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Ever since before I’ve known how to sew I’ve always wanted an elaborate, over the top, Halloween costume. I’m starting early this year with McCall’s 5414. My criteria for a costume this year is comfortable, easy to make, and reasonably priced, since it will be covered with fake blood. This is an Early American costume (colonial period) but I plan to translate it into something French circa 1790s. I’m going as a guillotined noblewoman, something flashy and gory with elaborate hair, a fancy gown, and loads of fake blood. Some colorway ideas are dark red, emerald green or dark purple, trimmed with black lace. I don’t have fabric for this yet, but I need to make a muslin of the top bodice for fit since it needs over five yards of fabric.