Early this year my kids watched the original Charlie and the Chocolate Factory movie for the first time and it's probably the first non-animated full length movie they ALL loved. I also let them watch the Johnny Depp version, which they thought was ok, but the first version captured their imaginations more and I was not-so-secretly planning out how all 4 kids could dress as the characters for Halloween this year. They really didn't get a choice. (Sorry, not sorry.)
We have to, of course, begin with the Willy Wonka costume since he is the most central character to the story. After unsuccessfully trying to talk my son into being Willy Wonka, my daughter looked at the character's purple coat and Gene Wilder's curly hair...and asked if she could be Willy instead. She was perfect as Willy Wonka and loved every minute of walking around in this costume with everyone recognizing her!
The purple coat was made with the Basic Blazer pattern by Blank Slate Patterns. I lengthened the coat quite a bit and angled the pockets. The shirt is a white collared button down I found at a thrift store, the khaki pants are hers, and I used gold ribbon for the big bow tie. I self drafted the floral vest using a basic t-shirt as a starting place. My only regret with this costume is that I ran out of time to make a brown hat, so we had to settle for a cheap black costume hat, and that I couldn't find a cane for her to complete the outfit. As a bonus, since I live in a cold climate, this is the warmest Halloween costume ever and is perfect for the chilly Halloween night we're going to have this week.
I self drafted the pants and made them out of cheap white muslin I had on hand. The brown t-shirt was made using the All You Need is Jammies pattern by Heidi & Finn. Then I made brown and white striped fabric by cutting 1.5" strips and serging them together. That is what I used for the collar, the lower sleeves, and the lower legs. I bought buttons, green hairspray, and face paint. Henry added the cuteness. :)
All You Need is Jammies pattern by Heidi & Finn). Then I draped a long piece of fabric (it took almost 2 yards) over the ball, tucking it in and duct taping it to the inside of the ball. I folded the front to sort of make a placket and sewed on buttons and red ribbon to complete the outfit. Then, of course, we had to paint her face blue (it washed off just fine - phew).
Now "I have a blueberry for a daughter."
All in all I spent about $100 on supplies and many hours putting these costumes together. I'm SO pleased with how they turned out! Now I'm thinking up what theme we can all dress up as next year. What do you think...do you like when families dress up as a theme? Or do you hate it?