At the last minute – yesterday to be exact, my daughter decided that she would dress as Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz for the School Dance. Well, my youngest daughter’s Dorothy dress from Halloween 2 years ago in a size 5T would not work for my oldest daughter. You see, she turns 18 in 2 days. So, what is a seamstress Mom to do. I made a Dorothy dress. And I made a Dorothy dress without my daughter to size or try on today because she was at work all day. I could have used a pattern I guess. I looked at the McCall’s pattern. But that was much more involved than I wanted to get in this Dorothy dress that would be worn for this one night only. Using all my awesomeness + 3 yards of blue gingham bought at Joann Fabrics this morning, I made this Dorothy dress in 3 hours.
The School Dance theme is Fairy Tales. It is a girl-ask-boy dance. She asked her boyfriend, and he said yes – nothing shocking there. After a lot of research (read: googling) and contemplating (read: indecisiveness), her ideas for their costumes included Belle & Beast, Princess & a Pea, or Fiona & Shrek. Then at the last minute, the decision was made to dress as Dorothy & Scarecrow.
AND look how FABULOUS they pulled it together!
Last night and early this morning, I searched and searched for a free pattern, or apron, or tutorial, or anything to lead me in the right direction to make a Dorothy dress. Quickly. I found everything for a girl, but nothing for an adult. Nope. No Dorothy dress pattern or tutorial in a women’s size. So, I had to do it myself.
Now yes I realize, a Dorothy dress is not complicated. It isn’t elaborate. It’s a few pieces with a gathered skirt and straps. BUT, let me have my moment, I made this Dorothy dress from scratch, and it worked, and she actually wore it.
The scarecrow costume is IMPRESSIVE! He put this together himself with a trip to the thrift store, some cuttings from a hula skirt, and some dirt.
And here is one more picture of Dorothy & Scarecrow.