I was in the store and I saw a person wearing what I thought was a costume. Hmmmm - a little early for wearing that Halloween costume out. It was like a train wreck where you're trying not to look but end up following the person around just to look at what they're wearing - stalking would be accurate. If that person isn't you then you may need this post for some easy costume ideas using items from your closet with one or two items added to make a costume.
green shirt, overalls, white gloves - you might have to buy the gloves unless you're one of those housekeepers who does the white glove test (please don't come to my house.) Green baseball cap with circle of white fabric. Use some fabric paint to put the "L" for Luigi on it. Oh and don't forget the moustache! Not pictured is her friend who came as Mario using the same ideas.
The Circus Ringmaster:
From the closet: Jacket, boots, black pants. The jacket was modified a little but nothing permanent. Took some black felt and cut tuxedo "tails" out and pinned to back of jacket. Cut cardboard out to make epaulets on shoulders. Glued felt and fringe on to cardboard and pinned to jacket. Note: Glued two felt tabs on bottom of cardboard epaulet to have something to pin to. Additional items: Top hat and a whip that was
from her closet in our costume trunk from an Indiana Jones costume.
Looks easy and uncomplicated. But wait remember how tall Abe was ...
You need a couple of skills to pull this one off. You must be able to grow some facial hair or buy some and you have to be able to walk on stilts.
From the closet: black jacket, white shirt, black slacks, bow tie - okay you might not have that.
How to make:
Black fabric was cut and sewn to look like a pant leg and then pinned to the bottom of black slacks to cover the stilts.
Stove top hat from costume store.
Easy Peasy! - if you can walk on stilts.
More costume ideas:
Jason from Halloween Movies: Mechanics overalls, kitchen knife and the Jason mask from Halloween Costume store.
Go as a graduate: old cap and gown is all you need.
Last costume is not from the closet (not from any of our closets but different strokes for different folks) but fairly easy and inexpensive. No pattern needed, basic sewing or gluing skills is all.
Moleskin fabric or other fabric that kind of looks like leather and will not fray when it is cut into strips.
Belt from Goodwill - Is Goodwill like the belt graveyard?
Sword and necklace from Halloween Costume store.
How to make:
Everything but the shorts - (we like to call it a diaper) was just strips of fur and moleskin wrapped and tied around arms and feet. The Conan Diaper (still makes me smile to say it) was cut kind of like a diaper pattern and then the sides sewn up. You could also glue it. The waist was big to get on and off but the belt kept it up and added to the Conan look.
I am officially out of costume ideas for the day. Look in your own closet and see what you can come up with!