One basic pattern can be used to create a variety of different Halloween costumes. Your fabric choice as well as the trims used can make a big difference in the style of the costume. Free Halloween patterns are available online. Patterns designed to be used by children can be altered for adults and vice versa. After sewing the basic costume, add accessories to complete the costume.
A free poncho pattern can be used to create several distinctly different Halloween costumes depending upon the colour of fabric and the accessories used. To make your own poncho, start by measuring out a piece of cloth that is the desired length of the finished costume. A poncho is essentially a large piece of fabric with a hole in the centre for the head. Depending upon the width of your fabric, you might need to cut two pieces of clothe and then sew them together.
Children can slip on a black bat poncho, pumpkin or ghost poncho over their heads, and be ready for the holiday. Ponchos can also be used in hippie costumes. Use fabric paint to draw a peace sign and other 70s symbols directly on the fabric. Alternately, you can add patches to be more authentic. Make a small poncho for an infant costume that is easy to put on and take off the baby.
Basic Cape Pattern
Vampires, rock stars, kings, queens and princesses can all use a cape pattern as the base of their Halloween costume. Use inexpensive cotton or pricey velour, depending upon the look you are aiming for. A store-bought pattern can be helpful if you are making a complicated cape, say a medieval or Renaissance cape with elaborate fur trim. A basic cape, though, can be fashioned by draping the material over your shoulders and attaching strings where you want to tie it around your neck.
Alter a basic pattern to make an extra large hooded cape for an "alien encounter" costume. The idea is to make it appear as though you are being held by an alien, when, in fact, the cape is over a ball or balloon on a stick.
Hoods are a safer alternative to wearing Halloween masks, since they leave your view unobstructed. Using the free basic hood pattern found in the reference section, enlarge it to fit the individual's head. Cut out two pieces of fabric. Sew them together according to pattern instructions, and then add a piece of Velcro to the strap.
After making the basic hood, you can make it look like a dog, bunny or cat, depending on where you place the ears and the colour material you use. A frog hood can be constructed from green felt using two ping-pong balls for the eyes.
Wings are a key component in fairy, butterfly and angel Halloween costumes. Make a pattern from a large piece of butcher paper or cardboard. They can be constructed with a wire or cardboard frame, tissue paper or fabric interior. Add ribbon or elastic loops to the interior of the wings. Slip the loops through your arms to hold the wings in place.
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