This year I decided to bite the bullet and make my children’s Halloween costumes. In years past I have purchased nicer costumes for them and then either added accessories or made alterations where needed.
With all of the preparations for the hubs Mario themed birthday party, it seemed like there was no other choice than to have them go as Mario and Luigi. Plus I am not sure how long they will go for ‘themed’ costumes, so I am taking advantage as long as I can.
I’m not going to do a full tutorial since lot of it was flying by the seat of my pants. I will point out a few things though.
- I used this tutorial for a base on the overalls. I found there weren’t quite enough instructions on the bib and back, but great for the pants
- I used a pair of denim skirt overalls to make a pattern for my Mario.
- I wimped out on the button holes and just used sew-on velcro to keep the overalls on.
- I was able to find the blue material at a Walmart “fabric road show.” So it was a 5 yard bolt for $5. I have at least 2 yards left, so talk about a smoking deal!
- Total Cost: About $5(material + buttons)
Shirts – Came from Dollar Tree! I also bought a long sleeve option for Mario, but it is so warm, I don’t think she will be using it. Total Cost: $2
- I found the Pattern for the Hats over on the Givers Log.
- I am not so good with patterns so after a lot of frustration trying to visualize it, I just followed the directions and they turned out great. Lesson: If you don’t know what you are doing, just follow the directions!
- Total Cost: $3
- I found some of those eyeglass/nose/mustache disguises at the Dollar Store. I found two where I liked the shape of the mustache and then just removed the mustache.
- I super glued on some clear jewelry cording so they can wear it around their heads.
- The cried that they were hurting at first, so I covered the back with black felt to make it softer.
- Total Cost: $2
- I bought some of those “magic stretch” gloves from the $1 bins at Joanns.
- I had to make one pair smaller for Mario. It was a nightmare, and I hate hand sewing, but they will work.
- Total Cost: $2
Total Cost for 2 costumes: $14
Yippee! I don’t even think you can get a cheapy plastic one for $7. The store bought Mario and Luigi costumes were $20 each. Plus, I think these are way cuter.
Have a great Halloween!