DIY: Little Red Riding Hood Costume/Cloak 2T-4T4:48 PM
I want to teach you all how I made my 2 year old daughter this red velvet cloak with just one yard of fabric. It was so amazingly easy to make and it turned out way better than I could have hoped or dreamed.
First, meet Clara, aka Red. She is my very sassy two year old. I totally had to bribe her with sweets to get her to dress up and smile. I also had an insanely good workout chasing after this girl today while trying to snap a few shots... I was literally jogging for about 20 minutes straight. No joke.
First, I would like to give credit where it is due.
Clara's dress is loosely based on this tutorial I found on Simple Simon and Co. I must give props to Simple Simon and Co. for the inspiration.
Her petticoat was something that I just threw together with some tulle, elastic and white costume fabric. I may do a tutorial on this in the days to come if anyone is interested.
But, I think that this Little Red's cape is where it's at.
Ok, here is what you need.
One yard of red velvet
Matching red thread
Some sort of Clasp (You could also use ribbon)
A white lining for the hood (measurements in post)
1. First, open your folded yard of red velvet fabric.
2. Measure your fabric to your subject. I got Clara to hold still for two seconds and measured the fabric to her shoulders, seeing where I wanted it to hit (mid calf). The excess fabric at the top will be used for the hood.
3. As pictured below, cut on the dotted line.
You will have two rectangles. One will be for the hood, while the other will be for the cape. Place your cape fabric to the side.
Let's focus on your Hood Fabric.
3. For a size 2T-4T here are the measurements for the hood.
FYI, my Clara has had a head measuring in the 98% since the day she was born. This may help you decide if you child needs less or more hood fabric.
Cut that rectangle out.
5. Sew these two pieces right sides together. Make sure NOT to sew the bottom. Follow the image below.
6. This is the tricky part. You can do it. Now that you have three sides sewn, turn the fabric right sides out, meaning now you can see the right sides and the wrong sides are hidden. Press seams with an iron. Now, simply fold your fabric hood in half hamburger style. The white lining should be on the outside. I promise is going to work. Now sew ONLY the TOP. This will be the top of your hood. Look at the image below for further clarification.
7. OK, now fold your hood right side out. Does it look like a hood? You got it!
See the seam below. That is the seam that you have just sewn. Just imagine it isn't attached to the cape yet.
8. Next, take your cape fabric and hem along the edges shown below. It really helps to iron these hems before sewing.
9. Almost done! Just sew a basting stitch at the top of that cape. Now you can gather your fabric and attach it to the hood that you have already made. Let's revisit the last picture that I just showed you to explain this a bit better.
I used a zig zag stitch to attach the hood. This will help prevent fraying. Last but not least, sew on your clasp or ribbons so that the cloak will stay put.