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It’s ‘sew’ simple to make fun costumes using fancy dress patterns!

With Halloween just a few weeks away, the kids will already be wondering what to dress up as this year. But don’t worry about the cost of hiring outfits – why not make them instead?

There is a fantastic selection of craft companies online which sell fancy dress patterns for a range of abilities, from the accomplished seamstress to the novice needleworker. And the costume designs range from baby sizes to adults, so you can also join in the family fun and create your own favourite character!

Simplicity has a wonderful array of patterns to suit children, adults and even pets. There are traditional Halloween favourites including witches, wizards and vampires, and more unusual ones such as historical figures, pirates, cheerleaders and Little Bo Peep, along with some Disney characters. The average price for a pattern is £5.65 available from simplicity.co.uk.

Another excellent supplier of fancy dress patterns is Butterick, which has a kids’ range including firemen, astronauts, fairies and teddy bears, together with adult costumes encompassing princesses, clergymen, kings, queens, and ladies of the Renaissance. There is even a fabulous template for six different types of bejewelled crown! Pattern prices vary but tend to be between £4.50 and £6.99 on the butterick.mccall.com website.

BurdaStyle is offering a small range of free to download templates including a superhero cape, fairy wings and Max costume, along with vintage 1950s patterns for soldiers, clowns, sailors and many more! To download the patterns you need to be a member of the site, which is free to join at burdastyle.com.

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