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Strawberry Shortcake Costume

November 2, 2011

A few weeks ago I was sorting through all of Creamies clothes and pulling out the ones that were too small when I came across this little red vintage dress in her closet.  And as soon as I saw it I decided she would be Strawberry Shortcake for Halloween.  And not the new updated Strawberry Shortcake.  The one that I grew up with.  I looked online and found a Michael Miller strawberry print (Blossom Berries) for her hat and everything else just kind of fell into place.

smiley shortcake

holding her bag

I made her apron, bloomers and hat and then on Monday afternoon decided she needed a matching candy sack too.  I finished up her bag about 4:00 and then hurried to take pictures before we went trick or treating.  Unfortunately I forgot to put the little polka dots on her face until I was nearly finished.  Bummer.

pucker up

Strawberry Shortcake

little legs

I tried painting a pair of white tights with green stripes and it was a total failure.  I ordered these stripey tights on Thursday and was beyond ecstatic when they arrived on Monday afternoon.  Yay for $6 expedited shipping! (Of course, that made her tights about $12, more than everything else combined!)

great huge pumpkin


I had to fix her hat one more time before we went trick or treating.  I made this hat about 4 times before I got it to look and fit right.  And after we were done taking pictures I pinned an elastic headband to the inside which kept it on much better.  I sewed one of my bath loofah’s to the inside to keep it all puffy.  And if I hadn’t had to make it four times I would have had time to make a little strawberry pincushion for the very top.

eating a sucker

Last year on Halloween it was rainy and cold and just plain awful weather.  This year it was 70 degrees and perfect.  Creamie loved trick or treating, and her bag got so heavy she wouldn’t carry it anymore.   But the only thing she wanted to eat was one dumdum sucker.  Then she told me she’d had enough and she would save the rest for tomorrow.  I don’t know where she comes from sometimes.

Strawberry Shortcake back


I can’t wait to figure out what she is going to be next year!  And maybe I’ll actually make myself a costume for next year too.  I better start in January, or it might not happen. Ha!

34 Comments leave one →
  1. Linsey permalink
    November 2, 2011 11:16 am

    that is the cutest thing EVER!!!!! you are amazing!

  2. November 2, 2011 11:17 am

    what a lovely strawberry you have for a daughter! 🙂

  3. November 2, 2011 11:19 am



  4. November 2, 2011 11:25 am

    I love it! She’s adorable, and looks perfect. And, I love the improvising–a loofah sewn into a hat is just plain awesome. Love. 🙂

  5. November 2, 2011 1:06 pm

    You outdid yourself! Amazing!!!

  6. November 2, 2011 1:43 pm

    So cute and I don’t even know who the Strawberry Shortcake character is!

  7. Shelagh permalink
    November 2, 2011 5:19 pm

    I haven’t commented before, but i just have to say, that costume is adorable. And old Strawberry Shortcake is definitely the way to go. 🙂

  8. Kristin permalink
    November 2, 2011 6:40 pm

    OMG, so I am the girl a few weeks ago that posted the skeleton keys on pinterest and said I think you’re my weird crafting soul friend. I had to respond to this post, because my mom made an almost identical costume for me when I was about your daughter’s age…I tried to upload a pic for you to see. So funny!

  9. November 2, 2011 8:12 pm

    Oh for heaven’s sake, you have the adorablest daughter and you’re so darn clever!!!! This costume takes the (Strawberry Short) cake!!!

  10. November 2, 2011 10:14 pm


    Oh, my heck! That costume is super adorable! I love it! If you ever get tired of Creamie, I’ll take her off your hands.

    xo -E

  11. November 3, 2011 7:51 am

    Oh my goodenss, that little lady of yours is absolutely adorable! What a beautiful costume!
    Any chance you might sell or share the pattern for the apron, bloomers, and hat (pretty pleeaaase)?

    • November 3, 2011 8:02 am

      I am putting together a tutorial, but it probably won’t be posted until next year. But yes, free pattern. 🙂

  12. lacey permalink
    November 3, 2011 10:16 am

    so so cute! i love that you went with vintage strawberry shortcake, she is much cuter!

  13. carla harper permalink
    November 5, 2011 6:41 am

    Love your posts, all of them…. wonderful!
    A pink kindred spirit, for sure~!

  14. November 6, 2011 10:31 pm

    stop. being. amazing!!!!

  15. November 21, 2011 6:12 pm

    There’s a new strawberry shortcake? Oh god, they are re-doing everything from my childhood! This is completely adorable, great job!

  16. kimberly permalink
    December 17, 2011 8:24 pm

    Where did you order the leggings from? I’m hunting some for my daughter.

    • December 18, 2011 12:44 am

      I found my striped tights on amazon. If you cant find the there has them as well, and in a lot more colors. I think they also have footless tights, but I don’t remember. Hers are full tights, not leggings. Hope that helps!

  17. Sarah permalink
    January 23, 2012 4:02 pm

    where did you find the tights??? I need to buy a pair!!! Unless you want to sell me yours and they are 5T?! LOL

    • Sarah permalink
      January 23, 2012 4:03 pm

      ok nm… I guess i didn’t read all the posts… thanks!

  18. Kristen permalink
    May 3, 2012 4:37 pm

    Wanna sell it????? I’ll take it!!!

    • May 3, 2012 5:30 pm

      Haha, nope. This one is staying in my costume box. My daughter still uses it to dress up all the time 😉


  19. September 7, 2012 8:33 pm

    This costume is wonderful! I’m planning to dress up my 2-year old daughter as Strawberry Shortcake this year for Halloween as her favorite word at the moment is “aardbei” (Dutch for strawberry). I read in an earlier comment that you were going to post the costume pattern. Are you still planning on doing so? Thanks for posting these nice pictures.

  20. Debbie permalink
    September 11, 2012 2:13 pm

    Love this costume! I would love to see you post the pattern as well.

  21. Katelyn Klein permalink
    September 16, 2012 9:04 am

    I love this costume, it is exactly what I wanted to make for my daughter this Halloween (oct 2012). Did you end up posting the tutorial for it? I have searched high and low for a pattern and can’t get my hands on one. Thank you!

    • September 16, 2012 10:27 am

      I didn’t end up doing a pattern or a tutorial. And I am not going to get to it this year either. But basically this costume is a red long sleeved dress, mine was a vintage dress from a thrift store, but any 80’s style dress pattern would work. And then a simple apron with ric rac and a few green patches on the skirt. I used the bloomers from a baby pattern I already had and just made them a teeny bit longer to fit my 3 year old. And the hat is basically a chef hat style pattern, I’m sure you can find a similar pattern online. Then just add a little ruffle around the bottom. The strawberry fabric is called Blossom Berries from Michael Miller, and I ordered her green striped tights on Amazon. Good luck with your costumes!


  22. November 8, 2012 5:29 pm

    Did you know this is what Scarlet was going to be? But then we had some bad stuff happen in our family, and I gave up, and it rained on Halloween anyway, so I was switching it for next year! But I have the green & white stripey tight material all ready to go!

    This is awesome! So great! 🙂

  23. Shontae permalink
    January 21, 2014 4:38 am

    Hi would you consider making a hat and bag like that. For sale?

  24. Jenna Miller permalink
    September 7, 2014 7:36 am

    Please tell me you can make one for my daughter! OMG it’s perfect and your daughter is simply adorable. I can’t find anything remotely similar to this. Are you selling or making these?


  25. Jerica Ward permalink
    September 25, 2015 12:13 pm

    I want this SOOOOO bad. My granny always made homemade costumes for my brother and I – she’s gone now but I still want my kids to experience that. Plus I want matching costumes. I have the cutest little strawberry costume for my 9 month old and Strawberry Shortcake would be adorable. So cute. Thanks for the inspiration.

  26. judith permalink
    May 11, 2016 9:07 am

    I’m asking by chance,if you made a pattern for the hat?My twin daughters were raised with Strawberry Shortcake and they still love her today.So anyway my one twin daughter has twin girls of her own and she is giving them a Strawberry Birthday Party in October,they will be 2. Judith

  27. October 4, 2016 7:09 pm

    I would like to buy this. My email address is

  28. Katrina Mattingly permalink
    January 29, 2018 2:57 pm

    You are amazing and your daughter is sooo adorable 🍓
    Oh please make me this outfit for my daughter! I don’t know where I got a redhead daughter after 3 boys with far from red hair but I’m so excited because I love strawberry shortcake!
    If you’re will to to it, I’d really buy it ❤️❤️❤️


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