Halloween is back again, and, with it, the anxiety of finding a costume. If you’re like me, then you’d like to participate in the many ghoulish festivities October has to offer, but find that All Hallows Eve always sneaks up on you! By the time I’ve settled on a costume – usually nothing very original – the holiday is two days away and the finished ensemble is decidedly lackluster. As a rule, I avoid purchasing flimsy, mass-produced Halloween costumes which tend to err disturbingly on the side of ‘sexy’. But, at the same time, I am often disappointed by my (last minute) thrift store finds.
Aside from the pumpkin I adorably portrayed at the age of one, the best costume I ever pulled off was Maria from the Sound of Music. At the time I had short hair and, miraculously, I was able to pull the costume directly from my own closet. For once, no one had any difficulty guessing who I was! I felt comfortable the entire evening, AND, when everything was said and done, my ‘costume’ re-absorbed, seamlessly, into my everyday wardrobe.
That experience re-defined my approach to this holiday. Instead of scrambling to make a costume that you will likely never wear again, why not put time and effort into a garment (or garments) that you can’t wait to wear again!? The ideal bridesmaid’s dress is re-wearable, so shouldn’t the ideal costume be as well?
With this idea in mind, I have deconstructed the attire of nine iconic characters, and compiled a list of corresponding patterns/fabrics that will, not only, bring their outfits to life, but will also keep you fashionably outfitted all year long!
This perpetually popular Wizard of Oz character is always a good choice for Halloween. What’s more, her delightful, blue, gingham frock is absolutely worth replicating. The Colette Hazel Dress Pattern or Cashmerette Upton Dress in the Navy 1/4″ Carolina Gingham would each make an ideal summer dress. Just add a white blouse and a dog, and you’re only three heel clicks away from becoming the quintessential Dorothy!
Zoinks! While group costume ideas are theoretically a treat, pulling them off can be quite the trick! Instead of assembling a costume that’s success depends on five people being in the same room at all times, make a few garments you’ll absolutely love no matter where you are or who you’re with! And, what better character to pick then Scooby Doo‘s own Velma?
Though Velma is known for her brains, she also has an undeniably cute sense of fashion. Recreate her well-known ensemble by making the frisky Sewaholic Crescent Skirt out of our Roma Stretch Linen in Wine, and pairing it with a versatile Funnel Neck Top (from the Christine Jonson’s #331 Travel Trio 2) made from the vibrant Organic Soy Knit in Chili.
Or, if you prefer a different variation on this spooky theme, try making Grainline’s more structured Moss Skirt Pattern out of the Robert Kaufman Ventana Twill in Bordeaux, along with the Sew House Seven Toaster Sweater out of the Striped Wickaway Jersey in Orange.
Just like that, The Mystery of the Hard-to-Find Costume is solved!
3. A Hobbit
#ConfidentMaker Elise (Instagram handle @fleurdelisedesign) upended the cuteness scale with this astonishingly ADORABLE, little, hobbit costume she made for her son using Oliver and Co’s Museum Vest and Trouser Pattern Set, as well as Robert Kaufman’s Ventana Twill, and Espresso Washer Linen.
If you’ve got a little Shire-dweller at home intent on Trick or Treating this Halloween, why not dress-up as the Samwise to their Frodo? Make your own adult hobbit costume using our Jaile Woman’s Vest, the Sew House Seven Free Range Slacks, and ( the pièce de résistance) a lightweight wool or flannel version of the Sewaholic Cypress Cape Pattern.
All three of these garments are versatile, comfortable, AND they’ll mix effortlessly into your everyday wardrobe. You’re never too old to go on an adventure!