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DIY scary skeleton Halloween costume

It’s Halloween this week and as usual I don’t have any budget for a costume for all those parties I’ll be going to. But I’m not worried about that because I personally think that Halloween is about making-do and creating some crazy costume yourself that no one else will be wearing – the tattier the better in some instances! I have therefore made my own last-minute skeleton costume using an old (and I mean ooolllddd) stretchy top and I’ll show you how to make one for yourself below:

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You will need: old black top, white top to wear underneath, scissors, white pen or chalk

Step by step

  1. Fold your top in half along the centre point.
  2. Use the chalk or white pen to mark out where you will be cutting out the ribs
  3. Cut out the ribs, making sure you’re cutting all the way through both layers of fabric. This will give you a symmetrical set of ribs on each side when you have finished cutting.

diy skeleton step by step

4. Cut out small triangles along the centre to create the spine bones

5. I even cut some bone shapes from the arms, which aren’t clear in the photo, but when I’m wearing it, you can really see them.

6. Wear over the top of a white t-shirt to show off the shape of the bones!

diy skeleton before and after

It’s a great way to get a last-minute outfit sorted out, and I hope you’ll have a go at making this simple Halloween costume. I wrote this blog post for Oxfam Fashion so check out their blog here and have a read of all the other fabulous fashion bloggers’ articles. Enjoy your spooky celebrations, whatever you get up to!

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Just a little something I made for Halloween…

Things have been very busy at HQ and I’ve been stitching away in my workshop this week making lots of dark fairy tutus ready for Halloween. I’ve made similar tutus for hen parties over the summer and I thought that they would look great for Halloween too, so I’ve been making extra-sparkly tutus with lots of sequined and glittery fabric woven in-between the spiky tulle strands. I think that my favourite one is this blue tutu below, which has bright blue glittery stars fabric incorporated into the design.

cassiefairy halloween fairy tutus from tutuswingsandprettythings com

Let me know if you’d like something similar custom-made for your Halloween costume by emailing – these tutus aren’t on the website yet but I will happily make these or something similar (any colours you like!) for you, just let me know with plenty of time, because I’m already getting pretty booked up with spooky orders for zombie bride and witch costumes!

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Be a Scary Fairy this Halloween

Have you already got your Halloween costume sorted? It’s only 10 days til the 31st October and all the supermarkets now have trick-or-treat sweets on the end of most aisles and scary decorations are adorning many high street stores. So whether you’re going out or staying in, if you’ve not already organised your Halloween costume – here’s a simple and affordable solution – a scary fairy tutu from

These tutus can be combined with your own favourite tops and a few accessories to create unique costumes such as witch, pumpkin, dark angel, scary fairy, zombie bride, scary leprechaun or little devil. The last date for ordering a tutu in time for Halloween is 24th October and all of these spooky skirts are on special offer for only £9.99!


Inspiration for making your own unique Halloween fancy dress costume

With Halloween fast approaching its a good idea to start thinking about getting your costume sorted while there’s still time to order bargain accessories online & have it delivered direct to your door in time for the ‘big night out’.

If you want to wear something different this year, check out the costumes below to get inspiration for your own unique outfit – something more exciting & different to all the cookie-cutter costumes that the supermarkets are peddling. All of these costumes can be created using tutus skirts, cute tops that you probably already have in your wardrobe and a few accessories for a spooky Halloween look – probably the cheapest way of getting a totally individual costume, as these skirts are available for only £9.99!

Plus – you can re-use your tutu again during the year for other fancy dress occasions – such as a red tutu re-used for a Mrs Claus costume and a white skirt can double as an angel for christmas. An orange, green or pink tutu can be re-worn for a charity fun-run and your black Halloween skirt would make an excellent french maid, cat or burlesque dancer outfit for next year’s hen party!

Check out the range from while these great quality tutus, skirts, petticoats and bustle tutus are on special offer, check out the fab accessories to complete your outfit and order before 24th October for guaranteed delivery in time for Halloween!


Amazing special offer on themed fancy dress tutus!

This week I’m bringing you another special offer from – all the fancy dress theme tutus are discounted throughout October!

There’s army soldier camo tutus in 2 cute lengths, funky sailor tutus in 2 colours, scary fairy Halloween tutus, sparkly printed pirate petticoats and silky tutu-skirts in 4 colours to create devil, angel and witch Halloween costumes – all for under £10!!

Plus check out the accessories section for glamourous feathered angel wings, scary gothic devil wings, gorgeous sparkly fairy wings and much more to creat the perfect Halloween outfit!

And don’t forget that the brand new Halloween collection is coming soon –  featuring pumpkins, witches, skulls, dark fairies, devils, spiders and cobwebs – launching with bargain special offer prices later this week!


Cassiefairy’s Festive Costumes – What do you want to be this Christmas?

I love the tradition of fancy dress at Christmas time – you can’t go on an evening out in December without spotting a gang of jolly Santa’s and Miss Claus’s partying the night away! It was my favourite time of year as a student and I knew that I’d get plenty of wear out of my Christmas fancy dress costume over the festive season – Nights out, work christmas parties, end of term ball – you name it, you can dress up for it!

I have developed a range of tutus that can be worn as part of your festive fancy dress and then used in other costumes during the year and here’s a few ideas to get you started and see you through the whole year:

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Trick or Treat – a lovely photo of my Halloween competition winner!

I was delighted to receive this photo of my Halloween competition winner earlier this week. Here’s a photo of a cute little ladybug, all ready for Trick or Treat-ing, whose mum Gillian entered the competition on her behalf!

Cute Ladybird Gift Set with custom-made fairy tutu, sparkly ladybug wings & wand

The competition to win a custom-made Cassiefairy Fairy Gift Set ran throughout the month of October and received lots of lovely entries! It’s been an absolute pleasure connecting with you all and I hope you keep in touch via Twitter @CassiefairyTutu or Facebook

Thanks to everyone who entered the competition & here’s a little extra Halloween “Treat” from Cassiefairy: 20% off all fairy tutus & fairy gift sets from now until Christmas!
Simply browse the website & email with your order quoting “TREAT20” to get your discount!


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