We had an awesome Halloween last Saturday! It’s really one of my favorite holidays-I love any excuse to dress up! We have a wonderful tradition of pumpkin carving followed by a wonderful dinner and then trick or treating with my sister’s family. Always so much fun. The kids filled their baskets to the brim this year! Luckily for me the Sugar Plum fairy came and the candy has now disappeared to Fairy land!
It was a free for all of costumes this year for our fam. Nigel went as Smee from the new movie Pan-“He’s the smart one mom, who runs the whole ship!” Ami was a gorgeous Cinderella- a mix of the old and new movies. Their cousins Koan and Veda went as Phillippe Petit and a beautiful butterfly. I dressed up as Lola from Run Lola Run-one of my all time favorite movies from the 90’s! Check out my planning post here if you missed it.
A huge shout out to my sis Megan at Megan DiPiero Photography for all these amazing images in today’s post!!! I look forward to my mini photo shoot every Halloween! I’m super lucky to have such a talented little sister!
You can see our Halloween Inspiration on Pinterest here:
- fabrics from Anne George’s Fabric Treasury: Ahisma Peace Silk and Organic Cotton Velvet, both in French Blue
- blue silk thread
- Cinderella shoes (Disney) + Ami’s stuffed Gus Gus mouse
Ami wanted the dress from the new Cinderella movie but with the puff sleeves from the classic Cinderella gown. I found the most beautiful french blue fabrics for her gown which is self drafted. Luckily the fabric came just in the nick of time-late on Wednesday. The first package was lost in the mail but Anne kindly reshipped the material super quick so I’d have it in time! I ordered 2 yards of each which worked perfectly. I was afraid at first that the colors were a bit clashing as the silk is more of a teal and the velvet is a true blue. But once it was on Ami it was just gorgeous! The color is just so lovely on her.
The bodice, in velvet, has three seams with a pointed lower edge and closes with a back zipper. For the skirt and sleeves I utilized the selvedge edge of the silk for all the hems which made finishing a breeze. The sleeves were draped for the large puffs and then basted in place before finishing. The skirt combines the cotton velvet and silk in gathered pleats which attaches to the bodice. I basted the skirt first all the way around the natural waist and then stitched around the point of the bodice to keep the skirt level at hem. I kept the fabrics unattached in back and sewed them together separately after inserting the zipper. It makes for a really pretty finish and hides all the underskirt seams. I used my machines decorative stitches to highlight the seams and the interior is all finished with serging. I may line this at some point but as I was pressed for time I went with this quick finishing.
Smee from Pan Costume:
- repurposed fabrics from Goodwill: crocheted scarf altered to a vest and a suede curtain for the outer vest and belt
- plus drawn on beard, aviator cap and my old glasses (lens removed and painted silver)
This was a quick and very easy sew. The brown suede vest is oversized-it fits me!- with nice deep pockets and lots of decorative stitching and serging in bright orange-perfect to use up this crazy color of thread! The crocheted scarf was cut and serged with seams showing to the back of an old tee shirt. I made a belt out of the top of the curtain too. Easy and fun to whip up! I drew on Nige’s beard since the fake one I bought was just too itchy. He loves it! Plus it can be reused for a pirate costume any time.
Run Lola Run Costume:
- clothing altered from Goodwill: blue tank top cut at waist, stripe trousers, leather belt
- my husbands brown leather work boots
- red Ariel wig (Disney)
cuthacked to chin length
- all my rings!!!!
I LOVE Run Lola Run! If you haven’t seen it go out and rent it now! Fab german movie from Tom Tykwer starring Franka Potente. I’ve been wanting to dress up like this since the movie came out-and figured I better do it now before I’m too old to pull it off!
The clothes were quite the find! I went in undecided on my costume and found these right away. The wig was the hardest to find-made me wish I hadn’t chopped off my hair, it would have been a breeze to dye. The Ariel wig was the closest color wise-just had to hack it shorter.
If you’d like to see more costumes check out our family costumes here and here!
Did you dress up this year? Or did you make your kids costumes? Tell me in the comments what you all went as and feel free to link to your own costume posts!
What a fun post! I remember the old days of dressing my kids….that Sugar Plum Fairy idea is genius! I love halloween (partly because it’s my birthday), great fun for all involved. Great costumes and wig. :)
Thanks Jen! These costumes were such fun to put together! My sister clued me in to the Sugar Plum Fairy who leaves the kids a treat-a toy or money- in exchange for their candy. What a lifesaver! Hope you had an awesome birthday!!!
Love the costumes! The kids look happy with what you made them. And the Lola costume is brilliant in its simplicity (love the film!).
Thanks so much Helena! These costumes were definitely a big hit with the kids! I really loved my costume this year-it was such fun to wear-plus really comfy :)