My Halloween costume love is serious. When else can I combine my passion for makeup and sewing? Each year I get more and more excited to explore the internet for fun and over the top Halloween costume ideas that I can recreate in my own way. Since Halloween in less than two days away I decided to share my costumes of the last few years. Let me know what you think!
Making Halloween costumes has always been something I loved but in the last few years I have put some serious effort into my costumes. In 2012, I was an Asylum Escapee. I used my dress maker’s mannequin to create a straight jacket complete with functioning restraints. That was also the year I got more into the special effects side of makeup to elevate my costumes. To create the sewn up mouth I used black thread and eyelash glue.
For Halloween in 2013, I didn’t have time to make a whole costume so I opted for something that was focused on makeup. What better than a sugar skull? When I found a tutorial from Martha Stewart on making a skeleton t-shirt I couldn’t help myself and had to create one. You can find the Martha Stewart Skeleton T-shirt tutorial here. My co-worker also let me turn her into a sugar skull for our office costume party. She was such a good sport!
To lighten it up in 2014 I went for a magical unicorn. The idea sparked from an image I saw on Pinterest for a My Little Pony makeup tutorial. I scrolled through similar pins and pages on Pinterest and found some images of unicorn costumes. The gears in my head started turning. For the tail and mane I cut pieces of colorful fleece into strips (2 inches wide by 8 or 10 inches long). Then I layered the pieces the way I wanted and ran a few seams down the center of all the strips. For the ears and horn I used felt and some pillow stuffing. Once the pieces were stuffed, I glued them to a thick headband.
The hardest part of the costume, believe it or not, was finding a white hoodie in October. Luckily, JCPenney had my back! I attached the mane to the hoodie using velcro then I cut holes in the hoodie to fit the horn and ears from the headband. I paired my fabulous hoodie with some white shorts and tights and fastened the tail to my shorts with a safety-pin.
The Halloween costume fun took a backseat in 2015 to work on our newly purchased house. No time for making costumes when you are tearing down walls and laying tile flooring. This year I completed two looks/costumes for myself, one for my boyfriend AND I got to make my niece’s very first Halloween costume! I did a trial run of a pop art zombie look but was told it might be too scary for a children’s birthday costume party. Instead I went with the Cheshire Cat from Alice in Wonderland.
The bf was a little more difficult. He always needs some coaxing to get into the Halloween spirit. Two years ago, he agreed to some simple face paint but that was all. This year I was able to get him to sit still for a little while longer and he added a t-shirt in to the mix. From insane clown to scary skeleton – I’ll take it! Maybe next year he will add in a wig or some color to his costume (#dontholdyourbreath). I loved how all the makeup turned out and surprised myself with my skills!
I did have help though. For the Pop Art Zombie Nicole Guerriero is where it’s at! The Cheshire Cat was a combination of two different YouTube videos. You can check out Amanda Ensing’s tutorial here and Tina K’s tutorial here. And I must have watched Alex Faction’s Lady Gaga Skull at least thirty times while I was recreating it on my boyfriend.
Now on to my niece! How adorable is my 5 month old niece as the Stay Puft Marshmallow? When my sister asked me to make it I immediately said yes! But once I started thinking about it I didn’t know where to start. I finally decided to make an outer shell and a lining both out of cotton knit. Then I stuffed each piece one section at a time and added a seam to keep the puff stationary. Once I got three puffs, I closed the seam to finish off the respective arm and leg pieces. The bottoms were way easier than the top. I could not decide on the best and easiest way to make the top of this costume.
I did some online searching and found this blog post from Cheryl at Sew Can Do. Cheryl’s post gave me the basic construction idea and I went from there. Initially, I did not have a zipper closure in the back of the top. I thought I made the head opening big enough to go over her head. But man was I wrong! Once the midsection was stuffed there was no way her big head was making it through. So I opened it up and added an outer wear zipper to the back. It turned out great and she looks so happy in her costume! I can’t wait to make more costumes for that cutie.
With this Halloween season coming to a close my brain is already churning with ideas for next year’s looks! What was your favorite Halloween costume? Do you go for the more traditional costumes or gravitate towards the outlandish? Leave me some love and let me know.