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Pattern: Vogue Misses' Dress 1174
Fabric: 3/4 yd fake fur, some satin and felt, and a little bit of fringe trim
Cost: $36

While the pattern is intermediate skill-wise, the fake fur, eyes and mouth details, and improvisation required makes this a project for an experienced sewer. Especially the fake fur.

Update: This costume won third place in PatternReview's costume contest!

Well, Halloween is just around the corner and my boss gave me Monday off... so that means Halloween costume planning is in progress!

After several lukewarm ideas, I was particularly inspired by this Etsy seller. Her garments are realistic yet amazing interpretations of animals, musical instruments, even food! I have therefore narrowed my costume ideas down to two things: I'll either be a monster or a cupcake (the gumball machine comes in a close third).

I used my Vogue pattern as a base to sketch up some ideas. Check them out:

Option 1, monster:

Option 2, cupcake:

Which should it be?? Or do I let the fabric store decide?

Update: After an overwhelmingly pro-cupcake response, I did the only logical thing and chose to make a monster. The pattern called to me more--with more details, and more Halloween theme-ness.

Now my apartment is covered in orange monster hair.

sewing the monster hair
googly eyes
the mouth

the face
it looks like a monster is eating my machine...
I'm not going to lie, sewing this thing was not always easy. But so much fun!

playing with the skirt
the finished product!

More monster inspiration:

You can check out my review of this pattern at, where I got third place in the costume contest!

Check it out at BurdaStyle!


Anonymous said...


Ginnie said...

I am in LOVE with this! What a great idea and it turned out amazing! Go you for being so freakin' clever! :)

Bethany'sBazodi said...

You totally stole these ideas from my roommate!!! Not only did you steal the moster dress:

Your sketch of the cupcake dress is an exact rip-off of hers!

Both of which she posted over a year ago.
We are all inspired by others, but at least give your creative credit where it's due.

Meg said...

Hey Bethany! I love your roommate's stuff--so creative! I link to her four times in the post, where I said I was particularly inspired by her. So don't worry, I try to give credit where credit is due :)

Bethany'sBazodi said...

Sorry I was a little hasty! Thank you for giving her credit.

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