Monday, October 2, 2023

Family Costume Tips

Whitney is pretty much the queen of family Halloween costumes! In fact, that was her Signature Style when she competed in Season 25.

Family Costume Tip
So today we are very excited to hear all of her best tips and tricks for sewing family themed Halloween costumes!

Family Themed Costumes? We are all about it!!

As a mom, it’s become tradition to create themed costumes for my own “little” family. It has been so fun to get my kids involved, I love making their vision a reality.

Today I am sharing some tips on creating the perfect costume!

Solids (and stripes too):

I can attest to how hard it is to find that perfect solid color fabric. I have been known to dye fabric, and draw on stripes with marker, to get the look I want. Usually, it does not come out as I envision. This year, thank heavens, I did not have to! Raspberry Creek Fabrics had the perfect colors, and stripes, I needed to make my vision happen. I like to use a lot of solids and then add trims and extra details over the top.

Swim Lining:

I use swim lining a lot in my costumes. Swim lining gives you the appearance of skin showing, without sacrificing modesty and warmth. Here are a couple of ways I’ve used swim lining in the past.


Utah's weather can be a little bit erratic on Halloween. Sometimes we are trick or treating in flip flops at 70 degrees and sometimes we go in snow. You never know what your going to get so layering up allows us some options. Layering up allows you to still show off your costume without having to put a coat on top of it.

Use what you have/Upcycle:

Making your own costumes is not something you do to save money anymore. Store bought costumes are less expensive (and usually cheaper quality.) Using what you have can help cut down on cost and time spent sewing. Sometimes we recycled some costumes from previous themes.  I utilize the glue gun a lot as well.

Good Patterns:

All week we've been sharing Project Run and Play Patterns that not only make great kids clothes but can be easily modified into costumes!! Check them out in our shop. The options are endless!! 


Details can make it or break it. A few accessories can go a long way. Sometimes its hard to find exactly what you are looking for so consider upcycling what you have around the house. Local dollar, or party stores, are good place to look. Spray painting is a great option. I also use a lot of Sculpey clay to create jewelry pieces. Utilize your glue gun, foam and gems.

I hope these tips help you create a fun and magical Halloween this year!!

Thank you so much, Whiney! Your family costumes are absolutely amazing and we can't wait to see what you create each year! Above all, you are creating incredible memories with your family that will last forever!

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