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How to Make a Cleopatra Costume for under $5

Saturday, October 20th, 2012
by Lynn

Our grand-girl, Zoe, told me she wanted to be Cleopatra for Halloween and asked if I’d help her make a costume.

We talked about what she wanted it to look like: a long white dress with a “collar” out of something with gold or silver threads plus a headband “crown,” and a belt.

I knew we could make the dress out of a sheet and I immediately thought about doing the collar and crown from this apron (for a queen who wanted to look like she cooked but never set foot in the kitchen?) that I’d inherited from an aunt. The fabric, a very lightweight brocade, is shot through with lurex threads that makes it shine like a star!

We might have chosen to make the dress by draping and cutting, but I’ve been wanting to teach Zoe to make her own clothes and sew from a pattern so the  $4 I spent on this project went to purchase one.

From there, Zoe pinned and cut the pattern, sewed the straight seams and ironed. (I sewed the curves. Too much ripping discourages a newbie.)

Once the dress was done we moved on to the collar. I used the facing from the dress as a template for the part that sits near the neck and measured out to each shoulder then added this measurement to the facing. The apron fabric is scratchy so I lined the collar with a piece of silk that I had stored in my sewing closet for 20 years or more! Added one snap to the back and voila!

For the belt, we gathered some gold fabric at the back. folded it in and sewed it down, then added two snaps to close it. Next we cut the original waistband and ties from the “apron” and folded this piece over the belt for an added no-sew decoration.

Next up—the crown. I had some stiff buckram-like material and used that to form a head band and the diamond. Once it was sized to fit Zoe’s head, we glued fabric to the front of each piece, then glued the two pieces together and added a couple of small stitches so the diamond couldn’t fall off.

In reference pictures, there seemed to be decorated braids at the front of Cleopatra’s hair, but I didn’t have any beads in appropriate colors. When I found some black beaded trim, it added just the right touch.

Finally, we decided she needed some jewelry that at least looked like it was worthy of a queen if not as quite as costly.

I dug out some gold paper candy wrappers from my crafting stash, and made a chunky ring and bracelet simply by molding the paper into the form we wanted. The charm for the necklace is a circular shell covered in the same paper.

The outfit was complete at a cost of $4 for the pattern. We used items that would normally have been tossed. Zoe launched her sewing career and I was thrilled to have the opportunity to teach her and see her joy in learning as well as wearing our creation.

The project took about a day to complete so there’s still time if you’d like to make one for your trick-or-treater.

Lynn Colwell and Corey Colwell-Lipson are mother and daughter and authors of  Celebrate Green! Creating Eco-Savvy Holidays, Celebrations and Traditions for the Whole Family, and founders of Green Halloween®.

Oeuf Dream Dress-ups Design Competition!

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

The lovely folks over at Oeuf is holding a creative costume competition. Even though Halloween is officially over, it doesn’t mean the creativity has to end. All you need for entering is a picture (drawn by kids of course!) and what their dream costume is. Submission deadline is November 14th, 2010 at midnight. One lucky child will have their dream costume made especially for them by the Oeuf team. The winning costume may even be apart of Oeuf’s dress up collection. Now that is a sweet deal!

Check out the Oeuf Dream Dress-ups page for details on how to enter. Happy drawing!

Green Halloween® is a nationwide non-profit initiative started by mother-daughter team Corey Colwell-Lipson and Lynn Colwell. In 2010, Green Halloween became a program of EcoMom® Alliance and has events in cities across the U.S.

Looking for new eco-friendly shops?

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

I love finding new shops on the internet. It’s actually a full-time hobby of mine. So I thought to myself, why not share these with Green Halloween’s wonderful viewers?! These shops are all fabulous and not to mention carry eco-friendly, GREEN merchandise. What more can you ask for in a shop? Even better, some of the stores mentioned below sell Green Halloween® authorized gear!

Like the above banner mentioned, Ecomom® is partnering with Green Halloween® in selling costumes and other Halloween goodies on their website. If you’re still looking for costumes, we highly recommend heading over there and browse their wonderful selections!


According to Oeuf‘s website, the company “has believed in designing products that offer real value to consumers without ever compromising on quality, of the highest order” ad they were around before the green and eco movements became trendy. Their items reflect on their solid philosophy and not to mention, extremely extremely adorable and pleasing on the eyes!

Recycling is Cool

Recycling is Cool carries Green Halloween merchandise and is helping to spread the word of greening up your holidays! While you’re there check out their other store sections as well to find great green products.

Green Halloween® Marketplace


And lastly, we must mention our very own Green Halloween® marketplace! We have tons eek-o-fabulous ideas for costumes, treat & treasures, dECOr and more!

Green Halloween® is a nationwide non-profit initiative started by mother-daughter team Corey Colwell-Lipson and Lynn Colwell. In 2010, Green Halloween became a program of EcoMom® Alliance and has events in cities across the U.S.

How to dress Green this Halloween!

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

We have a lovely guest contributor, DeeAnna Soicher, this week about where to find perfect re-loved costumes from your local Goodwill!

By shopping at the Goodwill this Halloween season you can support a wonderful organization and dress up in an amazing pre-loved costume.

This entire outfit came from a Goodwill store in the Denver area.

Adore the outfit…..Love the price!

  • Long Sleeved Shirt-$4.99
  • Yellow Floral Dress-$6.99
  • Top Apron Dress (NWT)$6.99

I found all of the items in the women’s section.

Atticus Finch contemplates the fate of Tom Robinson…the jury deliberates.

He can wear this suit for any special occasion, and since kids seem to grow out of dress clothes after one wearing, re-donate to Goodwill and pick up another good looking outfit!

Laura Ingalls Wilder

My model loved the outfit so much she kept it to wear to school. She looks amazing!

Pair this outfit with cowboy boots for a casual look or dress shoes for a more formal look.

We wanted to showcase some “costumes” that can be worn again and again and then re-donated for the next lucky kid.

Think green this Halloween and re-love a costume from Goodwill!

Green Halloween® is a nationwide non-profit initiative started by mother-daughter team Corey Colwell-Lipson and Lynn Colwell. In 2010, Green Halloween became a program of EcoMom® Alliance and has events in cities across the U.S.