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BERNINA Halloween 2011 - Little Recycled Red Riding Hood

Added Oct 21, 2011

by Terri Lehman...






Little Red Riding Hood contacted me, her Fairy Godmother, to make her a costume for a BIG Halloween party she was going to. She had this bridesmaid’s dress in a gorgeous red color that she loved and brought it along for her fitting. She asked me if I could match the red, and I asked her what she was doing with the dress – -she said it was just sitting in her closet and could do what I wanted with it. I decided to use the material in the dress instead of buying new fabric – in the interest of “recycling” – the project began…….

Material Notes

I completely dismantled the gown – “unlined” it , took the boning out of the bodice, cut the skirt and swag apart – and kept the black netting and taffeta underlining. I drew up the design, and used an old black and white striped pillow ticking for the bustier. I wanted to make this out of as much of the “recycled” gown as I could. I cut out the satin jacket, cape, hood, and bows from the bridesmaids skirt and drape. I turned the netted underskirt inside out and removed the inner lining and then added elastic in casing and shortened it. The only new items were the buttons (I even used the hooks and eyes from the gown, and the boning for the bustier) elastic for the waistband, black lacing for the jacket, and velcro stips for the hair bows. There were no other “new” materials used. So, this is “Little Recycled Red Riding Hood” From the pictures, you can tell she was delighted and can’t wait to wear it to the party – and what a great way to clear an old Bridesmaids gown out of her closet! Total cost of the costume – around $5.00 for the elastic , velcro and lacing!




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