Somehow I was super smart this year and finished my Halloween sewing at the beginning of October. Well, really I wasn’t that smart. I just had to finish up before going on vacation. By the time we got back I would be walking into place is scarier than any haunted house…
Oh Why Can’t She Be Elsa Like Every Other Girl
Per family tradition I made my niece her first Halloween costume. Since my nephews wanted to be sharks, my SIL decided that their little sister should be a mermaid. Seems easy enough; famous last words. The first and largest obstacle was finding fabric. My JoAnn’s seems stocked to the rafters with Frozen fabrics. Just a sea of blues, whites and silvers. Bolts and bolts of icy goodness if you’re sewing an Elsa costume. Without good fabric prospects at my local stores, what is a sewist to do? Raid another sewists’ stash of course. First on my list was my IRL sewing friend Julianne from Made by Julianne. She owns a stash of beautifully curated sparkly, glittery, shimmery colorful fabrics. Julianne must have something that is passable for a mermaid tail. Indeed she did! She even had several options for me, along with sage advice about not sewing with sequined fabric. I went with a beautiful seafoam, blue/green, sparkly fabric. It was just perfect. And to complete my supply list, Julianne even shopped the LA garment district with me.
Making the Pattern
For the top, I used a onesie pattern, extended the sleeves and made it in a nude stretch knit. I embellished the onesie with shell cups and a sea shell necklace. The cups were stuffed lightly with polyfil and topstitched. For the tail I drafted a pattern that allowed my niece to be belted into her car seat without having to remove the entire tail. The tail is 2 pieces attached with snaps. The fin is multiple layers of sheer iridescent green and white fabrics. The finishing touch is a starfish and pearl headband that I made from the selvage of the green tail fabric.
Bonus Content: Last Minute Sewist Costume Ideas
- UFO: Wear UFOs (unfinished objects). If they’re in dire state of unfinish-ness you can pin them to your clothes instead. Walk around hand sewing the garment in a futile attempt to finish them.
- Blogger: Wear you-made garments. Carry a tripod and camera and start posing at random times while people look at you weird.
- Bag Lady: Pin handbags (preferably you-made) to you
- Wadder: See UFO but with wadders
- Gertie: Wear a vintage dress or you-made vintage styled garment. Wear a blue wig or spray your hair blue (or whatever color Gertie’s hair is currently)
- Fabric Stash: Wrap yourself in stash fabric. Go around parties adding more to yourself/stash. Cloth napkins, towels, table runners can all be potential stash items.
- Pattern Stash: See fabric stash but with patterns.
- PDF pattern: Print and tape a PDF with a gazillion pages and wear it. Extra points for garment appropriate PDF i.e. a taped pants PDF pattern pinned to your pants.
- Cutting mat: Wear 2 cutting mats like a sandwich board and carry a rotary cutter and a fake severed finger.
What other ideas do you have a for a last minute sewist costume? Seems like we’re all so busy sewing costumes for others, we don’t have a costume for ourselves.
Happy Halloween Sewing,