~ Mimi's Adventures in Crafting ~

The musings and adventures of a "forty-something" wife and mother whose inner-artisan has been reignited. Enter my realm and enjoy....

Wednesday, October 28, 2009


PR: M5682

Pattern Description: Misses’ and Women’s Character Costumes

Fabric Used: Cotton Gingham, Symphony Broadcloth, Light-Weight Cotton Lining

Pattern Size: Cut a size 14

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes

Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? The pattern was easy to sew. I did not like how the empire waistline was finished in regards to the elastic casing and using the seams themselves as the casing. Considering the dress would be getting taken on and off and that gingham fabric frays easily I took and covered the raw seam edges with ¼” bias seam binding. It gave the inside of the garment a more professional finish.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: The pattern did not offer a short sleeve version so I shortened the sleeve 1 ½” beyond the upper most elastic casing. I gave the sleeve a 1” hem and trimmed sleeve with 1 ½” pre-gathered single-edged lace and rick rack. Also, due to the lightness of the gingham fabric I added a full skirt lining underneath out of light-weight cotton.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes

Conclusion: If the opportunity arose again and my daughter needed another Halloween costume I’d make this or one of the variations.



In addition to the outfit we conjured up some ruby red slippers.  We purchased an inexpensive pair of flats, spray painted them red and then brushed thinned-down Ailene's Tacky Glue on them and sprinkled with red glitter.  We made bows out of 1" ribbon and applied glue and glitter.  Let both dry and then hot glued the bows onto the shoes.

At a later date I hope to have pics of "Dorothy" and her "Scarecrow" to show how the outfit looked.

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