I’m so tired! You know what happens when a seven year old goes to bed more than an hour late, still wound up? He wakes up an hour early (at 5 am). I feel bad for the teachers this morning.
This year we went as vampires, though, because we were running late getting over to my son’s friend’s neighborhood, we didn’t finish the makeup. And, that big giant wig I was wearing covered most of my costume.
Patterns: Simplicity 1045 view A (dress); McCalls 4139, views B & C (adult capes); McCalls 7494, view D (child cape and vest); McCalls 2447 (men’s vest). Note: the cape run long on me, but the dress was soooo short. I added two inches at the waist, as I normally do for my long waist. I still didn’t have enough length for a 1.5 inch (much less proper) hem, so I turned and stitched a 3/8th inch one. I also dropped the sleeves from the dress and changed how the back drape was done. Other than that, no issues with the patterns. DH and DS wore their own pants and t-shirts (it was 80F/27C degrees out, but no humidity).
Fabric: Lots of polyester here. I means yards and yards! All the satin and chiffon was from Mood Fabrics. The satin was nicer quality than I would expect, medium heavy with drape. The weight on the dress meant I didn’t have to worry about cling. The braid for the dress was also Mood. The bemberg rayon lining was from Emma One Sock, in my stash.
The two vests are layered. I used the black satin as the base in the front, and layered it with the spiderweb mesh/tulle from JoAnns (they seem to carry it every year – Witching Hour brand).
After I made the buttonholes and attached the buttons, the boys decided they wanted skull buttons. Given I’d already made the holes, I was limited in what I could buy size wise. After many searches, I settled on what turned out to be very small, but very high quality buttons from Joyce’s Trimming on Etsy.
I know it’s a lot of work and more money than purchasing costumes. But the year we bought costumes they were so cheap it wasn’t worth the money or time saved. We carefully box away the costumes for another year. Some day soon, the boy won’t want to match us and we can recycle.