We asked Rachael from imagine gnats, our sewing trends expert, to share some costume favorites. Halloween is just around the corner and imaginative play happens here year round! Rachael designs sewing and embroidery patterns for her shop; her latest is the Bess Top in sizes 2-20. Don’t miss her recent Cat Mask and Lady Bug Cape tutorials, perfect for dress up fun. Rachael also has a fun (and free) Halloween printable.

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Even the greatest and most fantastic of handmade Halloween costumes depend on the very same basic pieces you’ll find in any well-loved dress-up bin– hats, masks, tutus and capes. What child hasn’t been transported to some magical faraway land by just a princess crown? What child hasn’t rescued the entire universe from ruin with only the help of a super-hero mask? Mix and match these dress-up staples for a truly memorable Halloween costume.

Hat Tutorials. Clockwise, from top left: Witch Hat (in any size) by Delia Creates, Princess Crowns by girl. Inspired, Princess Hat by Maker Mama, Hoodie Scarf by Suburbia SoupCostume Crown by Alida Makes, Firefighter Hat by Twodaloo.

Mask Tutorials and Printables. Clockwise, from top left: Felt Superhero Masks by SlowMama, Cardstock Paper Animal Masks by Spearmint Baby, DIY Halloween Masks by Emma Magazine, Sunglass Masks by Suburbia Soup.

Tutu Tutorials and Patterns. Clockwise, from top left: Tulle Skirt by Shwin & Shwin, Tutu for Violet by Buzzmills, Fairy Princess Tutu by The Cottage Mama, Classic Tulle Tutu by The Sewing Rabbit for DIY Network, Little Things Tutu by Skirt as Top.

Cape Tutorials. Clockwise, from top left: Hooded Cape Upcycle by Buzzmills, Super-Hero Cape by Boy, oh Boy, oh Boy Crafts, Spiderweb Cape by Delia Creates, Super-Hero Costume by The Sewing Rabbit for DIY Network, Batman and Robin T-Shirt Capes by Girl Like the Sea.

Starting from scratch with your handmade costume? Why not begin the process with your favorite pattern? Take inspiration from these fabulous sewists who have all turned every-day-wear into outfits fit for knights, nurses, animals and favorite storybook characters!

Clockwise, from top left: Brave Knight by CrafterhoursThe Great and Powerful Trixie by Kadiddlehopper, Pepper Plays Nurse by Sew Delicious, Ladybug Girl by BuzzmillsAround the World with Mouk by Craftstorming, Adventure Time and Totoro by Sew Chibi.