DIY Halloween Costumes of the Past

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

I’m wrapping up this year’s Halloween costumes for the girls, so I thought I’d take a little trip down memory lane with past costumes. I think you will notice a trend I like to use for costumes. If I’m going to invest the time it takes to make something handmade, I want it to get more use than on one special day. I tend to make one basic piece then create the costume effect through accessories.

Last year’s daisy costume is the perfect example. I sewed a basic white dress and accessorized with a cape, headband, and glitter shoes. I even have a tutorial for the daisy headband. You’ll find the cape from another costume below.

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The year before, Avery was Fancy Nancy. Again, I sewed a ruffled purple dress that could be worn many times over. The shoes, necklace, wings, and crown just pulled the look together.

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This fun garden gnome skirt was worn throughout the fall sans cape, hat, and shoe covers. 

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Avery’s first handmade costume was basically an embellished tutu for a cupcake fairy. This tutu was pulled in and out of the dress up box up until last year!

So, if you don’t want to tackle a costume for one use, brainstorm how you can create lasting basic pieces and fill in with the accessories.

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