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"Halloween 2010" Season of the Witch Halloween Grosgrain Cos...

Added Oct 29, 2010

by grosgrain

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I didn’t really have my heart set on any particular costume for Molly this year. She is just starting to get into the phase where I can dress her up in something that isn’t as cutesy. Nothing against cutesy. See here. I just favor the bigger dress costumes.

So when Molly said she wanted to be a witch I thought, “I can make that work.” I think she got the idea from a Sesame Street book about cookie monster, a witch and a magical cookie tree. The witch in the story is the traditional green, ugly, hag-like depiction. But I didn’t feel compelled to stick by that standard.

Of course, I did stick with the traditional black BUT I made a long dress and smocked the skirt (which took forever BTW). I then bustled it so she could walk. Finally, I added a bunchy pettiskirt underneath to puffen the costume out at the bottom.

I lined the sleeves with a dark red embroidered flower taffeta. The upper part of the sleeves is cinched with gold trim lined black cuffs. I also filled the neckline with a black lace embellishment.

For an added flair I added an orange crushed taffeta and black velvet lined madame’s cape with brown ribbon ties. I also bought the witch cone hat at the thrift store for just $1.

I really loved the way it looked put all together. I found the straw broom in my basement. Yay for hoarding!

I’m actually keeping this one. I always imagined having a trunk of dress up clothes for my girls. And that they would occasionally wear them and put on plays. Unfortunately, I give all my cool costumes away. Lily never really seemed to have an interest in dressing up until recently. Molly seems to love it….for a while. So perhaps if they start to show more interest I might save some of my creations for them and make that trunk I’ve always dreamed of.




Garment Type
Goth/Gothic Lolita
Lace/Sequins, Organza, Rayon, Taffeta, Velvet

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    Nov 1, 2010, 03.12 PMby wackyblonde

    Wow, this is one elaborate costume. Quite beautifully photographed also.

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    Oct 30, 2010, 11.21 AMby janene

    Quite the most exquisite little girls costume I have seen to date. The work gone into this is just so impressive. Just beautiful!

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    Oct 30, 2010, 07.00 AMby Ralf Schmitz

    aside of your most exquisit creation and the beauty you put into your work, i have to say that i LOVE your picutres every time!!!!

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    Oct 30, 2010, 04.35 AMby Gina Marquis

    How do you bustle so beautifully??

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    Oct 30, 2010, 01.26 AMby ghainskom

    The cutest witch ever!

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    Oct 29, 2010, 11.13 PMby steampunkginger

    We had a dressing-up box when I was growing up, and I have very fond memories of it. My sister’s and my interest in it rose and waned, but it was splendid. Make the box, and don’t be discouraged if the little ones aren’t making constant use of it. Also, the smocked skirt looks fantastic… ;)

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    Oct 29, 2010, 08.34 PMby cherwinamy

    I wish you were making MY Halloween costume. Impressive!

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    Oct 29, 2010, 08.13 PMby runningwithscissors1

    Hey, we have that book too- actually, it is an old one from when was growing up and I scammed it from my parents house when I had kids. Your kids are so lucky for their costumes- what beautiful work. You must keep some for keepsakes when they get older. I still have a couple of old handmade costumes my mom made when we were kids (although we haven’t used them yet).

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    Oct 29, 2010, 07.51 PMby smurfette2010

    Love this one too, and what a great idea about the trunk of costumes!

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    Oct 29, 2010, 07.48 PMby violetsky

    When I was growing up, I loved our dressing up box, my Mum loved making them. I would get so sad when I grew out of something.

    Your little witch looks adorable, I’m completely in awe of the smocking on the skirt.

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    Oct 29, 2010, 07.36 PMby tinybows

    oh wow! she looks like she’s having so much fun!

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    Oct 29, 2010, 06.19 PMby Anne Wagenhauser

    That’s fantastic!

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