My extremely creative 13-year-old daughter likes to make her own Halloween costumes. I have an abundance of fleece from a long-ago trip to the outlet store at Malden Mills and, over the years, it’s found its way into countless scarves, blankets and craft projects.
This year, the leftover red stuff became a can of Coca-Cola. It’s actually rather ingenious.
First, she made a tube dress out of red fleece, leaving enough room for a couple layers of clothing underneath — we live in New England, after all, and it can get cold on Halloween night!
She banded the top and bottom with some silvery tape she found in her father’s workshop. I do hope she asked for permission first. She also crafted a pair of straps from the tape and added a silvery gray long-sleeved t-shirt to represent the top of the can.
I asked her how she did the lettering, figuring she had to have downloaded a template from somewhere, and she said she drew it free-hand onto some white fleece. She glued the entire thing down on the dress — it’s pretty stiff at this point and there were concerns it might not make it through the various Halloween-related activities for which she would be costumes. It held up, as you can see, with some re-gluing in between wearings.
I would have been satisfied with the dress as-is, but my daughter is a perfectionist. She grabbed some aluminum foil and shaped out a pop-top, which she then affixed to an old headband. Somewhere in England, Philip Treacy is taking note for the next royal wedding.
The result? Rather adorable. She was the hit of a Halloween party last week, with everyone marveling that she actually designed and made it herself.