So I’ve been uber excited today over Halloween costumes. Yup, what can I say….
My first plan was foiled when the costume was out of stock – it may be back in stock Friday, but that’s at the website that had it at a higher cost… and it’s hard to justify spending so much money on a pre-fab costume, that still needs a crinoline and accessories, even if I would wear it at non-Halloween events.
Now my first IDEA had been an awesome handmade Rainbow Brite costume – because I hated the ones I saw for sale online. If I wanted to be broke AND stressed about finishing it from now till Halloween…. Well, I decided I don’t want to do a half assed job on it. I may make it for a burn and use it next Halloween.
Idea #3. I saw a Candy Corn Witch that was cuuuute. But the plus size version? Maybe it’s the model or photography, but it did nothing for me.
However, a handmade Candy Corn costume DOES seem doable, both budget and time wise! I put out a call for help, and my awesome friend Prism (who runs Prism Magic TieDye and Burner Wear out in Reno!) offered me a yellow tutu!
A stop at Etsy was very productive – not only am I shopping for Halloween, I am replacing my favorite earrings (lost one last year!)
I also found a cute cheap necklace
Then, a clutch purse!
And I may have gotten a little overexcited and purchased TWO (inexpensive! one was $8 and one was $5!) necklaces… Halloween IS my favorite holiday, and I will wear these again!
Next… Sock Dreams. I avoid this site for most of the year. Free shipping. Socks, tall socks, tights, leg warmers, arm warmers… Yeah, it’s a dream all right!! Disappointed I couldn’t find candy corn print ANYTHING in adult size except short socks, I contacted them for help as their site is massive. They have amazing customer service too 😛 Amanda pointed me towards the only yellow/orange socks they have. And my second choice (even though they contain green) hopped in the shopping cart, as well as cute garters to keep the socks up. (3 items? smallest sock dreams order ever for me!)
So now I’m thinking – white blouse (which I have or will buy cheap). Orange underbust corset/waist cincher – only just for appearance not for structural importance. Kinda like this. Made as cheaply as possible… I don’t really want the white shirt showing underneath and don’t know what the top of the tutu looks like, but I’m thinking orange tulle that is sold on the roll could do a shorter layer on top of the tutu. (A friend made a tutu like skirt with these rolls of tulle just tied onto elastic! This will require much less, and it’s only like $3 a roll.)
I estimate about $15 max in fabric and tulle, I have everything else… one evening sewing for the waist cincher… So yeah, I just spent as much as I would have on a pre-made costume and accessories, but many of these things I will wear again in other variations, where the pre-made costume is what it is, and eventually (if it doesn’t fall apart) gets boring after wearing it a few times.
Yeah. And now you know more about my Halloween planning than you ever wanted to know, huh?
By the way, this outfit will be rocking the PEX party, message me if you need info on tickets (being sold in advance over the web, $20 plus fees, and it will sell out!)
What are YOU going to be for Halloween??? 😀