Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Dr. Seuss Birthday Dress Up

Every year at my kids school they celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday by having the children dress up like their favorite Dr. Seuss character.  This year the kids wanted to be Cat in the Hat and Cindy Lou Who.

Before we agreed on what characters the girls would be, we decided to evaluate what supplies we had on-hand that might be helpful in making a costume.  We had a hat and a dress I made last year out of Dr. Seuss fabric.  Therefore, their choices were perfect for the supplies we had.

My younger daughter's Cat in the Hat costume was super easy.  We had a black t-shirt with a heart on the front that I covered with white sheeting cut into the shape of a oval and attached it with a zig-zag stitch.  When I had mostly finished zig-zagging the oval but not completely, I stuffed it with three grocery store bags to give the oval dimension and loft.  In my ribbon stash, I had some left over double sided satin ribbon from making Christmas hair bows for the girls.  I cut a length, tied a bow, then hand stitched it to the top of the t-shirt.  We already had hand-me-down blacks pants.  We added the hat and some eye liner for a nose and whiskers, and we were done.

My older daughter used the dress I made for my younger daughter last year as a shirt this year.  I love simple a-line dresses for this reason,e specially special occasions dresses because you can get at least two years of wear out of them.  On most patterns the neck and arm sizes don't change very much from size-to-size.  We added some leggings that we already had (if you look really close, you can see that the colors in the dress and leggings don't match exactly) and used the same double sided satin ribbon for her hair that we used of our Cat in the Hat bow tie.  The hair is a loose copy of the Cindy Lou Who hair from the movie.

Tomorrow at school they will be more than ready for their Green Eggs and Ham.