You may not know this, but I absolutely LOVE to dress up in costumes. I love it so much, I’ll find a way to dress up for any theme to any event… even when the event doesn’t have a theme. In the past, I had help from amazing fashion designer friends to create my awesome costumes (see my TARDIS and Max, from 2 Broke Girls), but recently, I found myself forced to make my own costume all by myself.
When I decided I wanted to be Vanellope from Wreck It Ralph, I knew that the costume wasn’t too hard and might not involve any sewing if I could find all the right pieces. I searched all over the Google and pinned many inspirations and tutorials (my cosplay pinterest board can be viewed here).
There were 2 main parts to this cosplay: the “candy” hair pieces and the clothing.
We all have those single earrings lying around, because we either lost or broke one of the pair. Feeling inspired, I used one that happened to be 3 stars and candy colored them with nail polish.
I also had some old Hello Kitty charms (I actually don’t know where these charms came from) that looked like candy. Lastly, I dug around my stash of broken jewelry and found other candy like objects. Using a hot glue gun, I attached the “candy” to bobby pins.
I went to Target, Kohls, Sears, JC Pennys, etc for:
1) a teal/mint sweatshirt that had both a hood and a pocket – I ended up finding a sweatshirt that I liked, but it had no hood (this is important for later)
2) a pair of white leggings,
3) a brown (ish in my case) skirt.
I also hit the local dollar store for pink laces, painters’ tape, and paint brushes. My last stop was a Michaels Craft store for teal clothing dye and purple fabric markers.
I originally intended on taping down the leggings and using spray dye (but my local Michaels was out of teal) or painting on the dye with a brush. When I got to the taping part, my tape wouldn’t stay put on the fabric. So I opted for the Tie-Dye route and used rubber bands.
The important thing about Vanellope’s leggings are that one leg has three white diagonal stripes, and the other has two thicker chunks with a purple stripe in the middle of the white stripe.
The dye was very teal and I didn’t want such a dark color, so I dipped my fabric in a few times and then rinsed and hung to dry. I also dyed a t-shirt that I had lying around because, well, I had a lot of dye and didn’t want to waist it. I mean, who couldn’t use a nice teal/sea-foam t-shirt, right?
After the dye had dried, I drew on the purple stripes using fabric markers.
Then I looked at my beautiful costume and decided that a hood was necessary. Luckily, I’d dyed that t-shirt! I watched a hood making tutorial video and, using the t-shirt, I added the hood to my sweatshirt.
Since my hood was a t-shirt, I used the hem to string the pink lace through before finally sewing on the pink “pocket stitches.”
And that’s it! I hope this was helpful 🙂