Monday, October 28, 2013

Following the Yellow Brick Road

A sweet friend of mine graciously allowed me the privilege of making her little one's Halloween costume this year, and I was thrilled about the opportunity! Apparently, this little papoose is obsessed with The Wizard of Oz, and desperately wanted to be Dorothy. She even said their dog, Bella, was going to be Toto, which she was, and her momma was going to be The Wicked Witch, which she wasn't! She kept asking me on a weekly basis if I was going to be making her Dorothy costume, so I knew I had to get it right for this little fan!

Almost done!
I kept the outfit fairly identical to the original with few modifications. I loved the way the blue gingham looks, it has such a classic appeal about it. I made the skirt a bit fuller than the original because, come on, a little girl needs a twirly skirt! I also kept the belt, bodice, and suspenders like the original. I altered the blouse somewhat and made a ruffled collar instead of the simple band. I also left out what looks like ricrac trim around the collar and sleeves. I kept the puff sleeves and added a band at the bottom to incorporate the blue gingham into the blouse for a cohesive look. 

Ready and off to see the wizard!
I know it's not strictly identical, but I think anyone could guess the costume. I added enough of my style into the outfit without diverging from the essence of what makes a Dorothy dress. Plus, I know for a fact the little papoose who wore it looked so darling and was completely ecstatic about wearing it! In the end, that's all that matters!


  1. Very cute, must be fun to dress up like Dorothy!

  2. How cute! You did a great job with this and I love how you added your own little touches here and there :)

  3. You are so talented! Your friend is lucky to have you among her people! You did a wonderful job for this little papoose :)

  4. OMG, that is adorable! She'll make a very cute Dorothy :)