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Storybook Halloween: Little Red Riding Hood

2014 October 31

I have been waiting for this moment for… well… about two years and a few months (since I started this blog!). I finally convinced one of my daughters to dress up as Little Red Riding Hood – hooray! Amazingly I even managed to do this costume for $0. Of course, not really $0 – but all of it was already around the house. Most of it come from my stash, and the cape fabric came from a very generous friend.

Actually, it was going even better than this a few months ago – I had the little one agreeing to be a wolf, with my oldest as Red Riding Hood. THAT would have been amazing! Either way, I finally got my Little Red Riding Hood and both myself and my youngest are super happy! On to the next goal!

I used two books to make this costume – and I almost never sew from books. It was nice to do something different. The little pinafore came from my “One Yard Wonders” book and was really quick to finish up. The tan fabric came from a box of fabric donated to me, that someone had given my friend Leanne, I’m so glad I kept it! I have no idea what it is, but it’s a synthetic of some kind, because I almost melted it with my iron before I sorted that out! The weave is quite loose, and a bit thin, so I lined the skirt with some stashed broadcloth. And I added a button closure to the back instead of a ribbon tie, since she has to wear it to school. Sashes and toilets can be tricky for a four year old!

The cape came from the Oliver and S book, Little Things to Sew. It’s quick to stitch up and I made a large size so it should fit for a few years and also fit over her winter jacket for Trick-Or-Treating tonight. I got the red velvet from my amazing friend Lisa (who blogs at Lisa in Port Hope). When she came to my place for a test run on the Forest Glen Satchel she mentioned that she had quite a few yards of it she wasn’t using at home. I got busy and forgot to get back to her about it when my doorbell rang and the post dropped off a package. Inside was the most perfect red velvet fabric, along with the book necessary to finish the cape. Amazing! So amazing! Reminds me that the sewing community is so generous and a great place to be a part of.

My daughter’s brown boots still fit, we added a blue headband (her styling), and a white shirt given to us when my oldest was 3. Done! Thankfully it was a nice-ish day for taking photos yesterday, though not so sunny, my favorite nearby forest was running a bit low on leaves, but we made up for that by throwing a few in the air. Which gave us quite a few strange blurry leaf photos that didn’t make it onto the post… ah well!

Tonight has a 40% chance of rain – so we will hold our breaths to see if we will need to use our umbrellas.  Either way I’m sure the kids will have fun, it’s always the best watching them get excited!

Reader Feedback: Do you have kids/grand kids going out tonight? Who are they dressing up as for Halloween?

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  1. Janette permalink
    October 31, 2014

    Well this just made my entire week. So cute!! I hope they have fun tonight! :)

    • November 3, 2014

      Hooray Janette! They had a blast – a rainy blast – but we got enough candy to keep us all sugar high for a while :)

  2. Darylene permalink
    October 31, 2014

    What a great idea !!! The ‘Red Riding Hood’ can be worn indoors for school……..but also in the evening. Jeff Foxworthy said something about being a Canadian if you have to be able to wear your Halloween costume over your winter jacket :) So glad that your little one is proud to be RRH :)

    • November 3, 2014

      Thanks Darylene. It worked very well over her jacket – even the little pinafore fit :) So true about being Canadian, I think we did pretty well this year!

  3. October 31, 2014

    The cape turned out amazingly beautiful! I hope she gets many years of dress up play out of it! Isn’t awesome that we happened to meet at Creativ festival last spring and can be real-life friends as well as blogging buddies.

    • November 3, 2014

      Hooray Lisa! So true :) It worked out so well. I’m so glad we met that first year! The cape will get much use. It already has moved into regular rotation :)

  4. October 31, 2014

    Your kids are so cute ! Wonderful costumes too ! I used to make parts of my 3 kids costumes but often included purchased pieces. It was fun and I think we made some good memories.

    • November 3, 2014

      Thanks Colleen. It’s so much fun mixing and matching pieces. It’s a good time to be creative!

  5. Ann ( no e ) permalink
    October 31, 2014

    Hi Sherri,
    Love wee Red Riding Hood ;) Yes you know you are Canadian if you wear a snowsuit under your costume ;) I remember many Edmonton Hallowe’en eves with our kids in -25, 1 foot of snow conditions. We had about 25 intrepid wee ones here in Ajax despite the cold rain. We had 6 grandchildren out tonight between Waterloo and St.Louis. Various costumes, a hippie from the 60′s, a policeman, pequin, astronaut, lamb & doctor. Enjoy the weekend.

    • November 3, 2014

      Thanks Ann :) I think I must have gone through a few snowy halloweens in Edmonton as well. Funny that I don’t remember if there was snow or not! I guess that’s the perks of being a kid :) I hope your grandkids had fun!

  6. November 1, 2014

    This is so sweet! I’ve been hoping for a Red Riding Hood from you since I discovered your blog! The tan tunic is so sweet all on it’s own. I love how amazing the online sewing community is – one of my friends sent me two hot pink neck bands and sausage coupons for my father-in-law! Haha! My boys were a spaceman and a bat – not batman, since he hates capes, but an actual bat – for Halloween :P

    • November 3, 2014

      Thanks so much Amy! I love the little pinafore too – I’m going to try to see if she’ll wear it as a dress instead of for dress-up. Not sure if it’ll work. She’s pretty particular – if it was made as a costume, it’ll likely stay a costume! I hope your boys had fun! :)

  7. November 2, 2014

    This costume is so cute! She looks adorable. Great job! Hope you had fun with your little princess and Red Riding Hood. ;)

    • November 3, 2014

      Thanks Mirjam. We really did have a good night – despite the chilly rain :)

  8. November 6, 2014

    So great Sherri – I love this. The basket is the perfect finishing touch!

  9. October 4, 2015

    Too cute!!
    Thanks for linking to my party!

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