Elvis Lives

It’s no secret that I love Halloween – especially costume making. Even though Easton picked out a store-bought costume (Darth Maul which he’s been wearing around the house for a few weeks), I couldn’t resist sewing one up, too. I’ve had Simplicity 2528 in my stash for two years and finally decided to give it a try.

I spent the better part of the evening cutting all the pieces to this project – trust me, there’s plenty to cut out. My biggest complaint thus far isn’t how many pieces there are, it’s the fact that the interfacing requirements are so off. According to the back of the envelope, I needed 4 1/2 yards of medium weight fusible and 1 5/8 of buckram. After cutting everything out, I used less than a yard of each… fortunately, they’re all materials that I’ll be able to use again in future projects.

I’m sure the question you’re asking is, “How much will this costume cost?”. After all, this design could definitely become an embellishment hog. I am planning on making a few modifications to cut down costs: The pattern calls for 40 eyelets and well over 100 hot fix rhinestones and stars. Both those can get costly, so I intend on using about half the eyelets and purchased a pound bag of assorted size rhinestones and plan on tacking them down myself (of course using coupons on all these items helps as well).

Project Details:

Pattern: Simplicity 2528 (OOP)

Black “Rodeo” cotton from Joann‘s

Multi-color confetti dot from Joann‘s

Materials & Cost:

2 thoughts on “Elvis Lives

  1. Karin

    A while ago I’ve watched a documentary about Elvis impersonaters and how their obsession influences their daily life. I remember that one of those impersonators said that he spends about $20,000 on his costumes each year. Crazy!
    I can’t wait to see yours finished 🙂

    1. Stacy

      I can easily see how that could happen if you used real rhinestone crystals – some of those designs I’ve seen are amazing and use so many of them.

      I’m going to have fun with this – that is if my daughter doesn’t take my bag of rhinestones and bling up everything she owns!

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