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.
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).
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):
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
Step 2: Cut the shirt
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.
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):
Step 3: Add the flare
The Rockford Peach uniform would be incomplete without the logo and the red hat.
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.
Step 4: Accessorize, girl
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?