my handmade halloween costume - becoming daisy buchanan of the great gatsby!



My costume for the Avett Brothers' Halloween show is all set! Neil and I are going as Jay Gatsby and Daisy Buchanan from The Great Gatsby.. I've been searching for flapper costumes, but they're all expensive and they all look the same. So, I decided to make my own.


I started with a vintage slip and a sheet I bought at a thrift store. I cut two strips from the sheet - which has a great black, brown, and orange tan floral pattern to it - and sewed them onto the end of the slip for a ruffle, drop waist effect. So, so easy.



For a head piece, I already had most of my work finished. I bought a sequined bow band from Forever21 a few months ago, and I never wear it.. maybe because it's uncomfortable or maybe because I like regular headbands best. I decided to use the bow band for my 20's head piece, taking feathers, cutting their tips into sharp triangles (a bit Art Deco), and gluing them onto the back of the bow.

I love the colors. I already love mixing black and brown but with the oranges and creams, it really reminds me of autumn. And I still can't believe how easy it all was! It probably took me an hour to have it finished, if not less.

What do you guys think? I'm going to add some long gold chain necklaces, but I've also considered adding feathers to something - maybe the neckline or the ruffle skirt, or maybe to a necklace, but I don't want it to look overdone.

Oh yeah. And I need a blonde wig, of course.