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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 quick last minute halloween outfits made around a simple black dress.
Halloween Outfits Made Around A Simple Black Dress
Do you need a quick last minute Halloween costume? Then all these outfits can be easily and cheaply made around a black dress.
I made a simple black dress from a modified simplicity pattern. This dress can be worn again and again.
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.
You will need
- A roll of Black felt
- Several small pieces of white felt
- Black and white thread to sew pieces to dress
- A white dressmakers pencil
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.
Then added button holes to correspond with the buttons on the shoulders of the 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!
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.
And you have a finished batgirl outfit. My little girl loves being a superhero, she has already got a Wonder Woman costume!
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!
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.
There are lots of possible Halloween outfits made around a simple black dress to be made. These are all very quick and easy to do. 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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