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Pattern Roundup: Broadway-Inspired Halloween Costumes

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With the fall 2021 return of Broadway, we can’t help appreciating the amazing costumes and imagining a marquee Halloween celebration. In this pattern roundup, we showcase some iconic theater looks you can re-create at home for yourself or your friend group. These promise to be just as much fun to sew as they are to wear. Some of these patterns are in-character as they are, and some leave room for creativity, requiring a few small modifications to fit the role.

Here’s our selection of showstopping, Broadway-inspired Halloween costume patterns to pay tribute to the characters from Hamilton, Wicked, Chicago, and more.


Hamilton

Angelica, Eliza, and Peggy—Simplicity 9251

These 18th century-inspired, two-piece gowns feature classic elbow-length sleeves and a boned bodice, plus a zipper closure in back. Full pleats give the skirt fullness and simple elegance. This pattern is available in women’s sizes 6 to 22 (bust 30 1/2 inches to 46 inches, waist 23 inches to 37 inches, hips 33 1/2 inches to 46 inches).

Chosen for the Constitutional Convention

Not throwing away your shot? Pick this Continental Army uniform, sized to fit men and women. The lined coat and vest have buttons and streamlined detailing, paired perfectly with easy pull-on knickers. This pattern is available in sizes 34 to 52 (chest 36 1/2 inches to 54 1/2 inches, hip 39 inches to 59 inches).


Wicked—Glinda and Elphaba

If you want to try defying gravity this Halloween, choose one of these costumes from the Wizard of Oz. You can fine-tune this pattern for Glinda and Elphaba with just a few modifications. (There’s a classic Dorothy dress included as well). The patterns are available in women’s sizes 6 to 22 (bust 30 1/2 inches to 46 inches, waist 23 inches to 37 inches, hips 33 1/2 inches to 46 inches).


Chicago

If you’re not quite ready to go out in lingerie, this flapper dress still gives ’em the old razzle-dazzle. The pattern includes two versions: a high-low top trimmed with fringe, over a miniskirt, and a one-piece dress with a dropped waist and flared skirt. The pattern for this vintage-inspired dress is available in women’s sizes 6 to 22 (bust 30 1/2 inches to 46 inches, waist 23 inches to 37 inches, hips 33 1/2 inches to 46 inches).

If you’re interested in a less costumey pattern that you can wear again and again, the Decades of Style Flapper Dress would also make a more versatile choice.


Six

Six: The Musical
Photo: courtesy of Six

Consider a fun and flashy group costume from the musical Six, which is about Henry VIII’s six wives. Here are some patterns you could use as is or modify for these costumes:

McCall’s Red Reign

For intermediate skilled sewers, this sultry, multipiece costume can be glammed up to fit the Six aesthetic. Available in women’s US sizes 4 to 20 (bust 29 1/2 inches to 42 inches, chest 27 1/2 inches to 40 inches, waist 22 inches to 34 inches).

Ellie and Mac Be Confident Pattern

A simple, hi-low dress with a fitted bodice can be easily embellished to create stageworthy flair. The skirt has seven length options to fit your preferences. Available in women’s sizes XXS to 4XL (bust 29 inches to 56 inches, waist 23 1/2 inches to 51 inches, hips 33 1/2 inches to 59 inches)

The Lady Skater

Bedazzle this fun dress for the perfect costume, or keep it simple for easy reuse in everyday life. There are eight sizes included in the pattern, ranging from high bust 30 inches to 44 inches , and waist 24 inches to 38 inches.


Hadestown

Hades & Persephone
Patrick Page and Amber Gray star as Hades and Persephone. Photo: Helen Maybanks.

Hades—Simplicity 538601

This duster pattern makes it just the jacket to travel from the underworld and back for this Halloween season or other cosplaying events. Sew your own long coat, plus an optional yoke. The pattern is a print-on-demand product, so you can get it quickly if you’re a last-minute costumer. Suitable for men’s sizes XS to XL (chest 30 inches to 48 inches, hip 31 inches to 49 inches).

Persephone—McCall’s 2050

Make McCall’s 2050 in vibrant green and pair it with a long white coat to copy Persephone’s look. This multipiece costume includes a top, detached sleeves, an overskirt, skirt, and fascinator. Available for women’s sizes 8 to 24 (bust 31 1/2 inches to 46 inches, waist 29 1/2 inches to 44 inches, waist 24 inches to 39 inches).


Waitress

Bake your best pie and sew this retro waitress dress to serve up a flawless Jenna-inspired look. It has a button-front bodice, side zipper closure, bust darts, waist darts, gathered skirt and turned-up short sleeves. Simplicity 9164 comes in women’s sizes 6 to 22 (bust 30 1/2 inches to 46 inches, waist 23 inches to 37 inches, hips 33 1/2 inches to 46 inches).


Theater-inspired costumes are some of the most classic yet unique Halloween looks you can create. And this season, you’ll be adding to the hype of Broadway’s return as all these shows and more make their way back to the stages.

Have you made any of these patterns? If so, be sure to share pictures in our Readers Closet gallery or tag us on Instagram with #memadethreads.

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