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Halloween Costume Contest 2014

Princess Celestia- My Little Pony Inspired Costume

Mask, Wings, Dress and Cutie Mark

 I have been eyeing the Sophia Maxi dress from Pink Poodle Bows Patterns since it came out and it was perfect for a Princess Celestia inspired look. I love the triple ruffle at the neckline, and felt it really gave the look of Celestia’s necklace. I used a gold kona cotton from Fabric Mart for the bias neckline, straps and the neckline ruffles. I cut a diamond shape of purple sequin fabric to use as a medallion. I love the hi/low style of the Sophia Maxi, and thought it made for a perfect pony dress! I don’t know about your kids, but mine like to run from house to house so having the front shorter will be great for sprinting between candy stops! I made the bottom ruffle with the same gold kona and trimmed with pastel rainbow rick rack, to mimic the gold bands around Celestia’s hooves and her pastel flowing mane. A unicorn costume isn’t complete without a unicorn horn and pony mask! I used this awesome Unicorn Mask pattern, it sewed up so easy with the blanket stitch on my machine. The only adjustments I made to the pattern was that the neck strap was a bit long for K, so I shortened it to fit. It only took a bit of felt, some stuffing, small elastic and this really great pastel rainbow rick rack I found! I didn’t want to buy wings, because, well, I’m a craftaholic that’s why! I also didn’t want to mess with wire or any nonsense. I scoured google for a great wing tutorial that was simple and easy with supplies I had on hand. I came across the holy grail of My Little Pony wing patterns (http://www.sugartartcrafts.com/2013/09/my-little-pony-costume-sew-along-day-10.html)! It’s FREE, yes you read that right! It has a printable pattern piece (amen for not having to hand draw wings, because ain’t nobody got time for that). And it takes just about a yard of felt to make 2 sets of wings, a few hand-fulls of stuffing and some foe (I used plain elastic because I didn’t have any white foe on hand). It was an easy peasy tutorial to follow and sewed up both sets in about one hour. The only adjustment I made was that I wanted my wings a bit larger so I scaled the pattern to 130%. You probably have to be an uber MLP fan, like my kids and myself, to know what distinguishes a MLP pony from any other pony. It’s their Cutie Marks- a coveted symbol that each pony earns when he/she discovers what their unique characteristic or talent is, the mark appears on their backside. Princess Celestia’s cutie mark is a sunburst, with orange, melon and bright yellow coloring. Princess Luna’s cutie mark is a moon with bubble shapes. I printed off an image of each cutie mark, cut out each part as a stencil and used disappearing ink marker to trace onto felt (my newest craft item obsession is disappearing ink markers!). I layered the felt pieces according to the image, and used the zig zag stitch on my sewing machine to applique. Viola!

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