Quick post on Audrey’s costume this year. She found a lovely costume in a catalog, unfortunately it was $79.50, and that didn’t include ANY accessories. I’m a DIY kinda gal, and I thought it looked pretty simple. This is the first time I’ve actually made her a costume and I’m happy it’s something she likes. (CANDY!!!)
So my purpose here was twofold: limited budget costume, and something quick. If she’s wearing it for two hours, I don’t want to go crazy.
Red felt was both cheap and, wonderfully, IT DOESN’T FRAY. Neither does the thin vinyl I chose. This means that you can cut it out, sew the seams, and not finish ANYTHING and it will look fine. No facings, no binding, no serging, nothing. Heck, if you don’t want to sew, you could get a red dress or sweatshirt and just add the vinyl and Pom Poms yourself with a glue gun.
This is how I did it:
Make it from a pattern you already own or draft your own. Or trace it from a dress that fits.
I took 1 yard of red felt and cut the basic pieces. One front, and two back pieces. You can finish the back pieces with velcro or a zipper. Velcro would be very easy to get in and out of, and where I live you’re going to need to put it over a parka anyway, so velcro is smart. Just cut one front piece (I cut the left side of the piece on the right and flipped it in a mirror image to cut the other side, NOT cutting the center seam. You don’t need a seam in the front). You want the front to be ONE piece, this is half of what the front looks like.
Next, grab the piece pictured below on the right one more time. Cut one, including that long line on the right (center seam). Then flip it over to make a mirror image and cut another all the way around. Those are my back left and right pieces.
The piece on the left is a shape I created on a white vinyl-ish cheap fabric from JoAnn’s. You would need a 1/2 yard or a big Fat Quarter. You could get a nice reflective silver fabric, but they didn’t have any when I went and I didn’t have time to order ahead (plus that would increase the budget). This shape is only HALF of what you want it to be. Don’t cut down that center seamline! Trace the armhole, neck, bottom, side, and then flip it over to the left to mirror image it so you have one piece and not half of a bodice.
You will have one bodice piece cut in the white fabric. Now, take this piece and use it as a pattern piece on your vinyl, so you will have one bodice piece of vinyl.
Take the white piece and put it right on top of the red felt. Right sides and wrong sides don’t matter here. Sew it directly on, following the outline of the shape. Next, take the vinyl and sew it on top of that, repeating what you just did, but LEAVE A SECTION UNSEWN so you can stuff it with gumballs. We experimented and decided that one-size poms worked better than a mix of sizes.
Sew down that last spot on the vinyl after the poms are in. Cut a “flap” out of white felt for the opening where the gumballs fall out.
Place your back pieces on top of the pom pom (right side), matching necklines, armholes, and side seams. Sew a 1/2″ all around these pieces right on top.
Flip the back over to the back. Sew your velcro as desired along the back seam.
I hope that makes sense! It’s really VERY SIMPLE, you don’t even need a tutorial, just think to yourself, how should this look? And make your next move. Don’t stress. All of the seams will be on the inside and won’t be seen. The vinyl is going to be reflective and bunchy, whether or not you DIY’ed it or bought the catalog version.
We’re going to accessorize with a gumball machine necklace, candy bracelets, and we would do big beaded earrings, but her ears aren’t pierced yet.
Total cost was about $14 with tax.