We (and my "we" I mean Sadie) have been all over the place when it comes to deciding on a costume! First it was a butterfly, then pirates...which I just couldn't get excited about. Last week a friend loaned me an Ewok costume for Charlotte, and with A LOT of convincing, we got Sadie on board with being Princess Leia. I think the Princess part of that sentence did it. I still owe her a crown though. We'll see what I can whip up in the next few days. ;)
I did make these Leia bun yarn things, but I'm not sure I like them...for one thing, what am I supposed to do with her other hair...? I guess these are more for babies with no other hair! I might try and do two sock buns...we'll see!
Edit: here's how her hair turned out-I love it!
Her dress is simply a peasant dress made of white knit. I used this pattern, and lengthened the sleeves, then cut the end off at an angle after she tried it on. No hemming! Boo yah. I love costumes...I tend to cut corners, lol.
My favorite part is her belt! Love it. I got the silver fabric from Joann's-it's some kind of vinyl-esque material.
Gotta finish the costumes for Rory and me now, Obi-Wan and Han Solo, respectively. What? There are no other girls in Star Wars! (besides Queen Amidala, but I barely count those "first" movies.)
PLus, I kind of love Han Solo. He's the ultimate bad boy.
So, interested in making one of your own? Probably not, since Halloween is in just a few days, but maybe someday this will be helpful for someone. That's the hope, at least...
Silver vinyl material (I got this stuff at Joann's, I'm sure it's readily available around Halloween especially)
Silver or grey thread
Stitch Witchery, which looks like this:
and the free pattern! (the pattern is for about a 20" waist...you can always make the belt longer though)
So first cut out all the pieces (mine are not all shown here, but you should have 2 belt pieces, 4 side medallions, 1 middle medallion, and 5 circles.)
This is the Stitch Witchery stuff, which is amazing. It's sticky tape that dissolves in the wash, basically. It's great for sewing on trims and such, but I used it to keep my little "medallions" in place while I sewed them on, since pins would leave holes in this material.
So I applied some tape on each piece...
Then laid them out like so on one piece of the belt. Make sure they are evenly spaced from the top and bottom of the belt.
Then sew around each medallion...
...and then get smart and use your walking foot to do the circles. If you have a walking foot, use it! If you're using this kind of material it will make it so much easier, and won't make it pucker up.
Then once you've sewn the pieces all on, pin the two belt pieces right sides together.
Just make sure to pin within the seam allowance (3/8"), so that the pin holes don't show.
Back stitch a few times on the end that you'll turn it from.
Then gently start turning it inside out. This material is stiff, but work with it and it won't take long!
This is what it'll look like. eek. Needs some top stitching!
Use your fingers to roll the edges out, then top stitch close to the edge.
Tuck each end under and stitch that down too.
Use some Stitch Witchery to stick on the velcro pieces (cut however long you like, I wanted mine to be semi adjustable so I cut them long), then sew them on!
Sew the other velcro pieces on, then try on the nearest Princess you can find! She'll think you're the coolest mom in the galaxy! har, har.