Vintage Sewing

Halloween Competition!

October 4, 2010

Don’t forget our October Halloween competition sponsored by Fabric Treasury!

The shop specialises in embroidered fabric like the 9 yards (3 x 3 yard pieces which are 43″ wide), it also has Artisan Handmade Fabrics, Mulberry Silk Fabrics, Shabby Chic Fabrics and Trims and Patches.

Besides the Fabric Treasury store you can find Sheba Anne on Facebook and she also has a blog.

To enter the competition all you have to do is post a picture of a retro/vintage Halloween costume sewing project and tell us about it! We will accept:

Costumes you’ve made for this year or for previous years.

A picture of a Halloween pattern with the fabric/notions you’d use to make it if you don’t actually need to sew a costume at the moment.

Projects that have been posted before.

Fabric Treasury will ship internationally so this is open to all our members! Please get your entries posted by the 30th October, the winner will be drawn by random number generator on the 31st. You should tag your post ‘Fabric Treasury Halloween Competition’ so that I can find them all when I am doing the drawing for the winner.

Happy sewing!


The small print: Sew Retro is not affiliated with Fabric Treasury in any way beyond its’ sponsorship of this competition.

  1. Okay, last year I was presented with a challenge–make a Yo Gabba Gabba Foofa costume for my niece. My first plan didn't work. Then I stumbled across this retro 70s pattern on ebay. I was struck with an epiphany! I knew exactly how to do it. I used the spats from a modern pattern, Simplicity 4024 for the spats, pants and I redrafted the hood–all from the tin man. It's made mostly from pink craft felt. If I had to do it again, I'd change fabrics. The craft felt combined with the stuffing was just too warm because her little face turned cherry red.

    The first thing I did to the vintage pattern was to make the collar detachable and enlarged it. I also made extra "petals" to cover the joins in the collar. (These were supposed to be on the sides, but my brother and SIL put the collar on her differently than I wanted) I traced off the dress and then straightened out the line and made it as a sleeveless shell out of some white cotton. I didn't hem it, though, for reasons that will become apparent. 🙂 I traced it again, and lengthened it this time but five inches. I made it long sleeved, and made sure the sleeves would go over her hands.

    Next, I gathered the bottom of the a-line and sewed it to the bottom of the shell and then stuffed between the two of them. After that, I sewed the necks and the plackets together so it was one piece. I put it on Evie and pinned around her hands to sew them as "gloves".

    I made the pants and spats as designed before redrafting the hood to attempt to get that bulbous shape and add a stalk high enough to accommodate a large flower. That was drafted by me, and then made from two layers of craft felt sandwiched with some heavy-duty, double-sided, iron on interfacing. with a stuffed yellow felt center. It was stitched firmly to the stalk of the hat, and then the hat was stuffed and a 'plug' was placed to keep the stuffing in it. I also changed it to a button closing because Evie knew how to undo velcro by that time and she hates hats.

    If I had to do it again, I'd make the gloves separately, probably from the Raggedy Ann pattern and choose different fabric. Anyway, here are all my pictures of Evie in the finished project. As scary as I find the Gabba characters, I have to admit that she made a cute Foofa. I spent a great deal of time muttering nasty things about my brother at the time, though, because he taught the then 1 year old to give me pleading looks and say, "Foofa pease!"

  2. could you please change these into posts rather than comments for the competition? It's only the give aways that are done in the comments which is confusing I know as we've just finished one! With a post we'll be able to see pictures too which is always wonderful!


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