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Blonde Designs is an inspirational blog focused on invitations, parties, and good design. We are Angie Gubler and Kristin Rees, best friends, graphic designers and moms.
We are both former art directors at Martha Stewart Living and Martha Stewart Weddings, respectively. 
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wonder woman and batgirl

I love homemade Halloween costumes – I love the creativity and teamwork that goes into them, I love that no one else will have the same costume – but most of all, I love that my mom sews my girls costumes (I took a few sewing classes in my youth but never exactly excelled!).

This year, Charlotte and Amelia wanted to be Superheros – Wonder Woman and Batgirl, to be exact – and I was determined to make the costumes as simple (yet cute) as possible. With inspiration photos in tow, my mom and I went to the fabric store for felt and various accoutrements.


Wonder Woman's costume was made from red and white felt and Velcro. We found blue boxer shorts in the boys section of Target and adorned them with white felt stars. Gold paper was reinforced with clear mailing tape and used for the cut out stars on the top, crown and belt. Simple gold rope was looped and secured with more Velcro on the inside of the shorts. A stroke of genius on my husband's part!


Batgirl's costume was even simpler. A black turtleneck leotard and black leggings were transformed into Superhero status with bright yellow and black felt. The "boots," which will be worn over Amelia's regular shoes, were the most time consuming part of the whole costume. My sister, Sarah, gave Amelia the cape for her birthday (the other side has a princess crown on it).

The girls adore their costumes, which is really all that matters. Amelia told me today, in all seriousness, that she wants to go to Superhero college when she grows up so she can be the real Batgirl one day. I would like to go to Superhero college as well. Happy Halloween....

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I know I will sound old fashioned...but I love how modest your wonder woman costume is!!!
Both girls are adorable and look uh-mazing in their costumes!!!

Thank you for sharing!

Really, who wouldn't. In the meantime, Abbie is constantly busy searching for clues with her clue kit and has decided she wants to marry Ned. It seems Nancy Drew has a little competition....

10.30 | Unregistered CommenterAli

I too love homemade costumes and I too am lucky enough to have a Mom who sews them for my children every year. My children always adore their costumes and play with them throughout the year! My Mom even goes so far to make miniatures of the costumes for our Halloween tree. I love looking back at them every year.

I love the costumes, I'm sure the girls will have a blast wearing them!

10.30 | Unregistered CommenterAnna

Oh Angie- they look so adorable! And what will Bea be???? Wish we could trick-or-treat with y'all...
Happy Halloween!

10.30 | Unregistered CommenterMary Kaye

Awesome! Well done!

10.30 | Unregistered CommenterEby

Me too!

10.30 | Unregistered CommenterKrissy

These costumes are adorable! You are so lucky to have someone like your mom who can sew and make costumes for you, you can't compare the homemade ones with the awful store bought ones. My daughter wanted to be Wonder Woman this year, I ended up spending $75.00 on a costume that looks like it costs $5.00!
I guess I should have paid more attention in Home Ec class, I don't know anyone who knows how to sew anymore.

LOVE the costumes! Just perfect. And sign me up for the Super Girl Academy. I'll take an invisible airplane and magical lasso, too.
I've been reading your blog since Courtney posted about it and I love it! Thanks for all the inspiration and congrats to Kristin and the new little one :)

10.31 | Unregistered CommenterBecky

Cute, costumes - ah, wish I could sew. Just stumbled upon your blog and really like it -- will definitely be checking back!

10.31 | Unregistered CommenterBecky

Aw!! hehehehe, I love the poses!! So very professional :)



11.1 | Unregistered Commentertheaxx

These costumes are soo great, my girls would love these!!!

11.2 | Unregistered Commentererika

Magnificent snaps! Both of are endearing. Thanks for make me feel my childhood again

Super! I like the Bat Girl-so sweet and sassy.

However, I love the Wonder Woman costume! It looks so cool and fun without exposing too much skin or vamping up the tween. Perfect job!!!

09.25 | Unregistered CommenterCindy

Great costumes! Where did you find gold paper for the wonder woman costume? I am not creative at all, so is this a staple in most craft stores?

09.24 | Unregistered CommenterValerie

These are certainly fantastic! I hope my DIY skills hold up!

How did u make the batgirl mask? I am going to be batgirl this year and don't know how to get the bat sign on my shirt, and make the mask.

10.12 | Unregistered CommenterKeeKayla

Most kids love wearing super hero costume in a party. You have to choose the materials which are safe for them to avoid injuries.

You sure do love Halloween! It must be a grateful event for your kids. Love the costumes though.

That Batgirl costume is so cute! My brother loves Batman and when he saw the picture of Batgirl, he was grinning.

11.19 | Unregistered CommenterPlaymobil

soo.... im the only one wondering how she made the boots?

08.20 | Unregistered Commenterme

Need specifics on making the boots!

09.17 | Unregistered CommenterLinda

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