Ivy decided she needed to be Rainbow Dash from My Little Pony back in the summer when the boys first started discussing costumes. I didn’t even realize she remembered what Halloween was, or what a costume was, but she jumped right into the conversation and announced her pony plans. Ever since, whenever I would go down to sew, she’d ask if I was making her Rainbow Dash costume. It took a couple of months to finally get to it, but it’s done. And it’s adorable.
I used the tutorial from Sugar Tart Craft’s Pony Sew Along as inspiration, and her patterns for the ears and wings, specifically. The fabric is cuddle fleece from Jo-Ann stores. I love the texture of cuddle fleece, hate to sew with it. So very, very messy and all but impossible to find and remove errant stitching. It’s also more bulky than regular fleece, so Ivy’s Rainbow Dash ears aren’t as perfect as those at Sugar Tart Crafts. Still cute, though. And I sewed them directly to the hood, rather than make them removable clips. I also lined the hood, using a My Little Pony knit remnant I had.
For the jacket, I used an Ottobre pattern from 1/2006 issue, number 8. The pattern worked great, but it’s a bit small. If I had looked at the sample pictures in the magazine first, I would have known the hoodie was short, and would have lengthened it a bit. But I didn’t look, and I didn’t lengthen. I added front pockets, because it seemed the right thing to do. And then they ended up just a tiny bit off and drive me crazy. But I’m not about to go pick the stitching out of that ^#*@* cuddle fleece, so they’re just going to have to be uneven. I chose the Otto pattern because liked the ribbed hem and cuffs on the pattern. And I really liked that the hood was three pieces, with a wide center piece. Because of the design of the hood, I was able to do two lines of “hair” down the seam lines on either side of the center piece, making the mane nice and thick.
I also pieced the center pattern piece in rainbow colors, though it’s hard to see in the pictures since it follows the same pattern as the fleece strips of the mane. The pattern for the wings from Sugar Tart Crafts was perfect, though I chose to sew the wings directly to the jacket. I also skipped the batting recommended, and tacked the wings down at the shoulders instead, so they don’t flap too much. The wings are Ivy’s favorite part. She refused to even try on the jacket until I had attached wings. And when I finally got the wings on and showed her, she gasped and jumped up and down. Yay wings!
You can see, below the dimensional wings, where I stitched the wing pattern directly onto the jacket back, thinking that would be fun. Then decided it looked dumb, but gave up on picking out the stitching after about 20 seconds. Stinkin’ cuddle fleece.
For the pants, I just traced a pair of PJ pants Ivy has. I made them way too long. And then I hemmed them and ended up making them too short. Whatever. They work.
My very favorite part is the cutie mark on the leg. I traced out Rainbow Dash’s cutie mark onto a rectangle of white felt, then set my sewing machine to a satin stitch and got to work. It went surprisingly fast and I was thrilled with the results. After getting the design all stitched in, I just cut the excess felt off and stitched it onto the pant leg. My eight year old told me it “looks like you bought it at the store or something. Like, the Cutie Mark Store.” Not bad for a regular ol’ sewing machine, huh?!