This Homemade Soggy Bottom Boys Costume was based on the Soggy Bottom Boys from the move "Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?". I called it "The Soggy Rotten Boys." This is actually ONE PERSON, although everyone thought it was two.
I dressed in overalls, plaid flannel shirt, and work boots. I used white makeup with some pieces of Kleenex stuck in it. My "beard" was part of a Halloween wig with some white paint lightly sprayed on it. My "companion" was dressed similarly. His body was started with a pieces of PVC to make him stand erect and give him shoulders. I dressed the PVC, including a skin-colored shirt that I used for his head.
Then I put a half-mask on the top portion of his face and added the beard and hat. His shoes were slippers, to be lightweight, simply safety-pinned on the bottom of the pants. His hands were plastic Halloween hands. The "banjos" were pie plates with yardstick handles. Last, I sewed some fake Halloween teeth in his mouth and put my hand in his head, so that I could make his mouth move when we "sang" to a CD from the movie. His overalls were simply safety-pinned to mine. The leg pinned to mine moved with mine, as the PVC was in his other leg.
The judges kept wanting to put me in the "duo" category, but I was a "single."
My mother-in-law is an amazing seamstress and always makes a killer costume for her granddaughter. We decided that piglet would be good for her at age two and then I would be Pooh. I gave my husband a choice between Owl, Rabbit or Eeyore.
The piglet costume is a standard costume pattern made by the best mother-in-law in the world. My Pooh costume is a large tan hooded sweat shirt and matching sweat pants from Fred Meyer. I cut off some of the bottom of the pants and re-hemmed them then used the scraps to make the ears on the hood. I stuffed a pillow in the shirt and pants and then pulled on a red t-shirt I had on hand.
For the Eeyore costume I took a cheap gray sweat shirt and pants then cut out some light gray material I had on hand to make the lighter underbelly. I used black thread and very large stitches to make it look more like a stuffed animal that was sewn together. I bought a piece of felt and a fur remnant and made a hood with a fur stripe on it and some floppy ears. I also made a tail out of the felt and fur and some red felt for a ribbon and because it was Eeyore I attached it Velcro so he could lose it.
I choose to be something a little different this year. I didn't want to match anyone else at work or while taking my kids Trick or Treating. I hit up the local Goodwill store and came together with an outfit as Thelma Harper from Mama's Family. I purchased a floral print dress and some white shoes and white purse. The hat is a toboggan with artificial flowers hot glued to it. I completed the look with my accessories of pearls, rolled down knee highs and my grandmothers old white sweater.
I had fun and was amazed at the number of people who saw me knew who I actually was. I had many compliments on the costume at work and around town so I am actually going to wear it to a Halloween party after trick or treating.