Matt and I spent a good amount of time trying to come up with Halloween costumes this year. I haven’t dressed up since High School and figured I’d go all out this time around. A friend of mine recommended Effie Trinket and it seemed the the perfect idea.
As an avid Hunger Games fan, I knew I could put together something great! At first I thought, how hard can it be to find some awful 80’s business clothes? Well 7 thrift stores and 6 regular stores later… it was pretty damn hard. I finally decided to make it myself and I am so happy with how it turned out, everything really came together!
DIY Tulle Skirt
What you need:
Spool of 7/8 in ribbon
30-40 strips of tulle (6 in wide by 54 in long)
Leave an excess of about 1 1/2 – 2 feet of ribbon on the end for tying.
Fold tulle strip in half and slide under the ribbon like in the photo below.
Take the two ends of the strip and pull them over the ribbon and through the loop of tulle.
Pull tight. Do this with each of your pieces. You can alternate colors like I did or do all one color. Once you have all your strips tied on you can adjust them and fluff them as needed.
Once you have your tulle pieces spaced out like you’d like, cut the ribbon from the spool making sure to leave another 1 1/2 – 2 feet on that end. Wrap the skirt around your waist and tie the two ends of the ribbon together in a bow. You now have a really cute tulle skirt!
If you’re making the costume for a child just shorten the strips to 36 inches long.
Matt decided to go as Haymitch last minute, here was his Inspiration:
Other than a blonde wig he was able to pull everything right from his closet, easy and cheap enough.
I was able to find shoes very similar to Effie’s during the reaping scene in Hunger Games. They’re Rocket Dog and were only $15.00 at Burlington Coat Factory. Plus they’re super cute so I’ll wear them again. I got the wig on Amazon and the feather eye lashes and top hat hair piece came from Charlotte Russe. The puffy feather rings and the jacket were on clearance at DEB. A little bright makeup and light powder and I was set to go!
My mom made the ruffle shrug for me using this tutorial. She added the feather ribbon which we found at JoAnn’s and I clipped on the big feather hair piece for a little extra crazy. Clearly I don’t have an identical costume, this was more my interpretation of Effie Trinket and I am so pleased with how it came out! When I was looking for inspiration everyone seemed to be recreating the exact looks, but in my opinion my costume was just as good. I tried to just imagine what Effie might wear and put my own little spin on it! I would love to see what others come up with if anyone else is dressing up as a Hunger Games character this year!
May the odds be ever in your favor this Halloween!