Happy Halloween! From Velma Dinkley

Happy Halloween! It’s my favourite time of the year! This is also my anniversary with my husband. We celebrate a lot of milestones. Today 11 years ago, I declared my love for him and we decided to move in together. Our next milestone is when I moved in with him in May and then our wedding anniversary July 2. Next year is 5 years married!

I have always loved Halloween. I love horror movies. I love costumes. I love the bite size candy. I even love candy corn and those molasses chews.

This is probably the first costume I remember. I was 7 (about the turn 8 in a month) and my mom made this costume and a clown costume for my sister. I wore this princess dress as much as I could. I even wore it at my birthday party a month later. When I think of Halloween, I think of handmade costumes.

Over the years, I always mixed in DIY and makeup with store bought until I made my first costume, Little Red Riding the Wolf (above bottom right) for a burlesque routine where I reveal myself as the wolf. My next costume was Alice for another burlesque routine.

Couples that costume together stay together. At least for me, this is true. My favourite costume is probably the Fairy God Parents from Fairly Odd Parents. While our costumes aren’t always couple-themed, they always have a DIY element to them. And as you know, I make a lot of costumes for my improv troupe.

I make cosplay as often as I can. Earlier this year, I made Cher Horowitz cosplay.

It’s for the Minerva blog, but the post isn’t up quite yet.

I love it. But I knew I wanted to be Velma Dinkley from Scooby Doo for Halloween. Also, I find wigs cause hives for me so with my red hair, I wasn’t going to look quite right as Cher but red hair works okay for Velma. It’s close enough. 🙂

I made the top a while ago using the Muse Patterns Jenna cardigan as a top. I refashioned a Moneta dress that never quite worked. I didn’t have any of the material left over for knee high socks so those are purchased off amazon. They are thigh highs that I rolled down for knee highs. I made a red pleated skirt. No pattern for it. Just rectangles of fabric and pleats.

I really wanted to make something else for the costume to hit the Scooby Doo theme home so I made a bum bag (or fanny pack) and stuck a Mystery Machine patch on it.

I’m obsessed with this bum bag. It’s a Burda pattern that was free. Unfortunately, it’s not available since they refreshed their website. I added purple piping to the edge of the pockets and the seams on the top and bottom. I didn’t have a white zipper in my stash so I chose two brown zippers and topstitched in lime green to match the Mystery Machine. Instead of the usual plastic clips, I used a belt buckle from a bunch that Tanya sent me a while ago.

I had so much fun with this photoshoot and love my costume!

A ghost even joined in!

It’s a gggg-ggg-ggghost!

I added pockets to the skirt. Between those and the bum bag, there is tons of room for Scooby Snacks.

I really got that scared look down. LOL.

I took a LOT of pictures.

Happy Halloween everyone! I hope you get treats and no tricks! Unless you like tricks. 😉

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