I haven’t worn a Halloween costume in years. I had plans to go out a few years ago and made a pretty cool costume, but I ended up getting really sick and the outfit was never worn.
This year we have a few kids living in our apartment building and a bunch in the neighborhood, so I thought it would be fun to put on a costume and sit outside and hand out candy. My plan was to sort through my accumulated collection of dresses from proms, sorority formals, and my various stints as a bridesmaid, pick the one that fit best and add a tiara.
However, on Friday the bossman sent out an email encouraging employees to wear a costume to work on Monday. I believe a promise of candy was mentioned. A formal dress would be a bit uncomfortable to wear at the office all day, so I came up with a quick plan to use all of my crafting skills and make an Ash Ketchum costume.
I spent about $14 at Hobby Lobby getting three brightly-colored shirts, some felt and a hat. I also picked up a skein of bright green yarn at Walmart.
I started with the hat, using the felt to add the white section and logo to make a Pokémon League Expo hat.
Then I made the jacket. I considered making the whole thing from scratch, but in the interest of time and cost I combined three t-shirts. I’d have to leave the collar off, unfortunately, but the rest works pretty well.
Step one, remove the sleeves and cut up the middle.
Step two, remove the sleeves from the white shirt and sew them to the blue shirt.
Step three, add some trim using bits of the yellow shirt and alter the neckline a bit so it lays nicer across the chest.
I was really pleased with how the hat and shirt turned out. They only took about an hour to complete!
On Saturday I knitted up some easy green gloves and crocheted a Pokéball.
The rest is things I already had – black t-shirt, jeans, tennis shoes, and a backpack borrowed from my husband. It all came together pretty easily.
Now, off to find some Pokémon!