Our Elementary School's Accelerated Reader theme was Famous Tenneseans. My daughter, aged 6, decided she'd like a Homemade Dolly Parton Costume. We bought a blond curly wig from a Costume store and a hair net. I found a red turtleneck, added a red-fringed suede vest, long denim skirt, red fringed cowboy boots and a concho belt. Dolly loves make-up so I did her eyes, blush, signature red lipstick and a mole by her lip.
Dolly also loves flash. So we dug through my daughter's dress-up jewelry and found a large fake diamond necklace and earrings for some bling. Since I am a modest size I had to borrow a friend's DD cup bra. I blew up two balloons half-way and placed inside cups of bra. I had to pin the bra on my daughter so it would be tight enough to stay on.
Lastly, a child's guitar was her prop. A microphone would also be a great prop. This was a hilarious costume for a young child. We got stopped several times for pictures at our local Halloween Block Party. She also won 2nd place in the costume contest in her age division.
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My daughter wanted to be Dolly Parton this year for Halloween, but I was unable to find an outfit in her size. I had no other choice but to make it. I started with a black dress that I bought at the Goodwill. I then went to a local fabric store and bought some sequins with fringe and beads. I started by cutting the dress off to be shorter in the front and longer in the back and made a split in the front.
I then used fabric glue to attach the sequins and beads. I stuffed her bra with some pillow stuffing for a Halloween party, but on Halloween I used two sturdy balloons (The balloons actually worked better). I then fixed her hair to be big like Dolly’s, put on her make-up and placed a mole under her lip. She then slipped on some of her black boots and was ready to rock!
She won 1st prize at a Halloween costume contest! Total money spent approx. $15.00
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