Monday, October 27, 2014

DIY Minnie Mouse Costume

My cute daughter wanted to be Minnie Mouse for Halloween this year. I looked online and found a few costumes that weren't as cute as we were hoping for and way too expensive. She wanted to dress up as the vintage Minnie Mouse so with a long-sleeved black shirt we were on our way.

I made a pair of Minnie Mouse Gloves, you can see the quick tutorial here

I also made a darling Minnie Mouse Bow that stands up so nicely when clipped in her hair. For a step by step detailed tutorial click here
And here I'll show you the finishing touches to this winning Halloween costume!
 This skirt was made from this perfect fabric from JoAnn's. This is a simple circle skirt AKA Poodle skirt that I adapted from this pattern over at I'm so glad I ran into my friend Tami at the fabric store because she told me to try this idea!

I bought some black 2 inch wide elastic band, measured my daughter using the handy dandy formula of waist/Pi 3.14/2= the half circle you need to measure and cut out of the folded fabric.

Then I stretched the elastic as I sewed along with a straight stitch. It took me less than five minutes to do this part and you can tell if you scrutinize my stitching, so don't cuz this is a Halloween costume, right? :)

I lucked out in that I was able to make this out of 45 inch fabric because we only needed it to be 17 inches long to the knee. I added a nice one inch hem and pressed that.

Of course we need some cute yellow shoes, we borrowed these from my sister-in-law who has tiny feet. :)

 For the tail, I just pinned on a tail from a cat costume. It is a wired tail so we could adjust it as needed.

What about ears? My daughter didn't want to wear the fake ears that often are somewhat floppy and in her words "childish" soooo, she thought of a great idea. I pulled my daughter's hair up into high pigtail buns. At least that's what I'm calling it. I just did two high ponytails and didn't pull the hair all the way through on the third go round with the elastic.

With the hair standing up and nicely shaped like ears I used washable black hair spray and sprayed her entire head. Then I clipped the bow in her hair.
This is how it looked before.

And here is the complete Halloween costume with face paint, sprayed hair, gloves AND her baby brother as Pluto.
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