Read on from guest blogger Jessica G on ideas for easy Halloween costumes.
Pattern Power! Pick out a costume pattern and go for it!
Halloween is lurking just around the corner. Show off your sewing skills by stitching up a quick costume. You may think there’s not enough time to finish a costume, but you have several factors in your corner. Use the following tips and inspiration to stitch up a Halloween costume pattern post haste!
Many Halloween costume patterns are designed to be completed quickly. The pattern drafter creates patterns with fewer pieces to shorten sewing time. Don’t be afraid to pull out the pattern instruction sheet and check how many pieces are involved in the pattern.
In addition to fewer pieces, many patterns have simple closures such as a single zipper, a drawstring waist or a minimal number of buttonholes. Scope out the pattern envelope back to see what notions are needed, you may be surprised at how few are necessary.
Watch for patterns that say “Easy” or “One Hour” these can be stitched up in a hurry.
Avoid patterns that are historically accurate. Unless you’re planning to dress up as a Greek goddess in a toga or a cave woman in scraps of faux fur, historical costumes often require more time and attention to detail. Don’t limit your scope to just the Halloween costume options, take a gander at the non-costume patterns that are easier to sew.
Many costumes are all about accessories, create a red cape with a hood and in no time at all, you’re Red Riding Hood.
Sew the hooded cape up in black and pair with a white mask and you’re the Phantom of the Opera. If you’re sewing for a little one, create fun and easy accessories to be paired with leotards and you’ll have a costumed side kick in no time.
Once you’ve selected your pattern, scope out the recommended fabrics on the envelope back. Look for patterns made out of fabrics you’re comfortable sewing. Additionally, if a pattern calls for fleece, knits or felt, you won’t need to finish the seams. Fleece and felt will also keep you warm should you happen to live in a cooler climate.
Use these fun patterns to stitch up a costume in no time!
Stitch up the cloak in Dalmatian spots, don a pair of long red gloves and a black and white wig and step out as Cruella De Ville. Cloaks are incredibly versatile, and this one is short and flirty. If Cruella isn’t your style, make it in black, pop some fangs in your mouth, wear a mysterious amulet on a red ribbon and haunt the night as Countess Dracula.
Serge a “Darling Dress” from season 6 of Sew it All TV for a fun feminine costume.
Add a bit of fringe to the hem and wear it out with a flashy headband and you’re ready to hit the town as a Flapper. If the “Darling Dress” doesn’t strike your fancy make a fun and flirty knit dress from Craft Daily. The neckline on this dress feels Greek, consider stitching this dress up in white, donning a gilded laurel headband and heading out the door as a Greek Goddess.
If you have a little more time, consider sewing the Robson Coat pattern from shopsewitall.com. A trench coat is a great option for a costume, not only will it keep you warm but once Halloween night has been thoroughly haunted you’re left with a practical coat. Sew the coat in grey, pull on a pair of brown gloves and wear a grey fedora to go as Inspector Gadget. If you want to get really fancy, purchase a grabber and put a yellow glove on the end to poke out your sleeve as a gadget. Alternatively, this trench stitched up in khaki accompanied by a microphone prop and a hat with a press pass in it would make a great intrepid reporter costume.
Show us what you stitch up as a costume! Upload your costume picks to the Sew News Reader Flickr group! Have a Happy Halloween!