This Homemade Rainbow Brite Fancy Dress Costume was made pretty easily. I purchased a cheap 2nd hand blue dress from a discount store which was 3 sizes too big for me, pinned and resized it to fit me, which left me with handy off cuts for other areas on the costume. Lots of off cuts of cheap cotton painted with bright acrylics, details with ribbon glued and stitched in place. Faux fur trim on bottom of the dress and on the top of socks.
Sleeves and shoes where made from the same pair of pot socks, foot end of socks placed over heels and taped in place, whilst little the upper part of the sock was perfect for the sleeves with some of the orginal dress cut offs made for perfect little cuffs with painted stars on. Wig and false eye lashes top finish!
This costume was something I'd always wanted to make and I was so pleased with the final outcome and most of all I totally loved wearing it!
My Rainbow Brite costume proved to be an affordable and fun adventure. The project began about 7 years ago, and every couple of years, I chose a few pieces to improve or rebuild. Finally, I feel that my current costume best reflects what the original doll would have worn.
At $1.85 per yard, the shiny fabric was cost efficient. Additional supplies included elastic for sleeves, red buttons for collar, yellow adhesive-backed felt, poly-fill, red sequined elastic for belt and suspenders, a zipper for the skirt, and color-coordinating thread.
Two inexpensive store-bought items made the job a bit easier. First, a blue body suit, to which I added custom sleeves and a yellow collar with red buttons. Second, red boots that I found online for the bargain price of $8.00, to which I added puffy rainbow-colored boot covers that slip easily on and off.