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This post is part of The DIY Halloween Costume Blog Tour, hosted by SeamsSewLo. Last year I made my little girl a really lovely dress for Halloween. I‘d even made plans to make one this year, with green bat fabric. But I don’t know about you, the fact that you can only really get to use the dress on a very limited number of occasions before your little one grows out of the costume makes me very sad. It is amazing how many clothes we all throw away these days. As a result, I was determined not to let that happen again this year. So this year I decided to make a more durable witches outfit.
Durable Witches Outfit
My little girl isn’t one for getting dressed up much. Therefore she he only very occasionally wants to wear one of those flouncy princess dresses. She much prefers just standard dresses and tights.
So I decided to make her a witches costume based around a plain black dress, that could be reused again and again after halloween. A plain black dress that could even be customised to become other outfits. On top of the basic black dress that I made I would add a no sew tutu, a felt cloak and a hand sewn witches hat.
The Black Dress
Firstly, I made a modified version of the Simplicity dress that I had made in my previous post Making a Girl’s Superhero Dress. I squared the waistline as I wanted to make a twirlier skirt. And made a button closure at the back as this was such a lovely look. I also kept it sleeveless.
The dress is such a lovely one that my little one can wear it by itself. Though I could also very easily make a sash in a bright fabric to wear over it. Maybe a red sash for Christmas? Or perhaps wear the dress with a little red cardigan and tights?
No Sew Tutu
But to make this into a witches outfit I decided to add a no sew tutu over the top. The beauty of this is that it ties at the waist with a bow, so can be added to as Elizabeth gets bigger. Consequently this means that it can be used again and again in future years.
You will need:
- A piece of ribbon that wraps around the waist with enough length at each end to tie a bow.
- Chiffon, tulle or other floaty material
And you have a finished Tutu!
Next , I took a square of felt and gathered one edge to the same size as the shoulders of the dress. I added a top edge of folded felt and sewed 2 buttonholes into this.
To the shoulders of the dress I added 2 buttons, to attach this cloak.
Finally, out of some more of the felt I made a little hat.
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So I ended up with a lovely black dress with added extras to make it into a durable witches outfit. The dress, tutu and hat can be used again and again.
And…next week I will show you how this durable witches outfit can easily be changed to make other Halloween or fancy dress outfits.
Are you ready to see all of the new Halloween costumes on the DIY Sewing Pattern Blog Tour? Me too!! Go ahead and follow along with us!
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