Thursday, October 6, 2011

Rollie Pollie and Orphan Annie Halloween Costumes

We had a Rollie Pollie and Orphan Annie for Halloween. I could have saved a lot of time if I had bought costumes, but who sells a rollie pollie!?! My kids had such creative requests, I just couldn't turn them down.  Believe it or not, I was very inspired by this tutorial to make the Annie dress for my 4 year old.  I took a pattern-making class during college, and I haven't done much with pattern making since then.  A lot of what I learned came back to me as I made my own patterns.  I traced my daughter's dress to form the bodice, sleeves and collar.  Originally I planned on making a step-by-step tutorial, but I got crunched for time and quit taking pictures along the way.  Here's a few pics to get an idea of how I made the dress.  It was a lot of work, but a great challenge, and I only spent $9 total for both costumes!


The hard part about sewing is that it's so time-consuming.  I try to involve my kids in the process so I don't feel like I'm ignoring them, and they also get to learn a little bit.  Here is my 2 year old ripping fabric for the tubes of her rollie pollie costume.  I let my 4 year old help me on the "gas pedal."  When I say GO, she pushes the pedal and is really good about going slow, fast, and stopping when I tell her to.  When we went out trick-or-treating, we loved telling people that the kids helped make their costumes.

The finished products!  I was really happy with how they turned out, and fit.  They wore their costumes all week long.


  1. love their costumes, such talent you have! Love that you had them help you, good mommy!

  2. found you at I heart Nap Time! Your new blog design is SO cute! :) Love it!

    ... newest follower! xo

    ps- i got married in the winter in the SLC temple too! :)


  3. Umm ridiculously adorable!!! Well done momma!

  4. I'm loving your new blog design!! Super cute costumes too!

  5. how cute love them both come see me at

  6. Oh my word! This is so cute! They look so sweet together. Great job on this.

    Have you linked up with Creative Me Monday yet? It's open through Saturday... I'd love to have you! Here's the link:

    See you there!

  7. That is so cute! Annie was my favorite movie growing up. My dad says I played it so much I burned out the laser disc in the movie.

  8. Loved Annie so much as a kid... great costumes!

  9. Such great costumes! And it is also the best way to recycle old clothing. Thanks for sharing this idea!

  10. Omg!!! So cute! My son wants to be a Rollie pollie and have been looking everywhere for an idea on how to begin to make his costume. He loves bugs and this would make his day!

    Thanks for posting pics.


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