How to Make a Child From Whoville Costume

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How to Make a Child From Whoville Costume
Make Seussical costumes from regular clothes and trim. (kleiderständer image by Yvonne Bogdanski from

A child's Whoville costume can be used as a part in a Seussical performance or for Halloween fun. It will not take major seamstress skills to pull the costume together; basic hand-sewing experience will help you make a great costume. Keep in mind that a Whoville costume works best in a group of Whoville or Seussical costumes in a play or a theme costume party.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Dress for girls
  • Shorts or overall for boys
  • Rick-rack or sequin trim
  • Aluminium or copper wire
  • Needle and Thread
  • Scissors
  • Striped Socks
  • Red Trainers
  • Bright accessories

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    Search the closet and thrift store for bright coloured clothes. Choose a simple dress and matching shorts to wear underneath for a girl. Choose a striped shirt and a pair of shorts or overalls for a boy. Colours that will work well are yellow, green, and red. Purchase all clothes in one main colour if you are making costumes for group.

    How to Make a Child From Whoville Costume
    Start with a simple dress or outfit for the Whoville Child costume. (ROBE image by lillo from
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    Alter the clothing. Cut a slit in the hem of the girls' dresses and thread a soft copper or aluminium wire all the way around the hem. Twist the ends together to secure it. This will make the hem of the dress more cartoon-like, as you can shape it into a circle. Sew rickrack or sequins to the hem of the dress and onto the hems and collars of the children's clothing.

    How to Make a Child From Whoville Costume
    Sequin or rickrack trim will turn a dress or shorts into a costume. (sequins image by Alison Bowden from
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    Add bright accessories. Purchase striped leggings or knee socks. Find red ribbons for a girl's hair and red suspenders for the boy. Boys can also wear striped hats or red beanie caps. Add brightly coloured striped gloves and red trainers.

    How to Make a Child From Whoville Costume
    Stripe socks will make the costume fun. (dreams image by anna karwowska from
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    Create exaggerated hairstyles. Add a little spray hair colour for boys. Make ponytails with pipe cleaners threaded through the braids for girls, so you can make fun shapes with them. Add big red bows and ribbons to the hair.

Tips and warnings

  • Do not get over elaborate with the costumes. They just need to be brighter bolder versions of what a normal child would wear.

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