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Poll Results: Do you make your Halloween costumes or buy?

 
  • 46% (48)
    Make my own
  • 35% (37)
    Buy
  • 18% (19)
    Other
104 Total Votes  
post #41 of 60
If I had sewing skills, I'd ALWAYS make them!
post #42 of 60
I havent the foggiest idea how to sew, but after looking at the expensive CRAP at the stores I visited, I decided it was time to learn. I spent $30 on a pattern and fabric for both kids costumes. My mom actually ended up making them though. But I will prbably continue to try each year (and if my mom accidently takes over the project-ok!)

The store bought costumes were awful!!!!
post #43 of 60
I actually just made DS's yesterday. He's going to be a bumble bee this year. I spent about $5 in fabric.

I will probably my make kids costumes until I either run out of time or get a lot of money to spend.
post #44 of 60



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Originally Posted by ripcurlgirl26 View Post
I actually just made DS's yesterday. He's going to be a bumble bee this year. I spent about $5 in fabric.

I will probably my make kids costumes until I either run out of time or get a lot of money to spend.
post #45 of 60
I would gladly buy a costume but dd1 seems to come up with costume ideas that I can't find in the stores and I can't talk her into something else. Last year she was a penguin and this year she wants to be a ghost. She wants sis to be a ghost too. I bought a huge white sheet and now I have to figure out how to turn it into two ghosts.
post #46 of 60
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Originally Posted by travlr View Post
I would gladly buy a costume but dd1 seems to come up with costume ideas that I can't find in the stores and I can't talk her into something else. Last year she was a penguin and this year she wants to be a ghost. She wants sis to be a ghost too. I bought a huge white sheet and now I have to figure out how to turn it into two ghosts.
I have two ideas.

Using the sheet. Measure from the top of DD head to her ankles. Take a piece of string slightly longer so you can knot it and still have that length. Tie one end of the string to a pin and the other to a marking pen. Use this like a compass to draw a circle on the sheet. Cut out the circle. Drape the Circle over DD. Mark where her shoulders are then take it off and make 3 to 4 inch slits coming down from shoulders for her arms. Put it back on DD and very carefully mark where her eyes are. Cut hole for her to see. Safety pinning the top to an elastic head band will prevent it from sliding around. Dress DD in a whit shirt.

Other option. Get a long white dress or make one from the sheet. Then drape cheese cloth over DD.
post #47 of 60
I haven't read all the other responses yet.

Ever since I learned to sew three years ago, I make the kids' costumes. But, I will be the first to admit that it is more about me than it is about them. : I know that they would probably be just as happy with an off-the-rack Thomas the Tank Engine costume as with my hand-sewn dinosaur costume with a real tail, but I don't care, it's fun for me to do and so I keep doing it. Besides, I really get a kick out of going to the fabric store with them every September and having them flip through the catalogs with me and pick out their costumes. Well, not every September, because I try to make the costumes big so that they can get multiple years' use out of them.

Here are some pix of previous costumes:

dd's witch costume from 2 years ago

dd's ladybug costume and ds's dinosaur costume from last year
post #48 of 60
I bought one. Its cheaper ($12 for the monkey costume dd wanted) I don't think I can buy the fabric alone that cheap. I can't sew. DD would never give me the time to sew one even if I could.
post #49 of 60
I voted other because I have done both. This year I bought because DD picked out the. perfect. costume. (in her opinion of course). I might make mine though.
post #50 of 60
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Originally Posted by JanB View Post
The link didn't work and I want to see.
post #51 of 60
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Originally Posted by eepster View Post
The link didn't work and I want to see.

Hmm... maybe the site was down temporarily? I just tried it and they work for me. :
post #52 of 60
My favorite costume EVER was the only one my mom made, when I was 8. I was a green crayola crayon, made out of a tube of felt with puff paint markings. She even made me a hat that looked like a crayon tip. WOW. I STILL tell her I want her to make me another one, only in the size I am now.

Best. Costume. Ever.

I still make all my costumes now, and would love to make my kids' too. The possibilities are endless, yk? And you don't have to be a TV character when you make your own. The kid can be part of the process.
post #53 of 60
I LOVE making costumes, and once my older DSs started school, they all insisted on store bought cartoon characters like all their friends. So I am really savoring this time with my 2yo DS!

Last year I made him an adorable puppy costume- gray hooded sweatsuit with sewn on floppy ears and a tail. This year he's going to be a scarecrow, he absolutely loves them and always points them out to me when we go for walks.
post #54 of 60
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Originally Posted by travlr View Post
I would gladly buy a costume but dd1 seems to come up with costume ideas that I can't find in the stores and I can't talk her into something else. Last year she was a penguin and this year she wants to be a ghost. She wants sis to be a ghost too. I bought a huge white sheet and now I have to figure out how to turn it into two ghosts.

Cut 2 eye holes in it-

Old school style!
post #55 of 60
I had voted in the poll earlier this week and now have to change my vote I've always before made costumes, but I saw a Tigger costume super cheap at Goodwill today and bought it. I'll still be buying material and making ears to go with it, but not making the entire costume. With being so sick this past month and still catching up on stuff not having to make 2 costumes in the next week really appealed to me.
post #56 of 60
I seem to alternate from year to year -- buying consignment store costumes or making one. Last year I made Dylan a tiger costume. This year I didn't need the pressure of another pre-baby sewing project and bought a consignment store costume.
post #57 of 60
I always said I would make DS's - but we found the cutest Yoda costume, so I bought his for this year! Hopefully next year I'll make his though.
post #58 of 60
I hate to sew, so I buy my DD, but next year I'll probably make them because we might have two.

Last year she was a pine tree car air freshener and this year she is a marshmallow peep
post #59 of 60
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Originally Posted by JanB View Post
Hmm... maybe the site was down temporarily? I just tried it and they work for me. :
Yup, it works now. Whatever the problem was it was temporary. So I saw them and they are adorable.
post #60 of 60
Buy, albeit used at the consignment store. I don't have time.
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