DIY Halloween: Dorothy Costume

I hope everyone had fun with Laura Pifer‘s Carrie Bradshaw costume tutorial. This is the second installment of my DIY Halloween Costume Guest Blogger Series. This next tutorial comes to you all the way from Argentina… Congrats to member Pauli of The Small Pocket Diaries! Your Dorothy costume was well constructed and your directions were easy to follow and simple to do. Thank you so much for the great submission!

Below is Pauli’s tutorial on how to make your own Dorothy costume. Have fun kiddies!

XO Lauren

What you will need for the apron:

  • 70 inches of gingham fabric (light blue and white combination)
  • 4 white buttons
  • White thread and needle
  • Pins

Props (I already owned most or bought them for cheap):

  • Red shoes (flats, stiletto heels, Mary Janes–you name it…the sparklier, the better!)
  • White button down shirt with short sleeves
  • White or light blue ankle socks
  • A small whicker basket (can be used as purse)
  • A stuffed dog
  • 39.4 inches of blue (or red or light blue) satin ribbon as head band

Instructions for the apron:

1. Cut a piece of fabric of 39”x24” for the skirt (take into account I am only 4’9” tall, so maybe you should make the hem allowance a few inches longer). Sew the trim on the bottom of the skirt along the length of the fabric and then sew the two 24” ends together but not all the way up! Stop sewing 6 inches before the end, leaving a gap.


2. Now cut a patch of 8”x13” for the top piece. Sew the hem on all four sides to give it a clean finishing. Then, sew it to the front of the skirt, in the middle part.


3. With the remaining fabric, cut 2 strips of 25 inches long and 2 inches wide, and a third stripe of 51”x 4”. The first two strips are sewed to the front part (after proper hemming on the sides) Add two white buttons at each end on the top piece.


4. The last strip (after proper hemming to the sides and the ends as well) will work as your waist tie. Sew it to the skirt, below the top piece, all the way to the back, leaving around 3 inches unsewn on each end to tie it up. Last but not least, sew the last two buttons onto the waist tie, at the front, aligned with the other two buttons on the top piece.




5. Voila! There you have your Dorothy apron. Wear it over your button down shirt, own those ruby slippers and make sure your Toto doesn’t run away!



Happy Halloween!

XO Pauli of B&P

Will you try Pauli’s Dorothy costume?

Categories: Craft, Halloween, Member Spotlight
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  • oliviaa lenox

    Haha, I like it!!!

  • Amanda Kretchmer

    Very cute!

  • Katherine Forester


  • Renos Fy

    I like

  • Renos Fy
  • Bianca Brant

    Hey Lauren, so, my best friend’s birthday is this Thursday and we “”grew up”” watching The Hills, and we wanted our lifes to be like in The Hills haha. Well, we’re from Brazil and I wanted to get her your book L.A. Candy in portuguese, but she already has it, so if you could just wish her happy birthday, we’d be really happy(seriously, REALLY happy). Her twitter is @mandy_maga :) Thank you so, so much Lauren. I love you <3

    P.S.: that’s an adorable costume, haha

  • Mariella

    congratulations to my fellow Argentina. Very good work!

  • Monica Cunha

    I like it! It is very sweet!

  • Danielle Gray

    I love it! 😀

  • Rachel Civ

    Oh what a cute idea!! I think I’ve found my Halloween costume! 😀 Thank you SO much Pauli! And Lauren, of course! xoxo

  • livlab14

    Thats so cute!

  • tinamarie

    awww, adorable. (:

  • Catie Bell

    so cute! :)

  • Melissa Panici

    This is adorable! Congrats!!

  • Kayla Brennan

    adorable! :)

  • Monica Castillo

    I was Dorothy in high school, but my mom bought a pattern and made it perfectly :)

  • Ashley Kehoe

    Love that costume! I am suppose to be the queen of hearts from alice n wonderland and I am not sure how to make it super cute!! Any ideas?

  • Kimmy S

    So cute! Nice job Pauli! I might try this out this year!

  • Miriam


  • Laurie-Estelle Miquel

    So cute !!

  • Isa Reynoso

    This is too cute for words! It’s so timely too that my younger sister’s about to attend a costume party with her high school friends :) I suggested to her that she should dress up as Dorothy and this blog post really shared easy ways to come up with a Dorothy Costume :) Coool! :)

  • tina john

    Hi there, it is a nice post indeed but could not understand the whole post and i will go through it when ever ill get time. development services

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