So it was suggested to me this year to make the costumes for my DD's because it'd be cheaper than buying new. Well I lucked into an adorable premade bee costume for DD3 so I didn't have to make hers. But I still made DD2's. And wow, it ended up being more expensive than buying a new one.
The clothing parts I bought from a thrift store. The tulle and ribbon I bought with a coupon at Hobby Lobby. The elastic was the only thing I bought new and full price. Total cost was still over $30. Ouch! I could have bought her a Tinkerbell costume at Walmart for half that price.
So how do I avoid this in the future? What are the tricks to making Halloween costumes cheaply?