I love Halloween! It’s by far my favorite holiday! What I hate is being Plus Sized and trying to find appropriate costumes. I am neither comfortable or confident with all my business hanging out for the world to see. I like a bit of modesty in how I dress, and yes, that even means at Halloween!
After I badgered and bartered and gave my husband the pouty lip for a few days, he finally agreed to do a couples Halloween costume with me. I thought it would be a relatively simple costume on my part, and frugal all the way around, until I couldn’t find what I needed in my size. There was no way around it, it was going to have to be 100% handmade!
I found some awesome gray fleece on sale at Hancock fabric. I originally was going to make this costume out of felt, but the fleece was on sale for a little more than felt, so I figured I would rather guarantee I am warm for the indoor/outdoor party. I also watched this video on making a dolman style top because I knew I wanted to keep the sewing on this costume as super easy as humanly possible. That ended up being a great plan because my husband passed a nasty cold along to me the week I was supposed to be sewing.
My husband will be Bob Ross and I am going to be a Happy Tree for this Halloween party.
Once Tammy and I sat down to really work on this costume we decided in hind sight we would have done a few things differently. Here is the order we used:
Made a Dolman style top out of a currently existing shirt I own and that fit too baggy.
Used a current skirt pattern that I had made previously and knew fit. You can find the directions for it here.
We then discovered that the skirt was going to have to be gathered just a bit to make it fit onto the top and started the process for gathering. For the record, I totally took a photo of the gathering process, and you can’t see a dang thing.
I then sewed the skirt to the top and sewed the seams up the sides of the skirt part of dress last.
In hindsight, we would have cut out all of the pieces in advance, sewed the skirt pieces to the front and backs of the top pieces, and then sewed it all as one dolman type of seam down each side. I really think it would have been easier that way.
With that being said, I was barely able to breathe much less do anything on this costume other than sit there and sew. I have to give Tammy major props because had she not been there helping, this costume would still be a heap of grey fleece in a Hancock bag on the floor. I think total time from start to finish on this project was about 5 hours. It took us longer into the night, but we also took a dinner break and several other breaks through the evening.
The other parts of these costumes:
My poor tree branches were a little beat up by the end of the night, but it was still AWESOME!
Have you ever made your Halloween costume? What was it? Tell me about it!by