Do you have several Halloween parties coming up, and you just don’t want to be seen in the same thing twice? Well, we are just hitting the end of yard-sale season, so make sure you buy a plain white sheet (or lightly patterned) while you are out looking for bargains for the most versatile costume piece you have ever had!
And I promise I wont tell you to cut two eye-holes in it, and go as a ghost (well, maybe I will).
The first step in any Halloween Costume project, or any craft project is to gather your supplies. For this no-sew project, you will need the following:
– 1 flat sheet in white, or with a light pattern. (You can find these at most garage or yard sales in the country for an incredible price!)
– SHARP scissors
– Fabric glue (washing machine and dryer safe)
– Trim ends (you can buy very inexpensive trim “ends” from your fabric store. Some may even give them away!)
– Ritz liquid fabric dye
– Safety pins
– Adhesive backed velcro
Costume piece 1: The Cape
This is not as much a costume as an accessory to make any good costume, great. You can be a Prince, Princess, King, or Queen, a Knight in shining armor, a Jedi Knight, or even your favorite superhero with this great costume accessory.
Simply take one of the four corners of your sheet, and round off the corner for the end that you will place your neck in. Alternatively, you can cut a square into one of the narrow ends of the sheet, and tie the two ends that are left around your neck. Dye your new cape the appropriate color, add trim or decorate as needed for your particular costume, and voila! You have a cape!
Costume #1: The Caesar! (Et tu, Brute?)
Yes, like everyone else, this costume will be perfect for your next toga party. This will require some trim to be as royal as you need to be, but at least you don’t need to dye the fabric.
Wrap the sheet around you or a dummy/dress form around your size (and when I say dummy, I don’t mean your brother), and pin, glue, or velcro each shoulder in front and in back to form a head and shoulder. For modesty’s sake, you may want to pin around the open side as well. Glue around the hem, neck, and arm holes, gold trim (or use fabric dye to make it gold) for that royal, roman look. Add some fake leaves or ivy at each of the safety pins to mask them.
Costume #2: The Shaolin Monk
If you skip the trim, and use some orange or amber fabric dye, you can use the same style of Caesar costume for a Shaolin Monk’s costume. Personally, I would use fabric glue instead of safety pins, and form a hem so it flows better, and so you don’t get as much ‘air conditioning’ on the side of your robe as Caesar would, and you get a great Shaolin Monk costume. If you are so inclined, use extra fabric, again, glued on, for long, flowing sleeves.