Wait ‘Til Next Year

by Erin on October 29, 2010

You know how some people have a go-to little black dress, which they can wear to anything? I feel like I need a go-to costume, for the same purpose.


It's too late for this year, but I feel like this dress, made in silver lamé knit, would be THAT DRESS. Obviously, it could be any kind of Space Empress, but also you could turn it into a robot, or add some kind of tabard and be a playing card, or a knight, or any number of things. And if you did it right you would never be cold on Halloween, and you wouldn't have to worry about showing too much skin, or uncomfortable shoes, any of the other dumb things that come with costume-wearing. Silver hooded dress: the savior of Halloween. (It's almost as good as a gorilla suit!)

The jumpsuit … could also be a costume. A very, very scary costume.

This dress is even ON SALE: Jen of MOMSPatterns is having a Halloween Weekend sale of 20% off until The Witching Hour of Midnight (ET) on October 31, 2010. Coupon code is 'sewscary'. [Geddit?]

{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

DragonPoodle October 29, 2010 at 7:13 am

I’m pretty sure I made this pattern.
the year: 1968
the sewing machine: a brand-new Singer 638
the fabric: a silky knit animal print
the novice-sewer error: the animals marched UP one side of the jumpsuit and DOWN the other side!

I loved it anyhow and wore it a lot until my 18-year-old figure changed to something more matronly.

(HUMS) thanks…… for the memories


Kristen October 29, 2010 at 7:40 am

perhaps our family halloween theme next year should be “invaders…from….spaaaaace!”



evalyn October 29, 2010 at 9:52 am

From the look on the model’s face, she had the same thought. “Come join me in the land if condiment themed clothing. I am Mustard. Would you like to be. . . Relish?”


sheila / out of the ashes collectibles October 29, 2010 at 10:33 am

Make it in black and she could be the ultimate ghoul – whooooooo


sewistafashionista October 29, 2010 at 11:35 am

You know, it looks spot on what the pattern they must have used to make the Princess Leia costume.


The reluctant sewist October 29, 2010 at 6:48 pm

Make the hood bigger and make it black, and go as a Nazgul from Lord of the Rings.


Holly October 30, 2010 at 9:38 am

Can the jumpsuit be modified? If so, I would need it in a hot pants version. I would make it in red. My Sexy Ketchup Bottle hot pants jumpsuit would definitely “out-sexy” the Mustard Bottle gown.

Unfortunately, modern day Halloween costumes seem to be all about being sexy. All I want to do is make a Rick James style wig out of circus peanuts. And, you just know my wig would never be a contender for best costume in a sea of sexy, so sexy condiment bottle it is.


Terri October 30, 2010 at 10:04 am

Ha! My mother made matching jumpsuits for my sister and I out of this pattern. The jumpsuits were in a tiny black and white optical illusion pattern. Great for accessories!


WendyBee October 31, 2010 at 5:56 pm

This is one of those patterns which is non-commital. It requires much of the wearer in terms of accessorizing to give it style and (umm) relevance. It’s almost as if the designer never finished putting in the defining details.


Bellafabric November 1, 2010 at 7:43 am

Silver lame knit? It just so happens, I have VTG 80s silver lame knit at Bellafabric. It’s not listed on the website or ebay, but it’s in stock at the store; Bellafabric in Green Bay, WI 920-339-8452. I’d be happy to send a swatch! Oh, it also comes in gold, and dark blue and (I believe) black with silver thread.


Gail November 1, 2010 at 5:18 pm

My go-to costume is a top that I made out of a glittery fabric covered in cobwebs. I wear it over black pants and turtleneck with spider earrings. I wore it to our cul-de-sac Hallowe’en potluck last night. When a little boy asked me who I was, I said “Miss Havisham”. I don’t think anyone under 50 knows who she is. I also realize that I should have been wearing a wedding dress covered in cobwebs.


Verne Gelvin-Lane November 3, 2010 at 8:31 pm

Kind of reminds me of Beverly Johnson.


Maggy November 5, 2010 at 7:20 am

Um, I have that jumpsuit. In the finest double knit polyester of the 70s. I wear it for my Mary Tyler Moore costume, though I have to toss my beret in the air for people to guess my identity.


Rachel November 5, 2010 at 11:17 pm

That would be great for a robot costume. For the past few years, I’ve really wanted to be a classic robot–silver spraypainted cardboard box with random dials and glowy things, dryer vent tubes for arms and legs, and everything.


Cookie November 8, 2010 at 12:04 pm



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