Homemade Halloween

Halloween 2012
Classy and sassy Jackie O with the handsome JFK

 

When Halloween is within reach, I get so pumped about costume selection. Normally, I include other folks in my obsession with finding the most hilarious and/or amazing costume. Two years ago, I got two of my best friends to dress up as JFK, Jackie O, and Marilyn Monroe. It was by far the classiest I have ever felt. I got so into the costume that I made fake versions of the real “JFK for President” campaign pins. Plus, I got to wear gloves and take absurd pictures with my absurd friends.

Halloween 2012
Oh, Marilyn.

 

This costume was so simple. I had this awesome dress from interview season. The pins just took a quick print and a little bit of glueing. The gloves and glasses were accessories I needed in my repertoire anyway. Jake had his slick suit and skinny tie because he’s trendy like that and Sarah purchased the cheapest Marilyn costume we could find, did her hair in that sexy do, and made sure she was acting just slightly inappropriate all night with my Halloween Husband. We played the part and the costumes were so fun to show off.

 

 

Later that year, I made the same friends (plus our other great friend, George!) join me in a non-politically-correct nativity scene that we wore to my friend’s Festivus party. Not pictured: the “Baby Jesus” in a basket (aka a stuffed elephant that we wrote “Hello my name is: Baby Jesus” on and placed in my decorative basket with some fabric).

Christmas 2013
Needless to say, we were a hit.

 

Halloween 2013
There is no way ANYONE could pull off a better Wayne and Garth.

In 2013, my best friend and I looked at our (many) assets and decided to have fun with the fact that she’s blonde and I’m brunette. And who are the most popular and entertaining blonde-brunette duo ever? WAYNE AND GARTH. So, ladies and gentlemen, I present to you: Halloween ’13 (to the right, to the right).

This costume was also simple to put together. Mine was a black tshirt, chucks, and some ripped jeans. I bought the Wayne’s World hat and the inflatable guitar to really seal the deal. And, if you can’t tell, I’m actually rocking a mullet. We maneuvered my hair into that shape with some bobby pins and beer. Robyn picked up her ensemble at a thrift store and in my living room with some hairspray and a comb.

Last year, I went rogue with my costume. I challenged myself to create something completely from scratch. My other costumes were and really fun, but I wanted to make something that no one else would be wearing. My inspiration came one day while I was watching one of my favorite Tom Hanks movies, “A League of Their Own.”

I had just donated a foot of hair and I was ready to incorporate my new, sassy cut into my costume. I soon realized that there was only one character I wanted to portray for Halloween ’14: All The Way Mae. I started looking up things like “handmade A League of Their Own costume” and I couldn’t find much that I thought I was capable of creating. So, I decided to make up my own rules.

In a fit of Halloween rage, I went to the craft store and picked up these supplies (pictured with my amazing sewing kit I inherited from my lovely Nana):

Halloween 2014
Includes: one box of yellow dye, one box of pink dye, one red baseball cap, one package of large buttons, one sewing kit, one XL men’s long sleeve tshirt
Madonna
I was working from this photo of Madonna as All the Way Mae

I bet you’re doubting that I was able to pull off that costume from those supplies. I actually had no idea what I was doing, so I doubted myself as well. But it turns out I’m pretty damn crafty. Here’s how I impressed myself and completed the most challenging crafting project yet:

Step 1: Dye the fabric

Halloween 2013
I started by soaking the tshirt in water for a little while so it would hold the dye better later on
Halloween 2013
I mixed the dye in a trash can (super college of me) and tested the color with clippings from the tshirt that I knew I wouldn’t use
Halloween 2013
Once I had the color just right, I let the tshirt soak
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I also stirred the fabric around so the fabric would dye more evenly and I took a bunch of selfies while this was happening
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After I felt like the dye had soaked through every part of the fabric evenly, I let the tshirt dry in my bathroom (using a dark towel to catch the dye dripping off of it)

Step 2: Cut the shirt

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I started by cutting the sleeves off, but that was literally the only step I premeditated. The rest was a complete shot in the dark.

I tried to find a shirt with a collar to use for this project, but ended up picking the tshirt for its length. So, I had to figure out how to get the look of a collar even though I hadn’t ever sewn more than a simple patch and maybe a pillowcase in Home Economics.

Halloween 2013
My method for creating the collar was less than professional. I took the fabric from the sleeve and a collared shirt from my closet and basically cut the fabric to match the shape of the collar. Then I sewed the fabric to the inside of the tshirt neckline to mimic a collar.

After I had the first few steps complete, the costume wasn’t looking half bad. I did some reinforcing to get the collar to stay down. I sewed down the corners of the collar so they didn’t roll up and I sewed a straight line down the back to make the back of the collar sit nicely.

Next, I sewed some fake belt loops using extra fabric and added the signature red belt (using a tie that goes with one of my dresses):

Halloween 2013
Ignore the awkward mirror selfies, please.
Halloween 2013
Then I cut a line straight down the right side of the tshirt just so I could sew it back together. This helped create the “wrap dress” look of the actual uniforms. I added the three buttons and cut out a circle of white paper to mark where I was going to paint on the Rockford Peaches logo.

Step 3: Add the flare

The Rockford Peach uniform would be incomplete without the logo and the red hat.

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Next, I drew the simple “R” on my red hat using white and red paint.
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Not too shabby, eh?

I thought about just taping a printout of the Rockford Peach logo onto the costume, but I had already made it so far with a somewhat legitimate costume design. I decided to go for a painted-on logo to make it look even more realistic.

I used a print out as a guide to make a nice circle and measure out the words properly.
I used a print out as a guide to make a nice circle and measure out the words properly.
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Cutting out the pieces helped a little with accuracy.

Step 4: Accessorize, girl

Halloween 2013
Would Madonna be proud?
Halloween 2013
So worth all the effort

Mae Mordabito (aka “All the Way Mae”) was no Plain Jane. In order to complete the look, I borrowed some red nail polish and a baseball glove, purchased some sexy red lipstick, and made sure my hair was perfectly styled. I think it came together pretty well, but you can be the judge:

And that is how you make new friends on Halloween. But really, it was such a fun costume to make and even more fun to wear. Is anyone else planning on tackling a homemade Halloween costume this year? Share your ideas in the comments section below!

I could also use some help deciding on my costume for Halloween this year. Any thoughts?

 

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12 thoughts on “Homemade Halloween

  1. Love the results! Question though, what was the yellow dye for? Also, where did you get the red shorts to go underneath? I want to copy cat you.

    1. Hi Kim! Thanks for the questions. The yellow dye was used with the pink to give it the perfect Rockford Peach color. I started with pink and added yellow until I felt like it was a good enough color. The red shorts were old gym shorts that I bought at Goodwill a while back. Soffee shorts would probably be the perfect kind to go underneath if you don’t already have some red shorts. And for the belt I used a belt from a dress that I have, but a small piece of red fabric would do the trick as well. Let me know if you have any trouble. This was by far my favorite costume I’ve ever worn and it got such a fun reaction! Good luck 🙂

      1. Thank you so much for replying to quickly!! I can’t wait to try to make this and I can only hope I do as good a job as you did! I love the movie as well and am excited to make the costume. 🙂

  2. me again! Well I just got back from Hobby Lobby buying some things for my attempt. lol It occurred to me that I didn’t know what kind of method you used, what kind of paint, etc you did for the chest decal. I bought an iron on of the patch for the arm (AAGPBL) and the hat I’m gonna do what you did. Did you use fabric paint? with a tip? Thanks for letting me bug you. 🙂

    1. Hi there! I just used acrylic paint (what I had in my apartment already) with paintbrushes and I was really patient with it. I also didn’t really plan on washing the costume itself, so it didn’t matter what paint I used as long as it would hold up against possible spilled beer and such throughout the night I wore it. Let me know if that answers your question 🙂

    1. Hi Hannah! It ended up being about 20 minutes after all the different tests. Once I mixed the dye I just followed the instructions on the packet and that’s pretty much what determined that. I used a lot of test strips before I put the entire dress in there to dye though. I highly recommend doing the same. Good luck!

  3. Thanks for sharing this we used this post to make a league of their own Team for high school bowling league to benefit charity . The girls and their Teacher won first place ! Used tshirts from Walmart hats from ac Moore dye and materials cost about $10.00 per person !!

  4. Thank you for all of your details!! I try to make/ thrift our costumes (with minimal sewing) each year and I am looking forward to trying this out! We try to do family theme costumes each year. My favorite so far were homemade Ghostbusters and Stay Puft Marshmallow girl hahahaha but if I can pull off the Peaches it might take 1st place =)

    1. Let me know how this goes! I LOVED LOVED LOVED this costume. It was so fun to wear. And since it’s been a while, maybe I can wear it again this year without too many people noticing 🙂
      Thanks for reading!

      Jane

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