"We are Groot."
I'm not sure how I came up with the idea to create a formal version of baby Groot at the end of Guardians of the Galaxy. But the thought popped into my head, and it stuck with me. So I made it. The dress is various formal fabrics from JoAnn, and the mask is craft foam, gold puffy paint, and various floral bits that I found on sale!
It's been a work in progress since it premiered. After Katsucon, I added armsocks made of dance tights dyed with a gradient, first with ribbons, and then fake vines wrapped around them. I also added embroidery, more fake leaves, and little lights around the neckline of the dress for more dimension. The base version looks very different before all the added extras, and it shows how much just a little extra detail can add to a costume!
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