One way to save money on expensive costumes is to make your own. By using clothes or pieces of costumes you already have you can save even more. Sewing just a few simple accessories you can make a completely different costume.
Measure around your child's waist with the measuring tape and make a note. Measure your child hip-to-hip and make a note. Measure your child from waist-to-top of upper thigh and make a note.
Make two marks on the edge of the fabric the distance of the hip-to-hip measurement. Make a mark from the centre of the two marks out on the fabric the distance of waist to thigh measurement. Draw a semicircle connecting all three points.
Cut along the curved line. Cut out a strip of fabric 4 1/2-inches wide by your child's waist measurement plus 24-inches.
Pin the lace to the apron, right sides facing each other, starting and ending 1/2-inch from the top. Sew the lace to the apron 1/4-inch from the edge.
Turn the outer curved edge of the apron under 1/4-inch, wrong sides facing each other. Iron down the edge. Sew on the top of the apron around the curved edge at 1/4-inch.
Pin the top of the apron to the top of the waistband, right sides facing each other. Match up the centre of the apron to the centre of the waistband. Sew apron to waistband at 1/4-inch.
Fold both sides of the waistband in half lengthwise, wrong sides facing each other. Iron down.
Fold waist band in half lengthwise right sides facing each other. Sew the end of the waistband together at 1/4-inch. Repeat on the other side.
Turn the waistband right side out folding it over the top of the apron. Sew on the top of the waistband along the bottom edge at 1/4-inch.
Measure from the nape of your child's neck over to the top of her head and make a note. Fold the fabric in half, right sides facing each other, and pin together. Draw a half circle on the fabric, the radius being your measurement plus 2 inches. Cut out the circle.
Pin the lace around the edge of the cap, right sides facing each other. Sew down at 1/4-inch.
Turn the lace under 1/4-inch and sew along the top edge at 1/4-inch.
Measure from the nape of your child's neck around to the top of her head. Cut a piece of elastic the length you measured.
Divide the elastic evenly into eighths and mark with pins. Draw lines on the wrong side of the cap dividing it evenly into eighths, like a pizza. Draw a circle with the pencil on the wrong side of the cap 1-inch from the edge.
Place the elastic on the circle you just drew starting at one of the marking pins. Tack the end for the elastic down.
Put the sewing machine needle down into the elastic and the cap. Stretch the first segment of the elastic to meet the first divide line along the circle and sew down. Repeat all the way around the circle.
If the fabric frays a lot, cut it with pinking shears or sew an overlock stitch around the edges.
Synthetic fabrics can melt with a hot iron. Use a cool iron or an ironing cloth.
Things you need
- Soft measuring tape
- Satin-like white fabric
- Sewing machine
- White thread
- Pregathered lace
- 1/4-inch elastic