Have you met Rainbow Dash?
Bunny is completely obsessed with Rainbow Dash – she loves pretending to be Dash, she loves recreating scenes from the My Little Pony Friendship is Magic series with her figurines, she thinks Rainbow Dash is the best friend ever and sleeps under her bed. So of course i’d been contemplating making her a costume to add to her dress up box, and help with her pretend play. Girls NEED dress ups!
Then a few weeks ago one of Bunny’s sweet friends from school invited her to a super hero birthday party – i asked Bunny who she’d like to be – and of course, she answered Rainbow Dash. I was a little skeptical as to whether Rainbow Dash fit the criteria of a super hero – but after Bunny explained that she performed all the necessary superhero functions (ability to fly, saving friends, general awesomeness etc), i realised this was the perfect opportunity to make her a Rainbow Dash outfit.
This costume took hours. I wouldn’t do this for anyone other than my little darlings – because seriously, wow. so much work!
It’s made of a few components: hoodie sweater with mane and ears, wings with shoulder straps, tail belt and leggings with cutiemark. I wanted to photograph them all lying flat so you can see each piece, but between the washing pile, dress up box and what Bunny is currently wearing – it’s time to admit that’s just never going to happen! i should have done it the second i was finished sewing hehehe
I would love to claim that this idea was totally original – but it’s not – its an adaptation of both of these gorgeous costumes by Craftiness is Not Optional and Sugar Tart Crafts. I’m incredibly grateful that these girls had already fleshed out the idea and i didn’t have to come up with it all from scratch! But of course, i made a few changes to fit our life a bit better. Fleece isn’t really a great idea in Perth, i mean i can only imagine it would get worn once on our coldest day maybe? So i went for tshirt fabric for the hoodie and leggings – figuring that leggings are a wardrobe staple in this house, and the sweatershirt sleeves could easily be cut to be a tshirt with hood for summer, thereby lengthening the months of the year she can play with it. I wanted the wings and tail to be removable for easy play and storage.
The wings are created with some sheet plastic that i covered with the same jersey, and they have shoulder straps so she can pretty much wear them with anything and everything (which she does). I’m very aware of how rough my kids play, so i made sure that the wings could fold in half easily for being shoved into the dress up box and possibly stomped on. The tail is attached to an elastic belt that is covered with the same jersey – i used super wide 2″ elastic so it would sit flat and also be strong enough to hold the epic weight of the tail.
For the hair – i differed again. I like things that wash easily, kids get dirty, especially in Australia – we’re in the dirt almost every day (ha!). So i knew wool was a bad idea, and again fleece didn’t make sense since the rest of outfit was jersey – so i used strips of jersey in rainbow colours! I really like it because the jersey curls up over time and looks more strand like, and the entire outfit is now completely machine washable yay!!
By this point, i was feeling pretty tired, so the cutiemark is simply printed on iron on transfer. Done and dusted. All the fabric i used is from Knitwit and the plastic sheet i used for the wings was from Spotlight.
The hoodie and leggings are the stock standard patterns i drafted for Bunny last year, and they still work perfectly. Here are the original posts about the patterns: hoodie & leggings. Now that she has grown they fit a little tighter, which was perfect for this costume, but i think it’s time to grade them up a size for normal wardrobe pieces.
But i think the best part is how much Bunny loves it. She sat by me for so much of the construction, and was just desperate to wear it! She’s been practically living in it since – and i’m just so completely thrilled to see her enjoying it so much. All the work is 100% worth it for that happy little smile!
She’s off to perfect her Sonic-Rainboom…