Can you believe it’s already OCTOBER? I know some of you have already had to crank your heat up, but it’s still a billion degrees where I am, so I’m certainly not sad about the arrival of fall. With any luck, the weather will catch up soon so I can enjoy all of my fall favorites! My kids are not waiting for cooler weather; they are in full-blown fall mode, and have changed their minds about Halloween costumes at least a dozen times between the two of them. Luckily, Made for Mermaids patterns make GREAT bases for nearly any costume they could dream of.
I’m sharing a few of our team favorites below; we can’t wait to see what you create this month!
We loooooove Stacey’s Princess Peach inspired Sierra dress!
Stephanie’s Pretty Woman costume is SO GOOD. She paired Sierra with Patterns for Pirate’s Pencil Skirt, and it is LOVE.
Search our Facebook group for an ADORABLE Bo Peep from Toy Story inspired Sierra, too.
The princess seams on the Penelope pattern make it an easy one to alter in to princess dresses of course, but also lots of Ren-Faire inspired costumes as well! Megan’s Merida costume and Whitney’s “princesses gone wild” are all so cute, and can be worn every day thanks to comfy knit fabrics!
Madison lends itself so well to an Ariel inspired dress! Looking for other Ariel options? Use the Briar Rose/Ariel Town pattern for Ariel’s everyday dress, or the free Cinderella Ball gown for Ariel’s pink gown!
Megan T made Dory and Nemo inspired dresses that would work great as costumes, too!
Some others we’ve seen in the group include Queen of Hearts, Pokemon characters, Vampirina, Dorothy and Glinda, Red Riding Hood, and Miss Muffet.
Catherine’s modified Harper made for an adorable Alice costume.
Katy’s Hamilton costume used a mix of Harper and the free Cinderella ball gown pattern. So good!
Some other great costumes we’ve seen using Harper as a base are cabbage patch kid, Mary Poppins, Wednesday Addams, and Madeline.
Katy’s Roxy dress makes for the PERFECT Descendants costume. This is another great piece that can double as regular wear, too! My favorite kind of costume.
THE CLUELESS COLLECTION
Of course, the Clueless Collection is perfect for dressing up as some of our favorite 90s girls:
The Clueless Collection is also great for Harry Potter costumes (Amber & Elton vest, Cher Skirt!).
Tai was perfect for the base of my daughter’s Moana costume, since she needed to be able to wear it for gymnastics as well! I paired it with a modified Cher skirt, and she was so happy with the look.
It also makes a wonderful Hulk Hogan costume, if you were wondering! How fun is Angela’s daughter?!?!?!
Tai is also a great starting point for Greatest Showman inspired looks, dance costumes, ice skating costumes, gymnastics costumes, or even nude-colored layering pieces if you live somewhere cold!
When the live-action Beauty and the Beast movie came out, Megan T made these precious Belle sets using modified Suttons. I couldn’t love them more!
Angela used the Jordan pattern, Bonny skirt, and 90s socks for this Super Girl look!
Vanellope von Schweetz from the Wreck It Ralph movies is also a great match for Jordan!
STELLA and LEXI & LOU LOUNGERS
I used Stella and Lexi & Lou for my son’s Tomatoa costume, and he used them as pajamas for months after Halloween! I just kept all the glue and glitter mess off of those two pieces to make them washing-machine-friendly 🙂
Of course, you can always use the everyday princess dress patterns, too!
Not pictured are the Cleaning Cinderella pattern, Merida pattern, and the free size 5 Cinderella ball gown that can be modified for other sizes. So many princess options!
The princess dresses also work great for non-princess costumes, as well. Megan’s Wonder Woman dress used the Jasmine pattern:
We’ve also seen Shimmer and Shine and the Bearded Lady (from the Greatest Showman) costumes made using Jasmine, Buzz/Woody/Jessie using the Minnie pattern, and so many more amazing ideas!
If you’re going the DIY route this year, we can’t wait to see what costumes you’re sewing up! Remember you can always search the group for inspiration if you’re looking for ideas for a specific costume or character! We’ve got no shortage of creativity within our Mermaid community!