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Friday, October 30, 2015

"I Love Lucy" Toddler Costume

I really enjoyed making Mira's costume this year.  
However, it was not without it's trials and headaches.
But we won two costume contests, and I live for praise and validation so I'm happy.  

The (almost) FINISHED DRESS!!!!  - simplicity pattern 3836 -
I added an "I Love Lucy" applique heart.
I did the embroidery with Wonderfil Spaghetti white thread and my free-motion foot.
(I later added some additional red accents I thought were needed)

The signature Lucy Dress!  Polka Dots with lapel collar and white apron. 

 This is the inspiration photo I found online.
I tried so hard to get Mira to wear a wig.  Unfortunately she was having NONE of it.  I tried many many MANYYY different ways to get her to have "red hair" without the itchy wig.
I settled on this weird headband deal.  
I took a wig from the halloween store and ripped out some of the stitches from the base.
This is actually made up of two "sections" of hair.   (There are probably about 15 sections in a wig.)
I cut the sections in half to make 4 "curls" - then I just used a bunch of hairspray and attached them to the headband with needle and thread.   (on the 2nd day of wear, I decided to pull out the hot glue gun FYI)  So I know it looks weird. . but hey, at least she is wearing it and it's comfortable! ;c) 

Here we are at the Mall trick-or-treat.   Out of 1,000's of kids.  She won the costume contest for her age group  (0-3) 

 And then we went trick-or-treating in our local town.
 Everywhere we went, there were smiles.  
 I love these photos, she must have just got a sucker  (that's her favorite!)  But it was freezing and windy tonight so she had to wear a sweater cardigan.  

Some of the trick-or-treat photos I captured before it got too cold and she had to put on her coat.  

 Here is the pattern I used for this dress -  simplicity pattern 3836 -  All relatively easy - with the exception of the Lapel Collar. . which was like the most complex word math problem in the history of the whole entire world.  I spent a good 24 hours just looking up tutorials and watching videos on this just to figure it out!!  
But that's why I like to do this each year.  So that I can have a new skill in my pocket.  
 And here is ME having way too much fun with the wig that I bought for Mira.  ;c) 
Here are the two 1st place awards we received.   YAY!  

and I thought I would share this adorable photo.   We went trick-or-treating before Daddy got home.  But he finally got home from work, and started down the street to meet us.   When Mira saw her Dad she rannnnn to him saying "Dadda" "Dadda" and then just wanted to sit down right in the middle of the street with him.   (they have a weird relationship, and I think they bond over candy and sugar) LOL

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  1. Ah, yes, that type of lapel is VERY tricky to sew correctly. The secret is in stitching to the line and stopping your sewing. Then you have to flip that seam allowance in the other direction, and restart your sewing. (And I'm sure that explanation was clear as mud. It's a show-and-tell concept...) Looks like you did a great job with it, though!

    1. Where were you LAST WEEK when I was struggling through this?!?! LOL

  2. THat is the cutest, most adorable costune, Katie!! She will be the hit of the party! and what great photos to keep for the scrapbook.

  3. I know this post is old but i hope you still check the comments on it. My 2 year old wants to go as Lucy this Halloween and I am working on a dress for her but am having the hardest time figuring out a wig. Where did you find the wig to fit your little one? The costume made is absolutely gorgeous, by the way. I am hoping mine will turn out half as good and I love your solution for a faux poodle do! I may have to do the same if my daughter refuses to go for a wig!

  4. Hi would you be able to make one. My daughter is going to be I love lucy this halloween.

  5. Hi would you be able to make one. My daughter is going to be I love lucy this halloween.