year, but I cut a size 7 this time.
She wanted a cape and I wanted it to flow with the dress. I used the cape pattern from the Snow White dress that Macy wore last year (Simplicity 9384-oop) and added hooks to each end. I added the same trim on the cape's neck as on the rest of Eleanor's dress and then we were able to hook the cape onto the dress trim and it looked like a continuation of the trim. I was proud of myself for figuring out that one!I also used size 14 snap source snaps for the snap in stand up collar. I applied them first and then sewed the trim over the rings. They were fast, sturdy and I didn't have to sew in any snaps. Woo Hoo for me!!!

Finally the pièce de résistance. Please welcome Claire starring as Sleeping Beauty. This pattern (Simplicity 9384-oop)-I cut the size 4-had many pieces and the skirt was a bit fiddly with lots of godets and matching of dots, but I persisted and we have a winner! Unfortunately it rained and her skirt bottom got soaked and dirty. It's a long time till the fair, but maybe a good cleaning will make all right. I may just enter it anyway. I was dreading this dress most of all and as a result didn't get started sewing any of the costumes soon enough, but I'm glad I persevered, because it turned out so nice and wasn't as bad as I had thought. Macy's dress actually gave me the most trouble due to the bead like bumps on her outer fabric!

Did everything cost more even though I made them? You betcha! Will they last longer than those cheaply made costumes you can buy? YEP! Was it worth it? Of course!!!!


Mary said...

Wow, the dresses are so gorgeous! I particularly like the vampire dress, fabulous fabric/color choices. I've made the little kid's cinderella and I know how hard sleeping beauty must have been, that darn satin!

If your kids are like mine, they'll play in them for years and pass them down. . . Definitely worth it.

Joanna and David said...

Beautiful job!!! Bravo! I remember my mom making our costumes and it was no easy task, especially for the girls. :) The kids look great! Great job Mom!

mamafitz said...

lovely lovely lovely! i especially like the vampire dress, what a great idea to use that upholstery fabric (i'm always attracted to that piece in joanns, but never know what to do with it. now i do!). i know at the fair here, they seem to be more lenient on cleanliness with the costumes. i thought they would reject the jester costume 2 years ago, because they noticed a stain i had missed, but they just said to please try and clean the costumes. same on julie's wedding gown -- the dress had been cleaned but you could still see dirt in the hem.

queenvickitoria said...

I have been looking for the sleeping beauty costume pattern for forever!! Where did you find it and are you willing to sell??

By the way, your costumes are awesome!

Email me at


Anonymous said...

I! I'm from Portugal, and I'm looking desperatly for this pattern of sleeping beauty... is there any chance to give me this template pdf by email, or sell it to me? I can't find it anywhere, and I have 5 beautifull daughters who love tihis costume, and i'm learning to sew to be able to satisfy them this desire...

Thank you (