Another Halloween. We've almost finished off the candy 'round these parts, though I'm still trying to figure out how to get the fake bloodstains off of my arms and legs. Don't mind me while I scrub...just take a look at these truly beautiful and cool costume patterns I found while gathering examples for Costume Countdown week. After all, it's never too early to start thinking about next Halloween:
Remember when I claimed all clown costumes were scary? DuBarry 1040B proves me wrong. If I could look this smashing, I'd dress in a clown costume every day.
There's a Spanish dancer/Carmen Miranda hidden in me somewhere, because I love this pattern in Hey Chica's etsy shop. It's sized for girls, sadly -- but oh, those ruffles! I love how the tiny bolero balances out the full skirt. The triple bow action -- one for the waist, one for the bust, one for the head -- is fun, too.
See? My Spanish dancer fantasy continues with Hollywood 1426. I adore the red skirt with the asymmetrical hem. Of course, the hat with veil, fan and rose in mouth just drive it home.
I think the illustration for Butterick 4695 from Selvedge Shop is absolutely amazing! It's child's play to make a man in a devil's costume look suave, but to pull if off for a guy in a footed penguin suit complete with bill visor and literal "wingtips" that restrict all hand movement? Genius! In fact, I suspect that this is an early pattern for an international superspy -- after all, one never knows when espionage might be interrupted by a Halloween night out with the kids!
A spider on the head with attached web? Simply brilliant! It's a sad commentary on me that if it came down to choosing between being a Spanish dancer or Spider Webhead here, I'd probably go with the latter...