Truth be told, Halloween costumes aren't my favorite things to sew and I had a lot of other fall sewing ideas knocking around in my head. But I realized Indigo may not want to dress up for many more Halloweens. (Or maybe I'll eat those words and still be sewing her Halloween costumes when she's in college?) ;) I felt I had the energy to do it this year. Iris is finally (mostly) sleeping through the night, after almost two years of frequent night wakings. So that's pretty awesome. I decided this year, we're going all out.
Halloween 2013 is officially the year of the tutu for my girls. The tutu was actually a no-sew project, made like this.
I used 13 yards of 108" width tulle, cut into strips. It also has 100 yards of 6" tulle-on-a-spool. I tied the strips onto a crocheted headband (actually several, layered and sewn together), using two tulle strips per hole.
It really didn't take long to put together. A couple of episodes of Property Brothers and it was done.
I pinned the headband-tutu onto a slip. I might need to pin it to something a little more substantial/less slinky (maybe a tank top) on Halloween night. But the slip worked reasonably well.
The hood of the cape is from Little Things to Sew. I made the cape itself in a similar way to a circle skirt, based on this tutorial.
The cape is made of velvet. I got nearly all of the materials for this costume from either Hobby Lobby or Joanns. They were running a 50% off sale on pretty much everything costume related.
I was really, really hoping to dress our dog. Bondi, as a Granny wolf like this. My kids and I laughed so much and for so long just thinking about it. Dan was like, Yeah good luck with that. And, alas, Bondi would not leave a sleeping cap on for more than 2 seconds. He's an almost three year old lab and still pretty crazy. (The staff at the vet's office call him "enthusiastic".) Maybe in a couple of years when Tarikua can fit into this costume, I'll give that idea another go.