Riley wanted to be Isabella Shapiro Garcia from Phineas and Ferb for Halloween. I thought that the normal outfit for Isabella was going to make her difficult to figure out. Pink jumper, pink bow...so we made a deal. She would be Isabella as the Fireside Girls Leader.
I don't know how I managed to make everything without a pattern but I survived with little damage. So many people knew who she was...well at Disneyland of course for the Halloween Trick or Treat party. One group even said she looked just like her...face and all.
I spent hours at Joann's matching my photos of the Fireside Girl costume from Disneyland and actual printouts from the cartoon. Matching colors with the thought also on the weight of the fabrics so she wouldn't be cold at night. I did find that the costumes they have for the show in the California Adventure park were way off from the actual colors. But it did help a bit to see texture.
You can't see really her sash with the badges behind her Fireside Girls book I made with actual felt pages which were finished off with a serger. I used inkjet canvas to print the logo. The first page has the Fireside Girl song printed on the fabric as well.
I thought that the costume for sure needed to have something to show Phineas and Ferb. We headed to the Disney store and bought the characters. Funny story...the Easter Bunny brought the basket two years ago. It had a fabric insert. When we removed it, it had a sticker on the inside that said it was a Target item and made in China. Riley, in awe, says, "the Easter Bunny shops at Target too!" Well I guess he sure does. So I used the original insert to create the pattern. You can't see it so well but underneath Perry, there is a little yellow text. The front side says "Isabella" and the backside says "Fireside Girl." That of course all courtesy of my sister-in-law. To keep the characters up peeking over the side of the basket, I stitched in a pocket to hold them.
Anyhow, Phineas and Ferb were the last characters we saw that night. We were so excited! Mostly at the party, you will see the villains. They were hidden in the Innovations theater. And we only got a posed photo of Perry before taking off to bring out Phineas and Ferb 45 minutes before the park closed.
The shoes were about a year a half old. How they fit...who knows! They were canvas with a big bow on them and grey. I first used a red dye but it was more a tulip color than a warm red. I decided to use food coloring and sponge it on. Still...not quite there. Even with Riley telling me it was going to be nighttime and dark...I proceeded to fixate. I mixed acrylic paint, water and acrylic fabric medium to come to an exact red! When she took off her shoes that night, she had a blister and I thought it bled all over her foot. Nope it was dye that came right off with a bit of lotion.
We came home with over 20 pounds of candy collected by Riley. The night, obviously, a success.