last-minute-costume-ideas

I have some easy to do ideas about costumes you’ll be able to finish this weekend and wear to any parades on monday and tuesday. Since I myself didn’t have time to prepare anything, I will be sewing along with you and post the different steps after each other. I will inform you on facebook and twitter every time I add something to the recipe. First I give you your shopping list. For this Hippie-Costume you gonna need ca. 3.5 m of fabric, I use a flower print. I am wearing normally a german size 36, that would be an american size 6 and in the UK a size 8. So if you wear bigger sizes you gonna need more fabric. You also gonna need some rest of an elastic fabric like jersey, about 1 m of elastic and a zipper about 20 cm long. And a fitting shirt or blouse.

This Hippie-Costume you need 1.8 m of a flower-print fabric, even though I could imagine it out of neon-colored fake-fur too. ūüėČ This one is pretty much uni-sex and can also be worn by male hippies. If you want to you can add the vest from the other costume above, but then you should buy 2.2 m. For this one sizes do not need to be considered much, Only if your a very tall person you might need some more fabric. You also gonna need a rest of jersey, some elastic and clothes to wear with it;)

this one I am not going to sew, but its more as an idea what you can do with the same pattern as above. If you sew them in fake-fur and add some ears on a hairband you can also have a bear costume. So use your imagination. ūüėČ For this one you would need about 2.2 m of fake fur. Also jersey-rest and elastic. Also an hairband if you wanna do your bear-ears yourself. ¬†And of course a fitting shirt and pants. If you are unsure if you need more or less fabric as me, or if you wanna mix up the parts or only do a few of them, please do your pattern first, I will upload how to later today and then go fabric-shopping with your pattern.

The Pattern

Sleeves

First of you measure around your elbow and add about 5 cm to that and then the length from your elbow to your wrist or half your hand or how long you want to have it. Those 2 measurements should make a box. Mine is 35cm x 42cm.

Divide the width (around your elbow plus 5) in 4 or 5 equal parts and cut the box into strips with the length.

glue the strips on another paper building a half circle, or if you want to save fabric a quarter circle could work, too.

connect the parts with a curved line. And then cut it.

pant legs

Do a box like that for the pant legs, but this time measure around your knee and add some cm and from your knee down as far as you want. My box was 40 cm wide and 46 cm long. Divide the width in 4 or 5 parts again, make equally wide strips. Cut them. build a quarter circles out of the strips connect the parts with a curved line. cut it.

Vest

For this I used the pattern of the vest/waistcoat.

draw the front part on a new paper. shorten it 20 cm in length

draw the neckline into the middle front and draw a little down from the line you drew before and cut it.

draw the back on another paper, too. then put the front part on it and make sure the side-seams have the same length. then draw a line at a right angle from that side seam length. and cut it.

Skirt

Mark a middle line on a paper. Measure your waist and add 5 cm (if you are like me and don’t like things to sit right at your waist) then divide that sum through 4. This number your divide by 2 and go each half from the middle line.

then go 15 cm (or if you started in your waist 18-20cm) and draw another line in a right angle, this time your hip divided by 4 and divide it equally to both sides of that middle line again. when you connected the waist points to the hip points it should look like this.

from there go down the middle line the length you want, mine was 1 m. In 1 m down draw a right angled line again.

draw the side seams down until you reach that hem line.

make the side seams at the waist a little longer so you can draw short lines in a right angle down to the waist-line.

so now you measure the length of the side seams and mark the length you measured at the middle line, it should be a little shorter.

now draw right angled (to the side seam) lines and connect them to the original line.

and cut it.

Cutting

Fold the fabric so that selvage lays on selvage.

Sleeves

Put the sleeve part right at the selvage, of course you can put it almost any other way, too. Use the glued on stripes as lines that need to be parallel to the selvages. But the easiest would be like this. Since you cut 2 layers of fabric at once like this you only need to cut this one time.

Pant legs

Same as for the sleeves here. Easiest is to put on outline right at the selvage, but you can turn it so any other strip is parallel  to the selvages, too.  You cut here both legs at once, too.

Vest

The middle front of the front part needs to be parallel to the selvages and the back part needs the fabric fold at the middle line. And I want to double it, so it is lined with the same material, so you need to cut it twice.

Skirt

The skirt part middle line should be parallel to the selvages. I forgot the seam allowance so I added it with chalk lines 1 cm to the pattern lines.

after cutting it once you need to cut it again, so you have 4 parts in the end, but this time you can use the added seam allowance from before, by using the already cut parts as the pattern this time.

Sewing

remember to always secure your seams!

Sleeves

Fold them in the middle and pin both edges together.

Sew them with straight stitching if you have the selvages as edges like me and so no need to consider fraying, if not look what I did with the pant legs.

Then iron the seam allowances apart.

Measure around your arm just above the elbow then cut 2 pieces of the elastic with that measurement plus 1 cm. Cut 2 strips out of the jersey with the same length and as width 2 times the width of the elastic plus 2 (or more) cm.

Sew the elastic with zigzag into a ring.

also sew the jersey into a ring, once folded face to face, and then another time when folded the seam allowance to one side.

Fold the jersey in the middle and put the elastic in between both layers.

Pin it to the sleeves.

Sew it together with zigzag while stretching the jersey, don’t get any stitches in the elastic.

Fold the seam allowance down and sew it again with zigzag.

Fold the hem inwards (1 cm) pin it and sew it with zigzag.

Sleeves finished!

Pant legs

Fold both part in the middle, edge on edge and pin them.

Sew them with zigzag-stitching.

Fold the seam allowance to one side and sew with zigzag on the right side over all layers again.

The rest of the pant legs you do like the sleeves:

Measure around your leg just below the knee then cut 2 pieces of the elastic with that measurement plus 1 cm. Cut 2 strips out of the jersey with the same length and as width 2 times the width of the elastic plus 2 (or more) cm.

Sew the elastic with zigzag into a ring.

also sew the jersey into a ring, once folded face to face, and then another time when folded the seam allowance to one side.

Fold the jersey in the middle and put the elastic in between both layers.

Pin it to the sleeves.

Sew it together with zigzag while stretching the jersey, don’t get any stitches in the elastic.

Fold the seam allowance down and sew it again with zigzag.

Fold the hem inwards (1 cm) pin it and sew it with zigzag.

Pant legs finished!

Vest

Pin both vests together at shoulder and side seams, your vests are probably the same fabric ūüėČ I liked that I could wear both sides of the vest and they would fit with different stuff.

Sew all pinned seam with straight stitching.

Iron the seam allowances apart.

Pin both vests on each other, starting at the seams, to make sure they fit well there later. Left side on left side, so only right sides are showing.

Pin all edges on each other. Then do zigzag all around the edges, close to the edges with stitches very close to each other, but keeping the same width in the zigzag.and your vest is finished.

Skirt

Pin the four parts into a circle.

But leave at one seam 20 cm open at the top. Thats where the zipper will go.

Sew the other 3 seams with zigzag, and the rest of the seam with the zipper with a straight line. At the zigzag-seams fold the seam allowance to one side and sew it to the other fabric with zigzag again. (As you can see at the pant legs)

Now pin the open space for the zipper and sew it with the biggest stitches your sewing machine can do.

Iron the seam allowances apart at the seam where the zipper will go.

Now you need your zipper, put it on the seam allowances, with the middle on the seam.

Pin it there carefully.

Sew it.

Then open the seam with the large stitches above the zipper, try if it works just fine.

Now sew with zigzag each side of the zipper and next to the seam until the hem.

Pin the hem (1 cm) inwards and sew it with zigzag.

Pin the top seam allowance inward and sew it with zigzag, too.

The Bandana you can do of any leftovers of your fabric.

If anything is not understandable yet, please ask!

I’ll take pictures and show you how my turned out ūüėČ

So here they are:

I did some stitching as decoration at the skirt:

at waist and hem.

Well I hope you had fun with this! I would love to see what you did!

All the best

your TailorFairy

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