Customer Creativity & Ideas for Last Minute Halloween Costumes

by admin on October 15, 2009

Lorie from Lorie Fuller Designs is our guest contributor today!  She is going to share some ideas for those last minute Halloween Costumes using eBooks from  Many of the photos below come from our creative customers who used a book and ran with a creative idea for turning it into a costume. We love that! So take it away Lorie!

If you’re like me, you haven’t even started your Halloween costumes for this year.  Halloween is big here in Boulder!  Our local JoAnn store gets packed this time of year with C.U. students looking for costume fabrics and embellishments and you’d think the lines at the cutting table were for a rock concert. 

Since my stash is so voluminous, I start by looking at what I’ve got and try to figure out ways to use those precious remnants, vintage and retro fabrics, and those over-the-top laces and ribbons that come in those value packs you see at the stores.  Next, I take a look at my patterns to see if I can come up with the feeling of the costume I’m looking for.  Then, I get any supplies or fabrics I don’t have and get started. 


I thought I would share some of the ways you can use YCMT patterns to create or add just the right touch to your costumes.      


Want the Little Red Riding Hood look?  Purchase a red cape she can use later for the holidays, and then use these patterns from YCMT:

Portrait Peasant Tops by Carla C
Pouty Petticoat by Pouty Princess
Apron Front Jumper Dress by Pouty Princess

The Portrait Peasant could also make these possible costumes:
-           Gypsy
-          Storybook characters
-          1960’s Retro
-          Medieval

Use the Pouty Petticoat pattern to enhance:

-          Princess dress

-          Victorian style historical

-          Funky modern


The Apron-Front Jumper pattern makes a sweet vintage-look costume.  Add large buttons for a whimsical feel, or detach the apron as I did and use it as a separate piece.  Use this pattern to get these looks:
-           Western or prairie
-          Story book girls (Gretel, Little Red, Dorothy)
-          Peasant

Here are some other great costume ideas using patterns from YCMT!

Janey’s Dress by Olabelhe
Use this pattern for:
-           Regency Era dress or gown
-          Storybook character
-          Princess


With the Simply Sweet Dress, our customers were able to create looks for Little Bo Peep, a Witch, and Belle. Take a look!

Using the bowling shirt for boys or girls, you can get these looks:
-          Retro sock hop
-          Retro bowling
-          Retro Nerd

 With Dainty Designs’ Corset Top pattern, you can get these looks:
-          Pirate girl
-          Southern Belle
-          Medieval

Take a look at what one of our customers made with the corset top — a bumble bee set!

 Looking for more ideas? How about some for a Chef, Ballerina, Fairy, and Pirate!

Plus, watch STUDIO 5 tomorrow, Friday, October 16th, where we’ll show you more ideas for BOYS and GIRLS! (…and even pets!) We have a sweet surprise coming your way, too! Tune in! Studio 5 airs in Utah at 11 am on Channel 5.


 Lorie is the owner of  Lorie Fuller Designs and a frequent contributor to our Sewing  and Quilting Newsletters, as well as Quilting 101 at  


1 Courtney @ Sister To Sister 10.15.09 at 12:49 pm

So cute, and great ideas!

I am using the Miss Lily Dress to make the girl’s Halloween costumes right now. 1 down, 2 to go! :)

2 ...t. 10.15.09 at 1:30 pm

My daughter, Lily, is the Minnie Mouse Witch pictured. I used the Scientific Seamstress (Carla C) simply sweet w/ ruffled straps and empire jumper bodice for the dress and drafted my own peplum. I also used the portrait peasant to mimic Minnie’s dress sleeves but I only made the bodice and sleeves since it was a costume (shhh…don’t tell!)
Truly you are only limited by you’re imagination.
This year she is determined to be a vampire. Once again I’m turning to YCMT for her costume. I’m using the Bows-n-stuff petal skirt in black gauzy and lacey fabrics (probably w/ some frayed edges) a white Scientific Seamstress Portrait Peasant top(no stuffy starched collars here!) and a red satin Dainty Designs corset. Throw in a red satin lined black velvet cape (handed down from brother) and some funky hair ties, leggings and boots and VOILE! I can’t wait to see it come to life!

3 Lorie Fuller 10.15.09 at 4:58 pm

You just can’t go wrong with Carla’s patterns. If you guys haven’t seen the new Sis Boom pattern she did with Jennifer Paganelli, you have to go see it right now–it’s a darling new tunic that just came out today. Look under “What’s New!”


4 Kelli 10.20.09 at 11:26 am

How funny that I read this today…my daughter wants to be a witch, but we couldn’t find a pattern for a witch costume we really liked…I pulled up my YCMT patterns and debated between the Portrait Peasant dress and the Simply Sweet Tops and Dresses. I decided to go with the Peasant style, but will be adding tulle to the sleeves and skirt hemline. After the freebie of the filled Tu-tus, I may be adding a filled tulle skirt to the hem. I will most certainly be posting pictures after I get it done…I’ve got the dress cut out…I should be done before Halloween! ;) Thanks YCMT!

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