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vintage costume patterns and ideas

As I have been organizing my collection of sewing patterns, I came across quite a few vintage costume patterns I’ve managed to collect over the years.  If you’ve got an eye for detail, here are a few 1970’s and 1980’s treasures to feast upon this Halloween week:clown costume 1975I made a clown costume a few years ago, by sewing together a bunch of bright silky scarves my mother-in-law had given me. It turned out great, and made loose enough, warm clothes can be worn underneath the costume for those in colder climates. Some good (slightly creepy) but simple clown makeup shown above as well.

vintage cheerleader costumeThe classic cheerleader, baton twirler, Jan and Marsha Brady short skirt or dress pattern. Ice skates, roller skates… oh the memories come flooding back from the days I dreamed of being all of the above.

hippie shirt patternOh yes, the hippie shirt. Jazzed up in so many different ways, don’t overlook the turtleneck option, subtle collegiate.

ballerina costume pattern 1975Classic ballerina, sparkly ribbons and rainbows, for Halloween or everyday.

kids cowboy costumeBasic cowboy and indian looks. I have a very easy indian vest tutorial that looks like the cowboy one above and indian headband tutorial for those in the market.

poodle skirt with tractors The poodle skirt, with tractors. Which means that you can really put whatever picture you wish on the bottom and it’ll work… especially if your waist looks as small as the gals in the pattern picture.  (google search:  “where can I find a corset”)

barbie doll clothes patternSo many possibilities here… for barbies. It’s so not fair, Barbies have it all (a dream house, Corvette, closets full of clothes, great hair….) including their own line of patterns.

1980's gunnie sax patternI think I had this outfit, or at least I wished I did in my 80’s childhood. Just go back and watch Say AnythingSixteen Candles or any teen beat 80’s movie to see this ensemble in action. Denim, lace and ruffles all readily available at any local thrift shop.

princess/angel/witch costumesThe easily transferrable princess, witch, angel, nightgown robe garment. With the right fabric and add-ons this costume can be reinvented every year. Just a few last minute ideas thrown your way. I hope your costumes are coming together this year- ready in time for the big day!

homemade Halloween costumes

Halloween is the best and I love making any homemade Halloween costumes my kids dare to request. This is what Halloween 2008 looked like:
geisha costume

This geisha costume was made using a easy costume pattern, probably Butterick, from Joann’s fabric store. The geisha wig is from a costume shop, we embellished it with extra silk flowers. The make up is also from a costume shop.
geisha halloween costumeShe wore her costume to school, but as the mom-makeup artist, I came to school right before the Halloween parade to put on her make up.
clown on a unicycle













It was a bonus that this clown has been working on his unicycle skills for months and is good enough to ride around with his candy bag in his hand. This costume is made out of a pile of silk scarves my mother-in-law gave me (instead of Goodwill).  Zipper down the back (basic jumpsuit pattern) and a few pom-poms down the front. Makeup was studied at various clown makeup sites online, then applied just before the school parade. Red wig and red clown nose are from a local costume shop. Converse shoes tie it all together. For a closer look at the clown costume look here.



clown and luke skywalker costumesWhat’s better than showing off your cute little brother, dressed as tiny Luke Skywalker at school?
young luke skywalker









This costume was made after pouring over pictures and frozen screen movie images of Luke Skywalker. The cape is just a basic pattern, probably originally designed for Harry Potter fans. The tunic and pants were made using the same pattern as the geisha dress, just shortened and lengthened when necessary. The key was the belt and accessories attached. The belt is just a wide (3 or so inches) band attached around the body with velcro and had several velcro loops for attaching the light saber (purchased online, fairly cheaply). The boots were borrowed from his big sister.
renaissance princess costume, queen costume




This medieval princess costume is also from a basic ‘princess,queen’ costume pattern. Slightly more complicated, the white tunic dress underneath is separate from the pink, sparkly lace-up-the-sides top layer. The sleeve detail adds a few airy layers for a more regal effect.


medieval princess, medieval queen costume

Crown from a costume shop, necklace from Forever 21. I love the hairdo she asked for- two high messy buns for a bit of a Knight’s Tale modern/medieval look.






for the whole day in pictures look here

Clown costume

The making of a clown costume, using a jumpsuit pattern
clown costume details The finished product looks a little crazy on the hanger but I assure you it looks good on- with the nose and clown red wig, I can wait to see him riding the unicycle in this outfit. I added a bit or flashy rick rack to the collar ruffle and went with the traditional three pom-poms over the wacky clown tie.

making a clown costumeThe back view- even crazier I think.

homemade clown costumeI think we will forgo the ginormous clown shoes. His black Chuck Taylor’s look just as good. This clown has very serious plans for trick-or-treating until he drops or until the bag is too heavy for a human being to carry- being that Halloween falls on a Friday this year- no getting up early, in-school candy hangover to deal with the next day. Floppy cartoon shoes will only slow him down, and we can’t have that now can we. I say bring it on. We aren’t a big sugared cereal, candy in the cupboards sort of family- so we let it all hang out on Halloween, get your fill my darling little pranksters. And I might be skimming a few favorites of the top of those overflowing treat bags too.
Oh, I love Halloween for so many reasons. To see the clown on Halloween look here.