How I turned my daughter’s drawing into her Halloween Costume

Shimmery hi-low Halloween costume dress

My daughter loves to draw…a lot!

For a few years now, she’s been working on her own set of My Little Ponies based on herself and all her friends. She’s got drawings, comic books, personalities, cutie marks, literally everything figured out for them. So, when I asked what she wanted to be for Halloween this year, her immediate response was StarShade! (The pony based on herself)

Fortunately, she chose to be like her in her “human form”. I’ve got this awesome sketchbook for drawing clothing and she set out and designed what she wanted it to look like.

She really amazes me sometimes with her drawing.

It’s way better than mine when it comes to clothing, lol.

When you break it down, it’s a fairly simple design.

One shoulder, high low dress with a belt and wings.

I’ve only got one pattern in my stash that’s one shoulder, and it’s Violette Field Threads Stella, which unfortunately has been retired. This pattern is made for wovens, but my daughter picked out some athletic knit fabric.

Although the shiny side is meant to be the outside, I preferred the inside. Unfortunately, my daughter disagreed LOVED the sparkles.

Ok, the largest size in this pattern is for a 24 1/2” waist and my daughter is at 26”.

I know this pattern has a small amount of ease in it, so I went ahead and just made the largest size, knowing that because I’m using knit we’d most likely be ok. (I did try it on her once the bodice was complete just to make sure and it fit perfectly)

This pony’s cutie mark is a large star, like Twilight Sparkle, but yellow.

I have a Silhouette Cameo 3, so I just found a clip art of Twilight’s cutie mark and traced it. Then, cut it out of heat transfer vinyl and applied it to the bodice.

Sew the shoulder and side seams together.

I chose to use binding on the neckline and armhole rather than a full lining. To do this, I cut 1” strips of fabric out.

Measure the neckline and multiply that number by 80%.

Mark your neckline in fourths and also your binding. Pin the binding to the neckline matching your marks. Sew right sides together stretching your binding as you go.

Now fold your binding so you’re just covering your serged edge.

And fold again so your binding is turned completely to the inside.

I like to stitch using a 3 step zig zag set on a width of 5 length of 2. I also prefer a ballpoint needle when working with knits. Repeat this for the armscye.

Now, the skirt.

While trying this on my daughter I measured how long I needed the skirt. It was 18” to her knees and 36” to the floor. This fabric is 60” wide, so I figured if I halved that I’d have a nicely gathered 30” for each the front and back.

I cut the skirt piece 37” long, to account for losing some length when I attach it to the bodice.

Then I cut the 60” in half to get two 30” x 37” pieces.

I still need to make it high low.

I laid out the front piece and measured down 19” (to account for the waist seam again). Then, basically drew a curve going down almost to the side seam.

Cut along the line.

Align the front and back skirt pieces and sew together along the sides.

I wanted to bind the hem of the skirt, but I didn’t need it to be as tight as the bodice, so instead of measuring the amount of binding I’d need, I left a little tail at the beginning that I could join once I got all the way around.

I sewed the binding on, right sides together stretching the binding very slightly. I didn’t want to pull it in. I just was trying to keep it from turning outward.

Then, same as before, fold the binding over so it’s just covering your stitches and fold again so it’s folded completely to the back and stitch down.

I then sewed a gathering stitch along the top of the skirt and gathered to the width of the bodice. Lay the bodice, right side out, inside the skirt lining up the side seams and pin in place.

Sew together.

Although her drawing shows a blue belt, once she saw this silver ribbon, my daughter insisted this is what she wanted for the belt, along with this button as a cover for the closure.

I measured the ribbon against her waist, adding about an inch to fold over the ends. I sewed these down.

I wanted to use plastic snaps, so I started by lining up the ends and making a hole with my awl.

Then attaching the snaps.

Glue a little piece of felt on top of the outer snap.

I use pruning shears to clip the shank off of the button and glue it to the felt.

There you have it!

One dress made from a drawing! You can find a tutorial for the wings here. I hope you love it as much as I do.

Honestly, I hate to be proven wrong, but after seeing the final pictures of her dress I have to admit that I really love the shimmer that this fabric has! That’s hard for me to say, lol.

Sometimes, my daughter has questionable taste, but in this she was definitely right!

Halloween costume dress with wings.

Halloween costume dress with wings

Shimmery Halloween costume dress with wings

Shimmery hi-low Halloween costume dress

Beautiful hi-low Halloween costume dress

How do you think I did creating her costume from a drawing?  Have you ever wanted to recreate a dress from a picture?  I’d love to hear your thoughts.  Drop a comment below.

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