One of my favorite things about Fall is Halloween. Each year I help to create a costume for our granddaughters and this year was especially fun.
Belen wanted to do be a 1950’s Rock n’ Roller and asked if I could make her a “Scottie Skirt”outfit/costume.
Eloise wanted to be an archer/warrior.
I was pleased to find the perfect pattern for Belen from the Simplicity pattern company. It has instructions for 3 styles of skirts, including a Scottie Dog skirt. I also made a red chiffon neck scarf and embroidered her Monogram on the front of the blouse
I added a polka dot bias trim for the leash that meandered down the front of the skirt from the waistline to the Scottie dog appliqué.
I used my embroidery machine to machine embroider the appliquéd Scottie dog. The satin stitched edge around the dog gave the finished appliqué a very nice clean finish.
The last thing I stitched for Belen were a pair of Scottie Dog barrettes, which completed her outfit.
However, the finishing touches were the bobby socks I finally found at Designer Shoe Warehouse and then the adorable Saddle Shoes that Alecia found online. They really were the frosting on the cake!
Eloise had a picture of the type of costume she wanted to have so she could be an archer/warrior.
I found a Simplicity pattern that I could use for the tunic, leggings and arm bands for Eloise’s costume.
For the capelet, I made up my own pattern by drawing a large circle on some drafting paper and cutting two pieces of brown velour and sewing them together, using one piece to line the inside of the capelet. Next, I cut out a long strip of fake fur fabric and folded it to create a trim that I could sew around the edge of the capelet. I measured the hooded section on Eloise’s head and sewed a button and elastic ring on opposite sides so that she could use the button to bring both sides of the capelet’s hood together to wear it.
When Eloise saw a picture of the progress I was making with her costume, she was so excited that she giggled out loud. When she got to try it on for the first time, she went into character as soon as she had it on!
After she donned the armbands, she went into immediate “warrior action” and was ready for battle. I was also informed, when I asked her to smile, that warriors don’t smile! She plans to wear little leather boots with her costume that she didn’t have on for these pics.
The girls came by for a final try-on earlier this week and they could hardly contain themselves. That is what makes it so worth it to make their costumes each year. It is so much fun and I feel so very blessed to have two such beautiful little living dolls to dress!
Hope you are enjoying this amazing fall weather and that you have a very Happy Halloween!