Just in time for Halloween I’m presenting a quick but adorable costume for little girls. My niece adds to the cuteness, but it takes an evening to make, it’s cheap, and it can be adapted for weather. Those of us living in an area where it snows every Halloween can appreciate that! I found it on pinterest and when I followed the link (http://www.etsy.com/listing/96087036/custom-order-for-theresa) of course it was on Etsy to buy with no instructions, so I figured it out for myself.
Here’s what you need:
-Blank white t-shirt or onesie. You can find toddler sized blank shirts at Hobby Lobby for a couple bucks. I bought and 12 month and an 18 month because I was unsure exactly what my niece wore. (She’s in 12-18 so that doesn’t help)
– Fabric paint. I kept my design simple black and white but you could use colors if you wanted.
– Tulle. I used a roll of it from Hobby Lobby. It was an 8 inch roll which meant less cuts I had to make
-Ribbon, black and white. I used a shear white ribbon because I put it through out the skirt
-Elastic. I used a thicker piece for comfort, I believe inch thick is what I purchased
-Hair clip. I bought this from hobby lobby for a few dollars. It came in a pack of 6. They had a few different options and I went for a smooth clip so it didn’t pull out my niece’s hair.
-Hot glue gun
And here we go:
1. I started with the shirt because I knew it would need to dry. I went on my computer and created a design. I used word because I knew I would use very simple shapes.
2. In word I used the shapes loaded in the program. I made an oval for the eyes then two crescents for the eye lashes. I wanted to make the ghost face more cute and girly. Then I grouped the pictures and copied it, pasted it and flipped it horizontally to create a mirror image.
3. Next, I did the mouth. One large crescent for the mouth and two little ones for the dimples. I centered all of shaped and grouped them then adjusted the size.
4. I measured the shirts and printed out a face to fit each shirt.
5. I put the shirt around a book to keep it flat and straight. (my old NCLEX book was but to good use!)
6. I cut out the face and centered it on the shirt then traced the face with a pen. I ended up using the 18 month shirt because I made it two months early and she is growing like a weed!
7. Next, I used the fabric paint and squirted some on the shirt then used the paint brush to spread it. I bought regular but in the future I think I would use matte paint. Once the face was all painted, I move on to the skirt.
8. For the skirt I did a few different experiments but I ended up sewing it. My niece’s waist is about 19 in around. I wanted a one inch lay over so I cut the elastic to 20 inches. I pinned the elastic and sewed it to make the waist band
9. Then I cut tulle strips about 20 inches long. I made them longer then planned to trim them as needed.
10. I tried the no sew method and looped the strips around the elastic and honestly I thought it looked terrible. Maybe with thinner elastic it would look better, but I was not a fan. I played around a little more and found that folding the tulle in half over the elastic and then sewing right below the band looked the best. I did two strips at a time and sewed them together. Then the next two strips I would over lap slightly on the last two. Be careful here, you can make a really full skirt. When I started it was very full and I evened it out as I went. Don’t sew the tulle to the elastic so it can stretch freely.
11. After the tulle was around the entire skirt I randomly placed lengths of ribbon in the skirt. I folded it in half over the skirt like the tulle to give a little shimmer from the inside and out.
12. Next I made little bows from the black ribbon and placed them around the band of the skirt. Mike helped me with the bows because he is such a good sport about this blog. I placed the bows over the white ribbon I added to the skirt to hide some of the stitching.
13. Next a made a small bow out of both ribbons to sew on the shirt. I placed the bow once the shirt was dry.
14. Then I made a bigger bow out of both ribbons for the hair clip
15. I hot glued the bow to the hair clip and made sure it was secure.
16. Then my niece tried on the skirt and it was trimmed.
Put her in some black leggings and… Volia! A cute and quick Halloween Costume for your little girl!
No tips for this one, it’s straightforward and easy. Just be careful on the skirt you can make it as poofy as you want but on little girls too much poof isn’t always a good thing. I skipped the google eyes because I thought it looked cuter with out them, but you can add them easily.