Each year as Halloween gets closer and closer, I start to panic a little. The idea of keeping track of all my kids in that type of environment and the thought of keeping track of all the costume pieces for the weeks leading up to it, then getting everyone dressed and out the door in orderly fashion... it stresses me out. I like simple. I used to go all out and hand make all the costumes, but now I just want easy.
So last year and again this year, I'm going to go with pre-made costumes. I bought Boog a store made one, which of course didn't fit and certainly won't fit over warm clothes, so I'm returning it for another. But min fits. It fits soooo well. It's the Wicked Wench costume from Anytime Costumes. It's a plus sized pirate inspired women's dress.
I was actually quite surprised by the quality of the costume. Though it isn't handmade quality, it's far better than the junk you get at the mass market stores, like Walmart. The first thing that I noticed about it was the quality. I expected it to be cheap, honestly. Though, this isn't the first time that I have gotten a costume form Anytime Costumes, so I'm not sure why I expected that.
When I took it out of the package, I first noticed the bodice, it has a lovely textured fabric where the eyelets are. It looks great and gives the feeling almost like it's a real dress, not just a costume. The fabric below that is a soft velvety material that opens to reveal the skit beneath. The skirt itself is shorter in the front and longer in the back.The bust area and the inside of the bodice is an off-white, creamy color and is really nice The scrunch on the bust area prevents too much cleavage from showing, while still being sexy. Also something that adds some femininity, is the lacy sleeves that have slits on the ends and do not cover the shoulders. Honestly, they were a touch on the scratchy side, so if you are hypersensitive to certain textures and such, this won't be something that you like on it's own.
The costume has a zipper that covers the whole back area, down to the skirt. I honestly didn't even need to use it, it was easy enough to just slip over my head. Obviously, I'm gonna need some boots or boot shoe covers and a hat to complete the look. Anytime Costumes carries that type of stuff and carries quite a large assortment at that. I couldn't believe how many different styles of knee high boots and pirate hats that they had.
Also, a note: I'm a pretty short girl. So if you are looking at the above photo and thinking, 'Geesh, that looks a bit long!' It's only because I'm so short. I'm 5 even, if that. But I love the way it looks, and I think you would too. I'm very happy with it and it will stay in my collection of a very select few keeper-costumes.
Do you go out for Halloween? Do you dress up?
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