Step 1: Gather the Materials
Realizing that Liberty’s costume required a lot of draping, Lena raided her closet as well as her husband’s looking for old clothing in adult sizes that would drape naturally on Maya as a base to work with. She used a plain white T-shirt from her husband’s closet, due to the large arm openings and open neckline. She also used an old cream-colored skirt and a light blue blouse for the added draping and details. The articles of clothing were all destined for Goodwill, so they were perfect for creating the green Halloween costume.
Step 2: Hand-dye the Fabric
Lena hand-dyed the T-shirt, skirt, and blouse to a unified color using non-toxic teal-colored dye, leftover from a previous project. Inexpensive fabric dye can be purchased at any local craft store in an array of colors. To dye it, she put everything in a large pot, added the dye and water and stirred. After achieving the desired color, she hand washed the clothing and put them in the dryer to dry.
Step 3: Construct the Dress
With daddy’s T-shirt as the base, Lena used the waist tie from the skirt to first gather the sleeves on both sides at the shoulder. Next, she cut the waist tie in half for each side and fed it through the neck hole, then arm hole, and tied a knot at each shoulder. This simple step already gave the desired bunchy look at the shoulder just like Liberty’s dress. Then, she cut off the wavy trim off from the blouse and sewed it onto each side of the T-shirt arm opening for added frills. She cut off the lining from the skirt and added it to the end of the T-shirt for added length and detail. Since the lining was more lightweight then the rest of the fabric, it dyed to a darker richer color, which made it perfect for added flair. For the sash-like draping around Liberty’s dress, wrapped the whole skirt around the whole T-shirt, gathering it at one shoulder. She sewed it down in the front, then in the back at the same shoulder to complete the dress.
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