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Halloween Costume Contest 2014

Red Riding Hood in 2 days

Wearing my outfit to work.

A few days before Halloween, I decided to be Red Riding Hood. I had everything I needed in my stash: bright red fabric for a hood (red poly poplin), white fabric for the skirt (white flannel for the top skirt and a white cotton/lycra mix for the bottom so that the skirt is warm enough). I had a white t-shirt. I had paint. I had a ribbon and elastic.

I used the following patterns for the skirt and cape:

For the skirt, I used New Look’s 6816 p:http://www.simplicity.com/p-2490-misses-separates.aspx

For the cape, I used FleeceFun’s cape pattern that I pinned two years ago, and always wanted to make. I did not line it, as I had no time. p:http://www.fleecefun.com/red-riding-hood-cape-pattern.html

It took me 2 days to make this outfit, even with working full time.

Day 1 (evening): print out cape pattern, assemble, cut out pattern. I painted the stencils on the simple t-shirt, and set to dry. Then, I cut all the fabric for the cape and the skirt, and hand basted while I watched Netflix.

Day 2: (at lunch) Reviewed stencil book for a hem stencil for the skirt, and I found the one that I used. It was a 1/2″ by 1.5″ stencil picture in a book, so I took a photo, and edited it on the computer and printed out.

(evening) At home, I machine sewed the cape, adding the little decorative stitch, pinking the hem of the cape, and hemming the sides of the hem for a clean finish. I then machine sewed the skirt (both top and bottom layers), put in an elastic. And voila, sewing done. I didn’t hem the skirt in the interest of saving time. Then came the stencelling. It took 2 hours to properly paint everything, as I had to lay the stencil under the skirt top, and paint over that because I could see it underneath.

Halloween: on the day of Halloween, I wore the outfit at work. On my way to work though, I hand sewed the white ribbon to the cape, on the seam allowance between the hood and the body of the cape, so that I could tie the cape closed.

It was a fun experience. I thought I’d just use the entire outfit once, but I love the t-shirt, and I think I’ll start encorporating stencelling, or just painting, on clothing into my sewed outfits.


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  1. harpendaz | | #1

    Nice job! I've used the Fleece Fun pattern three times now, once in crushed velour with fleece trim, once in a woven lined with homespun and once in blue lined in brocade and trimmed in fake fur. I can always make it in less than 12 hours if someone needs a costuming piece.

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