Sunday, 1 November 2009

Using What I Have - Toddler Princess Costume

Since September, I've been trying to do way less shopping and make use of what I have. For Juliana's halloween costume this year, I wanted to do a princess dress, because she loves everything with a princess on it, and I needed an excuse to make an Italian Rennaisance dress! So here is my thrifty halloween costume for a toddler. I used one and a half (or so) blue velvet curtain panels that we inherited from the previous owners of the house, gold drapery fabric that was 50% off at a discount fabric store, ivory jersey-knit fabric that I already had, skinny black satin ribbon, and a faux pearl necklace from a thrift store. Total cost: around $9.00. Total time: I have no idea. It wasn't difficult, but it was detailed, especially the sleeves.
The costume consists of an underdress in the gold fabric, with ivory sleeves, a sleeveless overdress in blue velvet, and gauntlet-style sleeves that are tied on with ribbon.
I admit that it is a bit elaborate for a two-year-old, but it was so much fun to make! Now I want t pearl-trimmed dress! I used the gold dress that Drew Barrymore wore in the movie Ever After for inspiration.
We went to a costume party at a friend's house so all four of us were dressed up, but I forgot to take a picture of all of us. KD was a hockey mascot, Nico was a reindeer, and I was something vaguely Hawiian (vintage orange/pink dress, big hair with flowers in it, and dramatic tropical makeup.)
So, how about trying to repurpose something you already have instead of buying something new. Now I just need to figure out what to do with the remaining 1.5 blue velvet curtain panels...and one purple one.
I'm linking this post to Kimba's DIY Day at A Soft Place to Land.

7 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness! What an adorable dress! You are so creative Joanna, you inspire me!

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  2. Holy cow! That rocks. My daughter would never take that off if she had it. So cute!!!

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  3. What a cutie and the outfit is just lovely.
    I am following you and hope you'll come by and do the same.

    Cheri

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  5. I deleted the previous comment because it was spam. i don't care about the link added, but the poster blatantly copied and pasted someone else's comment. Now that is plagarism and downright laziness. It is not a respectable way to earn money, in my opinion.

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  6. This is STUNNING!!! If I ever have a little girl I might have to rent it off you or something. It's beautiful. :) Nice job!

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  7. I'm watching ever after right now and have been trying to figure out how to make a dress like this for my 3 yr old she is invited to a princess party I think this would be perfect.

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