Speaking of sewing, this book can really come handy at this time of year. If you are stuck for a Halloween costume, try Jane Asher’s Costume Book. It contains over 100 ideas for “extraordinary, beautiful or funny costumes” and full instructions on how to make them. Costumes are for adults and children as well.
Jane Asher is a well-known actress and author in England and I am a fan of her many craft and cake decorating books. This book is from the early 80’s, and is the American version of her original “Jane Asher’s Fancy Dress” which was first published in Britain. Also for anyone who doesn’t know, Jane was ex-Beatle Paul McCartney’s long time girlfriend and fiancé in the 60s.
This book, like all her works, is fun to read, with lots of colorful pictures and even celebrities modeling some of the outfits. She has a section on the history of costumes, with words of advice on how she hopes her book will be a “springboard for your own ideas.”
“I hope you have enormous fun making them, and incorporating some of the ideas and methods in your own designs,” she says.
I think this book is out of print, but you can get it on eBay or at used book sites. It’s probably too late for this year’s Halloween, but keep it in mind for next year!