Sewing Project: Cowgirl Costume

I never got a chance to take a picture in my costume on actual Halloween, so this last weekend I got  dressed up all over again and got my obliging boyfriend to snap a few shots to share with you. Here you go, ya’ll!

I actually made this costume four years ago, when I still worked at Achievement House. I missed the next three Halloweens due to being in Tonga, so I’ve actually worn this costume the last two times I’ve dressed up. (I’m determined to make up something new next year!) I was able to find almost all of the materials for this costume from the Achievement House bargain store (for those of you who are local, check it out, it’s right behind Cuesta College and it’s great!). I made the skirt and shirt from material I found there and thrifted the hat, belt, and shoes. The only thing I had to buy at the craft store was the piping, pearl snaps, and fringe.

I wanted this costume to look like a 50’s cowgirl- the kind of outfit that Patsy Cline would wear for a concert. I used Simplicity 9877 for the top (I think it might have gone out of print) and drafted the skirt on my own.I used the rose and horseshoe patterns from Jenny Hart’s Sublime Stitching book. I think it turned out pretty well if I do say so!

Hope you enjoyed!