A Little Bit of a Gothic Wonderland – The Costumes

So if you’re following along inside my crazy imagination, you’ve pretty much deduced that I love Halloween.

A lot.

In which case you’re probably not surprised that our Halloween porch this year was inspired by my kids costumes.

First off there was the Queen of Hearts for my older daughter. The dress is a store bought costume that I picked up at Value Village. But then I looked at it and went “Ok that looks like nothing like a Queen and more like a sexy prom dress”. So I told the Queen of Hearts that if her Majesty was going to trick or treat in the freezing cold temperatures of Halloween in Canada, she would have to wear a cape. Because the Queen’s mother – a.k..a the porch decorator and caretaker of all the future gathered Halloween candy – said so.

This is my No Sew, completely Heat ‘n Bond created Queen of Hearts cape.

I picked up the following:

– Leftover red velvet fabric from thrift store for $4

– Black fleece scarf, gold ribbon and red plastic hearts from the dollar store (the hearts I got during Valentine’s season)

Heat ‘n Bond Ultra Hold Iron On Adhesive Hem

E6000 Glue

I took last years Evil Queen cape and basically used it as my outline for this years cape except I made it shorter.

DIY Queen of Hearts cape

Folded it in half after I cut it to ensure both sides were the same. I trimmed any areas that did not.

DIY Queen of Hearts cape (2)

Then I basically folded, ironed and used Heat ‘n Bond to seal all the edges of the cape.

DIY Queen of Hearts cape (3)

For both the bottom and the top parts (the curved parts of the cape) I cut little slits in the middle and then individually glued 3 separate areas of the edges to allow for the curve to stay.

DIY Queen of Hearts cape (4)

I also made sure to allow for space for the ribbon that would tie the cape together to have room be threaded through around the collar.

DIY Queen of Hearts cape (5)

DIY Queen of Hearts cape (6)

Then I cut out the fleece fabric scarf and gold ribbon into strips and glued that and the red plastic hearts onto the red cape using both Heat ‘n Bond and E6000 glue.

And I did this all in my mess (more like epic disaster) of a future home office/workspace in progress. Did I just ruin the magic of you thinking I did this somewhere more Pinnable? On my carpet no less.

DIY Queen of Hearts cape (7)

No Sew Cape

And here is the Queen of Hearts before school on Halloween morning.

Queen of Hearts Halloween Costume

My younger daughter was supposed to go as Minnie Mouse. We had the costume. We had the Minnie ears from from our trip to Disney World no less. But suddenly about a week before Halloween while in Party City she was like “No wait Mommy, I can be Alice too to match the Queen!”

And then the Alice costume in her size was sold out. Everywhere. So this is what I used to make a super easy Homemade Alice in Wonderland costume that I have no photos of the process of doing so because I was too busy making the costume.

– Blue shirt that I bought for $3 at Dollarama

– DIY tutu that I made from layered blue and white tulle based on my favourite tutu tutorial by Skip to my Lou, because her tutorial shows you how to make one from tulle bought in yards/meters vs from a spool of tulle.

– The apron was a No Sew apron that I made from a white pillowcase. All I did was cut out the shape of an apron based on the length and width of my 3 year old (7.5″ W at the top, 14″ L and 11.5″ W at the bottom) and used Heat ‘N Bond to seal the side edges like I did with the Queen cape. I then used it again to attach the ribbon to tie it around the neck and waist. The card shapes I cut out of felt and glued onto the bottom.

– Then I added white tights, black headband with a ribbon and black shoes. Done. Cute Happy Alice!!

Alice in Wonderland Costume

DIY Alice in Wonderland costume and Queen of Hearts cape

Did I mention we’ve already picked up next years Halloween costumes on clearance the day after Halloween? I know. You’re looking at me like “You are officially insane and have too much time on your hands”.

Just wait til I start on Christmas decorations.

21 Comments

  • Reply
    the home tome
    November 5, 2013 at 7:18 am

    wow wow wow! I “heart” both of these costumes! You are so creative. And I spied some great super-white pumpkins, all great! You are making this holiday (and all others) so fun for your girls!

    • Reply
      Alex
      November 7, 2013 at 6:49 pm

      I figure we have such a short window in childhood to enjoy it before we become all “too cool” to trick or treat, that I think they’re at the age when they look back they will remember it fondly. Or so I say to justify my complete desire to paint pumpkins.

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    Victoria • Restoring our Victorian
    November 5, 2013 at 8:11 am

    I WANT THAT CAPE! For real, that is the greatest accessory ever.

    Your attention to detail is really what makes the costumes… Like the shapes on Alice’s apron. Too cute.

    • Reply
      Alex
      November 7, 2013 at 6:51 pm

      I think every kid costume should have a cape. Just for the hell of it. Because if I tried to wear one as an adult I’d be arrested.

  • Reply
    April G.
    November 5, 2013 at 8:17 am

    love their costumes!!!! You’re so creative!!!

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    coffeewithjulie
    November 5, 2013 at 8:52 am

    Wow! Your girls’ costumes are so sweet and so beautiful! They must have felt sooo special wearing them. I especially love how the hearts look like red rubies!

  • Reply
    Stacey
    November 5, 2013 at 9:17 am

    Amazing work, Alex! Who needs a sewing machine when you can accomplish something this spectacular without one. You had all the right ‘tulles’ for the job!
    Love the little details like the red hearts and felt shapes. I’m sure the girls were so proud to step out the door in these. WOW!

    • Reply
      Alex
      November 7, 2013 at 6:53 pm

      That tutu has saved my ass more times than my non sewing self can count. 🙂

  • Reply
    Grandma
    November 5, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    Great work on the Queen’s cape. But I have to say the girl will never be evil or mean she is far to cute and sweet.
    Alice definitely is cute and innocent.

    • Reply
      Alex
      November 7, 2013 at 6:54 pm

      HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Oh we had a good laugh at this. Sweet. Right. She was grounded just the other day.

  • Reply
    Neaten Your Nest
    November 5, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    Your girls are adorable! Great job on the costumes. I LOVE Halloween too. It seems I get more out of control every year…..

    • Reply
      Alex
      November 7, 2013 at 6:55 pm

      Halloween is awesome! Hang on as I am typing this my 6 year old who has just learned to read is trying to read this as I type it and it’s freaking me out.

  • Reply
    Heather
    November 5, 2013 at 11:06 pm

    Aaaaaaand you’re hired for Halloween 2014. Amazing costumes Alex (and adorable kiddos!).

  • Reply
    Jo-Anna
    November 5, 2013 at 11:23 pm

    How adorable are your girls?! Love their costumes…the theme is so great!

  • Reply
    Tara @ Suburble
    November 6, 2013 at 12:32 am

    I love these costumes! The cape is beyond fabulous. I love the black and jewelled trim! And your last minute Alice costume!?? Genius.

    My kids just wore what was in the dress-up bin. I’m a blogging failure! Sob!

    • Reply
      Alex
      November 7, 2013 at 6:56 pm

      Never!!! I got their costumes for next year this year, completely store bought on Clearance. And man if you’re not in the stores at 7 am the day after you are barely able to get anything. It’s a zoo!!

  • Reply
    kim @ DESIGN + LIFE + KDIS
    November 7, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    THEY LOOK AWESOME!

    • Reply
      Alex
      November 7, 2013 at 6:56 pm

      Thanks so much!! 🙂

  • Reply
    Thalita @ The Learner Observer
    November 9, 2013 at 8:59 am

    Mom of the year. Can you make my kids’ Halloween costumes? By the time I have them, yours will be too old for Halloween anyway 🙂

  • Reply
    Danielle from Storypiece
    November 12, 2013 at 8:36 pm

    I cannot get over what you do without a sewing machine. The cape is amazing! AMAZING!! And when I originally saw the photo of the girls, I had no idea that you didn’t purchase Alice too. You are a genius and have a definite Halloween niche. I already have it on my calendar to feature you next October. I already can’t wait to see what you all will be up too. 🙂

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