Like every other basic b*tch out there, I love the fall (and pumpkin spice lattes). I always have low expectations for the weather in the fall, so when we get beautiful days it's always an unexpected and very welcome surprise. We had a lot of rain, but we had a lot of beautiful days too.
October is really one of the greatest months of the years, isn't it? There is so much going on. So many fun activities to enjoy. It helps that this is one of the first years in a long time where I was able to take advantage of pretty much every great October activity. I usually get a few things in, but it's always a struggle. My grandma was sick last year, so I was constantly leaving town to spend time with her, and before that school took up most of my time. But I made up for it this year.
Things I did in October
- Got lost in a corn maze
- Screamed in terror at Fright Nights
- Made a pumpkin bouquet
- Attended Friendsgiving
- Had a family Thanksgiving
- Didn't get scared at Gravecouver
- Carved pumpkins with friends
- Created an epic Halloween playlist
- Dressed up as my long time idol, Bette Midler/Winnie Sanderson
- Went to a costume party fundraiser
- Attended a Halloween Party at the Commodore
I have wanted to dress up as one of the witches from Hocus Pocus since... probably since the movie first came out. It was my FAVOURITE movie when I was a kid. Couldn't get enough of Thora Birch movies (Monkey Trouble, All I Want for Christmas), and Bette Midler was my favourite singer. She was also the first concert I ever went to (right around the time that this movie came out).
My friends and I decided to bite the bullet and dress up as the Sanderson Sisters while we were waiting in line for a haunted house. It took a bit of deliberation to decide who should be who. Winnie wasn't my first choice, but I am happy with the way things ended up.
The next day I went to Value Village and found a beautiful green fabric to make my coat out of. I hand that baby from scratch. The jacket was definitely the best part of the outfit. I especially loved the sleeves that I made.
I hit up another Value Village and found an interesting blue dress that was almost perfect. I think her dress was actually purple, but it looked blue in a lot of pictures, so I wasn't too fussed that it wasn't exactly perfect. The dress was long sleeved and high necked. It was silky from the waste down. The bodice was made from the same silk fabric with a blue lace over top. The sleeves were the same silk and lace, until about halfway down the arm when they turned into lace. The dress was a bit too small for me, but it was easy enough to alter to fit.
I had to completely alter the neck line of the dress and cut the sleeves off (I wore the lace part of the sleeves as cuffs so that it wouldn't be too hot). I bought a different green fabric to use for a vest and skirt panels. I ended up sewing the extra green fabric right on to the dress.
I vest I made was pretty awesome and took a lot of time to get right. But while we were shopping for pieces for my friends costumes, one of them found a perfect green shirt that had that medieval corset look to it. It was the right shade of green and it was also my size. It was meant to be. So I had to say goodbye to the vest I had slaved over, but it was worth it.
The wig was pretty easy to alter. I made two circles out of wire and sewed the scrunched up hair to each of the wires to get it is stay in that sexy Winifred style.
I'm pretty impressed with how well my Winifred Sanderson costume turned out. It was a pretty big hit. So many people that I didn't know kept coming up to me and telling me how much they loved it/the movie.