I'm madly behind this Halloween, but I've been sewing like crazy, among other random, unrelated things, hopefully I'll have something post-worthy by week's end. In the meantime here is a glimpse into the costumes of Halloweens past...
Year 1: Cutest, chubbiest cowboys.
Some felt for chaps (pinned on with safety pins and decorated with silver brads and puffy paint)
A wooden oval (written on with puffy paint then spray-painted the entire thing silver)
I think I love the "boots" most - I decorated socks with puffy paint.
Year 2: Pirates
Two sashes of shiny material for a comfy hat and belt (no sewing, just knots) The boys picked the colours, I picked the socks. Black sweat pants and a white button-up shirt, untucked. A little mascara goes a long way for a beard and we practised our pirate growl "ARRGGH1". Pirates were chosen because we loved (still do) the book, "How I Became a Pirate" and the boys loved to dress-up in my bandannas.
Year 3: Super E and Super C
A simple applique sewn on that included their special power. C's was hot lava (aka fire and if the C looks familiar to all you hockey fans, yes definitely inspired by the Calgary Flames). E's was lightning and the power to control the weather. Oh yes and even superheros need jackets sometimes.
Year 4: Knights in Shining ArmourA store-bought knight with gray sweats and a sash to hold the sword - recognize the sash from Year 2?
Last Halloween: The Bat and the Spider.
E's arms are stuffed tights (with black garbage bags so you couldn't see white through the stockings). I took apart the sides of the shirt to sew in the tights. The tights are connected with thread, so when he moved his arms all his arms move. A toque with googly eyes glued on capped off the costume. The bat details are here.
How are your costumes going? handmade? I've got a ninja and a sea monster in progress...wish me luck...