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We had a Rollie Pollie and Orphan Annie for Halloween. I could have saved a lot of time if I had bought costumes, but who sells a rollie pollie!?! My kids had such creative requests, I just couldn’t turn them down.  Believe it or not, I was very inspired by this tutorial to make the Annie dress for my 4 year old.  I took a pattern-making class during college, and I haven’t done much with pattern making since then.  A lot of what I learned came back to me as I made my own patterns.  I traced my daughter’s dress to form the bodice, sleeves and collar.  Originally I planned on making a step-by-step tutorial, but I got crunched for time and quit taking pictures along the way.  Here’s a few pics to get an idea of how I made the dress.  It was a lot of work, but a great challenge, and I only spent $9 total for both costumes!


The hard part about sewing is that it’s so time-consuming.  I try to involve my kids in the process so I don’t feel like I’m ignoring them, and they also get to learn a little bit.  Here is my 2 year old ripping fabric for the tubes of her rollie pollie costume.  I let my 4 year old help me on the “gas pedal.”  When I say GO, she pushes the pedal and is really good about going slow, fast, and stopping when I tell her to.  When we went out trick-or-treating, we loved telling people that the kids helped make their costumes.
The finished products!  I was really happy with how they turned out, and fit.  They wore their costumes all week long.
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I started a blog. This is a tale of my projects, goals, and dreams. Thank you for taking a moment to stop by. I hope you have a beautiful day.

xoxo, Rach H.