Halloween costume success!
My mom and I went back and forth a lot on how to make Eric’s and my Halloween costumes this year because she and I had very different visions. I originally imagined a pretty pink and white dress with a stiff skirt, almost like a tutu. Over that, I imagined two black velvet-covered shelves stacked with assorted china going all the way around my body (one at my waist, one at my chest), almost like pool inner tubes. My mom imagined rectangular shelves that would hang over my shoulders and just be on the front of my body, similar to Eric’s truck costume last year.
Apparently, my vision was just beyond the realm of possible (according to her) and her vision was just not going to be flattering (according to me).
We actually went back and forth on Eric’s costume too. She texted me a few weeks ago and said she was going to make it out of a black hooded sweatshirt and black sweatpants. Eric looked crushed. I was appalled.
“We don’t make costumes out of sweats in this family,” I told her.
“I just didn’t think he’d want to wear a one-piece costume like a little kid,” she said.
“Well, that’s where you’re wrong!” I said.
She agreed to make his costume from scratch, only because the jumpsuit would be pretty easy to make. She still refused to make me a dress, and agreed to pay for the leotard and tutu that would go under my shelves.
By last week, I was really concerned about our costumes. She hadn’t started either yet. I didn’t ever really love the idea of wearing a white tutu (talk about not flattering…all white spandex?!) and I was worried about how the shelves were going to look. I tried unsuccessfully to convince Eric to be the china shop, so he could wear the unflattering shelves and I could wear a sexy black dress and big-ass horns, but he didn’t go for it. So last Monday night, I suggested we go back to another idea I had considered riginally: attaching the china directly to the costume. The problem with this is that the china would be heavy, but I suggested we look for dollhouse china instead.
And because the shelves were going to be black velvet, I decided that it would be OK if instead of wearing all white, looking like a delicate little teacup, I’d wear black, looking more like a fancy display.
Here are some pictures of the finished product!
Like all of the costumes my mom makes, these costumes were all about the details! Eric’s costume had a cowbell, a nose ring, and, best, a brand on the flank. I had wanted her to brand him but forgot to tell her; of course she thought to do it and went ahead and branded him with my initials.
I was able to find a French maid costume (fun fact: I told my mom I wanted to be a French maid every year for Halloween starting when I was five years old) that wasn’t as heinous/trashy/cheap as a lot of the store-bought costumes. Friday night, we ripped the cameos off the bows and my grandma sewed on the teacups there. Then they used hot glue to attach the saucers at the waist and the dollhouse china around the neckline.
My mom had the idea to make a teacup headpiece and I had the idea to wear a sign that said “You break it, you buy it,” so she put both on a headband.
I’m totally amazed at how these costumes turned out given the distance and the time crunch! This Halloween was definitely different than any Halloween before it, but it ended up being really fun…and I’m already thinking about what to do next year.
How was your Halloween?