Thursday, October 31, 2013

Halloween Costume: Vintage McCalls Pattern

My Aunt did my hair from 1962

Finally I can reveal what I've been working on. My Halloween costume; I'm McCall's 6351! I wanted to do something sewing related this year, and was thinking of things to do, maybe a pin cushion, maybe some ric rac, and then boom I'M GOING TO BE A SEWING PATTERN!

I quickly ran to my pattern stash and picked this one McCall's 6351 from 1962, I knew Fabricland had the most perfect wool polka dot crepe I have been eyeing up. Halloween costume and cute new dress afterwards..yes please. 




Source

 My husband made the frame for the pattern from lightweight plastic pipes from Home Depot and then reinforced it with wooden dowels. The pipes were about 5 dollars total. I got some super cheap white fabric from Fabricland, and cut out pieces for the front and back. Then I just wrote all of the requirements and pattern pieces on the back, and McCall's on the front. I sewed some webbing in the middle of the front piece so I could strap it to my back. Then I sewed the two pieces together like a pillowcase, leaving the bottom open and I tied it shut. 

I wore the costume to work one day and then to the Halloween Parade yesterday. Everyone kept asking if this was the dress. Yes, of course I made the dress! I'm view A, the slim skirt. My aunt teased the crap out of my hair for the parade yesterday, I looked like a character out of Hairspray, it was hilarious. 




 Happy Halloween! I will post more about the actual dress tomorrow.
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27 comments:

  1. That's Genius Erika! I love the board and the fabric requirements on the back, you're so clever!

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  2. Ahhh...killing me with the awesomeness! I love the detailing of all the info on the back. So perfect.

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  3. I agree, the back details are amazing. great costume!

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  4. That is beyond awesome, Erika! I think this is one of the most creative Halloween costumes I've ever seen!

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  5. I think this is fabulous. My kind of halloween costume.

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  6. This is BRILLIANT! Fantastic idea! And, you have a fab dress to wear the rest of the season! Double Win!

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  7. Oh goodness, that is AMAZING!!!

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  8. This is an amazing costume! I love it! You are brilliant!

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  9. Best costume ever, love it! The dress is gorgeous too.

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  10. This is amazing! Kudos for such a fun idea. Love it!

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  11. I think that is the most imaginative Halloween costume I have ever seen!

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  12. Holly Crap... is that ever awsome!!! Brilliant.. You did a great job.. Thanks for sharing

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  13. Amazing costume!!! You are so creative!! love the dress also...

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  14. This is amazing!!!!!! BEST HALLOWEEN COSTUMER EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  15. I have to say Erika, this silhouette is very flattering on you. You look like a bustier version of my body which is why I follow your blog. I like to see how you look in various patterns so I can use it as a cue for myself. Can we email? I have some size and fit questions I would love to have a chance to discuss with you.

    Thanks,
    Autumn
    autumns dot glass at gmail dot com

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  16. Okay, your costume is such a fantastic of an idea that I'm probably going to steal the idea in the next few years! But I'm not sure if I could pull off the dress part nearly as well as you, because it looks fantabulous! Really, great choice for fabric and a great fit, and you look rockin in it.

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  17. How clever! What a fabulous idea.

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  18. This is hilarious! What genius, and clever construction of the "envelope" too :)

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  19. omg brilliant hillarious and clever cause now you have a new dress that looks fantabulous on you een if you dont wear the pattern package behind you! awesome sauce!

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