Apple Bloom :: My Little Pony
Completed October 2012
I wanted to complete the Cutie Mark Crusaders trilogy. I originally loved Scootaloo for her colors. I love Sweetie Belle for her personality. But Apple Bloom is the pony I have the most natural, born-and-raised affinity for. I grew up in rural Illinois in an expanse of corn fields, farmers markets, county fairs, bonfire parties, quilt guilds, 4h clubs and pumpkin patches. Not to say I did any of those in my youth. Because I didn’t. And if I did, I thought they were totally lame. But I DO do some of those things now when I visit home, but I won’t say what – (SPOILER – it’s all of the above.) It’s nice to pay an homage to my roots.
I took a shorts pattern and drafted the overall part for it. I used a thick, cream-colored corduroy that I dyed yellow. I found a perfect polyester ditsy print that I drafted the top for. I hate that I know the term “ditsy” for “tiny flower” print; it means I spent too much time on Forever 21’s website last summer avoiding the newfangled term “ditsy” for all my solid black purchases.
The wig was tons of fun to style! I wanted to do a pinup Victory Rolls style – Apple Bloom has these 3 little blobs on the front of her hair and I thought it would be a unique interpretation. It started off as a stick-straight 70cm Classe wig. I don’t know the color because it was a sample. :( I cut the bangs first, then curled the sides around some paper towel rolls, pinned it, and sprayed the crap out of it with Rave hairspray. I used Nikki Napalm’s Youtube tutorial as a jumping point. Then I just curled the back in sections with a regular curling iron. I love how the angle of the bangs came together with the ears and bow – it was a happy accident that I think looks totally rad!
Photos by Justin Murray – Lincoln Park Zoo – Chicago, IL