I don’t know about you, but I had a hard time coming up with a costume idea this year. I had 3 ideas that I was debating between for a few months and found all of the items I needed for what I thought was the best costume, and then just a week before Halloween I completely scratched that idea and went with Veruca Salt. And I’m happy I did.
I like treating Halloween as a time to pay homage to people, characters or icons I admire. Here are some of the costumes I’ve made over the last four years:
From left to right: Courtney Love, Virgin Guadalupe, Feminist Uncle Sam, Hello Kitty
I think my favorite costume to date is still Courtney Love. She was the most fun to “be,” and it was fun to attend parties “in character”… until I had a little accident involving those awful pointy stilettos, a step I didn’t see, and a really bloody knee; I was a hot mess. BUT, I was in character, so it worked. (Damn you, weak ankle!)
Anyway, this year, I went with Veruca Salt. She, too, is a bad ass chick. When she wants something, she gets it… or, at least until she’s sent to the furnace… but up until that point, she’s pretty fierce. This costume was fairly easy to make. I picked up a sweater dress from the Juniors section of Ross for $10, and found lace and velvet ribbon at Cliff’s Variety – the buttons and thread I already had on hand. This costume cost around $18, and took around 2 hours to make. Not too shabby!
“We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of dreams.”
It’s probably the most well made costume I’ve constructed yet. You could literally rock this lolita-style dress and no one would know that it was a Halloween costume. Or maybe they would. A few people thought I was Olive Oil, and a few thought I was Mrs. Santa Claus. The latter REALLY confused me. Anyway, cheers to another fun Halloween and handmade costume!