Halloween Costume Construction


It’s that time of year again.  I’m prepping for NaNoWriMo and Halloween.  I tend to wear a costume both on Halloween proper, and thus to the NaNoWriMo Kickoff Write-In that night, as well as for the NaNoWriMo Kickoff Party the Saturday before.  This year, I’m going to be a rainbow.

I will admit, that this is partially as an excuse to have rainbow hair.  I have an appointment for the day before Kickoff Party to get my entire head of hair dyed rainbow.  It’s going to be epic.  And of course, I’ll be sharing some pictures here.  I have a great costume planned out with some variations so it’s technically two different outfits since there are folks who will see me both days.

I found rainbow striped fabric to make a couple tops out of, that I’ll be able to wear to work again afterward.  I also got eight different colors of fabric to make the skirts out of.  They are going to be eight panels so the whole skirt will be a giant rainbow.  I’m making one longer one and one shorter one.  These will also be something I can wear again after the holiday.  I’m trying to be more sustainable with my Halloween costume planning these days, and put it together out of things I can wear again.

The final piece of the costume will be a cloud hat.  I’m using a blue witch hat as the base, which I’ll be decorating with white fluffy clouds, teardrop gems, and if I can manage it, a little sun hanging off the top to shed light through the cloud to make the rainbow.

I’m super excited about the whole thing.  I love to sew, and I’m doing my best to document the process so I can share some of the materials and the in between steps here.  Below is my progress so far.  I have another few weeks to finish it off between NaNoWriMo preparation tasks.

The Fabrics:

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The Patterns:

I’m doing Top C of 5662 and top B with detachable rose of 9763

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(I’m actually only using the pocket pattern piece from the 5452 skirt pattern, but it will be a similar looking full skirt when I’m done.)

Progress So Far:

I’ve gotten all the fabric washed, and I’ve cut out all the fabric pieces for the tops.  I missed that I needed interfacing for one, so I still have to get that and cut out the two pieces I need from it, but aside from that, I’m ready to start sewing on the tops this weekend.  I’ll probably get the skirt pieces cut out first, get the interfacing I need, and then get my sewing machine all set up and tensioned correctly.  Thankfully the fabrics are all the same weight, so I should only have to do that once.  I have my grandmother’s old Singer from the 1960s, so tensioning involves a tiny screw driver, but it’s totally worth it for the smooth sewing action of a well-made machine.

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Also, I ironed the rainbow!



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