Like every other girl growing up in the 1980’s, I was obsessed with the cartoon Rainbow Brite. For whatever reason, it is not something I grew out of. So when my friends and I decided to dress up as 80’s characters to go out for Halloween this year, I immediately knew what I wanted my costume to be.
At first I started to look online for a pre-made Rainbow Brite Halloween costume but was disappointed to see that the “StarBright” knock-off costume being sold was not very accurate. Any true fan knows Rainbow Brite didn’t carry a wand, didn’t wear high heels, and had a magical rainbow on her belt. Disappointed by my purchasing options, I decided to look into making my own costume.
Unable to find a pre-made blue dress, I went to a fabric store and purchased a dress pattern and the needed blue and white fabric. Because I have no sewing skills, I recruited my mom to do most of the complex assembly and left myself in charge of the accessories.
I created the suspenders and belt using red ribbon, craft foam, and puffy paint. The neck line was created using yellow ribbon and red star patches. The arm and leg bands were rainbow socks which I purchased and cut off the toes. The boots were something I already owned, but I added blue star patches to the sides to liven them up a little.
The costume was a huge success! And I even ran into three girls in the “StarBright” costumes while we were out, and they all admitting to liking my costume more. Also, I could tell we were not the only Rainbow Brite fans still out there because several strangers came up and asked if they could get a picture taken with me.
This was my first attempt in making a costume. I made the entire Rainbow Brite costume as well as the wig.
Growing up, Rainbow Brite was my hero! So I decided to be her for Halloween. It was such a hit. Everyone at the Halloween party I attended raved about it. I had so much fun being her that night!
To make the costume I simply printed out a ton of Rainbow Brite pictures and drew out a design. I went around to Value Villages and Thrift Stores and found old dresses, material and stuff and managed to put it all together. I actually hand stitched the outfit because I don't own a sewing machine. Man, I put hours into this outfit.
After I was finished the outfit I looked around for a wig but nothing looked right, and since I have very short hair I had to wear one. So, I bought 2 straight yellow wigs and took them apart and what you see in the picture is what I managed to come up with. I was actually quite happy with the result.
Altogether I would have to say that it was my best Halloween ever!
Every year for Halloween I try and do something creative! I have never bought a costume from the store. However a couple years ago I decided I wanted to be my favorite childhood cartoon character, Rainbow Brite. When I looked online at a Rainbow Brite Halloween Costume, I was very disappointed! The only costume was a “star brite girl” or whatever they named her and she did not do Rainbow Brite justice!
So I showed my mom a picture of Rainbow Brite and she was glad to help! We bought most of the fabric at JoAnn’s Fabric store and Hancock Fabrics. She used an old pattern of a jumper and mixed and matched a couple other patterns to create the dress.
To create the shoes she made it like a sock, but with an opening at the top and bottom, I just had to slip it on over big black platform boots. The arms and legs and rim of the skirt are filled with batting. My mom did an awesome job, she is an awesome seamstress!
The costume was a hug success! I hope you all like it!
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