After watching the Wizard of Oz more times than I care to recall, my daughter announced she wanted to be Dorothy for Halloween. Since I'm able to sew a bit, I decided against purchasing a poorly constructed pre-made non-washable costume in favor of making a dress that could actually be worn again!
The pattern was Butterick 4600. I purchased all cotton and cotton/poly fabric from a national fabric retailer, red sparkly shoes from WallyWorld and blue socks from another big retailer.
The dress is two parts: sort of like an apron or pinafore on top (blue and white) which had it's own sash and tied in the back; and a white petticoat dress beneath with the hemline trimmed in white eyelet. The back closure called for Velcro, but with some help, I was able to install a zipper instead to give it less of a costume look. I sewed the blue and white "ribbons" from fabric for her hair.
My daughter was not at all interested in being responsible for toting a basket with a stuffed dog inside, but was very happy to carry a "treat" bag for collecting goodies!
She has since worn the dress numerous times to school and church! It would be easy to pick some other cute fabric for the apron to change it out!
Coolest Homemade Dorothy in a Tornado from Wizard of Oz Costume 24
(Shelley, Idaho, USA)
Homemade Dorothy in a Tornado from Wizard of Oz Costume
In honor of the 70th Anniversary of the Wizard of Oz, my little girl wanted to be Dorothy. We wanted to add a twist to just making a standard Dorothy costume, so we decided to trap her in side the tornado that carried her away to the land of Oz.
We sewed up her Dorothy dress, then I constructed a tornado with wire, that I purchased from the local hardware store. After I got the form of the tornado, I then soaked some tuelle in a sugar water solution to act as a stiffener. After it set I surrounded with spider webbing. Then sewed on cars, trees, miniature fencing, gas tanks and some miniature Wizard of Oz Christmas ornaments including the wicked witch of the west,the scarecrow, lion, tin man, and Gelda the good witch.
We got a basket carrying Toto and some red glitter shoes to complete this Homemade Dorothy in a Tornado from Wizard of Oz Costume. It took some time to construct, but was really fun for her to wear. It seemed as though it came together well, it was lightweight for her to wear, and was a fun spin on a Wizard of Oz themed costume.
Altogether, it was a cute costume, she loved it, and was a fun project for Halloween.
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For the body of the witch, I used a lid from a tote box and covered the edges with foam pipe covers. I used a styrofoam ball to hold the mask and used a paint stick to hold it in place which I glued to the lid. I put a black robe over it and cut a hole mid way up the front so I could put my legs through.
I cut a plastic flower pot in half and painted it black to look like Dorothy is in a pot. I found the perfect fabric and pieced together to make a Dorothy costume. I filled a pair of little girls' tights and glued a pair of red shoes to it and attached it to the pot to look like Dorothy's legs are hanging over it. I strapped the pot to my waist and voila.
For this Witch and Dorothy Illusion Costume I won 'most original costume' at work, everyone loved it.
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Coolest Homemade Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz Costume 23
by Stephanie D.
Homemade Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz Costume
I sewed the dress and made the shoes for my Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz costume.
I took an old pair of burgundy shoes and spray- painted them red. I then glued each individual sequin by hand, which was very time consuming but worth the effort, as everyone thought they were store made.