Posts Tagged ‘halloween costume’

Jessie the Cowgirl Shirt


To make Rose’s Jessie the Cowgirl Shirt, I started with a plain white longsleeved shirt with a collar.  Jessie has some yellow paneling on the front and some big cuffs, so I thought it should be pretty easy to mod a thrift store find.  I sketched the shapes for the yellow fabric onto a paper grocery bag, and cut out the material.


I thought I was going to do fringe on her sleeves, (the white fabric above) but it just didn’t look quite right and also had the potential to be a pain in the neck, so I decided to skip it.  I also cut out some interfacing so that the cuffs would stand up a little more and look cartoony.  Then I stitched on some red cord resembling the pattern from her costume in the movie.  I freehanded it, so it isn’t perfect.  And I bought three yards of cord (usually I am a chronic overbuyer, and have two giant bins of fabric from other projects in my basement, which enabled me to only spend the four bucks on the cord to make this shirt) which was only barely enough.  I would have liked to have a little more for the cuffs, but as I usually craft well after the fabric store closes for the night, I didn’t want to break my momentum so just used what I had.


I really like how it turned out.  Then I sewed everything together and attached some giant buttons to complete the look.  I need to find another ring for the back, since she’s a pull toy.  (See the Woody vest post here and here.)

jessie shirt completed


We ordered the hat from the Disney store.  Rose is going to look awesome.  I am so excited for this set of costumes, since we will have Woody, Jessie, Buzz, Sid, The Prospector, Ken & Barbie, Zurg, Mr. Potato Head, a Pizza Planet Alien, and the Pizza Planet Delivery guy.  Should be pretty epic.  Now I just have to work on Rose’s Harry Potter robe for when we visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.  She wants a quiddich robe, even though Hermione never played quiddich and Hermione is her favorite character in the book.  But I made one for Dillon last year, and so I could probably muddle through again.  Should have blogged it better, or at least kept some notes, but I’ll figure it out.

Woody Vest (Continued)


I forgot to show you the best part about the Woody the Cowboy vest I made.  The back!


Woody has the pull-cord on his back, and I wanted to make sure to incorporate that into the costumes.  My aunt had a set of wooden rings (the handles of her old laundry hamper), so I painted it white and just sewed the top of the ring onto the back of the vest.

“There’s a snake in my boot!”

Jessie Jeans


So the kids are doing Woody and Jessie for Halloween, and I’ve been working on the costumes.  To make Jessie the Cowgirl (from Toy Story 2) jeans, I started out with a pair of Rose’s old boot-cut jeans that had a hole in one knee and were getting a little short anyway.  They’d last until November, though, and that is all that matters for this purpose.  I cut a chap-shaped pattern out of an old brown paper bag.


Then I cut out two pieces of the cow-patterned fabric, about 5/8″ wider all around so that I could hem the the fabric before I sewed it to the jeans.   When it came to actually affixing the fabric to the jeans, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do… it was going to be a headache to hand-stitch the piece to the jeans, especially down the sides where it butted up against the jean’s seams.  So I cheated a bit.  I machine-stitched the bottom to the cuff, and then glued the sides of the chaps, and hand stitched the tops.  So it limits the machine washable-ness of the costume, but as Rose probably won’t be wearing this past November anyway, I decided to save myself the pain.  I generally don’t take costume shortcuts, but in this case, I think it turned out alright.

Halloween 2012


This year we are going to do a group costume with another family.  We’ll have 11 people total, and wanted to do a kids’ movie theme, so we are going with Toy Story.

Dillon and Rose decided to be Woody and Jessie, so I started out buy getting some cow-patterned fabric, and making Woody’s vest.  I didn’t bother getting a pattern because vests are pretty easy to throw together.  As I often do, I drew out my shapes on a paper grocery bag and used that to cut the fabric.


I also cut a simple white lining for the vest.  It isn’t necessary but it gives the vest a nice weight.  So I sewed the lining to the vest (right sides together) and clipped the curves.


You have to leave the sides of the back open in order to turn it right side out, which is a little funny but it works.  You bring the front panels back through to get everything the right way again.  (Here is the right side, below.)

Then you just sew the sides together and you are good to go!  I need to find a sheriff’s badge, but it is a decent start!