And I have one child who has requirements for a costume.
Requirements? Yep. Requirements. The requirements are that (1) the costume has to be old, (2) something "nobody else at my school will be" and it has to be (3) something "funny or pretty." (I don't know where she gets all these things from--couldn't be her mom could it?)
So, while riding home from Fabric Fest we started brainstorming costumes that would fit the description....we seriously talked about it for over an hour (we were going a bit loony with our options though---but the laughing kept us awake while driving). And by golly liZ came up with the best idea (she is a genius!!!) and Hannie approved. Yippeee....
I can't give this year's costume away yet....mostly because it is not made. But I CAN tell you that it is going to be an under-taking. (Like draping skills people.....cross your fingers for me, I need all the help I can get.)
Anyway, I thought I would give you a little round-up of what some of our past costumes have been that have fit "the requirements" but are a little more simple...just in case you are needing something a bit more unique (or weird....like me) but still like to make something on the simpler side.
The top left was our "Audrey Hepburn" year from our season on Project Run and Play. The free cape tutorial is here and the birdcage tutorial is found here. Pair those easy sewing projects with a black skirt (or pants) a white shirt and you are set!
The top right was our year of Carl and Ellie from the Disney movie Up. I made the sundress for PR&P, but any yellow dress would do and then add a little friend with some suspenders and a bow tie and you are all set. We did make a "grape soda" clubhouse pin for added effect and she did carry around balloons all night at a neighborhood party. She was thrilled with how twirly the skirt was.
The bottom left was my idea (of course, remember I like weird). We thought it would be fun to dress up like Melanie Daniels from the Alfred Hitchcock thriller "The Birds." The basis of this costume was a green dress I made (but any thrift store find would work great too!) white gloves, and dollar store birds. (THIS would be a great adult costume too!)
And last year she was The Morton Salt Girl. I included the pattern for the dress I made (but any yellow dress would do) and the only other things you would need are an umbrella and a gigantic salt can.
Has the costume talk begun at your house already? My boys haven't decided yet. What are your kids being?
P.S. We are sharing some of these over at ReallyAwesomeCostumes.com with Jamie from C.R.A.F.T....she's got some great ideas over there--be sure to check them all out!