04 Oct

Let the Costume Crafting Begin

Fairy Costume

A fairy has landed in our yard.

Fairy Costume

She’s ethereal and sparkly and so very cute.

Fairy Costume

The design was dictated by Katja and inspired by costumes in the Chasing Fireflies catalog. She drew me a picture as a guide, but I lost it.

The wings are wire from the craft store covered in sparkly green nylon, also from the craft store (meant to make flowers), but a trip to the hosiery department would be just as effective. The wings are sewn to a fabric covered piece of Timtex (heavy duty interfacing) as are two loops of fabric covered elastic shoulder straps.

The bodice is crushed stretch velvet well suited for ice skating costumes. I liked it’s color and shine. I used McCall’s 4246 pattern for the princessy bodice, but altered it with a separating zipper instead of buttons in the back, and iridescent cap sleeves.

The skirt is three layers of light blue tulle, one layer of light green organza, one layer of dark green organza that came with embroidered leaves and a pretty scalloped edge, iridescent “leaves,” and a poof of more light green organza — all sewn into a casing waistband and gathered with elastic.

The gauntlets are of my own design, made with more of the stretch velvet, an elastic cord loop at the fingertips, and elastic sewn into the top seam, to keep them up.

For Trick or Treating and  a Halloween dance, she’ll add brown leggings underneath and brown Mary Janes.

14 thoughts on “Let the Costume Crafting Begin

  1. That is the prettiest Halloween costume I have ever seen. I hope she chooses to wear it for more than this Halloween, and to other occasions as well.

  2. Oh, my girls would love that costume (but freeze to death on the day)! One of my loftly plans is to take a dress making class – but so far recession hasn’t hit me and I don’t have time for classes (sigh!)

  3. What a wonderful, dream-come-true costume Kristin. You’ve really hit a home run. She will think, and talk about, this costume for years and years.

    Will you allow a dusting of glittery sparkly make-up?

  4. I love that it’s Halloween and time to see all the moms making handmade costumes for their kids. This fairy costume is so charming and looks like it’ll get a lot of use. Yay for fairies and moms who sew!

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