All right! Finally posting something other than a LinkUp. I have actually made several things over the past few weeks that I just haven’t gotten around to posting. Sadly none have anything to do with my pink pants.
Anyway, Halloween is tomorrow as we all know, so I thought I should show off what I did for a costume.
I found this Dorothy costume at a yard sale for $2. It had several problems. Too big, too open in back, crooked buttons, frumpy skirt and sleeves, stains, crooked ric-rac, etc., and did I mention that it was too big? Time to work a little Halloween magic. So here’s the before…
…And after. The skirt was an easy fix. I just had to shorten it by about 4 inches and move the button in the back to cinch the waist. The top was a different story. I literarily had to take it apart, chop off a few inches everywhere, and sew it back together. I also added a zipper to the back so my entire back wasn’t exposed. Now it fits me almost perfectly. All done? Nope. It takes more than a blue dress to make a Dorothy costume, so time for the accessories.
I found this basket at another yard sale for only 25 cents. Best deal. I used some scraps from the costume to make bows. I just cut strips using my pinking shears and tied them to the sides of the basket. Easy and cute. The little doggie was a birthday present from some reaally good friends of mine. Yep, my birthday was yesterday.
Moving on, what’s a Dorothy costume without ruby slippers? For these I started out trying to make shoe covers. I’d seen some in stores, but didn’t like the price or the quality. Anyway, I cut up an old Christmas stocking and used my shoes as a guide to make a pattern. It was easy enough, but I was having trouble getting a good fit until I realized it would be easier to just sew the fabric right to the shoes. Luckily I had an old pair of ballet flats that would have otherwise been tossed. Several minutes of sewing (and one broken needle) later, I had my slippers. Now I have one complete Dorothy costume that cost less than $5 to make. Yay!