Happy Halloween! It was a Halloween Dress-Up Day at school today, so we’re showing our Halloween costumes early, even though we said we would upload it on Sunday.
Surprisingly, our costumes were VERY affordable, and were really easy to put together. Think about the styling, presentation, and key pieces that can make or break your costume. All you need is a little faith, trust, and pixie dust!
Peter Pan (Daniel) My costume is extremely inexpensive, and cost about $5 to make. The green fabric was 99 cents a yard on JoAnn Fabric & Crafts store and all I had to do was sew up the sides, make some flaps for a collar, and cut up the edges to make this Peter Pan look. It worked to my advantage that Peter Pan is a rustic and outdoor character, because that meant as little sewing as possible. Bought a yard of this fringe trim and wrapped it around my belt, and safety pinned it around my boots. Using pieces you already own that may work for a costume is always great. Also, the fact that they are real clothes means that you can always use them after Halloween, and they also end up looking much more refined and expensive than cheap costume props. I made the hat with poster board and glued fabric to it.
Wendy Darling (Iris) Most people are Tinkerbell when they are dressing up with Peter Pan, but I decided to go the route of Wendy because I love her adorable night gown style and blue color. This skirt is actually really simple and was only a large piece of fabric sewn together and a garter was put through the waist to make it stretchy. Hem the bottom, and you instantly have a Disney-perfect skirt for your costume. The blouse is from the H&M sale section and cost $10, always look through sale sections and thrift stores to see if you can find anything for your costume. I used left over fabric to make the waist ribbon. I didn’t have any good white tights to use so ruffled socks and Mary Jane heels were a great substitute.
Tips & Tricks
- Use real clothing items, they always look more authentic than the odd fabrics of store-bought costumes
- Alter your own accessories or clothing pieces with trims and fabrics to create the perfect costume
- Hair and makeup can make a big difference to your look, don’t forget them! (For Peter Pan, I put glitter all over my hair and face for pixie dust!, For Wendy, tie your hair half-up and do ringlet curls)
- Choose a costume that fits into your style so you can use your own pieces, or customize the character to look more fashion forward