The “Bad Hair Halloween” Top

The Facts
Fabric: Two Merino Wool Holey Polo Neck Jumpers
Pattern: Traced off another garment
Year: So right now
Notions: Red Bias Binding
Time to complete: 1 hour – yay!
First worn: For the photos and trick or treating on Wednesday
Wear again: Maybe to Yoga! or around the house

I was so disorganized for this project. I spent two hours of looking for my jumpers to upcycle, the brooch and the red satin I planned to bind the jersey edge with and racking my brains. Finally just got it together in time to sew on Sunday afternoon.

I didn’t have a pattern, I just traced around the faux leather vest I am wearing in the photos.

This was easy to put together using my over-locker. The great thing about knits is that you can easily mold and sculpt them. I used a straight stitch to attach the bias binding. One tip if you are sewing things (elastic, ribbon, binding) onto knit fabric is to keep moving in the same direction, don’t turn around and make a rectangle if you get what I mean?

It would have been nice to have a bow and arrow but I couldn’t cope with making a prop as well this week.

Now, where did I put that bow and arrow?

I bought the cheapest brown wig I could find – isn’t it just awful. I tried to braid it before the photos – but it fell out straight out.

It was fun trying to be Catniss Everdeen from “The Hunger Games”, creeping around the garden. Looking back at my photos I look absolutely nothing like Jennifer Lawrence and I think the curly wig doesn’t help. I found it difficult to imitate her serene expression.

The boys and I are looking forward to Wednesday. Halloween has become very popular in Australia in the last few years. The dressing up part is a hoot and it’s a really nice time with friends walking around the neighborhood, its usually warm weather and we end with a barbeque dinner together afterwards – great, no cooking!



Trish lives in Sydney and has way more thrifted patterns and fabric than her fair share. She studied fashion design in her former life and sews while trying to not to burn the dinner.


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  1. Oh My Goodness! I didn’t recognize you at first!! But it was the lips that gave it away before I saw the author of the post : ) You look amazing, take a bow for channeling another character so well. And yes, the whole point of Halloween should be about having fun with family and community. Somehow we seem to have lost some of that in amongst the scarey gorey stuff. Have a great time with your boys!!

  2. I didn’t recognize you either. I couldn’t even tell it was a wig-that is not as cheap as you think. trust me-I have some pretty cheap wigs. You actually look a bit like Sigourney Weaver to me. Nice!

  3. You had me fooled too! I didn’t recognize you until I read the part about Australia, and then noticed your beautiful eyes in that last picture. Sounds like you will have a great time with family and friends. You make a fine Catniss, even without the bow and arrow.

  4. I think you make a convincing Katniss too! I love the red binding around the collar bits and that you have her mocking jay pin. Fantastic job!