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Rosie the Riveter, Rosie The Riveter Costume, Homemade Halloween, DIY Halloween Costume, Jessica Quirk, What I Wore

Rosie the Riveter, Rosie The Riveter Costume, Homemade Halloween, DIY Halloween Costume, Jessica Quirk, What I Wore

Rosie the Riveter, Rosie The Riveter Costume, Homemade Halloween, DIY Halloween Costume, Jessica Quirk, What I Wore

When it comes to Halloween, why buy your costume if you could make it (or better yet, pull it out of your own closet!)?? All week long I’ll share my ideas for inexpensive, homemade Halloween costumes. Enjoy!

For my Rosie the Riveter costume, I looked no further than the iconic “We Can Do It” WWII era poster by J. Howard Miller (read more here). And this get up is was a freebie - I already had all of the pieces hanging in my closet.

Inspiration: 

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Key Elements:

  • Red Bandana
  • Chambray or denim button up shirt
  • High Waisted Jeans

I love this costume because it’s probably something that most gals have ready to go in their closet.  I actually got the idea from one of my office mates who went as Rosie last year.  In addition to the three key elements, a vintage hair ‘do completes the look.  For mine, I teased my grown out bangs forward and then swooped them back and secured with bobby pins and hair spray. I secured the rest of my hair into a low pony tail and pined it upwards to lay smooth under the bandana. Polka dots are great, but any red scarf will do the trick. Finally, red lips aren’t a must, but I felt like they pulled everything together. Get ready to flex those biceps! 

Cost: $0
Difficulty Level: Easy
Time Commitment: 30 minutes or less

Rosie the Riveter, Rosie The Riveter Costume, Homemade Halloween, DIY Halloween Costume, Jessica Quirk, What I Wore

Rosie the Riveter, Rosie The Riveter Costume, Homemade Halloween, DIY Halloween Costume, Jessica Quirk, What I Wore

Inspiration Photo Source

Photography by Suzie Reecer.

7 Oct 2011

flight attendant, flight attendant costume, homemade halloween, jessica quirk, whatiwore, cheap halloween costume, easy halloween costume

flight attendant, flight attendant costume, homemade halloween, jessica quirk, whatiwore, cheap halloween costume, easy halloween costume

flight attendant, flight attendant costume, homemade halloween, jessica quirk, whatiwore, cheap halloween costume, easy halloween costume

flight attendant, flight attendant costume, homemade halloween, jessica quirk, whatiwore, cheap halloween costume, easy halloween costume

When it comes to Halloween, why buy your costume if you could make it (or better yet, pull it out of your own closet!)?? All week long I’ll share my ideas for inexpensive, homemade Halloween costumes. Enjoy!

Come fly with me, let’s fly, let’s fly away.

Maybe it’s the Pan Am show that’s airing this fall or just the notion of a very polished European flight attendant that gave me the idea for this costume.  It’s another one that’s straight from my closet and super easy to re-create on your own. 

Inspiration:

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Key Elements:

  • White Button Down Shirt
  • Navy or Red Skirt
  • Silk Neck Scarf
  • Wing Pin

This costume was another freebie, thanks to the left over foam from another costume.  Using a fine tip Sharpie marker, I drew a winged motif onto the foam, cut it out and used double sided tape to stick onto my blouse.  If you saved your pilots wings from when you could visit the cockpit as a kid - kudos to you - those will work even better.

Other important elements - a slick, retro hairdo and classic makeup.  Please prepare for departure. 

Cost: $0
Difficulty Level: Easy
Time Commitment: 45 minutes or less (for hair and makeup)

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flight attendant, flight attendant costume, homemade halloween, jessica quirk, whatiwore, cheap halloween costume, easy halloween costume

flight attendant, flight attendant costume, homemade halloween, jessica quirk, whatiwore, cheap halloween costume, easy halloween costume

Inspiration Images: source, source, source 

Photography by Suzie Reecer.

Wicked Witch of the West, Elphaba, Homemade Halloween, Green Witch, Jessica Quirk, What I Wore, Halloween Costume

Wicked Witch of the West, Elphaba, Homemade Halloween, Green Witch, Jessica Quirk, What I Wore, Halloween Costume

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Wicked Witch of the West, Elphaba, Homemade Halloween, Green Witch, Jessica Quirk, What I Wore, Halloween Costume

When it comes to Halloween, why buy your costume if you could make it (or better yet, pull it out of your own closet!)?? All week long I’ll share my ideas for inexpensive, homemade Halloween costumes. Enjoy!

It’s been twenty years since I did a witch costume for Halloween, so why not compliment Dorothy by doing my own version of the Wicked Witch of the West? My key inspiration is more of the Wicked variety than the classic Wizard of Oz, although I referenced both when planning this costume.  I’m making use of what I already have (black coat, hat) and adding in small, inexpensive details (face paint, socks, broom) to get the look. 

Inspiration:

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Key Elements:

  • Green makeup
  • Black Hat
  • Black Coat or Dress
  • Striped Socks
  • Broom

Only two of my Halloween costumes required a trip to the costume shop and this was one of them.  I wanted to track down the MAC green makeup they use for the Wicked show on Broadway, but came up short.  My second option proved to work just as well (at least in making me green) and only cost $1.99. I also picked up the $5 broom and $2 socks to complete this costume.

Once I had this costume on, I felt like I was a mash up of Rachel Zoe (loosely waved hair, wide brimmed hat) + the WWOTW.  If you already have a pointed hat in your costume closet - go for it. I just didn’t want to buy a cheap-o version and wasn’t about to splurge on the $30 hat either so I just went with what I already had. Once you’re painted green, however, you definitely get the point across. 

A note on the face paint - it isn’t enough to just slather yourself in green.  To bring depth back to your face - use browns and grays for your eyes and lips.  Bonus points for painting your hands (or any other skin that shows) green as well.

I’ll get you my pretty, and your little dog too!

Cost: $10
Difficulty Level: Intermediate to Advanced
Time Commitment: Moderate

Wicked Witch of the West, Elphaba, Homemade Halloween, Green Witch, Jessica Quirk, What I Wore, Halloween Costume

Wicked Witch of the West, Elphaba, Homemade Halloween, Green Witch, Jessica Quirk, What I Wore, Halloween Costume

Photos: Idina Menzel as Elphaba in Wicked, Screen shots from The Wizard of Oz

Photography by Suzie Reecer.

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