This is going to be a storytime fail but end in a conflict resolution in finding plus-size Halloween costumes.
So join me on this rollercoaster of emotions.
Can anyone tell me why does it have to be so dang hard to find decent plus size Halloween costumes??
All of this started because Mike and I went to Spirit Halloween to get a jump on spooky season. Although they were not fully set up they still had a nice selection. One particular costume caught my eye! This character has been a favorite of mine since I first saw the movie in 1993 and never in my 28 years after seeing this movie did I think I should dress up as her for Halloween.
I normally can’t decide what I want to be for Halloween and through a last-minute half-assed costume together the day of. I have never really been happy with ANY of my chosen costumes… Except when I dress up as Mary Poppins or Did my Zombie make up. Those were fun times.
DOST THOU COMPREHEND?
So when I saw all the Plus Size Halloween Costumes in Spirit Halloween… This particular one called to me… in its high-pitched voice! Do you know what it said to me? I will tell you. This costume yelled to me “SISSSTTTAAASSS!!!!”
Can you guess who it was from that line?
If you did you must be enchanted because “she put a spell on you”.
Did you get it with that line? NO! Fine I will tell you!
Winifred Sanderson. It is not Halloween without a Winifred Sanderson!
PLUS-SIZE SIZING IS A JOKE
I can normally wear a 1x-3x depending on the brand of clothing. I fully believe Halloween costumes are made on a completely different sizing chart. Every plus-size costume I looked at made me feel so bad about my body. Plus-size people want to wear cute Halloween costumes too Like come on. I don’t mind spending a little bit more money because companies have to use more fabric. But if I am spending that money I want it to be made of decent quality.
I had it in my mind that the costume wouldn’t fit me because I have bigger arms and big ol’ hips. These hips don’t lie… but most Halloween costumes do not “fit” an actual plus-size person. Costumes to me run small, not just plus-size Halloween costumes.
AN EMOTIONAL ROLLERCOASTER
I had it in my head that I wanted to be Winifred Sanderson and I was not giving up on that dream. This is the first year that I figured out what I wanted to be at the end of August and beginning of September. Since I “knew” the costume wasn’t going to fit me with their weird sizing.
I spent hours upon hours on Amazon trying to find a bigger Winifred costume. I even searched for some kind of dress that I could use to alter to make a Winifred dress. All the dresses I found thought would be perfect had the plus size as fitting a 14-16. THAT IS NOT PLUS-SIZE PEOPLE. That is mid-size. This made me so upset and again I couldn’t get it out of my head that I wanted to be Winifred. So I decided I am going to DIY it.
MADE A DEAL WITH MYSELF
I couldn’t stop thinking about this costume. I laid in bed all night thinking and thinking. (Can you tell I am an overthinker? LOL) I made the deal with myself that if I go to Goodwill the next day and they had some kind of Bedsheet, tablecloth, or curtains in the colors I need to make this costume. It is meant to happen. It is destiny.
I kid you not… It was destiny because Goodwill was overrun with all things green and purple. I bought 3 pieces right there. A purple bedsheet, and 2 large green tablecloths for 12 dollars.
I came home and started making a plan to make the costume BEFORE I did ANY cutting. Let me tell you, I spent DAAAAAAAYYYYYYSSSSS thinking of a plan and rethinking the plan…
This will be a BIIIIIGGGG DIY to do and on a budget. That’s a lie. I thought it would be budget-friendly but I needed to buy the tools I would need to make the costume. I didn’t have fabric scissors needle and thread, fabric paint… all those things add up.
This GIF perfectly describes what happened to my plan.
DIY Plus-Size Halloween Costumes
I used to make clothes from old shirts for my niece to wear. They weren’t perfect and I never had a passion to make clothes. It was just something fun to do when I was younger. My mom taught me the basics of sewing growing up. In case I needed to fix a hole or something, but sewing a whole ass costume was not something I learned.
This is an adventure I am really excited to start. ( I started writing this post at the beginning of September) So I have already started and I am about a quarter of the way through with the pieces I need to make.
So even though I was really upset with the selection for the Plus Size Halloween Costume this year… I turned it into a positive and can’t wait to be wearing something that I made. Will it be an accurate replica? No, but I am pushing myself outside of my comfort zone doing something I have never done before, and wait for Halloween night to see all the fruits of my labor and say “Hell yeah, I made this!!”
If you want a “how-to” I guess of how I made/am making my costume let me know in the comments?
I know this post probably doesn’t make much sense but it did in my head.
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Until tomorrow, Have a great day! Remember you are a badass!
2 thoughts on “Plus Size Halloween Costumes: The obstacles you face (fail)”
I am a bigger person and I normally end up purchasing items that don’t have a size (witch hats / capes) or creating my own outfit. I just can’t deal with all this stress.
I hear ya! I normally do the same thing or make a costume out of something I already own. This year I wanted to go all out.
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