A few weeks ago I was randomly inspired to stray away from my typically home-made Halloween costume. I bought the fabric to sew an epic She-Ra costume but decided I would be too busy to stand over the sewing machine, cursing at my incompetence of threading the bobbin. So instead of devoting hours of making my eyes strain from delicately threading a needle, I figured I might as well do something easy. My best friends were up from San Jose for the weekend and we were on a mission for finishing pieces of their costume at the local Halloween stores. To kill time as they picked out their supplies, I decided to try on some costumes.
I liked the idea of being a cop for some reason, so I grabbed a (one plus size fits all) costume along with a few others like Athena, a Flapper dress, and French Maid. As I tried on each costume, I quickly came to the realization that my plus sized body was not going to be small enough to fit into the costumes, even if they were designed for larger women.
Frustrated, after having to give up each costume individually in shame to exchange for the next, I asked the store clerk, “What costumes do you have for extra-plus sized people? I mean, I know I’m a big girl, but there is certainly bigger than me out there. What do they do?”
All he could say is that all the costumes were all mixed together and there was no easy way to find bigger costumes. I believe he managed to just avoid my questions all together with that response. So I thanked him and walked away, feeling sad that I couldn’t get my police costume to button all the way up. Le sigh.
As we walked out, I expressed my disgrace to my best friends about the lack of selection for people beyond size 14-16, even though many citizens of the USA are overweight. We came to the conclusion that in order for fluffy folks to dress up, we gotta make our own costumes or shell out the big bucks for something online.
I was fortunate enough to be raised on home-made costumes as a child since my talented grandmother would sew them. To my mother’s amazement, I still have a few pieces that she made. Eventually I started coming up with my own costumes and for the past few years have managed to sew some pretty awesome ones. My favorite was my “Swedish Beer Maiden” costume. I was always waiting for a year to do it when I was thin enough… but then I decided I was just fine the way I was and I didn’t want to wait any longer to make the costume. I’m happy I got over my body shame for that costume!
For this year, I decided to come up with a costume based on my giant box of stuff from the past and am quite excited for Halloween night! I’ll be working with two of my favorite kids in their super cute costumes and then I’ll be off to see my best friends at the Academy of Science’s Nightlife in San Francisco! I’m extra stoked because there is going to be a live squid dissection and supposedly, we may get to touch human brains. Haha! I’m into that stuff. I actually have had many visions of my dissecting open ocean animals to dig out the plastic…! Don’t judge.
Who else is dressing up this year??!!?! Have you ever had trouble finding a costume that fits?!
And… would you be stoked to touch a human brain? (safely in a laboratory?)
I’ll be back on tomorrow with a post about HALLOWEEN CANDY. Woooooo!