During the chilly months, friends, family and strangers constantly comment on how much our daughter, Isabella, looks like Cindy Lou Who with her red and up-turned nose and sweet demeanor.
I kept that Cindy Lou Who Costume idea in the back of my mind when I ran across the perfect dress at a second-hand store, black and white plaid just like the live-action film for $6.
After I had the dress, the rest was easy. I found black, patent-leather style Maryjane shoes at Target for about $9 and already owned some warm, white tights. The next part of the costume was the Santa Clause-esque shawl Cindy Lou Who wore on her shoulders. I ventured to a craft store, assuming I'd find material to sew (which worried me because I'm not a seamstress). Instead, I found a mini-tree skirt for $10. I folded in the velcro edges of the tree skirt and then attached the tree skirt to the shoulders of the dress wth a small safety pin (instead of around her neck).
The final step was Cindy Lou's hair. I sectioned Isabella's hair into three sections: one on top, and two bottom sections for braids. I made a cone out of cardstock and pulled her hair over the cone and tied it on top with a hairband. I braided the bottom sections and tied them on the ends with two more hairbands. I used red and white polka-dot ribbon to cover the hairbands and Cindy Lou was complete!
For this Cindy Lou Who Costume, I found a houndstooth print dress at the thrift store (though any crazy black and white pattern will do). I paired it with red tights, and black shoes. Her cape is made from a piece of red felt with a white boa glued around the edge, and I stitched red ribbon for the neck tie.
The most important feature was her trademark hair. I sectioned the top piece off and used lots of dry shampoo spray to make it tacky. The key was using a piece of florist foam cut out in the shape of a cone and placed in the middle of the top section, and pulled the hair up around it, fastened with a red ponie, and it held beautifully. The side sections I threaded pipe cleaners into the braids, and it held them out great.
I finished off with a lot of red ribbon, the sillier, the better Seuss Style. Used lots of hairspray over the top, and voila, there you have it!