It’s the most wonderful time of the year!
Halloween, of course!
If you are still in search of inspiration, here are five fabulous and ridiculous historical costumes that really wouldn’t be that hard to make.
#5 Candy Girl:
To make: 1) Take any outfit. 2) Staple candy all over it. 3) Be most popular person at the party!
#4 Wild Men
There is a long tradition of wild men costumes, and they are really easy to make: just glue grass and leaves all over a onsie. Historical, awesome, and scary.
Just try not to light yourself on fire, OK?
A more modern (and less flammable) would be to go as a head of cabbage: just stick cabbage leaves to yourself:
#3 The Scrap Album:
Scrap Albums were fashionable throughout the later 19th century, and were just albums filled with cutouts of pretty images – they were so popular they could could buy specifically made pre-cut out images in thousands of themes. I LOVE that this fancy dress actually is a scrap album, with real scrap album motifs applied to the dress. It features everything from pheasants and fish to ‘peoples of the world’ along with the more common flowers, butterflies, and pretty maidens.
The clear modern equivalent would be going as Facebook or Pinterest – though I think irony is a mandatory inclusion if you are going as one of those. 😉
2) Scary Masquerade
To make: 1) Paint a mask black. 2) Cut a half-circle of fabric with pinking sheers. Attach to mask. 3) Freak everyone at party out.
And finally, my favourite one of all…
#1 The Wastepaper Basket:
All you need is an outfit with a checked effect (to simulate wire) and all the paper rubbish you can find around the office!
I ADORE the cabbage costume!
I think that last one is a bad idea: you should never arrive at a party trashed. Sorry, sorry, couldn’t resist!
I’m going to be dressing up as a housemaid, with the half-apron I made towards Practicality, and an extremely unhistorical doily cap. And an ostrich-feather duster, naturellement.
I can’t decide what’s funnier, the cabbage or the wastepaper basket…
… it’s probably your commentary throughout.
The scrap album dress is just too cute !!!
You can still buy the paper picture scraps – you may have to search for them but they are around. I bought some recently at a Paper Power shop.
Love the cabbage leaves – just hope nobody else goes to the party as a goat!
I’m astonished that anyone thought to “dress up as a wastepaper basket” in the Victorian period.
I think it actually makes total sense – the modern office was just coming into being in the Victorian era, and women were moving into offices as ‘typewriters.’ So a wastepaper basket is very topical, and reflective of what’s happening in society – which is often what costumes are about!
I adore the costume ideas – and how utterly unfestive everybody looks in the pictures! Couldn’t they at least pretend that they are enjoying themselves?
I feel like the cabbage lady has it perfectly. Her face is the very essence of brassica.
I showed her to my father and he said it’s the vegetarian variant of Lady Ga Ga’s meat dress.
And that it could be useful because it’s water-repellant.
I think I would like your father!
He has his moments. 😀
Indeed…she looks as if she’s been on the cabbage soup diet for months . 🙂
Essence of Brassica sounds like a good contender for worst perfume ever.