As discussed previously, my goal for Halloween this year is to finish my costume that I planned to wear last year: the Devil in a Blue Dress. Once I’d settled on which blue-clad devil woman I wanted to protray for Halloween, I had to choose the exact costume. I’m quite in love with Vogue’s current-print retro patterns, but unfortunately not all of them come in a large enough size, or were sold out at the local store. I was rather pressed for time, so I needed some sort of modern pattern that would fit without too much muslin fiddling.
Ok, so once again this costume will go unfinished. Other projects (sewing and otherwise) have gotten the best of me. Of course, our plans for Halloween involve driving 7 hours, so I doubt we’ll do much more than watch a mildly scary movie and binge on some chocolate or something that evening. But, since I intended to post about the dress two weeks ago, here’s more information.
I ended up choosing a Butterick Retro pattern: B5281. It has the asymmetrical skirt piecing I was looking for, and sizing to fit me. I settled on the short-sleeved, view B.
Choosing the fabric was not as easy as you might think. There was a dearth of blue fabrics at the local store. I ended up with a poly/rayon faux silky fabric that actually works really well with this style, draping wise. It’s also not bright blue, but a dusty sort of muted one, which appeals to me.
So, as for progress, I’m approximately 75% finished with the dress. It needs closures on the yoke, a hem, shoulder-pad insertion and sleeves. If I feel especially productive, I will unpick the zipper and reinsert it. I did a terrible job the first time around.
And, because no 40s devlish-ly clad woman would go about without a hat, I picked up Vogue V7464. I am in love with view B; it’s just so… kooky. I have absolutely zero experience with millinery and didn’t even begin making the hat last year, beyond cutting, so it should be an interesting adventure.
To round out the costume, I’ll need to find suitable shoes. I’ve wanted to pick up 40s-inspired peep-toes for a while. I’m just hoping that the fad from a few years ago is still alive. And because a devil can’t be a devil without horns (ok, she can, but they’re just so symbolic), I have a small set of horns from the halloween store.
How are your Halloween plans coming along?