Yes, this year we are Lucy and Ricky!! For those of you who may be too young to know who they are, go onto Youtube and watch an old episode of I Love Lucy. Kind of liking the red hair.
Maybe I need a hair color change.
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Since we have become empty nesters Jim and I have had fun dressing up each year. When I had kids at home I never had time to even think about Jim and I dressing up, it was enough work just figuring it out for the kids.
But since we’ve become empty nesters, each year we choose a famous couple to dress up like. I have always been a believer in handmade costumes. Even when my kids were young I always made their costumes. I would sew something or create something from things we had around the house or could pick up at Goodwill. I have done the same thing each year for our Couple Costume.
Here is what we have been in years past – one of my favorites was Mary Poppins and Bert. And then there was Cruella de Vil and Horace and last year was Popeye and Olive Oyl. Yes, we had a bit of a red, black and white theme going!
Well, this year we (rather I) decided on Lucy and Ricky. Jim is a good sport and just comes along for the ride. I Love Lucy was always a favorite show to watch as a kid.
I made my dress using a Vogue retro pattern – Vogue 9000. If you aren’t a sewer I am sure you could find something at Goodwill, a vintage store or your grandmother’s closet.
I borrowed a vintage crinoline from my neighbor and I had the apron in my collection of vintage aprons.
I ordered the wig online from Costume Craze. The wig does run a bit small so you will need to wear a wig cap underneath and use some bobby pins to hold it down.
I added in a pearl necklace and earrings I already owned and then added red lips and drew my eyebrows in a little more arched! I made the hairbow out of extra white fabric from the dress. Thanks to my friend Sara for helping me with the false eyelashes.
Jim’s costume was easy. I just used a sportscoat, pants and shirt he already owned.
I picked his tie up for $7.00 at a local vintage shop and found his straw bowler hat at a hat shop here in Portland. Thinking I may steal it after Halloween. We borrowed the congo drum from a friend.
Jim said I didn’t have to practice much for the “I’m in trouble” look!
All I had to do was practice a few “Lucy looks” for the photos. If I had known dressing up for Halloween was so fun as a grownup I think we might have started doing it years ago!
Now that I’ve got this year’s costume done I can’t help but start thinking about next year…..