Sunday, October 16, 2011

Halloween, Part V: Dorothy Gale

Who doesn't love the Wizard of Oz?  Anyone?  Like some of other costumes I made this year, I don't think this will be the last Dorothy costume Scout wears.  To further the Oz love, she is forced to listen to me sing songs from Wicked.  She pretends to like it.

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What are these things on my feet?
This is a simple onesie dress just like the Little Red dress.  The only difference is the color of the gingham and the sleeves on the onesie.  As you can see she really wasn't cooperating during this particular photo shoot.  I guess everyone has their limits particularly when you have a perpetually snotty nose.

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White onesie (do you sense a pattern here?)
1/2 yard blue gingham fabric
2 buttons
1/2 yard 1/4" elastic
Ruby Slippers

No Dorothy costume is complete without the ruby slippers.  It's sort of the defining feature of Dorothy.  The only infant sized glittery red shoes I could find were Pedi Peds, and I just couldn't justify the purchase.  Maybe if she actually needed shoes (outside of Halloween) to, say, walk?.  But we're a long ways from that, so I made my own on the cheap.  If you want the step-by-step details, keep reading.

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One pair baby shoes
Red Glitter
Mod Podge
Clearcoat Spray
Paint (optional)

You can honestly use any little baby shoes you'd like.  I used baby shoes from the Target clearance rack.  I think I paid $3.

01 Glitter Shoes

It may work best to first give the shoes a coat of red paint, so that if any of the shoe shows through it won't be obvious.

03 Glitter Shoes

Before you start glittering, you might want to lay down some newspaper or get an old box to use to catch any excess.  I didn't, which is why there is glitter everywhere. Mix the mod podge with the glitter.  Be generous with the glitter, but make sure it's a spreadable consistency.  Coat the shoes with the mixture.

04 Glitter Shoes

Your shoes will look rough at this point, but have no fear.  The mod podge will dry clear.  So let them dry a few hours or overnight.

05 Glitter Shoes

Repeat glittering process until you've achieved the desired look.

06 Glitter Shoes

I think I ended up doing 3 rounds of glitter to get them fairly evenly covered, but if I hadn't lost steam, I would have done one more.  The last step is to give the shoes a quick spray of clear coat so you don't have glitter everywhere.

2 comment(s). Tell me what you think!:

Anonymous said...

So adorable! She is quite taken with her red shoes!! Such a cute array of costumes - think my favorite so far is the bobbie soxer. Scout is so lucky to have such a creative mom!


Knittripps said...

Boy, I don't know. That might be the cutest one so far!

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