This year I wanted to do something that wasn't store bought and would feel more original. I searched online for some ideas, and my favorite was an easy step by step, inexpensive idea from Caitlin Covington of Southern Curls and Pearls. It was cute, girly and fun, and I couldn't wait to make it. Here is the link to her blog post where she explains what you will need, and how to do it.
I did make a few changes of my own. I went to Nordstroms Rack to find the slip she uses as the dress. I didn't like how they fit on me, and felt a little too exposed! Instead, I picked a T-shirt dress from the clearance rack for $20 which went all the way up to the neck finishing with a loose collar, but this made for a more secure base for the whipped cream ruffle.
Instead of using glue, I hand sewed together my felt circles first, creating a bunch of different shapes. All it takes is a couple of slip stitches through the point of the felt where they are joined together. Then I made tiny marks on the dress where they would be attached. Again, instead of using glue, I stitched the felt to the dress. I find glue difficult to use, plus I (MrsLastMinute.Com) had left all this rather late and the glue would not have had enough time to cure! In addition, I sewed the whipped cream to the head band.
I used very strong strips of sticky back velcro to attach the straw to the inside of the whipped cream. I placed the strips on both the straw and the felt. I loved this little brain wave, because it meant I could take the straw on and off making it easy to get in and out of the dress, or if you're driving, or in some other difficult predicament!
Lastly, I laminated the Starbucks logo at the Kinkos store so that it wouldn't bend or get trashed. This also gives it a nice polished finish.
I already had these Baublebar earings and they happened to match the dress perfectly, plus they made very good droplets of Frappuccino! Overall, I would say I had the most fun with this costume. So much so, I not only wore it to the Halloween party we went to on Sunday evening, but also all the next day - Halloween day itself. Lots of people stopped and asked if they could take their photo with me, I had an absolute blast!
Karen Serino is a life and style blogger, sharing fashion, fitness and fun for youthful women in their forties, fifties and beyond.
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