Retro Roller Waitress Costume

October 10 2019

You don’t get more retro than a roller skating waitress. With this costume you can avoid the broken ankle and make faux roller skates out of your shoes. Daily Disco nailed this Halloween costume and the best part is how easy it is to create!

Supplies
  • Rit All-Purpose Liquid Dye: Petal Pink, Lemon Yellow + Aquamarine
  • Rit ColorStay Dye Fixative
  • White Cotton Rompers or White Utility Overalls
  • White Socks
  • Construction Paper
  • Markers
  • Tape
  • Salt
  • Mild Detergent
  • Large Container for Dyeing
  • Rubber Gloves
  • Plastic Table Cover
  • Paper Towels
Time
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Difficulty
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Instructions
  1. Cover work area with plastic table cover and have paper towels handy to protect against any possible spills. Gather supplies.
  2. If you don’t have a white romper, you can create one out of utility overalls (like Daily Disco did). Cut to desired length and roll at the hem.

    Utility Overalls Prior to Cutting

  3. For best results, prewash garments with normal laundry detergent and leave wet.
  4. Wearing rubber gloves, fill a large container or stainless steel sink with 3 gallons of very hot water. The water should ideally be 140ºF. If tap water is not hot enough, heat water on the stove and add to the dyebath.
  5. Add ½ cup of well-shaken Petal Pink dye or color of choice into dyebath.
  6. To enhance the color, add one cup of salt. Add 1 teaspoon of liquid dish detergent to help promote level dyeing.  Stir well.
  7. Test color by dipping a paper towel into the dyebath. If color is too light, add more dye; if color is too dark, add more water.
  8. Immerse romper and socks in dyebath. Stir slowly and continuously. The first 10 minutes are the most critical. Stirring helps to ensure an even color with no splotches.
  9. Use Rit ColorStay Dye Fixative immediately after dyeing and before washing to enhance the color and reduce bleeding. Follow package instructions.
  10. Rinse garments in cold water until rinse water begins to run clear.
  11. Wash garment in warm water with mild detergent, rinse and dry.
  12. Using construction paper, cut out 8 circles, 4 for each shoe. Color the center pink to match your costume with a small black circle in the middle to resemble a roller skate wheel. Attach to shoes with tape.
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