Meet Shelby Sessler, our very own DIY Costumer Designer extraordinaire.

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Shelby is an accomplished seamstress, wig stylist, makeup artist, actress, vocalist, and thrifter. She has been sewing for 17 years, cosplaying for 8 years, and has been designing costumes for as long as she can remember. Shelby has created numerous projects from scratch, but often likes to incorporate thrifted finds into her costumes, which she will be doing for Palmetto Goodwill this year. She can’t wait to share her costume knowledge and tips this Halloween season.  You can find more of her work on facebook at Shelbeanie Cosplay.

Check back weekly throughout October to see Shelby’s Blogs and Vlogs learn how to assemble the perfect costume.

 

 

Each year, millions of people come to Goodwill to find the pieces they need to create an amazing Halloween costume for less. Whether you are looking for the perfect white shirt to complete a pirate or vampire costume or a vintage ball gown to become a zombie princess or prom queen, we have the clothing, shoes and accessories you need!

Follow along as Shelbeanie Cosplay shows us the ins and outs of DIY costuming.

 


 

Kids Costumes – JoJo Siwa & Carmen Sandiego – (Watch the video here)

By Shelby Sessler

For the first week of our Costume Brew Challenge, we decided to focus on costumes that can be easily created for – and with – kids. Walking around Goodwill, I waited for inspiration to take hold so I could decide on what costumes I was going to make this week. I usually do a little bit of research before embarking on my adventures and keep my eyes open for many things that can be used to create a variety of costumes. You can think of it like having different tabs open in your internet browser. I found a couple of things that would work before I settled on my two costumes to focus on this week: Jojo Siwa and Carmen Sandiego…

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Couples Costumes – Beetlejuice & Lydia – (Watch the video here)

By Shelby Sessler

“Beetlejuice.”Lydia was pretty simple.  She has a classic gothic aesthetic, so anything black with a little bit of character would work. I chose a long dress with long sleeves and a higher neckline and added a pair of black combat boots. Most Lydia costumes I have seen have added a black sun hat to the costume, which is part of one of her more recognizable looks. You can always accessorize with black jewelry if you choose to…

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Couples Costumes – Stranger Things – (Watch the video here)

By Shelby Sessler

This week’s focus was costumes that couples can wear, so I decided to recreate the “Scoops Troop” uniforms from Stranger Things.” I started by visiting the Palmetto Goodwill in Johns Island, James Island, and the Clearance Center in North Charleston and found all of the costume pieces to alter. For the “Scoops Troop” uniforms I did a basic breakdown of Steve and Robin’s outfits.  The uniforms are for a nautical themed ice cream restaurant in the show.  Steve’s uniform is a darker blue shirt with a sailor collar, shorts in the same color, knee high socks, sneakers, and a sailor’s hat.  Robin’s costume is a striped blue shirt with a sailor’s collar, blue shorts, a vest, knee high socks, red sneakers, and a sailor’s hat…

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Cosplay Costumes – She-Ra – (Watch the video here)

By Shelby Sessler

I started by finding a white turtleneck sweater, a pair of white shorts, a panel of sheer white curtains, a red blanket, and a pair of boots from Goodwill. The other pieces I used to make the costume were a piece of gold vinyl I had but any gold fabric or piece of vinyl with a finishing touch of gold spray paint will work (about ½ yard in length), two red gems and one blue gem, a strong glue called E-6000, a piece of newspaper, some aluminum floral wire, some white, blue, and gold, acrylic paint, a can of white spray paint, black fabric paint, two small hair combs/clips, 1-2 inches of fishing line, hot glue, and stitch witchery…

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Cosplay Costumes – My Hero Academia – (Watch the video here)

By Shelby Sessler

For the anime I chose to make the summer school uniforms from the anime My Hero Academia (or Boku no Hero Academia).  These costumes are pretty easy to thrift and alter into screen accurate costumes from the show.  For your costume you will need a short sleeved white shirt with a collar, a pair of khaki pants or a pleated khaki skirt, a red tie, a belt (for some characters), and a pair of shoes (dependent on the character you choose). I started by dying my pants to the forest green color they are on the show.  I boiled water for the dye (about 3 gallons from my project) and added one cup of vinegar to the boiling water before adding the dye…

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As always, Palmetto Goodwill has several designated Halloween Bootiques that are outfitted with additional Halloween costumes and accessories.


Visit the Halloween Bootique Nearest You!

Florence (Beltline)
260 North Beltline Drive
Florence, SC  29501

Phone Number:
(843) 536-9900

Hours of Operation
Mon-Sat: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Sun: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Map Location

Myrtle Beach
127 Loyola Dr.
Myrtle Beach, SC 29588

Phone Number
(843) 790-9437

Hours of Operation
Mon-Sat: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Sun: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Map Location

Summerville – Trolley Road
222 Trolley Road
Summerville, SC 29483

Phone Number:
(843) 790-9453

Hours of Operation
Mon-Sat: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Sun: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Map Location

Mount Pleasant – Six Mile
1141 Six Mile Road
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29466

Phone Number:
(843) 790-8554

Hours of Operation
Mon-Sat: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Sun: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Map Location
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