A lot of thought and engineering went into my first of many homemade costumes for my girls. I am a father of 2 girls that is currently laid off from work. My wife received a sewing machine for her birthday this year. Being that I am a power tool fanatic I quickly picked up on how to use the machine. I asked my children what they want to be for Halloween and my oldest replied "A Pocketbook". Having a degree in design I quickly ran to my computer where I began modeling a scaled Homemade Purse Halloween Costume with the right dimensions to fit my daughter.
From the model on the computer I made a paper template, gathered my materials from things we had in the basement and attic and started constructing what I and many others agree is the cutest pocketbook ever. The costume is made of fabric with a different material for the inside, leather bottom and leather straps. I used household romex wire to keep the straps up and cut the front of the purse to show change, gum and a hairbrush.
My daughter Kylie is a dancing, cheer leading, mani/pedi kinda girl and she is only 5. When I asked her what she wanted to be for Halloween this year, she said a purse. I thought she was kidding at first, but she was dead serious. So, it was off to Joann Fabric to see what we could come up with for our Homemade Purse Costume.
The ladies in the fabric department were so charmed by the idea that they helped me sketch it out and pick materials that would really make it look authentic. After a couple of hours looking for just the right touches, we headed home with about $35.00 worth of supplies and got to work.
Believe it or not, this was a pretty easy costume to make. We used mostly 3M spray glue and Velcro to put it together. In the end, we came up with the perfect costume for my little diva in training. I can't imagine a costume that could better capture her little personality.