Storybook Halloween: Little Red Riding Hood
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!
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