10.28.2013

Halloween 2013 : Little Red Riding Hood

It was the beginning of October and we were hatching plans for Halloween costumes.  I was trying to sell the kids on a group theme (Scooby Doo? Addams family?)... which was promptly vetoed.  Dan was out of town on business travel and Indigo and I stayed up altogether too late browsing Pinterest for costume ideas.  She fell in love with this one and asked me to re-create it.

Truth be told, Halloween costumes aren't my favorite things to sew and I had a lot of other fall sewing ideas knocking around in my head.  But I realized Indigo may not want to dress up for many more Halloweens.  (Or maybe I'll eat those words and still be sewing her Halloween costumes when she's in college?) ;)  I felt I had the energy to do it this year.  Iris is finally (mostly) sleeping through the night, after almost two years of frequent night wakings.  So that's pretty awesome.   I decided this year, we're going all out.

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Halloween 2013 is officially the year of the tutu for my girls.  The tutu was actually a no-sew project, made like this.

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I used 13 yards of 108" width tulle, cut into strips.  It also has 100 yards of 6" tulle-on-a-spool.   I tied the strips onto a crocheted headband (actually several, layered and sewn together), using two tulle strips per hole.

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It really didn't take long to put together.  A couple of episodes of Property Brothers and it was done.

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I pinned the headband-tutu onto a slip.  I might need to pin it to something a little more substantial/less slinky (maybe a tank top) on Halloween night.  But the slip worked reasonably well.  

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The hood of the cape is from Little Things to Sew.  I made the cape itself in a similar way to a circle skirt, based on this tutorial.

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The cape is made of velvet.  I got nearly all of the materials for this costume from either Hobby Lobby or Joanns.  They were running a 50% off sale on pretty much everything costume related.

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I was really, really hoping to dress our dog. Bondi, as a Granny wolf like this.  My kids and I laughed so much and for so long just thinking about it.  Dan was like, Yeah good luck with that.  And, alas, Bondi would not leave a sleeping cap on for more than 2 seconds.  He's an almost three year old lab and still pretty crazy.  (The staff at the vet's office call him "enthusiastic".)  Maybe in a couple of years when Tarikua can fit into this costume, I'll give that idea another go.

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15 comments:

  1. Wow, Rachel, that is an amazing costume! You've done an awesome job! I reckon you should still try dressing the dog up, though. That would be hilarious!

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  2. You always take such gorgeous pictures!!! And the costume! Amazing! Will you make one for me? ;-)

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  3. I don't even know what to say! This is the most gorgeous thing that I have ever seen! You really out did yourself with this one! Bravo!

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  4. It's sooooooooo pretty! You did an amazing job and I'm sure Indigo will LOVE wearing it for Halloween AND for dress up. Really awesome!

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  5. Whaaaaa???!!! You have outdone yourself this KCW. I am completely. blown. away. 13 yards of tulle? Oh yeah, no big deal just a couple of episodes of Property brothers! Lady, I need to go take a nap after reading this post!

    P.S. It's gorgeous. She is stunning fairy-tale perfect.

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    1. These tutus are ridiculously easy. Truly, you simply knot the tulle onto the hole of the headband. I used a rotary cutter + cutting mat to cut the 108" tulle into strips 6" x 20+", depending on the costume (I made 3 tutus). By far, what took the most time, was figuring out how to do it and getting the materials. I zoomed in on the pinned costume and could see the crochet material. Then, I saw other tutus using a crocheted material on Etsy. So I googled 'crochet fabric and tutus' looking for a tutorial and could not believe how simple it was. It took me quite awhile to gather all of the materials - one trip to Hobby Lobby and one to Joanns and both were really busy with long lines. Mostly, I was overjoyed not to have to gather yards and yards of tulle. Gathering is one part of sewing that I don't love.
      I started working on these - brainstorming, doing research online, etc, the first week of October and worked on them here and there, mostly at night the following week, so I didn't do these for KCW. My sewing machine is actually in the shop right now, so I thought this would be a good week to post photos of the costumes. :)

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  6. Your blog is quickly turning to one of my favorites. You are simply amazing. This is stunning!

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    1. wow, Annika, that is a huge compliment. there are so many talented sewers out there and i'm really humbled you would include me among your favorites. thank you.

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    1. i love your enthusiasm, Aleshia. thank you. :)

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  8. All of your costumes are beautiful, but this one is my favorite. The vivid red is so gorgeous on her. Thanks for sharing how you were able to no-sew the tutu. Good to know!

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