Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Halloween 2013: Strawberry Shortcake

It kills me how all of these things that were popular when I was a little girl have made a strong comeback!  My girls love Strawberry Shortcake and they had no doubt who they wanted to be for Halloween this year!  But boy...Strawberry Shortcake has changed a little bit since I was a kid!


The ruffly pinafore is gone and now she's all modern and trendy.  And she and all of her friends own little shops?  What the heck?  Times have changed.  Anyway, Strawberry's new look probably made this costume easier to make, so no complaints here :)  Plus I was able to make most of it from stuff in my stash and both costumes only cost about $12 total!  Woot woot!


For the dress, I made a basic "t-shirt attached to a skirt" dress.  There are a million tutorials for these, so I'll spare you the details.  However, I did make my t-shirt from scratch using the Terrific Tee pattern from Whimsy Couture.  If you make the t-shirt yourself, I would recommend doing your applique before you assemble the shirt.  It will be much easier!  I cut my t-shirt pieces out and applied some lightweight fusible interfacing to the wrong side of the shirt front where the applique was going to be placed.  I then used a diamond template and a strawberry template I found online and cut the pieces out of my fabric.  I attached the pieces to the shirt with some Steam-a-Seam Lite and then did an applique stitch (I used my buttonhole stitch) all the way around the design.  The applique stitch isn't absolutely necessary, but I know this dress is going to get a lot of wear, so I wanted to make sure the applique doesn't fray or peel up after repeated washing.


Oh those iconic Strawberry Shortcake tights!  I have to say, I am pretty pleased with how they turned out considering I completely winged it.  I used the thicker type of cotton tights and some acrylic paint.  Fabric paint would probably have been ideal, but the acrylic paint was cheaper and available right where I was shopping when I decided to do this and so that's what I used.  I took a thin piece of cardboard (like the kind that comes slipped inside tights when you first buy them from the store) and placed it down inside the leg of the tights.  I taped off the stripes with painters tape and then applied paint in between.  Once it dried, I flipped the leg over and wrapped the ends of the tape from the front side around the leg to make sure the stripes would be even all the way around.  I added more tape to make sure everything was covered and painted the other side.  After they were all painted and dry, I gave them a quick spin in the dryer to set the paint.  I have not yet tried to wash them, but if they work for an hour of trick-or-treating, I'll be happy!


The girls are loving the hats and they've just been wearing them around the house over the past couple of days.  I'm planning to post a short tutorial on making the hat tomorrow to save people from the trial and error I went through to make these!!  The end result was good but they definitely took longer than expected.


This picture cracks me up.  Maybe they should have gone as comedy and tragedy?  Left twin was ecstatic to have her costume done and to be outside.  Right twin was extremely upset that it was cold outside (54 degrees, to be exact) and did not want to participate in photos.  Sadly the midwest weather forecast for Halloween is not great...rain and temps in the 50s for trick-or-treat time.  I guess we'll be wearing coats over our costumes as usual.  


At least a dancing sister always gets a smile!  Wishing everyone a very safe and Happy Halloween!