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« on: August 10, 2008 12:16:24 PM »

I just found out that my boyfriend's band is playing a gig on Halloween this year. So I really need to come up with a cute costume!

I'm thinking a German beer garden girl kinda like this.
However, with a price tag of about $50, I was hoping I could make something myself.

I found 2 different simplicity patterns that would work.


But, I'm terrible at sewing and afraid that I'll really mess it up!

Any suggestions for ways alter pre-made clothes? or do a mix of pre-made and handmade?

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« Reply #1 on: August 10, 2008 12:23:23 PM »

I think bad sewing shouldn't matter with Halloween costumes. Everybody overlooks the quality of a costume for its overall appearance. Plus, it's going to be dark so it's easier to hide flaws.

This costume seems fairly easy to alter. If you study the inspiration photo good enough, you'll get a good sense of how it's made. Plus, those pattern seems close to what you're working on so tweeking the pattern wouldn't be a hassle. Just follow the instructions on the pattern (stop, pause & research if you're not sure of what it's telling you to do) and you'll do just fine.

And as for tips, I think your idea of mixing made items with something made from scratch is a good idea. You really don't have to do everything by scratch.
« Reply #2 on: August 10, 2008 12:24:34 PM »

that first pattern is perfect, you wont even have to alter anything too much so i say go for it! theres not a lot of ways to mess up a circle skirt! you can do it!
« Reply #3 on: August 10, 2008 12:30:37 PM »

Looks like the little red riding hood would be almost perfect, just add an apron to the dress. As for altering pre-made clothes, i'm not sure...find a large skirt that you can make shorter and gather at the top maybe? Then a large white shirt and a brown shirt and some ribbon might do it. Good luck!
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« Reply #4 on: August 10, 2008 12:59:07 PM »

Just my opinion, but you'll probably end up spending almost as much on the materials to make this costume as the premade one costs. And if you're not good at sewing, it may save you a lot of frustrations.  YMMV though.

« Reply #5 on: August 10, 2008 01:01:57 PM »

Simplicity 3618 is one of the first patterns I ever used.  I didn't have a lot of sewing experience at the time and it was actually pretty easy follow.  Don't let yourself be intimidated by it!  Even if the sewing is a little shaky, it's still super impressive that you make it yourself.  Besides, sewing just takes practice, so why not start now?
« Reply #6 on: August 10, 2008 01:10:34 PM »

Those patterns are very easy! I'd say just dive into it and you wont have to spend alot of $$ to get the materials.  If you have a walmart that still has a sewing area scope the dollar table you might get some great finds!  Or a clearance table at any fabric store.  It's a costume so quality isn't exactly a high priority and I imagine that costume you linked is probably all cheap fabric anyway.  I'm making a fancy regency era dress out of $1/yard finds from walmart!  Also if you have a hancock fabrics near you you can check out the sales flier and get the pattern for as little as $1.99 (sometimes even $0.99)  Check McCalls and Butterick too they might also have good ones as those patterns are sort of costume standards.

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« Reply #7 on: August 10, 2008 01:22:47 PM »

the second pattern actually has a dirndl (thats what the outfit is called) so i would just use that pattern.  and maybe buy the blouse for underneath.

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« Reply #8 on: August 10, 2008 02:46:25 PM »

Wow! I'm surprised by the quick responses!

I didn't know that it was called a dirndl. Thanks jasminemuslimgirl! Smiley

After looking around a bit more, I found a tutorial for a corset-type bodice here  http://www.reddawn.net/costume/bodice.htm that looks like it wouldn't be too difficult.

And I think I could pull off making a circle skirt like this one http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=12439.0.

I think that an apron would be pretty easy to make as well.

That just leaves the the blouse. Maybe I could alter a white shirt like MoonChyld3 suggested.

I'm glad that I started thinking about this now, so I have a whole 2 months to work on it!

Thanks so much for the suggestions!

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