Besides genealogy--sewing is another hobby I greatly enjoy.
When the kids or grandkids
were younger, I really got involved in making dresses for them.
Easter, Halloween, & Christmas being the major times
that I get all involved with outfits.
If my great-grandkids were girls, I would probably
be sewing for them too. I guess I'm sort of
glad they are boys --it's
different--and I can take a break--LOL.
But Halloween is the best time of all. Not
only was it fun to come up with a costume
but sometimes with a theme--often grouping several
costumes to go together.
Here's the various costumes that my kids or grandkids have
worn. Most I made from scratch (using a pattern), although some just
needed a little extra added to ordinary items to create the costumes.
Some are silly, some are weird, others are themes of children's stories. We
hope you enjoy your visit, I know we enjoyed wearing them.
Click on the pic to see full-size.
(Acacia & Alexis are Darla's children;
Brianna & Alyssa are Daina's children;
and Tatem is Devlyn's child.)
Devlyn as "Ballerina" -- 1980
Here's where Dev
borrowed Darla's tutu.
If you look closely in the background you will see
Darla as a "Fifty's Girl" & Daina as a "Gypsy".
Devlyn as "Alien?" --
Daina as "Flapper" and Darla as "Baby" -- 1982
(Daina borrowed my costume my mother
made for me
in high school. Darla of course is in a large sleeper.)
Donnie as "Spirit" -- 1982
He even got into the spirit of Halloween, literally.
But don't blame me for his creation, it was all his doing.
Devlyn as "leopard" -- 1982
Devlyn as the "Clown" -- 1983
Darla was into the "Genie" thing.
This is 1st version -- 1985.
Devlyn as "Witch" -- 1985
Nancy in "Oriental" costume,
Darla in 2nd version of "Genie"
& Dev as "Minnie Mouse" -- 1987
Acacia as "Little Miss Muffet" -- 1994
She won in her age group
@ a Ryan's Steakhouse contest
Brianna as "Leopard" -- 1994
(for a party, her costume below wasn't ready)
Brianna as the "Spider" -- 1994
@ a Kmart contest. She won a gift certificate.
Group pic of
as "Little Miss Muffet"
& Brianna as the "Spider" -- 1994
Acacia as "Alice in Wonderland" -- 1995
Can not find pic of Alyssa as "Flying monkey" -- 1995
(but if you'll imagine "furry wings" on
the monkey below, you'll have an idea.)
Brianna as "Dorothy" -- 1995
1996 came too soon and left me to improvise
with what we already had handy.
(As you can see, I believe in saving the costume
letting another use it,
sometimes changing it a bit)
Acacia as "Witch" -- 1996
Brianna as "Little Red Riding Hood" -- 1996
(Added a red cape and black shoes to
"Dorothy"--she's now "Little Red")
Alyssa as "Minnie Mouse" -- 1996
New costume, smaller than one Dev
This was a fun one. With her dark hair, the
mouse-ear headband worked just fine.
Alexis takes a turn as the "Monkey" -- 1996
Group pic of Brianna as "Red Riding Hood";
Alyssa as "Minnie Mouse"; Acacia as "Witch"
& Alexis as "Monkey" -- 1996
Darla in 1996 asked me to add a multi-color
version #1 of the "Genie" costume and now we have version #3.
She wore it over a black satin top with gold trim.
Here's Alyssa as "Little Miss Muffet",
Brianna as dancing "Esmeralda",
Acacia as "Cruella DeVil" with Alexis as her
captive "Dalmatian" -- 1997
Alexis won a prize that year.
Another view of
Acacia, & Alexis -- 1997
(Added "fur" to "Little Red's" cape for "Cruella's" look.)
Can not find pic of Darla as the "Grim Reaper" -- 1997.
This was really unusual because most everyone at the party
thought she was male since she is so tall. Imagine their
surprise when she showed up in the Ladies Room.
(See new pic below in 2001 to see what she looked like.)
& Brianna --"Harem Girl" -- 1998
Group pic 1998 of Alyssa & Brianna with
(Shortened "Cruella's" dress, added fringe
and sequins to create the "Flapper",
plus added a headband w/feather.)
Here's Halloween 2000 with all new costumes!
Alexis as "Snow White"
as "The Evil Queen" -- 2000
Tatem made a darling "Dopey" -- 2000
I found a extra-large, green knit shirt, and brown knit pants.
I made the "stocking" cap. Added a belt and boots, Tatem
Darla as "Medieval Wench" -- 2000
She loved going to our local Scarborough Faire.
This lead to her decision to ask me to create
a costume for her.
is the new "Flower Child" of 2001
With bellbottoms and funky shoes back in style,
all she needed was the headband, blue sunglasses,
a peace necklace, and
blue fringed vest.
Of course, flower, peace and love
patches are a given.
Brianna as a "Sorceress" -- 2001
For Brianna's costume, I bought a black hooded robe with long draping
Gold moons and stars were sewn on, a gold "belt" from the Christmas
decorations section at Wal-Mart was added. The sorceress' staff
which lights up and has lightening sounds, I bought at Party Warehouse.
Daina and I found the broach for her headband, plus earrings and
necklace at garage sales. Brianna really enjoyed this costume.
She even won 1st place in her age group at a Wal-Mart contest.
Alyssa as "Queen Bee" -- 2001
Alyssa rejuvenated the bee costume (
had worn it before,
but no pic of it). With new wings and a crown added,
she became the "Queen Bee". This is a real simple costume.
I sewed yellow stripes around a very large (adult size) black sweatshirt.
It can be worn over black pants or tights as shown here.
Just add a crown and antennae
Alexis as "Little Bo Peep" -- 2001
Alexis' costume was a little more complicated. She had grown big
enough to wear "Alice's" dress, but too big for "Little Miss
pantaloons. So a new apron, pantaloons and hat with eyelet trim were made.
Knowing that she was going as "LBP", I kept a look-out for a lamb which
I found at a garage sale. The staff was more difficult to find,
we had to make do with what we found.
With the common thinking that "LBP" is a blonde, Darla added a long wig.
Alexis won 1st place in her age division at Wal-Mart.
Tatem as "Ladybug" -- 2001
I guess I got into an insect mood. The original plan was for the
younger ones to be a bee, a ladybug and a butterfly. As you can see, plans
Tatem's nearly 4 yrs. old and still cute as a bug, so it seemed so natural
for her to be a sweet little ladybug. I was going to make this costume
but was lucky to find the shell at Goodwill for a good price. Ordinary
black pants, a turtle-neck long-sleeved shirt, and red & black antennae
completed her look.
She did manage to win 2nd place at Wal-Mart.
Scott as "Grim Reaper" -- 2001
(Here's what Darla's costume looked like in 1997.) I actually found the limb
that was used for the staff in a cemetery and lugged it home 35 miles,
just to use for this costume. Donnie has also worn the costume and caused quite
Scott with Darla the "Sultry Witch" -- 2001
Daina put on the "Ace of Spades Playing Card" -- 2001
(from Alice In Wonderland) to pass out candy.
Finally got all of 2002 pix sorted, labeled and uploaded.
Alyssa was a "Voodoo Priestess" -- 2002
She enjoyed dressing up as something a little more unusual.
We bought a skull on a stick and added feathers. I made her
a "Voodoo doll" so she could put a spell on her older sister, Brianna.
Alexis as "Victorian Vampire" -- 2002
Alexis couldn't decide if she wanted to "dress up" this year or not.
By the time she decided, it was too late to make a costume
so she selected this one from a store.
Here's Tatem as "Devil With A Blue Dress On" -- 2002
Even though Tatem had no idea what was behind this costume,
she enjoyed being a devil.
A black wig with devil horns hid her blonde hair.
A shiny blue dress was found at a thrift store.
We added a shiny red tail (can't see it) pinned
to her slip, a pitch fork, red tights
and "Dorthy's" red slippers--she was all set.
Alyssa decided to be a "Scarecrow" -- 2003
Found the hat at a thrift store and asked which one
of the kids wanted to wear it--Alyssa got first dibs.
All we needed then was a large shirt & jeans to add patches.
Raffia was added on her wrists and ankles.
Happen to find a black bird in our Halloween stash .
Alexis again as a "Vampire" -- 2003
Alex loved her costume from last year,
so she wore it again. That girl really loves Gothic.
Tatem as a "Butterfly" -- 2003
Another insect made it way into our Costume Closet.
Beautiful Monarch butterflies are appearing in our area
so we decided to add one more.
Acacia as "Purple Witch"
Acacia borrowed my purple witch
costume...looks way better on her.
You can't see in the pic but her cape is a purple spider web
that matches the hat & gloves. We also sprayed her hair purple
which looks violet in this pic. To be silly, she snatched Tatem's
purple broom. She's grown a lot since her "witch" days of 1996.
Brianna as "
Brianna really had no idea what to be this year.
Since we already had the red robe, we added a "faceless" hood
to be a little different.
Alyssa as "Minnie Mouse" --2004
Alyssa changed her mind so many times it was difficult
to even come up with anything. I had found this large polka-dot
dress at a thrift store a few years back and immediately
thought of it would make a great Minnie Mouse dress.
Using the same ears and hair bow from previous years and
adding a darling Minnie purse, Alyssa was all set.
Alexis as "Punky Brewster" --2004
(Waiting for pic)
Tatem as "Glamorous Witch" --2004
Tatem was going to be a princess but when she saw
the witch costume with the sheer overskirt and feathers
at the neck and sleeves, she fell in love with it and felt
really glamorous. The purple broom also got her attention.
She said she needed her hair a different color but
Dev nixed that idea, Tatem was happy
that I already had
a black wig for her to wear.
Here's Acacia, Alyssa & Tatem
visiting Darla at the VFW -- 2004
At the time, Alexis was with her dad and not able to be in the
pic. It was her suggestion that Darla dress as a "dead" cheerleader.
Brianna was busy with friends and not in costume.
Tatem as "Alice in Wonderland" & Alyssa as "Queen
on Hearts" --2005
Tatem is getting bigger...now she's ready for Alice. She wore
Acacia's dress and apron from 1995.
Alyssa makes a perfect Queen of Hearts
(although it's not in her nature to scowl).
I made Alyssa's costume new for this year. It's made of red crushed poly
velvet and white satin. The crown and scepter were bought at a $1 store.
Nancy as "Playing Card"; Tatem as "Alice";
and Alyssa as
"Queen of Hearts"-- 2005
Just for fun, I put on the card costume to join the group.
How about that huge rose I "painted" to please the Queen?
Alexis as the "Giddy Witch" --2005
Here's a switch, Alexis is wearing Darla's costume of 2001
(no, I didn't make it). I call her the "Giddy Witch" because she wouldn't
Darla and Greg as "Pirates" ---2005
Darla and Greg couldn't wait for their costumes, so they bought them.
Pretty good job anyway. Hmm, maybe the parrot should meet the crow of 2003?
Here's Alexis as "Jeannie" -- 2006
Alexis is wearing another of her mother's costumes (1987)
Well, things repeat themselves, don't they? She looks so cute!!
Tatem as the "Flapper" -- 2006
Finally, a new costume--LOL. Hey, it's getting harder to get these gals
to cooperate without being outlandish or expensive.
I found the dress at a resale shop and saved it for whoever could wear it.
Tatem fit the bill...so I made her a red sequin headband w/rose and feather and
added a red feather boa.
She wanted to wear the red shoes (from "Dorothy") with red tights.
Just a little makeup and she was ready for the Charleston dance!
Tatem as a "Vampire" -- 2007
As the kids get older naturally they like the scarier type costume.
Tatem opted to wear Alexis' costume of 2003.
With a long, black wig and a long-stem black rose, she's all set.
(She must have special powers since she's able to be outside in the
Vampire Tatem is placing a black rose
on Count Dracula's "grave" (in Darla's front yard).
Darla as "Witch" and Tatem as "Vampire" -- 2007
Darla got back into the swing of things
by dolling herself up as a witch.
Alyssa as "Girl Ghoul" -- 2007
Alyssa really got into the spirit by wearing a ghoul costume.
She sat by the "grave" of Count Dracula and
scared all the older trick-or-treaters as they came by.