Yup, it is that time of year again! Ready for another Halloween! One of my favorite holidays too! And not because it is an excuse to dress skimpy with your girlfriends wearing next to nothing with maybe a slight nod to a bunny or kitty cat! Haha! Maybe it is my love for themes. I love themes and I love to go all out. I am also all for homemade costumes. When I grew up we made a lot of our costumes and they were fabulous! So that is why I want to make my little Riley's costumes from scratch, it just makes it a little more special.
Last year she was the Littlest Mermaid and she was so darn cute! It was pretty easy too. I am not the best seamstress but I can handle some basic patterns. To make her costume I just took a pair of pants and used them as a guide for the tail. I drew out a pattern of a mermaid tail, cut the fabric, sewed the front and back together, flipped them inside out and added an elastic to the top. The elastic part was tricky for me. I would love to take a sewing class someday to learn those basics. Then I just added some ric rac with some fabric glue for decoration. I also filled the bottom of her tail with some stuffing and sewed that closed. The top was a bib I made with cut-out sea shells and ric rac. Her crown was just a piece of floral wire I made into a halo shape and twisted it together, wrapped it in cut fabric strips. Added some knots of loose fabric strips and ric rac. For the front of the crown I knotted tulle to make a poof and added some real sea shells with a hot glue gun. My last minute idea was the seaweed which was was a perfect accessory for any mermaid! I had some green fabric lying around and I just cut it freestyle in squiggly shapes and ta-da, seaweed!
This year I have 2 really fun ideas. One is something that is soooo cute I saw on another blog that I may have to copy and another is quite original and maybe a little controversial! Not really but you will see if I make it!