Fancy Dresses for Kids

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Fancy Dresses for Kids
Include your kids when sketching out different fancy dress ideas. (Jupiterimages/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

Inspiration, imagination and creativity are three elements needed when making fancy dresses for kids. Colour scheme, fabric selection and embellishments are important components during design development. Taking time to sketch the fancy dress and choosing the theme narrows down the types of fabric and trims needed to make the outfit.

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Halloween Costumes

Making costumes for a Halloween party or event requires creativity and preparation. Infants and toddlers can also join the fun by making a colourful fancy dress costume. Pick a theme like nature, bugs or wild life. Use bright-coloured red knitted fabric to make a ladybug costume and pad the wings. Cut out large black felt dots and hand stitch to the red fabric. Use the same idea to make a spider costume. Pad the body using black knitted fabric, wrap flexible wire with padding, and cover with fuzzy yarn or chenille prior to attaching the spider legs.

Fancy Dresses for Kids
For a ladybug, cut out large black felt dots and stitch onto padded red wings. (Ryan McVay/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

Costume Contest

If your child is entering several costume contests throughout the school year, spark both of your imaginations by creating an original character and costume. Choose a theme for the character, such as an outer space alien or action hero, and draw several versions of the concept. Look at different films that have inspired your child. For example, the "Toy Story" film includes many characters such as Buzz Lightyear. Look at the structure of the costume as well as the colour scheme. This process helps you narrow down fabric types, colour and patterns, as well as how to structure the outfit. For instance, duplicate an action hero's muscular features by padding the sleeves and legs.

Fairy Princess and Flower Dresses

Recycle leftover fabrics and trims from previous projects to create a fairy princess fancy dress. Use tulle, crinoline or netting and make a full A-line skirt with an elastic waistband. Depending on your child's size, this skirt generally requires 2 yards. Make an A-line dress out of lightweight fabrics such as georgette, silk, satin or chiffon. If you choose to add wings to the outfit, draw the wing shape on pattern paper and cut out. Use sheer fabric and sew a tunnel around the wing parameters. Thread flexible wire through the tunnel opening to ensure the wings retain their shape. Use the same method to make butterfly wings. Another option is to hand stitch silk flowers along the yoke of the A-line dress and convert it into a fancy flower dress for a formal event.

Fancy Dresses for Kids
Make butterfly wings with brightly coloured felt cutout shapes. (Jupiterimages/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

Traditional Costumes From Around the World

Parades geared for specific holiday events or ethnic groups generally includes traditional dress from around the world. By choosing the country, you can research traditional and folk dresses for the event. For example, make a pilgrim outfit for a Thanksgiving parade or play by looking at historical photographs to duplicate the ensemble. If the kids are taking part in a historical play or event, recycle worn home decor items like tassels or buttons, and transform a solid colour jacket into a decorated military ensemble.

Fancy Dresses for Kids
Make a pilgrim hat by wrapping a wide ribbon and belt buckle around a felt hat. (Jupiterimages/liquidlibrary/Getty Images)

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