Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Looking Back - Halloween

I haven't had to make costumes the last two years but thought I would share some of the costumes I have made in the past. These pictures were all taken with my film camera, so I did some scanning and adjusting in Photoshop.

This is my first-born daughter, Paige, 1987, 7 months old. I took a pink sweatsuit, added a yarn ball for the tail and sewed a felt oval on the belly!

Paige again, 1989, she wanted to be Snow White. The is the best pattern I could find, a bit of a Little Red Riding hood. She wore a white mask over her eyes, this is something she insisted on.

Now a better Snow White, Erin (2nd oldest), 1993.

Paige as Belle, 1993, 1st grade.

You guys are loving my couch and country decor, right?

Paige, Pink Power Ranger, Erin, a purple princess. The princess outfit came out of the dress-up box, my mom made tons of dress-up clothes for their Christmas the year before. The year, 1994, and I was pregnant with twins, so happy no costume sewing.

Speaking of the twins, their first year mom-made costume, 1996.

Mickey and Minnie Mouse. Meredith is Mickey (left), Kaitlyn is Minnie (right)

Paige is a 50's girl in a borrowed poodle skirt, Erin a cheerleader. The other baby is my niece.

1998, all costumes made by me. Erin is Red Spice from the Spice Girls, Paige is an Egyptian, a required 6th grade costume, the most expensive costume I have ever made (BTW). The twins, yes, same pattern but they were different. Meredith in the purple is a Fairy Godmother, she had a wand at one time, Kaitlyn is a princess.

1999, all mom-made again. Paige, Miss America, complete with sash. Erin a 50's girl, poodle skirt for her and for her Twinn doll. Kaitlyn is a bumble bee, this was a panel at Joann's, easy, easy. Meredith a witch. I made the bags, too.

2001, Paige wanted to be a genie (Think the TV show "I Dream of Jeannie) and so did 2 of her friends, "Mom, can you make their costumes?" So, three genie costumes, but wait, Erin wants to be a genie, too. That is 4 genie costumes, the girls helped and really made them with a bit of help from mom.

Paige Erin

Meredith want to be a Pioneer girl, lots of fabric yardage, I love the bonnet. This is one of the only picture it was still on.

Then the last year for costumes, 2005, I went overboard, since it was the last.
Kaitlyn a cowgirl complete with duster, skirt and vest. Meredith a pirate, cape, vest, and pants.

Thanks for going down memory lane with me. I have been doing a bit of scrapbooking and going through all my scrapbooks to get the pictures emphasizes the importance in doing my scrapbooks. I would have never remembered the details and dates and they are so important.

Now off to sew on my blouse.


  1. How fun to see your girls, and watching them grow up! You've got a houseful of gorgeous girls! How fun to see the costumes and get a hint as to their inspiration!

  2. Anonymous5:51 PM

    What a lovely trip down memory lane. I don't think I have any photos of my DD in the various costumes I made thru the years. Her first Halloween, she was a bunny rabbit. In her second Halloween she was Casper the ghost. I do remember a witch, a pumpkin outfit, the 50's girl, the gypsy, the rock star, Audrey Hepburn, and the list goes on ... This year she is Cleopatra with a store bought costume. She has dressed up every year for 19 years. Now she trick or treats for various charities.

  3. Thanks for sharing all the costumes that you have made through the years. You did a great job! You do have a houseful of gorgeous girls!

  4. Anonymous12:44 PM

    Such wonderful memories for you and your girls. Thanks for sharing with us.

  5. Anonymous5:46 PM

    I love, love, love your trip down costume memory lane. All those costumes; all those years gone by - how cute everyone looks year after year.

    I wish I had been organized to post something similar. So many years of sewing to the wee hours trying to get that "perfect" costume done.

    I think my least favorite were the Harry Potter capes - yards and yards and yards of cape fabric . . .

  6. Such lovely pictures!