Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Toy Story Costumes

Last Halloween I made a toddler girl's Buzz Lightyear costume, using a simple sundress pattern. This Halloween I got a request for that costume again, along with a coordinating Jessie the Yodeling Cowgirl dress. Here's the 2013 version the dresses.

These were really fun and easy to make. Since I wrote a partial tutorial for the Buzz costume last year (see above link), I'll show you how I did the Jessie dress.

First, the fabrics. For the Jessie dress I used all cotton fabrics, with a strip of lightweight denim above the cow fabric and some red string sequins for the trim.

I just fell in love with that yellow houndstooth fabric and I was lucky enough to find the perfect piece of cow print fabric at our local discount fabric store.

I started with the skirt. Using the full width of the cow fabric and an equal width of denim fabric, I sewed the 2 lengths of fabric together. Then I sewed a seam up the back, and gathered the top to form the skirt. I also went ahead and hemmed the bottom.

Then I set the skirt aside. For the top, I used white cotton and created a fake button front panel with the yellow yoke and straps.

Basically, I drew an arch shape on the back of the yellow fabric, folded it in half, and cut along the lines. Then I folded the edge under about 1/4" and topstitched it to the white fabric. One front piece and one back piece.

Next, I laid out my sequin trim and sewed it onto the front yoke piece. I did use my machine to sew the sequins on, sewing very slowly and carefully. Once the trim was in place, I sewed the 2 side seams of the top together.

Then I sewed the straps of the dress onto the top. The straps ended up about 2" wide with just a tiny gather near the outer edge. Once the straps were on, I stitched the top of the dress to the skirt, right sides together.

Then, turned it right side out, added some buttons to the front and gave out a yodel. Okay, I didn't really yodel, but I did smile and there may have been some sighing and ooohing and ahhhing over the cuteness of the dress.

But, wait! There's one last thing. I decided to make wrist cuffs since I had a bunch of the yellow houndstooth and red sequins left over. These were really simple. I cut out 2 pieces of yellow fabric and 2 lining pieces from the white fabric in a sort of trapezoid shape.

Just like the top, I sewed the sequins onto the yellow fabric. Then I sewed the white lining to the yellow fabric, right sides together, leaving a spot open on the bottom to turn the cuff right side out.

Last, I overlapped the lower corners, and added some snaps to close them. I also added a button on the front to match the top.

Perfect for a tiny wrist. So, the whole outfit together looks like this--

Cute, right?? Let's see them both together again, shall we?

I am so pleased with how these turned out, I really hope the girls enjoy wearing them as much as I enjoyed making them!

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  1. Oh I really like these costumes, especially the cowgirl costume! Great job!

    Navy Wifey Peters @ Submarine Sunday Link Party

  2. These are so adorable! What fun costumes! Too bad here in Utah we would need coats over them... ;-) I'm featuring this tonight at my link party and pinning!

    1. Thanks, Alexis!! I'm so excited for the feature! Are you guys already getting snow up there?? Hope you have a great Halloween!

  3. Thanks for linking to Take-A-Look Tuesday over at Sugar Bee Crafts - you were featured today!
    --Mandy, SugarBeeCrafts.com

  4. I LOVE these! As a co-host of the Lovely Ladies linky party, I want to say thanks for stopping and sharing with us. I've pinned them onto my costume board and will be sharing on my Facebook page as well, too cute!!

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  6. What cool Halloween costume ideas! We love it! Our newest showcase is here and we hope you stop in and share again! ---> http://bowdabra.com/?p=413

    Susie @Bowdabra


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