Even though Halloween as I know it is not at all celebrated in Germany my refashionista brain still insists on coming up with loads of awesome costume ideas. Throughout the years I’ve managed to suppress my urge to put together a groovy get up that will never be worn but the other day inspiration whacked my head hard and I just had to create and share my quirky last minute costume idea:
A before and after refashionista tutorial!
Here’s how to easily make your own diy diva salute:
Snag a long-sleeved maxidress.
I scored that glittering vintage beauty above for only €1, wheee!
Decide and mark which side you’d like for your “after” and carefully remove the sleeve.
Seriously, pay attention and clearly mark whichever side you’ll be refashioning, I didn’t and foolishly ended up refashioning the wrong side thus ensuring that my refashionista sewing themed tattoos would be covered up on the “before” side, pffft!
Fold over and hem up the raw edge of the armhole (or bind it).
Grab a short dress, lay it on top of the maxidress with the shoulder seams lined up and use it as guide to mark your desired length for the refashioned side of the costume.
Chop out the side of the skirt to be refashioned.
Fortunately my groovy vintage maxi had a center seam up the front and back of the dress that I could easily unpick and then chop to my marked length.
Hem the raw edges.
If your dress has a lining cut it a bit shorter than the refashioned side of the maxi.
Hem it up.
To make my “before” side a wee bit more Halloween-y (+ cover a couple of unsightly stains), I hand stitched on a few plastic spiders!
The final touch to this before and after refashionista costume is to simply part your hair in the middle then only meticulously style and makeup your “after” side…
Create a “before and after” sign and you’ll be the belle of the Halloween ball!
Once your through Halloweening simply refashion the before side to match the after side and add it your regular wardrobe!
*This would also work brilliantly with a long-sleeved blouse & trousers or maxiskirt + a cut-and-wear no sew version is a snap to create from non-fraying fabrics like jersey or polyester*
and just for fun, here’s a peek into this refashionista’s DIY Halloween costume past:
What are you DIY Halloweening as this year?
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– disclaimer: I’ve never had or even seen a pumpkin spice latte in real life –