This year for Halloween I was on a mission to find a Disney Pocahontas costume. I was very disappointed in my search. I drove to multiple stores with my friend Karen and even wound up in PA in hopes to find it. No such luck! The costume was available online at various online stores that I never heard of. With that being said, I was not about to order it based on my experience last year ordering a “Cat Woman” costume that came right off the Shanghai Express and looked like it was made for someone 3 ft tall. I searched on the Disney website and they didn’t even have it. I guess it’s not in demand. After my trip to PA, I decided to take a trip to the fabric store to see if I could just make my own costume.

Initially, I was very overwhelmed in the store. I had never been to a fabric store, I was unsure how much fabric to purchase, I do not have a sewing machine either so this costume was going to be hand sewn. Being in that store I felt like a bull in a china shop. Totally awkward. If I could have had a camera following me, that would have been quite entertaining for you. After wandering around looking like a deer in headlights, I finally asked for some help. The workers in that store were so nice and super helpful. I would up looking for a pattern to use that looked similar to what Pocahontas wore. We found it!!!! Now I needed to get the fabrics I wanted to use and get them cut. I also found a bin with fabric remnants that I was able to purchase at a discounted price… I had absolutely NO IDEA how much I would need. The woman behind the cutting counter was able to explain how much I needed. She also informed me of the store app that was loaded with coupons for me to use towards my purchase. Super exciting! I do admit, I bought extra fabric just in case even though I didn’t need it. I got my needles, straight pins and thread and headed to the register. With all my coupons I spent roughly $30. Yes $30 for my costume!!

It was super easy to make, just a little time consuming because I had to sew it by hand. Surprisingly, my costume came out looking like it was store bought!! For the necklace, I made homemade flour clay using a recipe I found online. I hand painted it and also hot glued a shell to it. It took me about 2 days to sew the costume together and the necklace took longer because the clay needed to dry before I could paint it. Needless to say, the whole experience was easier than I thought. I think from now on, I will be making my own instead of paying a ridiculous amount of money for a cheaply made costume. Now if I had more experience I am sure I could have made the quality a little better, but for what I was going for, it worked! So, you be the judge, did I do Pocahontas any justice? Have you ever made your own costume? Show us your homemade Halloween costumes!!

Jasmine Rodriguez - Townsquare Media
Jasmine Rodriguez - Townsquare Media

Jasmine Rodriguez - Townsquare Media