My 8 year old told me she wanted to be an Angel for Halloween this year. Grateful that she didn’t ask for something complicated I clicked my way through the interwebs for “Angel Costumes”. I ran across this vintage Simplicity pattern and decided to buy it.
We decided to go with a cross between Angel, Greek Goddess and Good Fairy. It was super duper easy and I ordered feather wings from Amazon. You can’t tell from the filter I used on the photo, but the dress fabric is covered in gold/shear ribbon flowers.
The fact that the pattern was from the 1960′s got me thinking about vintage costumes and what kids used to wear for Halloween costumes. Which lead to another google image search of vintage children’s costumes. I didn’t find much, but what I did find was more wholesome styled costumes. The idea of dressing up as someone you admire, or something/someone you want to grow up to be. Contrasted with what seems to be the costume etiquette of today: being as scary, sexy or grotesque as you possible can.
Which lead me to choosing something clean and simple for my three year old. A ballerina. The costume is from a previous production that I found on ebay for less than $10.
Halloween is typically one of my least favorite holidays, so much so that even as a seamstress I hate sewing and creating costumes. This year however I was super excited to do these costumes and find all sorts of little touches to make them extra special (pink fingernail polish, gold sparkle shoes, gold bias trim etc.). I probably only have a few more years of kids dressing up, but I am going to keep with this theme of dressing as someone or something you admire. Halloween doesn’t need to be scary or gross or sleazy. As a children’s holiday I say we bring back the simple, sweet and creative costumes.