Angelphie
 


Costume :Crumbelina Di Caramello
Source :Wreck-it-Ralph
Progress :Complete
Worn At :AyaCon 2013


Costume Photos

Crumbelina

Wrecking the kart!

Bullying Vanellope

Crumbelina

Sugar Rush

The squashiest of hats and some cinnamon buns

Jacket & Top

Crumbelina

 


Costume Information

General
Cost : £50 or so

Description
Love Disney, loved Wreck-it Ralph, decided a Sugar Rush group was necessary and we managed to gather a decent number of racers together for AyaCon. I liked several of the character designs but eventually narrowed it down to Crumbelina - the hat and hair buns won me over.

I'm pleased with all the fabrics I found for this - I think using some nicer fabrics made a big difference. I also love how matchy-matchy the outfit is, although it did mean I had to take care when choosing fabrics that they'd be suitable for every part of the costume they needed to be used for. Fabrics used:

Right side of tan suedette - collar, cuffs, waistband and sleeve stripes on jacket
Reverse side of the tan suedette – skirt; hat brim
Brown jersey – leggings; heart and stripes on the hat
Dark brown pvc - chocolate sauce on the leggings, top and hat brim; hat pom-pom; shoecovers; piping on jacket cuffs
Cream polyester twill – top; hat; blobs on the shoes
Gold satin jersey (both sides) – jacket (outer and lining)

I found a nice suedette and made use of both sides of it throughout the costume. I used the darker reverse side for the skirt. After studying it, I decided the pleats radiate outwards from the middle so I put two box pleats at the centre front and back, then knife pleats going opposite directions away from them, meeting at the side seams.

I made a pair of bootcut leggings from brown jersey (the flared legs being my vague attempt at imitating the cartoonishness of the racers' legs/shoes). I looked for cords or ribbons to use for the chocolate sauce on the leggings and also thought about paint, but eventually decided to make my own trim. I chose a dark brown stretch pvc so it’d be a little shiny and would stretch nicely with the leggings. Using a fabric rather than a pre-made trim was also ideal for making the matching parts on the rest of the costume and the fact that pvc doesn't fray ended up being helpful too. I cut long strips (first time using a rotary cutter!) and joined them up, sewed them into tubes and turned them the right way out, then hot glued them in place while I wore the leggings. I also hand stitched them in a few spots to ensure they're completely secure.

I used cream polyester twill for the shirt, which I kept simple since it’s mostly covered by the jacket, so it’s just sleeveless with a zip down the back. I used Bondaweb to apply the squiggly designs, which were again cut from the same pvc used on the leggings. Since pvc doesn't fray there was no need to do anything further to secure them. I like how cartoonish the effect is.

The jacket is wonderfully awful shiny satin jersey. I love it when I get to use ridiculous materials like that! I used the less-shiny side for the exterior and the super-shiny side for the lining. It was cheap and easy to work with, with a helpful bit of stretch to it. I used New Look 6435 as my starting point. The proper, suede-y side of the skirt suedette fabric was used for the cuffs, collar, sleeve stripes and waistband of the jacket. The cuffs were the most difficult part to make and the part I’m least happy with. I decided on pvc piping to trim the scalloped shapes, but it wasn't easy to manipulate the stretchy, sticky pvc and I really should have used smoother cord to stop the texture showing through. Also not pleased that the scallops aren’t that pronounced. I really can't face attempting re-doing them though!

I used more of the pvc for the shoecovers, where it's stretchiness came in handy. They're glued to a pair of black trainers using Shoe Goo with the edges of the soles left showing. The little blobs are buttons covered in the same cream fabric as the shirt, and I found a pair of heart earrings to glue on. They were a bit of hassle - I had to layer them in pva glue to smooth out the surface, but after that a few coats of pink nail polish they turned out well and it was still easier, neater (and more identical) than sculpting my own.

This hat is definitely my favourite part of the costume. I started out with a baseball cap from a £1 shop as a base and to have the support of the visor. I experimented with mock-ups to make a cover about the right size. My pattern is a circle with a rectangle sewn around its circumference which is then gathered at the bottom to fit the baseball cap and hand sewn in place. I made the final thing from the same cream polyester twill as the shirt, and padded it all out with wadding so it’s like having a big squashy cushion on my head! The other fabrics used also all match the fabrics elsewhere on the costume. The heart at the front is Bondawebbed on (the jersey doesn't fray so I didn't bother finishing the edges) and has string sewn around it by hand since my trial attempts at satin stitching were painful. The brown stripes were sewn on by hand, and the pom-pom on the top is a gathered circle of the pvc padded with wadding. I simply drew around the cap's visor to make a cover for it from my suede fabric then also used Bondaweb to apply the squiggles, same as for my top.

I used drawstring hairpieces for the buns; my own hair tucks inside them. I used a length of lighter brown wig fibre to make the spiral shapes and sewed/glued it in place with the aid of lots of hairspray. Definitely not a completely accurate hairstyle, and it's fiddly to get the buns neat and secure in my hair, but it was a cheap and simple method, avoided a wig and the results are marginally less ridiculous-looking than trying to recreate it more precisely.

Comments

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This looks great! I'm in love with the hat and hair buns <3
Can't wait to see your group! <3

by Emzone on Tuesday, 6 August, 2013 - 00:41

Such a cute choice!

by Donna on Tuesday, 6 August, 2013 - 13:17

I wanted to steal your hat. It would've been revenge for you threatening to set mine on fire :P

by madmazda86 on Friday, 30 August, 2013 - 23:03
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Finally seen the film. You look great ^_^

by Sephirayne on Tuesday, 4 February, 2014 - 02:53
 

Journal

HAT & cinnamon buns (Posted 5th August 2013)

This hat is definitely my favourite part of the costume!

I started out with a baseball cap from a £1 shop as a base and to have the support of the visor. I experimented with mock-ups to make a cover about the right size. My pattern is a circle with a rectangle sewn around its circumference which is then gathered at the bottom to fit the baseball cap and hand sewn in place.

I made the final thing from the same cream polyester twill as the shirt, and padded it all out with wadding so it’s like having a big squashy cushion on my head! The other fabrics used also all match the fabrics elsewhere on the costume. The heart at the front is Bondawebbed on (the jersey doesn't fray so I didn't bother finishing the edges) and has cord trim sewn on by hand since my trial attempts at satin stitching were painful! The stripes were sewn on by hand. The pom-pom on the top is a gathered circle of the pvc padded with wadding. I simply drew around the cap's visor to make a cover for it from my suede fabric then also used Bondaweb to apply the squiggles, same as for my top.

I used drawstring hairpieces for the buns, my own hair will be tucked inside them. I used a length of lighter brown wig fibre to make the spiral shapes and sewed it in place with the aid of lots of hairspray. Definitely not a completely accurate hairstyle, and it's fiddly to get the buns neat and secure in my hair, but it was a cheap and simple method, avoided a wig and the results are marginally less ridiculous-looking than trying to recreate it more precisely.

Leggings & Shoes (Posted 5th August 2013)

I initially wanted to buy a couple of pairs of cheap brown leggings (to have one spare for matching fabric for the hat) but wasn’t having any luck finding some, so I resorted to buying some jersey fabric and making my own. This was probably a better idea since it let me make bootcut leggings (my vague attempt at the cartoonishness of the racers' legs/shoes) and obviously I had plenty spare fabric for the hat.

For the chocolate sauce on the leggings I made my own trim from a stretch pvc. I ended up lining the strips, but it was helpful to have chosen a non-fraying fabric so I could have just cut unhemmed lengths instead if I'd decided to, and the lack of fraying was helpful for the pvc used elsewhere on the costume too.

I bought a rotary cutter for this project (which might now be my new favourite sewing tool) and cut the long strips, joining them together. I sewed them into tubes, turned them the right way out (thanks to a length of ribbon sewn inside) and hot glued them in place while I wore the leggings. I then hand stitched them in a few spots to ensure they're completely secure.

I used the same pvc for the shoecovers – an eay job when using a stretchy fabric. They're glued to a pair of black trainers using Shoe Goo with the edges of the soles left showing. The white blobs are buttons covered in the same cream fabric as the shirt and hat, and I found a pair of heart earrings to glue on. They were a bit of hassle - I had to layer them in pva glue to smooth out the surface, but after that a few coats of pink nail polish they turned out well and were still easier, neater (and more identical) than sculpting my own.

Jacket & Top (Posted 5th August 2013)

The jacket is now finished - by far the worst part was the cuffs. I mean “worst” both in the sense that it was the most difficult part to make and the part I’m least happy with! I decided on piping to trim the scalloped shapes, but it wasn't easy to manipulate that dark brown pvc, and I really should have used smoother cord to stop the texture showing through. Also not pleased that the scallops aren’t that pronounced. I really can't face attempting re-doing it though! Otherwise, I love the jacket and the fabrics I ended up with.

The shirt is simple since it’s mostly covered by the jacket, so just sleeveless with a zip down the back. I used Bondaweb to stick on the squiggly designs, which were cut from the same pvc used on the shoes and leggings. Since pvc doesn't fray there was no need to do anything further to secure them. I like how cartoonish the effect is.

Some Progress (Posted 7th June 2013)

Some initial progress showing all the fabrics I’ve bought for the costume so far, the finished skirt and where I’ve got to with the jacket.

I found a nice suedette in a great colour for this costume and am using both sides of it. I used the darker reverse side for the skirt. After studying it, I decided the pleats radiate outwards from the middle so I put two box pleats at the centre front and back, then knife pleats going opposite directions away from them, meeting at the side seams.

The jacket is wonderfully awful shiny satin jersey. I love it when I get to use ridiculous materials like that! I used the less-shiny side for the exterior and the super-shiny side for the lining. It was cheap and easy to work with, with a helpful bit of stretch to it. I used New Look 6435 as my starting point. The proper, suede-y side of the skirt suedette will be used for the cuffs/collar/sleeve stripes and waistband of the jacket, not all of which I’ve made yet.

The other fabrics (and jacket zip) I’ve bought for the costume are pictured too. I’ve got a cream polyester twill for the hat and top, and the dark brown stretch pvc is for the chocolate sauce. I looked for cords or ribbons to use on the leggings and also thought about puff paint, but eventually decided I’ll make my own trim. I chose the pvc so it’d be shiny, wouldn’t fray and would stretch nicely with the leggings. I can also cut out the pieces for the matching parts on the top and hat and it’ll work well for the shoecovers too.

Finally, I plan to buy two pairs of cheap brown leggings to have one to have one spare for matching fabric for the hat.