Halloween Outfits Made Around A Simple Black Dress.

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Last week my post was about how I really don’t like to throw away costumes that can only be worn for one day. When your children are young, they grow so fast that a halloween costume one year rarely fits the next. This is so unecologically sound! So I made a Durable Witches Outfit. This week I am continuing this theme, showing other halloween outfits made around a simple black dress.

This post is part of The DIY Halloween Costume Blog Tour, hosted by SeamsSewLo.

Halloween outfits made around a simple black dress

Halloween Outfits Made Around A Simple Black Dress

Halloween Outfits Made Around A simple Black Dress

I made a simple black dress from a modified simplicity pattern. This dress can be worn again and again.

Halloween outfits made around a simple black dress

If you look closely you can see it has buttons attached to the shoulders. These are easily removed, but serve as ways to attach accessories to make this dress the base for lots of other costumes.

Bat Costume

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Firstly, I measured my daughter’s arm span with her hands stretched out to the side as wide as she could reach. Then I measured the length from her shoulders to her bottom, as this would be the length of the wings/cape.

On the large roll of black felt I drew a line with the dressmakers pencil that was as long as her arm-span. I marked the centre of this line and put marks about an inch above the line and marked below it to the length I’d measured earlier. Then I drew a batwing shape between these marks using a curved ruler, but you could do it freehand.


Halloween costumes made around a simple black dress

I cut out this shape.Halloween outfits made around a simple black dress

Then added button holes to correspond with the buttons on the shoulders of the dress

Halloween outfits made around a simple black dress

Finally I cut out 2 circles of white felt, 2  slightly smaller circles of black felt, and 2 white triangle and tacked these to the front of the dress. This way they are easily removed to use the plain black dress again. And you have a finished bat outfit!


Halloween outfits made around a simple black dress

Batgirl outfit

The wings for the bat outfit will also double as a cape for a batgirl outfit.

  • I sewed a thin belt of yellow satin fabric
  • added a Batman embroidered motif (which you can find here – 8cm wide) – again I sewed this on loosely so it can easily be removed.
  • And made a batman mask by glueing some of the black felt to a piece of card and using a piece of thin elastic.

Download my mask template here!

And you have a finished batgirl outfit. My little girl loves being a superhero, she has already got a Wonder Woman costume!

Halloween outfits made around a simple black dress

Vampire outfit

Similarly, you can accessorise the dress with a belt made from red satin fabric, and by tacking more of the red fabric to the independent of the witches cape from last week. By adding a white t-shirt, tights and a handkerchief at the neckline, you have a great homemade vampire outfit. Just add some face paint and the job is done!

halloween outfits made around a simple black dress

Cat outfit

Finally, and most simply of all, just wear the black dress with a cat mask and add whiskers drawn on with a eyebrow pencil to make a cat outfit.

Halloween outfits made around a simple black dress

There are lots of possible Halloween outfits made around a simple black dress to be made. And at least this means that the black dress may get lots of wears over the coming few months before my little girl grows out of it.

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21 Replies to “Halloween Outfits Made Around A Simple Black Dress.”

  1. Amy says:

    Love this! A brilliant way to re-purpose old clothes for Halloween without having to spend money on new ones! (But if I had a little girl I’d probably dress her as batman anyway!) Really fun post 🙂

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    1. Jo Boyne says:

      My little girl loves Superheroes (her absolute favourite is the Hulk) so I’m sure that she will be asking me for more costumes! Thank you for reading!

      Reply
  2. Alexandra says:

    This is so clever! I wish I had a child who I could make this for. I will share with some friends who may find this interesting 🙂

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  3. Crummy Mummy says:

    Love this idea! Our oldest wants to be a vampiress this year so I’ve dug out an old Lipsy dress of mine for her to wear & she loves it! #MMBC

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    1. Jo Boyne says:

      Great idea. Just great to have options with a toddler! Lol

      Reply
    1. Jo Boyne says:

      Thank you! I used to love making myself daft fancy dress outfits when I was younger. Thank you for reading!

      Reply
    1. Jo Boyne says:

      Thank you. It is always good to have choices to give a toddler!

      Reply
    1. Jo Boyne says:

      Thank you for reading. It’s just nice to know that the dress will be used more than once!

      Reply
  4. Michelle Kellogg says:

    This is a great idea and you really can’t go wrong with the black dress! I have a few costumes that I try to repurpose. This year I simply used what I already had to make myself a pirate costume. Then I borrowed my son’s pirate sword, eye patch and vest lol! #GlobalBlogging

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    1. Jo Boyne says:

      It may get easier as she gets older. She may want to wear flouncy dresses more. Your pirate outfit sounds fabulous!

      Reply

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