I chose to be the 80s cartoon rocker “Jem” of Jem and the Holograms for Halloween. It was a fun costume and really stood out in a crowd.

For the dress – I took a hot pink blazer that was many sizes too big for me. It was long enough on me to work because it fell on my legs to a good skirt length for Jem. I sewed the arms in (since they were so big) to have a tighter fit on my arms. The jacket closed together overlapping in the front just like Jem’s so it worked perfectly. I secured it with Velcro.

For the belt, I took silver fabric and cut it out into the shape of Jem’s belt using a pattern that I hand drew on a large piece of stiff paper first. I then cut out smaller pieces out of a blueish purple fabric and sewed them on to be the details of the belt. I then hand sewed pieces of a silver craft string/rope to be the tassel part on the belt. I used Velcro for closure in the back to keep it on my waist.

For my makeup I used a pink eye shadow and put it on my face to look like Jem’s makeup.

For my earrings (my favorite part!) I took a cheap pair of light up earrings from a party store and covered them (using a hot glue gun) with glittery pink craft foam that I cut into the desired star shape to capture the effect of Jem’s special earrings!

This Jem Costume looked really cool and won me first prize at the party!