Costume accessories rule!

A witch hat is a great costume accessory

Looking back, the whole costume charade was fun and transforming for kids, but I think that simple costume accessories can be just as creative, more affordable and easily made at home.  

The top hat and cape ARE the costume for the magician.

  The best accessories are hats and capes. 

Versatile black and red cape, vampire or magician
medieval knight's cape, costume or accessory

  This medieval knight’s cape can be an accessory for a more detailed costume or it can work as the costume alone.  

Excalibur sword, accessories for knights and warriors

Fabric weapons are another great accessory; I know, I know, you try to discourage your child playing with such things, but in the end, a stick becomes an outlaws knife or a spoon is suddenly a cowboy’s gun. This fierce sword (as well as the crown and super hero cape and mask) are  projects in my book Sew Magical for Kids. The book includes easy sewing instructions and patterns for these accessories.  

King or Queen's cape, a beautiful costume accessory.

  This king or queen cape can be made in several different colors and lengths to alter the look. Don’t forget the crown!  

Royal crown and ruff accessories

 This beautiful, adjustable crown is very easy to make, it can be made out of many different materials such as felt, lame or cotton.

Really Scary Stuff

Oh no!

Halloween is a time for costumes, parties and scary stuff, but what is scary to you? My kids think these things are scary:

  • the dark
  • monsters
  • dead people
  • getting lost
  • a bad dream
  • entering a black hole
  • quick sand
  • a head that turns all the way around
  • scary movies
  • hearing spooky noises in the house
Yikes!

but I think these things are scary:

  • my computer crashes
  • driving in India
  • having to use a public restroom in India
  • hot dogs
  • showing up at the airport and realizing my passport has expired
  • war
  • extreme anything, i.e. amusement park rides, political or religious views, sports
  • driving while the gas tank reads empty
  • trying to get out of the parking lot after a big concert
  • my daughters wants to date or learn to drive
scary!

What frightens you?

Note: I made this Frankenstein costumes for my store last year. The Frank hat is made from felt, the jacket is wool.

Inspired by Beauty and Elegance

tutu on a rainy day

Writers and artists talk about creative blocks, a loss of inspiration and a lack of ideas from which to create. I usually have so many ideas that I never have time to explore all of them, but I always look for inspiration. One theme that I’ve seen appear repeatedly over the years in my work is ballet, I’m inspired by the beauty, elegance, colors, music, costumes and backdrops of this dance. Here is one of the videos about sewing ballet costumes that I love! Recreating a tutu\’s splendor

Elli's ballet recital

I’ve never taken a ballet lesson in my life, but my mother did make me take tap dancing lessons when I was a kid because I was so clumsy! I hated taking those tap dancing lessons and they didn’t work because I’m still really clumsy! My girls, on the other hand have loved ballet; Lili started wearing a pink tutu at two and half years old and refused to take it off for about three years.

first ballet class

Due to my girls’ love of ballet, I was inspired to make  tutus and ballerina costumes in my store. I knew that many little girls shared a love for this beautiful form of expression; tutus, ballet outfits, ballerina dolls, ballet bags and pretty ballerina crowns were some of the most popular items that I made and sold in my store. I researched how to sew a “real” tutu because I wanted to make a tutu that stood up and bounced when danced in. A “real ballerina tutu” uses several layers of tulle; not all of the tulle is the same, the bottom layers are stiff, the top layers are light and fluffy. The gathered layers of tulle are sewn to the waist band in different directions  (some layers are sewn upside down) to give the tutu a lift.

classic tutu

Mothers swooned over the the ballerina costumes and tutus hanging in the store and their the little girls pleaded to try them on. Outfitted in the finest pink tutus, the little girls flitted across the floor on tippy-toe to the mirror, where they started to twirl around in circles.  I always loved to watch this happen, when a child transformed into the character of the costume they were wearing; I think it’s one of the magical moments of childhood! To add to the wonderment, I created a little bag that looked just like the ballerina outfits. The instructions and pattern for this bag can be found in my book: Sew Magical for Kids.

Ballet Bag
The ballet bag looks just like the ballerina outfit!

To be continued…

Fairies, Elves and Sprites!

Little Elf hat

I think this is my favorite costume that I’ve designed for my store. The little elf works for all ages, boys and girls. The funny hat can be worn as a costume as well as a winter hat and the elf shoes make great house slippers! The kids love all the magical and make-believe costumes.

Little Elf

Can’t you just see the sun rays streaming through the tall, green trees and far below, on the mossy forest floor, a little elf  is sitting under a big, red mushroom. There are fairies, sprites and elves luking in the nooks and crannies of this beautiful world.

Magical Mushrooms

Oh! Look! Here are the big red mushrooms of the fairy forest.

 

Our imaginations can take us anywhere we’d like to go, just notice your children and listen to their private, play conversations. No one can see these fairies, elves and sprites inside their little worlds. Elves, fairies and sprites are free to do as they please;  This is why they are sometimes cheeky and mischievous.

Elf and his pet frog

Fairies are easy to find if you know where to look. Outside, in the trees, in the tall grass, inside the flowers and blooming vines, look very closely. Sshhhhh!

Beautiful Fairy
Flower Fairy

The Fashion Show

Immediatly following the Purim season for us, we started to prepare for a fashion show for children, showcasing some of our best costumes.

Emili as Marie Antoinette

This is Emili as Marie Antoinette, one of our most popular costumes for girls. The dress is made from embroidered taffeta and embellished with cream lace and gold trim. The dress utilizes an un derskirt and it is cinched in the back for a maximum fit. I made the wig from wool; the base is  felted and I made wool curls to put all over the wig. We recieved a special request for a Napoleon Bonaparte costume, that we feel stands up to our Marie Antoinette in beauty and historical accuracy.

Marie Antoinette wool wig

 

Tal as napoleon Bonaparte

 

This is the epaulette, something many “military guys” wear when they’re dressed up; this was the most important part of the costume for Tal. 

Napoleon's epauletteNapoleon collar detail
Emili and Tal at the fasion show

I wanted to make a knight in shining armour because I’d never seen a costume like this before made in fabric and I think the ensemble is interesting.

suit of armor

 

an historically inspired "Juliet" dress
 
 
 

 

"Juliet" dress

 

Juliet rose head wreath

 

Elli the flower fairy

 

flower fairy
Stephan the elf
Elli the pirate
The pirate and the elf chatting
the fashion show models