Mell-chan dress for a real-life girl

2 Oct

メルちゃんが大好きな1歳の娘のために、メルちゃんとお揃いのドレスを作ってあげました。

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My 1-year old daughter loves her Mell-chan (メルちゃん) doll from Japan. We ordered it for her (via Amazon) last Christmas, and she has not stopped carrying her around (by the hair, lol!), changing her clothes, and feeding her food.

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So I thought my daughter would be thrilled if I sewed her a dress just like her doll (and, it can double as a Halloween costume). I just eyeballed the pattern and used fleece, felt, and velcro. It took me about 3 hours (I’m not a seamstress!) and was a labor of love.

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I was crushed when I showed the finished dress to my daughter and she REFUSED to wear it! She went limp like a noodle and had tears running down her face. She did NOT want to wear the dress!!

I think she didn’t want to wear it because she hates to be treated like a baby. She thinks she is a big girl/a mama. So a few days later, I tried again, saying “It’s a mommy dress!”. And–whew! She put it on!

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Taking pictures of a 1-year old is near impossible to say the least. She was either 1. Running or 2. Not smiling while I tried to take some pictures. Haha! But I managed to get a few.

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What are your children going to be for Halloween? Anything inspired by Japan? My older two want to be Pokemon. Maybe I will post about their costumes later. Other Japan-inspired ideas I threw around in my head were:

  1. Characters from Totoro (Totoro’s, Mei-chan, Cat-bus, etc.)
  2. Characters from Anpanman (Anpanman, Melon pan-na chan, Baikinman, etc)
  3. Characters from Shimajiro (Shimajiro, Mimirin, etc)

I’ve also seen super cute baby-sushi costumes, and of course the ever-so-popular ninjas.

Halloween is becoming an increasingly popular holiday in Japan. Is it celebrated where you live?

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2 Responses to “Mell-chan dress for a real-life girl”

  1. Alex October 2, 2016 at 10:58 PM #

    I have been letting my 18 month old daughter watch Totoro (only in Japanese of course) which she loves and asks for it all the time so she is going as chu- totoro i need to get costume making! I LOVE that dress btw!

  2. Ritsumei October 8, 2016 at 11:05 PM #

    Oh my goodness, she’s so cute, swinging that baby around like that! Too funny.

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