Wednesday, December 21, 2011

B. toys-inspired Poppitoppy Costume | Sophie's Halloween Costume| little free radical

You know when you go to the store in August and see the Halloween costumes are out "already" - or go in October, and Halloween isn't over, but the Christmas stuff is already out? Yeah. Well, I'm going to do the opposite: It's 4 days away from Christmas, and I've finally found a few minutes to tell you about my daughters Halloween Costume. ;)

So I sorta "missed" Sophie's first Halloween in 2010. My husband thought we NEEDED to go to Washington DC that weekend to the March to Keep Fear Alive/Rally to Restore Sanity. I figured we weren't missing much - Sophie was just 3 months old. And all the infant costume options were pumpkin, cow,   ladybug, butterfly and dog. I thought I'd wait til this year when she could actually enjoy dressing up. 

Of course the question was, what would Sophie want to be?  I really couldn't see her as a pumpkin, she's not the ladybug or butterfly type - plus I couldn't imagine getting her to wear wings... So I watched for several weeks to see what Sophie loved... Then one day as I was watching her play with her B. toys Poppitoppy - one of her favorite toys - I realized it looked like something I could turn into a costume. After all, I sew cloth balls for a living, right? :)

Of course the question was HOW to create a Poppitoppy out of fabric - beyond the balls! So after spending a weekend going store to store at the mall, looking at various halloween costumes to see how they were assembled, I went home to attempt it!

I started with a dress top. I went through my patterns and found my Sophie Tunic from SisBoom and decided to use the back of that bodice & sleeves.

From there, I created a clear vinyl dome - like a large ball!  I attached that to yellow material with piping & coat hangers to give it a nice round shape... and then attached the pink base to that with an orange band filled with elastic, and connected that to a holographic material attached to the bodice! Then, I made a mini-version of my cloth balls and filled it!

Sophie was SO excited to see it done! It was quite heavy for a costume but she did just great running around in it! She knew she was Poppitoppy  and kept carrying her toy around with her. :)

We went trick or treating at 2 malls. of course she only brought home 2 pieces of candy because she was too busy making the balls bounce around by running & showing people her toy Poppitoppy to be bothered by collecting any loot!

But she did end up getting an awesome treat in the long - run when she won Inhabitots Costume Contest!

She was beyond thrilled to open the package from them when it arrived, only to find out she had won her very own Oeuf Ghost with Removable Mask! Plus a $100 gift certificate, but she's more interested in the ghost for now. :)

Of course since it was Halloween, we had to make our OWN treats to share, so why not make Poppitoppy out of candy too??? Because, is it me? or does Poppitoppy also look a lot like those candy eggs you get from the vending machines? add some Sixlets, and you've got mini Poppitoppy candy! :)

So yes, we had to share some of these with Team B. - who thought  our Poppitoppy costume was  UnB.elievable! :)

Stay tuned to our blog to enter another Share-away - this time for your very own Poppitoppy!!!


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