A few months ago I became obsessed with the idea that Grace would make a perfect Wednesday Addams for Halloween.
But…I always let my kids choose what they want to be for Halloween (Remember the shrieking eel, plate of spaghetti, and elevator costumes?) so I decided that I would make the costume for my own entertainment and then just let her still be whatever she wanted.
And so I started googling images of Wednesday Addams.
Surprisingly I found that her dress changed over the years depending on the actress or movie or TV show. Sometimes she had a black collar sometimes she had white buttons sometimes her dress had a print…but I decided that I liked the original 1960’s television show Wednesday Addams the best and I started watching clips of her.
Which is how I ran into THIS
And while I was watching it Grace became interested.
And before I knew it Grace was sucked in…she loved Wednesday’s dress, how she talked, and her crazy dancing.
She decided then and there that Wednesday Addams was who she wanted to be for Halloween.
And has been practicing her dance moves ever since.
It shouldn’t really surprise me that Grace decided to be Wednesday Addams. In fact, my whole family thinks it is perfectly fitting. She, like her mom (who has an entire wall dedicated to The Haunted Mansion), has a soft spot for all things Goth.
If you asked her to list her favorite movies The Nightmare Before Christmas would be on that list. And her beloved Jack Skellington (along with Sally) sleep in her bed every night.
Because apparently skeletons aren’t scary, they’re FUN!!!
And speaking of fun, the dress really was a lot of fun to make.
I started with a pattern I bought at a thrift store for 50 cents. Then I changed the collar, length, and buttons. After that I added some cuffs and the tie around the waist. It was a great pattern it just needed a few changes here and there and in the end I really like how it turned out.
My only regret (aside from not ironing the dress before taking pictures) is that it is a pattern from the 80’s so it has an off the shoulder shoulder seam that makes it look all crazy in the back which I don’t love…but that’s ok…from the back she looks like a pilgrim and so when she wants to wear it on Thanksgiving I’ll be able to tell her “sure thing!”
My favorite part of her dress are the collar and cuffs which I made out of white velvet and are soooo soft.
I love this kid and would have happily made her any costume in the world but oh, how she makes me laugh walking around trying to keep a “very serious” face as Wednesday Addams.
(I’m having another one of those, why can’t I freeze time and keep my kids just the way there are right now moments.)
Two out of three costumes are done…now I just have to figure out how to make Simon into a mine craft zombie before Thursday….