My toddler son wanted to be a ghost this year and not just any ghost- a spooky ghost. I scoured the stores, but everything I saw was just a sheet with a zig zag edge. I wanted something that billowed and floated to give it an eerie feel. I decided that I would make a costume for the first time. I thought that if I used different types of fabric that it would add more dimension to the costume. I went to a fabric store and bought three yards of cheesecloth, white tulle, and costume satin. I also bought three yards of white cotton fabric to make an underlying robe. I was going to add a hood, but I thought that it would be better to paint his hair white and use makeup for pictures.
To make the costume, I folded the white cotton fabric in half and had my son lay on the fabric. I traced around him leaving space so it would hang loose. I then cut a small neckhole. I sewed it all together and hemmed the bottom. I didn’t want to do strips. Instead, I traced a pattern of a long teardrop (about 2 feet) and used that to trace and cut over 100 teardrops from each of the three fabric types. I cut 6″ rectangles of the white cotton and used them as panels. I alternated sewing teardrops on each panel. From there, I sewed the panels with the teardrops on to the robe in a random fashion until it looked full.
I bought a plastic chain with skulls and draped it diagonally from shoulder to the bottom and hand sewed at each point. I cut a slit on the back of the neckline and hemmed. I then used an elastic loop and sewed it to one side of the slit. I found a large button and sewed it on the other side of the slit. This allowed the neckline to hug my son’s neck and room to put it on over his head. To give it an aged look, we used gray spray paint lightly on the edges of the costume.
The costume took a couple of weeks and it was mostly due to cutting those teardrops. The hardest parts were cutting those teardrops and applying makeup on a toddler. In the end, those at the festival loved his costume and many parents asked if he would take a picture with their children. We received lots of compliments, because he really looked spooky. The best part for me was seeing how much he enjoyed playing the part and trying to scare us when we were taking pictures.