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Before I came to the States, I thought Halloween was only about witches and ghosts. But then I realized it’s actually a cosplay festival!!! Some people would spend a whole month to prepare some amazing costumes of their favorite characters – princesses, animals, super heros – it is a joy to enjoy such creativity exploded on Halloween! For the past two years I had been wearing the same store-bought onesies – and this year I suddenly wanted to make something!
We watched Kiki’s Delivery Service few months ago, and I thought her dress should be easy enough to finish in few days. (it turned out I only needed 3 hours!) And she has such a kind and big heart. She was willing to step (or fly?) out of her comfort zone and explore the unknown. I wish I could be as strong as her. She had doubts, but she grew stronger. I want to be her!
I already had a cat plush (FELIX loves plush), a little brown bag, and a headband. So all I needed to buy were some fabrics and a broom! (I thought I would use my own broom but it was too dirty…) I spent about $16.7 on the whole look.
Felix was Tombo. I went to Target, Walmart, and even a Halloween store to look for a red and white stripes tee but no luck! So I put some tapes on his red shirt (pyjamas.. ) to make some strips… $0 for his outfit.
Blue knit fabric 1.9 yard ~$10 (The last 1.9 yard of this fabric… the staff promised me it would be enough)
Red felt rectangle 1 piece $0.7
Make the Dress:
- Place a shift dress on the back on the fabric, draw lines from the armpits out and make it a Swing dress pattern. (If you have swing dress then you can just trace your swing dress!) Cut them out.
- Make facing by tracing the necklines of the dress body.
- Cut sleeves.
- Stitch the dress body together on the shoulders.
- Stitch the facing together, face to face. It will become a circle.
- Stitch facing and dress body together, face to face. Turn the facing inside, iron. Understitch.
- Stitch the sides of the dress.
- Fold the sleeves, facing inside, stitch.
- Set the sleeves.
- Hem the dress and sleeves. Done!
a. You can make it into any neckline! I like boatneck.
b. You can also add pockets on the sides! Just do it after step 6.
- Cut out two bands from the rectangle, one long and one short.
- Cover the headband with the longer band. Fold the rectangle, and set it on the headband aa bow with the shorted band.