Week 23: Jacque, Martha, & Sam's NDAD Creations

Today's reader submissions are a little grouping of some Halloween awesomeness from three fabulous gals!! I put together a little medley of what they made. Pumpkins, Country Living style!

Halloween was just a week ago, but who says we can't start planning for next year??


"I got the crazy idea that I could sew costumes for my son and nephew for the Kiddie Parade in our small town's celebration.  I had made costumes before, but they were all no-sew however, there was a little voice in my head saying, "you can do this."  I scoped out two 99 cent gems at my local thrift store.

Jacque's Before Shirts

The navy blazer is from Express.  It had the old tag in it with the French name, which took me back to junior high and high school. (I totally remember that too!!  I still have a ribbed black long sleeved sweater from that Express era!)  I cut the jackets up and refashioned them into colonial-style coats with tails.  I hot glued ribbon and stitched on buttons to make Captain Clark's coat look a little more militaristic and I also made cravats from an old ribbed tank top that my husband had.  Add the hats my mom got at the costume store, and my son and nephew were the cutest Lewis and Clark this side of the Mississippi.

Lewis & Clark!

Along with my niece dressed as Sacajawea in a fringed number my mom kept from her wild and woolly days, they won their category.  I'm not sure who was more excited by the win - the kids with their prize of a lollipop and ribbon, or me with my prize of affirmation of my Mama-ing skills."

SAM in Charlotte, NC

"First off, let me start by saying that I've been an avid reader ever since I found you via Yahoo's feature of your site.  It inspired me to grab a bargain find of my own to alter for my Halloween costume last year.

Sams Before

I wanted to be an Absinthe Fairy (a la Moulin Rouge).

Once the green dress was procured, Sam ruched the skirt and added budget adornments from Wal-Mart.

Ribbons and bows!!

The final product looked a little something like this...

Sam - After

The altered wings and homemade train of "fairy dust"...

Fairy Dust!!

Thanks for being such a creative inspiration!"


"After the Disney movie Tangled came out, my daughter desperately wanted a Rapunzel dress.  I wasn't about to spend $20 on a cheap one, so to the scrap cloth box I went.  I was originally going to make one from scratch, but remembered this pink dress I had stored away.  It was a little too poofy and 80's-ish for my taste, but I had both my girls wear it for a scrap book photo.

Pink Dress!!

I used the old skirt for new sleeves and kept the bodice part intact.  I filled in with scrap cloth and ribbon for the rest.

 - After

I made my older daughter a dress as well - I used part of a dress she had grown out of.  As for the hair, I found an old Hannah Montana hair piece in the costume box!"

Cutie Pies!

Such awesome outfits from everyone!!  Thanks Jacque, Martha, and Sam for sharing your fabulous creativity!!