There was no time to make something new for Halloween this year. Well, I suppose there was, but my Gala Project exhausted any sewing energy I may have had in the last few days! And besides, there are plenty of costumes in my closet that could use the attention.
I Love Lucy is one of my favorite television shows, and who doesn’t love Lucille Ball?! Supremely talented, hysterically funny, and incredibly gorgeous.
A few years ago, I decided I needed an I Love Lucy costume. But which dress to choose?! Blue polka dots seemed the most iconic (there are a few different versions that were worn on the show) so that was where I started. I stopped by Britex during their annual in-store sale, which happens in October, and is the perfect excuse to go Halloween fabric shopping; I came home with some polka-dot yardage along with some white eyelet.
Vogue 8433 is a vintage pattern from the 1950s, which seemed incredibly appropriate. There was not quite enough fabric to cut the pattern out, so I improvised the skirt and pleated in the excess until it fit the bodice waist. And, of course, it needed a matching belt and buckle!
But something was still missing.
An apron seemed like the perfect addition. I started with Butterick 6567, added a ruffle to the bottom edge, and messed about with some rick-rack trim.
The pattern is fabulous! I have made quite a few versions – they make fabulous gifts and are the perfect excuse to use adorable quilting cottons.
And Mr. Valentino had to be included. He loves all the attention/treats he receives when he is dressed up! For his jacket, I started with Simplicity 3939 for a bit of help with armhole placement, etc. It might look familiar because I also used it for his Mad Hatter costume last year. The tie and collar were easy enough – just a quick neck measurement was needed along with some cotton scraps.
Another Halloween, another excuse to wear a silly costume!
Dress: Made by me, Vogue 8433
Apron: Made by me, Butterick 6567
Petticoat: Made by me
Necklace: Banana Republic
Shoes: Franco Sarto
Jacket: Made by me, Simplicity 3939 (with significant alterations)
Collar and Tie: Made by me