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Bubblegum Girl Superhero Costume

bubble gum girl to the rescue

Bubblegum Girl

What do skirts, bubblegum, and superheroes have in common? Bubblegum Girl, that’s what! Bubblegum Girl is a girl superhero that I made up to be a sidekick for Ratboy, a boy superhero. Ratboy and Bubblegum Girl are the brother-sister Sticky Rodent duo, and I even wrote a few short stories about their escapades. Ratboy and Bubblegum Girl are around ten and five respectively, and generally have the same characteristics of Thomas and Annie. They go around stopping crimes (mostly bank robberies), and having high-tech, superhero fun, whilst keeping their mild-mannered alter egos secret from their well-meaning family and friends. Ratboy has super strong buckteeth and can do fantastic gymnastics, including running up buildings. Bubblegum girl is pretty awesome for a sidekick, and she has super spit (uh… yeah), so she also has some pretty sweet weapons. They include gum that grows after being chewed to incapsulate bad guys, gum that can be used as ropes after being chewed for a minute, and gum that can’t be broken by anything except diamonds. Since Thomas didn’t want to have a Ratboy costume, and I wasn’t sure if I could do the highly technical mechanical rat tail and rubber suit (put that off for another time), I decided just to do a Bubblegum Girl costume, much to the delight of Annie.

Bubblegum Girl Skirt before

I started with this awful skirt that was a horrible shade of pink that made it unwearable for any of us older girls.

bubblegum girl skirt before

I had to draft out what I was going to do myself, and if was surprisingly easy. First I gathered the skirt waist just underneath the waistband, and then sewed it with a smaller stitch after it was just the right size so that it would fit over Annie’s head but still be modest. This made a cute ruffled collar, which I am very happy with. Then I made armholes by unpicking the side seams a little bit, and finally I cut the hem asymmetrically so that it dips down in the back and front. For some glam, I made her fab superhero cuffs and a fab superhero crown/headdress. I also cut eyeholes in a white-and-gold ribbon for a sparkly mask. She is wearing matching tights and crocs, because we didn’t have any suction cup shoes like Bubblegum Girl wears. The finishing thing is the white sash, which is one of my scarves, and I think the whole thing looks a little like Wonder Woman. Now I will show you the pictures from the photoshoot, and just narrate a little in my best superhero narrator voice.

Bubblegum girl with fuel!

Bubblegum Girl showing off some Starbursts that she got in gratitude from a candy store owner that she saved from being robbed.

bubblegum girl costume

Bubblegum Girl showing off the back of her fabulous costume.

bubblegum girl

Here Bubblegum Girl is feeling fab, as she rightly should. 

bubblegum girl

The famous cuffs. 

bubblegum girl mask and crown

Aaaaand the famous crown. 

bubble gum girl to the rescue

Getting ready to fight crime.

bubblegum girl fighting crime

And here we have Bubblegum Girl apprehending a criminal (Thomas in disguise- he agreed to be a felon in exchange for Starbursts) 

bubblegum girl catches the criminal

She has got him down, ladies and gentlemen!

bubblegum girl wins!

And she is sitting on him, showing us the money that she successfully recovered! 

bubblegum girl's accessories

A totes gorge feather boa.

bubblegum girl fights crime Getting down to the gritty stuff; finding out whom the criminal is!

bubblegum girl

The suspense….

bubblegum girl reveals the criminal

Aaaaaaand it’s Thomas! 

bubblegum girl wraps up another case!

He looks very sad that he was caught!

bubblegum girl celebrates

Bubblegum Girl eating a Starburst to celebrate her successful capture of the bad guy. 

bubblegum girl chews

Chewing and chewing and 

bubblegum girl chews again

CHEWING!!!!!

 Thanks for reading, and hopefully we’ll have more skirt costume posts for you every week until the end of October, or thereabouts.

Stay costumed!

Allegra.

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German Gretl Costume from The Sound of Music

German Gretl look alike costume

Today we have a doozy of a refashion for you!  We spent all last week thinking about what we would make for today’s post.  You see two of our favorite places on the web we go to for inspiration on children’s clothing are holding contests that we are sewing along with.  And we wanted to make an outfit that fit the qualifications for both contests.  Over at Project Run & Play, this week’s theme is Let’s Go to the Movies!  And at Elegance & Elephants, the theme for the contest is Roots, Sewing Your Heritage.  The reason we wanted to make an outfit that qualified for both contests is that we wanted it to be really special, and we knew that might be a little bit time consuming.  So without further explanation, we present you, Annie in a German Gretl costume.  As you may guess, this comes from The Sound of Music which fits very nicely with our German roots!

Maria curtain dressIf you are familiar with The Sound of Music, you know that Maria wanted some play clothes for the children she was taking care of, but their father, Captain Von Trapp, didn’t approve of playing and wouldn’t allow any fabric for that activity.  So the ever resourceful Maria used the unwanted curtains from her bedroom windows to make them play clothes.

curtain dressSince Maria started from curtains, we wanted to be authentic and so Annie’s vest came from some brocade drapery fabric we were given by a lady who was de-stashing fabric.

drapery fabric Then we needed an apron…after all, what little German girl doesn’t wear an apron, right?  So we found a vintage linen tablecloth at Salvation Army for $3.99 that was embroidered in a very German-esqe pattern, or so we imagined!

vintage embroidered tableclothAnd since the greens on the apron and the drapery fabric didn’t quite coordinate, we needed something to tie them together, and digging through our stash of thrifted skirts, we found this White Stag women’s skirt that we’d picked up at Goodwill for $1.25.  The perfect colors, just a wee bit too big for Annie, doncha think?

thrift store skirt

I think Annie’s face reflects her thoughts on our ability to craft this into the perfect German Gretl costume for her!

Now what on earth did we do with all those things?  Well, keep reading through the step by step instructions for each piece, and then you’ll see the final results!  Or skip down to the photos if you have no interest in the sewing instructions!

 Step by Step German Gretl Costume Vest Instructions

Style Kids pattern 2974Step 1: I started with this pattern, but deviated from it pretty fast!  I used the pattern pieces for the side front and side back and cut them out from the drapery fabric.

Step 2: Made darts in the side back pieces.

Step 3: Sewed the back pieces together.

Step 4: Sewed the side front pieces to each side back piece.

Step 5: Now because I’d chosen not to make a lining for the vest, I needed some way to finish the edges.  So I grabbed some single fold black seam binding, and stitched it around each armhole, and across the bottom, up one front, around the neck, down the other front, and back around the bottom to where I’d started.  It made such cute accent trim and effectively sealed in all the raw edges that were left!

Step 6: Made 7 buttonholes in each front for lacing through.

Step 7: Wove in the lacing.  I just used more single fold seam binding because I had so much, but grosgrain ribbon would look cute too.  Even a long black shoelace would work.

German Gretl look alike costumeTotal Time: 1.5 hours

Total Cost: $0

Talent Level: Advanced Seamstress

 Step by Step German Gretl Costume Skirt Instructions

Step 1: Cut off 14 inches off the bottom.

Step 2: Iron over ¼ inch and fold over and sew ¼ inch to make a new seam.

Step 3: Open about 2 inches of casing and gather up elastic until the waistband fit Annie’s waist.  I took out about a foot of elastic!  But this makes the skirt very gathered and fits over a petticoat very beautifully.

Step 4:  Resew the casing shut.

german girl skirt costumeTotal Time: 30 minutes

Total Cost: $1.25

Talent Level: Beginner Seamstress

 Step by Step German Gretl Costume Apron Instructions

Step 1: Cut out rectangle from tablecloth, positioning to take advantage of the embroidery to the fullest.

Step 2: Zigzag along the sides of the rectangle.

Step 3: Sew pleats along top of rectangle to gather rectangle to smaller width for waist.

Step 4: Sew piece of double fold green seam binding along top edge of rectangle.

Step 5: Sew velvet ribbon ties to top sides of rectangle.

german costume DIYTotal Time: 30 minutes

Total Cost: $3.99

Talent Level: Beginner Seamstress

Final German Gretl Costume Photos!

German Gretl look alike costumeNow the only other things we did to make Annie look like Gretl for the photo shoot were to add a thick tutu-like petticoat underneath the coat, and make her a pair of curly pigtails!

Sound of music Gretl costumeSum Total Time: 2.5 hours

Sum Total Cost: $5.24

The Sound of Music costume Now how’s that for getting a body humming “A Few of My Favorite Things?”

Gretl sound of music outfitAnnie is so happy with how this turned out, and I could hardly sleep last night I was so anxious to get this post written and shared!

velvet tiesWe used drapery fabric, a tablecloth, and a rescued skirt, and I think Maria would approve of our resourcefulness, although Captain Von Trapp might not approve of Annie twirling and singing in her new German Gretl costume!

annie costume 1Be sure to visit both Project Run & Play and Elegance & Elephants to see some really amazing seamstresses and their work for these contests.  And then look through the sew-along participants too for some more really cute sewing for kids!  You’ll see us there, and we’re proud to be counted among those really fine seamstresses.  Next week’s theme at Project Run & Play is Repurposing…as if it was made with us in mind!  And we can’t wait to see what else is produced, great ideas to add to our storehouse.

3 throw away items into fabulous German girl costume

Alright, we’ve kept you at it for longer than ever before, but we were just so excited to share our work with you.  So leave us a comment and let us know what is your choice; Gretl or Annie?

Gretl from The Sound of Music

Make it beautiful,

Audrey

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Last Minute Costume Ideas – Skirt Costume Theme Week

Girl's Cleopatra costume

Do you need some last minute costume ideas for girls?  Never fear, Skirt Fixation is here!  We have two great ideas for you that are fast, easy, FREE, and fun!  No one will know you threw them together at the last minute, and will spend hours and hours trying to copy your look next time they need a great costume.

Last Minute Costume Idea #1: Reuse an old costume, just add a skirt!

At our Egyptian Feast last year, Aria represented Cleopatra.  It was a great evening, and she was verrrrrry regal!  Unfortunately, she got a little to enthusiastic with her Masoor Dal (Egyptian Lentil Soup) but to be fair, she was sitting at a throne, not a table!

Last minute costume idea for girls! See the stain?

There were several like this stain.  But here at Skirt Fixation, we gals think a skirt can fix just about anything!  So we found a matching skirt, tossed it on over the top, and she was good to go!  It actually fixed another problem beside the stain…Aria had grown several inches since she wore this last, and adding a skirt over the top made it long enough for an Egyptian Pharaoh-ess!

Last minute costume idea for girls!

Her costume included a black wig, jewled collar and wristbands, cape, sandals and dress.  She just added the skirt.

Girl's Cleopatra costume

Pretty leaf-encrusted sandals!

Girl's Cleopatra costume

Doesn’t this look like something you’d find on the wall of a pyramid?  Ahhhhhh, yes!

 Last Minute Costume Idea #2: Rob someone else’s closet!

Since it might be hard for you to see any items in your closet that are costume worthy, you should try someone else’s closet!  You probably see your own clothes in the light of how you usually wear them, but with someone else’s item before you, no preconceived notions exist!  For Annie’s costume, she robbed her brother’s closet!  Her 8 year old brother happens to be in the cowboy phase of his childhood, and putting together a cowgirl outfit was a cinch!  (No pun intended!!)

Last minute costume idea

She started with her own long denim skirt (of course!) and added a checkered shirt, chaps, boots, a handkerchief, holster and pop gun, and cowgirl hat!  We braided her hair in two braids, and she was ready to ride.

Last minute cowgirl costume idea!Ride ’em cowgirl!

Last minute costume idea Too adorable to be dangerous!

So there you have it!  Two last minute costume ideas that are fast, easy, free, no-sew and adorable!

Make it beautiful,

Audrey

This week is Skirt Costume Week!  At Skirt Fixation, we’ve been known to throw themed costume parties any time of year!  There was the November Egyptian Feast, the Victorian Tea Party in March (you should have seen the awesome hats!) and the Medieval Feast in September.  One Dad came dressed as a knight!  We know a lot of people are thinking about costumes this week, and perhaps some of you are searching for some free costume ideas you can throw together yourself with minimum time and zero cost!!  So this week that’s our treat for you!  Some costume samples that are free and easy, and include skirts!  

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DIY Ballerina Costume & German Girl Costume – Skirt Costume Theme Week

DIY ballerina costume

Okay, so chances are if you have a little girl to outfit for a costume, chances are she’s going to want to be a ballerina or some variation thereof (ballerina fairy, dancing princess, etc.!)  Well, the great news is that a ballerina costume is very easy to put together, and cheap with no sewing required either!   We put together a costume for Annie with items we had on hand!

DIY ballerina costume

Ballerina happiness!

We took a suit Annie wears for her gymnastics class and added a tutu.  That’s. It.  The rest of the effect if achieved with duo ponytails, matching red ribbons and a cute smile!  If you have ballet slippers in the house, by all means add them to the ensemble too!

DIY ballerina costume

Twirl-worthy!

Lots of spins and twirls make for a totally authentic costume!  See how easy that was?  And how happy she is?  Little girls are so easy to please with a ballerina costume!

DIY ballerina costume

Pensive, vintage ballerina!

Next we travelled across the ocean for a German girl costume.  Aria willingly modeled this one for us after she helped pick out the costume and accessories.

DIY German Girl Costume Guten-tag frauline!

She wore a white shirt, black skirt and green lace-up vest.  Again, super simple and easy, cheap and completely DIY!

DIY German Girl CostumeThis look could also be Dutch, Swedish, or any Scandinavian country!

The accessories on this one make the outfit.  Long braids wrapped around her ears, flowers in a pot and flowers in the hair!  You could also put the flowers in an oversized stein or whatever you happened to have on hand!

DIY German Girl Costume

Just check out that hairdo!

We hope you enjoyed these free, easy, no-sew, DIY costumes for girls.

Make it beautiful,

Audrey

This week is Skirt Costume Week!  At Skirt Fixation, we’ve been known to throw themed costume parties any time of year!  There was the November Egyptian Feast, the Victorian Tea Party in March (you should have seen the awesome hats!) and the Medieval Feast in September.  One Dad came dressed as a knight!  We know a lot of people are thinking about costumes this week, and perhaps some of you are searching for some free costume ideas you can throw together yourself with minimum time and zero cost!!  So this week that’s our treat for you!  Some costume samples that are free and easy, and include skirts!  

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Skirt FACTSination – Fabric Series – Lace History – Skirt Costumes Theme Week!

lace history

Today is Skirt Factsination day, and to tie it in with Costume Week, we are doing another one of our fabric series; Lace History!  Lace is a fabric that is patterned with open holes, and is made by machine or hand. Lace-making can go back very far, but true lace, lace that is created when a thread is looped independently from a backing, was not made until the 15th and 16th centuries. In those times, lace was made from linen, silk or gold and silver threads, but now lace is most commonly made with cotton or synthetic threads, although linen and silk are still used by some. Types of lace are classified how they are made. Needle lace is consisted is made using a needle and thread, is very time consuming, and is considered my some the height of lace-making. The finest antique needle laces were made with an extremely fine thread that is not manufactured today. There is also Knotted lace, Knitted lace, Machine-made, and Bobbin Lace, of which Chantilly lace is a type. I have included three costumes that have lace incorporated in them somehow.

lace history

1. The Lace ballet skirt

I like this skirt because it is completely lace, and I like the asymmetrical design of it. I would wear this with black ballet tights and slippers, and a black leotard, or something like that, to make it tie in more as a ballerina.

lace history

2. The Maid Lace apron.

This is a pretty full apron, so I’m classifying it as a skirt! It has a beautiful long layer of lace at the bottom of the apron, and the collar is full lace. A maid costume is a good ‘easy and quick’ costume solution because all you need is a black skirt and shirt, and then a white apron and cap! Everyone knows what you are, and if you are in a pinch, it is a good costume. My mom was a maid at a Victorian tea party that we had once. She looked pretty good, because she made her own apron and cap, but it did look a little funny because she was pregnant and her apron had to have room for this bump!

lace history

3. The lace Victorian skirt.

Wowzers! This, I think, is a real lace skirt from the Victorian era. If you could make one of these, you could just wear a regular long white dress under it, and your costume would be fabulous! The thing about this skirt is that it looks so delicate that you would have to be extremely careful when wearing it. I could do that, if I could have the skirt!!!

Well, leave a comment below, and let us know if you have a costume with lace on it!

Always be Exciting,

Allegra

This week is Skirt Costume Week!  At Skirt Fixation, we’ve been known to throw themed costume parties any time of year!  There was the November Egyptian Feast, the Victorian Tea Party in March (you should have seen the awesome hats!) and the Medieval Feast in September.  One Dad came dressed as a knight!  We know a lot of people are thinking about costumes this week, and perhaps some of you are searching for some free costume ideas you can throw together yourself with minimum time and zero cost!!  So this week that’s our treat for you!  Some costume samples that are free and easy, and include skirts!  

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Skirt Costumes Theme Week – Free Girl Costume Ideas

free girl costume idea

This week is Skirt Costume Week!  At Skirt Fixation, we’ve been known to throw themed costume parties any time of year!  There was the November Egyptian Feast, the Victorian Tea Party in March (you should have seen the awesome hats!) and the Medieval Feast in September.  One Dad came dressed as a knight!  We know a lot of people are thinking about costumes this week, and perhaps some of you are searching for some free costume ideas you can throw together yourself with minimum time and zero cost!!  So this week that’s our treat for you!  Some costume samples that are free and easy, AND include skirts!  

Today we have two free girl costume ideas we are thrilled to share you! Number one is a gypsy costume that I helped Aria put together. Aria started with a long red velvet skirt that she doesn’t wear too often because it’s too ‘flashy’. Well, all the better for a costume, right! We put one of my large square scarves tied asymmetrically on top of the skirt. We added a puffy ruffled shirt to the outfit, and accessorized with a yellow knit blanket for a shawl, a faux diamond buckle belt, and a red ribbon headband. We think that the end result is a very realistic little gypsy!

free girl costume idea

So Cute!!

That was an easy costume! The best costume is one that you can make from just an everyday essential. Of course we had to have a kitty in one picture!

free girl costume idea

Here, Kitty Kitty Kitty!

 Remember we put this costume together with no sewing, for free with items we already had!  Aaaaaand another picture to showcase my photoshopping skills!

free girl costume idea Niiiiice!

For the second costume, Annie models ‘Robin Hooda’, a little girl Robin Hood version. She also started with one of her skirts, a little camouflage number from GAP kids. We put one of Aria’s shirts over that, as we were looking for a little puffiness in the shirt to create a tunic look. I fashioned a green costume dress into a little cape that I fastened with a blue clip-on rose. Annie accessorized with a brown ribbon belt, one of her brothers’ green felt hat with a feather, and a bow.

free girl costume idea

Little Huntress!

 Isn’t she soo cute! I love that these two costumes have been put together with no cost and new sewing at all! Annie is adorable in this outfit and she loved the final version!

free girl costume idea Taking a shot!

 The best costumes are the ones that you make yourself, and they are even better if they cost nothing!  We love to sew, but this week we’ve set aside the sewing machine, just to show you some free skirt costume ideas.  How did you enjoy those free girl costume ideas?    Leave us a comment about your own costume make in the comment section.

Always be Exciting,

Allegra.