It’s one of my favorite times of the year.
Costume making time.
My children start figuring out what they want to be in June because sometimes they want more than one costume. Costuming and cosplay allows my children to display their creativity in play and allows me to stretch myself with new patterns and pattern hacking to get the looks I want. This year, I was a tad bit sad when Baby Bear picked a store bought costume this year (his first one since grandma bought him his Thor costume when he was 3). Buuuttt Sweet Pea will keep me busy since she gave me a tall order of 3 costumes😂
The priority costume is her Trick or Treat costume. We go Trick or Treating at malls and Trunk or Treat events rather than going house to house, so there are no limits on how ornate the costumes are (except whatever the children choose, they have to be able to wear thermals or base layers if needed because Halloween can be very cold here in New England).
She decided for it she would have me make her an Elena of Avalor costume. First, we had to figure out if we wanted Elena’s ballgown or every day look. She decided that she would go with the every day dress.
I was kind of hoping she’d go for the ballgown because that would have been a HUGE stretch for me.
I am a big fan of hacking and mashing patterns as well as using patterns I already own, so I knew I already had the perfect patterns to create the perfect Elena look.
To get the look, I had to mash 2 different patterns and I wanted to stay with only one pattern company. I wanted to use Eunoia Patterns since I knew they had a skirt with flounces, The Paradise Wrap. That would be the outer skirt to create the Elena look.
And the Kaleo for the base skirt and top.
I decided to do a separate skirt rather than creating an actual dress so that Sweet Pea can wear the top if she wanted and I really love the fact the Kaleo came with a top as well.
I started with the skirts. Using the Kaleo pattern, I followed the pattern as written until I got to adding elastic to the waistband. And constructed the Paradise as written to the waistband, as well. It was lots of gathering but I love the ruffle on the Paradise Wrap Skirt. Initally, I put a waistband on the Kaleo (sometimes all those gathers can break a needle and at that point I hadn’t started the Paradise yet to know if there would be gathers, plus I needed to check the length on my petite child) but in the end I created a binding with the original waistband so that there would be less bulk at the band. I made another Kaleo waistband and attached it to the Paradise with the binding of the Kaleo skirt.
Next up was creating the top. I used the Kaleo top but made a few modifications to it. Its a snug fitting fully lined top but since I was adding the flounce along the neckline, I had to rethink that construction. In the end, I decided that I would bind the top, and that allowed me to get rid of the lining as well. Also the top is designed to use a band, I just added the additional length a band would add to the top.
To create the flounce, I used the width of the ruffle on the Paradise top. After measuring the neckline, I multiplied that measurement by 1.5 so that the flounce would be ruffled but not so heavy with gathers it would make the binding thick.
Once I got to this point Sweet Pea decided she needed a “pocket” for the Elena sword Daddy got her for her costume. That would have come in handy prior to attaching the waistband, but since it was an after thought I had to figure out a solution. Enter a sash!
I made a simple sash that could tie around the waist and attached FOE (I just got this pretty sparkly FOE in and Sweet Pea was adamant I use it rather than the red I picked out) 6 inches from the center so she can have her sword attached for both Trick or Treating and for play and she isn’t limited to which side it’s on).
I love how the whole thing came out! And I cannot wait to get pretty outdoor photos in the next couple of days (they will get added to the post once taken).
The little princess squealed and immediately asked to put it on. I saw thats a win 😉
This post is part of the My Monsters Blog Tour hosted by Tibecca Yao of Sewing by Ti. Come join us on a journey into a world full of costumes and Halloween inspired outfits!
Monday, October 1st- Sewing By Ti (intro)
2nd- Tales from a Southern Mom
3rd- Shalini’s Sewing Space
4th- Tenille’s Thread
5th- Sewing By Ti
Monday, October 8th- Back 40 Life
9th- Family of Makers
10th- Made for Little Gents
11th- Big Fly Notions
Sunday, October 14th- The Fairy Dust Bin
17th- Sewing With D
18th- 52 Week Sewing Challenge
19th- Auschick Sews
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Sunday, October 21st- The Bear and the Pear Atelier
22nd- Seams Like Style
23rd- Seams Sew Lo
24th- My Heart Will Sew On
25th- JOT Designs USA
26th- My Sewing Roots
27th- Manning the Machine
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31st- Sewing By Ti