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Seven Dwarf Costumes

Seven Dwarf Costumes – Part Three

DIY Seven Dwarf Costumes | Life by Ky Blog

Tunics and Hats! (see also: belts and shoes)

Also, a fun word that I learned in the process of making these: armscye aka the armhole, refers to the opening to which the sleeve is sewn. Who knew!? (well, probably a lot of people… but not me!)

So here’s my makeshift pattern (not to scale) and process. Each tunic used approximately 3 yards of fabric; some a little more some a little less depending on the size. For Dopey’s tunic, it ended up taking a full 5 yards of fabric. I used solid flannel for 5 of the tunics and broadcloth for the other 2.

Seven Dwarf Tunic Pattern | Life by Ky Blog

STEP ONE: GET MEASUREMENTS

Here are the measurements I took from each individual for the tunics:

  • Length from neck to knee (or however long they wanted the tunic)
  • Shoulder width
  • Arm length (shoulder to wrist)
  • Abdominal circumference (I used this both for the belt and the tunic)

STEP TWO: MAKE PATTERN AND CUT FABRIC

Note: I only ended up needed to make one pattern to go along with the smallest measurements… from there, I cut the paper in half and used the same pattern but adjusted to meet the size of each person’s tunic. I cut the back piece first, then used it as a pattern for the front, adding a few inches to each front piece (I’m sure there would’ve been an easier way to do this if I had cut on a fold… but this is what I did) :)

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STEP THREE: PUT PIECES TOGETHER AND SEW BOTH SHOULDER SEAMS

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STEP FOUR: CUT AND ATTACH SLEEVES

I measured and cut the sleeves right from each tunic, then used this tutorial to assist with attaching them to each armscye.

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STEP FIVE: SEW AND HEM

I first sewed one long seam along the arm and down the side of the tunic, then turned it right-side out and hemmed each raw edge (fold, press, fold, press, sew) to make it look more finished.

STEP SIX: HIDDEN BUTTONS!

Lastly, I wanted big, fun buttons but didn’t want to buy big, fun buttons. So I printed big buttons onto iron-on transfer paper, transferred each to the same fabric as the tunic and cut around each button. From there, I made hidden buttons by sewing the buttonhole — then sewing the fake button over the buttonhole — then sewing regular, smaller buttons on the other side of the tunic. Because of the fun nature of these costumes, I think it worked out perfectly.

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The hats were pretty simple. I used old t-shirts for most of them. I basically just cut two pieces of fabric in this approximate shape, sewed the edges and hemmed the bottom:

Seven Dwarf Hat Pattern | Life by Ky Blog

For Dopey’s neckline, I made a detached piece in case it got too hot (since his whole costume was very over-sized). It was basically just a small infinity scarf – actually, that was my inspiration to make my own infinity scarf – I tried on Dopey’s neckline and almost kept it for myself! :)

Here are the finished products (and my last post has the whole gang together):

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BASHFUL Costume | Life by Ky Blog DOPEY Costume | Life by Ky Blog GRUMPY Costume | Life by Ky Blog HAPPY Costume | Life by Ky Blog SLEEPY Costume | Life by Ky Blog SNEEZY Costume | Life by Ky Blog

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  10. Thank you for posting, I am using your example of a hat pattern for a 7 dwarfs routine at a recital, Imagine 2015, put on by In Motion Training Center.
    I do costumes for individuals and studios. My shirts are going to be wider at the bottom for stuffing on some of them, and their names will be appliqued on the back of the shirt with a bling material :)

    Thank you so much for sharing and inspiring!

    HotMess Dance Apparel
    info@hotmessdanceapparel.com

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  11. We finally had our photo session for our annual recital, which will be held on July 18, 2015! I wanted to send you a link to the final product. Our performers did a great job of “getting in character.” I love the wide range of colors for this project. Here are our performers in character: https://www.facebook.com/HotMessDanceApparel/photos/a.162810250535287.38115.162087427274236/488580957958213/?type=1&theater

    Unfortunately, I did not get a photo of the costume back where the appliqued names are. However, that can be seen from my fB account.

    Thank you for the inspiration!
    HotMess Dance Apparel
    info@hotmessdanceapparel.com

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    • Those turned out sooo good! I love the colors and the names on the back! Thanks so much for sharing… do you mind if I share your photo on here?

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      • Be my guest! Share away. :)

        Thanks,
        Lona Smith
        HotMess Dance Apparel
        Owner & Creative Designer
        Serving the Inland Empire in Southern California

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