If you've read my previous post on doing a leather jacket refashion, you'll know that I have started to do blog posts on some of my more interesting sewing adventures.
A few weeks ago I received a request that stated:
costume for city to surf
Nothing heavy but would like to know if you can make a Rainbow Brite costume?
Well, I must say I had to google Rainbow Brite, and the date for the City to Surf. Rainbow Brite sounded kind of familiar, but nothing I could put my finger on. I found numerous images come up of costumes made by others, and, a colourfully clad cartoon character, named Rainbow Brite. This character appeared on Hallmark greeting cards in the 1980's, and even had an animated series made.
For those non Aussies reading this, the City to Surf is the world's largest fun run, held annually in Sydney on the second Sunday in August. It starts in Sydney's CBD, and follows a 14km course ending at Bondi Beach (for those who don't get sidetracked and finish up at a pub along the way that is). My client, Linda was running in the City to Surf to support her charity of choice, Youth Off the Streets. I have always thought it would be fun to enter, but have never quite gotten around to going in it myself. Maybe when my kids are older it might be fun to go in it as a family!
Linda and I looked at quite a few Rainbow Brite images of other costumes and the original cartoon character (not to be confused with the modernised version of Rainbow Brite that Hallmark have introduced). Linda wanted the dress to look as close to the original as possible, so we used a few different images as reference to come up with our design and colours.
The majority of the fabric I used was from my remnants stash. (I end up with a lot of off-cuts when doing day care sheets!) The coloured fabrics are poly cotton, very light weight so Linda wouldn't get too hot on the day, and not so cotton rich that she would end up all wrinkled by the time she got to Bondi Beach.
I won't bore you with too many details of the design though, you be the judge of how we went against the original.
And how cute are these stars? Linda did a great job adding her trademark sparkle to this outfit, and managed to turn a piece of cream felt into this gorgeous gold star at the end of the rainbow!
|Lets not forget the legs!|
|Image Credit: Jon Manez|