DIY Halloween Costume

Happy Halloween weekend, y’all!

I absolutely love Halloween, it is the perfect opportunity to let your imagination run wild and be limited by your creativity alone.  Halloween is that one day of the year where you can dress as outlandishly as imaginable, judgement free.

I have never been a fan of the costume in a bag variety, I like to create my own masterpiece.  Although I am limited by my lack of sewing skills I tend to, in the words of Tim Gunn, “make it work.”

Unfortunately my lack of free time has taken a toll on my costume options this year and I am had to go with a safe bet.  I can’t reveal it just yet as I still want it to be a surprise for my friends at our Halloween party Saturday night.  Instead, I want to share with you my costume from last year, created by yours truly.  I was a loofah, yes a loofah.

home made loofah costume

Looks better than it sounds, huh?  It was so simple, all  you need is:

  • an old dress (or something long enough to attach the tulle)
  • approximately 20-30 yards of tulle
  • 1 white cord rope
  • TONS of safety pins
  • leggings

I started with an old black cotton dress, that I knew I was never going to wear again, as the base.  To create the effect I simply bunched the tulle around the dress and safety pinned it.  Bunch, pin, bunch, pin, bunch, pin, etc.  It was really that easy.   The only thing you really have to be careful with is the safety pins.  You want to ensure they will keep your garment together throughout the evening so you really need to use them liberally.  Also, be careful that they are somewhat hidden beneath the fluff of the toile so you don’t have silver shining through.  Once I was finished I attached the cord rope and it was the perfect touch to bring the entire outfit together.

I wore a tank top and leggings under the ensemble because the fabric store barely had enough tulle when I went on my last minute shopping adventure.  However, if you had more tulle at your disposal you could easily expand this into a more full garment.

For added effect I carried around a bottle of bubbles as an allusion to a bubble bath.

home made loofah costume

What is the best homemade costume you have seen?

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