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 best accessories are hats and capes.
This medieval knight’s cape can be an accessory for a more detailed costume or it can work as the costume alone.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
The ballet bag looks just like the ballerina outfit!
Over the years, I’ve made about everything you could think of for a child as with a teddy bear theme. I have many teddy bears that were childhood toys and I still have them; My girls received many as newborn presents and they still have them too. When they were small, I made teddy bear bibs…
I made teddy bear blankets…
I made teddy bear bags of all kinds to keep things in…