The Gray Lady (Ghost) Costume

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

 I found this costume @ http://www.grandinroad.com/jump.jsp?item=41812&maincatcode=null&subcatcode=null&itemID=29233&itemType=PRODUCT&path=1%2C2%2C2759%2C2760%2C4019&iProductID=29233 but did not want a purchased costumeHalloween is one of my favorite holidays so when the Jackson Hole Community Band planned their 1st Annual Halloween Concert in 2010 I started planning my costume right away. (Photos Here)

I found this costume at grandinroad.com but did not want a purchased costume, I prefer to make my own.


DSC_0699DSC_0697I found this dress at Deseret Industries in Idaho Falls (a second hand store) for $15. The skirt fabric was perfect, and it had some weight so it would flow nicely. It was a little small around the waist, and the waist line was too high, but with some imagination it would work perfectly.


I cut the top off to drop the waist line, I’ll fold the extra fabric over to make the new waistband. I had to remove the zipper so i used some hook and eyes i had in my sewing stash. They looked a little funny but when the costume was dyed it gave it an out of the grave vintage look.

I used 2 packs of black Rit Dye powder ($4.78 + tax) to dye the dress, what a mess!! [note to self: never buy the powder again]. I dissolved the dye in hot water before I put it in the washer but I still got some dark splotches on the satin. They are near the bottom but it was OK (it’s just a costume) I’m not sure if I suck at dying fabric or if the satin had food stains that did not come out when I washed it.

Drip dry in my basement laundry room . I dyed the scraps in case i need them to build the new waistband.

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The color is very close to the color in the costume I’m trying to copy.


For the veil I used a crocheted table top i got at a yard sale (or a friend did) for probably under a buck. 1/2 bottle of black liquid Rit dye, veil under $3.

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What makes any costume are the details and accessories. I used the flowers and ribbon I cut off the dress for embellishments.

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I spent about $25 on items that will only be for the costume and $60 on clothing and accessories that are real cloths I can wear all year. It came out nicer than the original costume AND I got a few more things for my wardrobe.

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I wore this costume for the 2010 Halloween Concert and the 2012 concert. The 2014 Halloween concert is Saturday October 25th 3PM at Walk Festival Hall, Teton Village.

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