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Sewing a Ty Lee Costume: Part 2

Last week for Fibre Friday, (Sewing a Ty Lee Costume: Part 1) I promised to show you our finished Ty Lee costume! We finished it this week, before we made the drive to Halifax to enjoy Hal-Con today.

Sewing a Ty Lee Costume: Part 2

To create the Ty Lee blouse pattern, we traced a blouse that fit my daughter well. We had to change the sleeves to make them the bell shaped ones so my daughter drew them out. This was the first time setting in sleeves for both of us and I’m not entirely happy with the seams at the armholes.

We also had to add a Mandarin collar. We used this Mandarin collar tutorial. It was easy! We had already finished the basic collar completely before adding a Mandarin collar though, making a strange seam. I think you have to look closely to notice.

We also cheated a bit because the iron broke. Instead of encasing the elastic for the hem, we ran the elastic on the inside, sewing it while holding it taut (like I did for sewing a cape). It worked quite well.

My daughter cut out and sewed the bracers herself. She also cut out the strips of fabric to wear in her hair.

Here is my daughter wearing the finished Ty Lee costume.

Ty Lee costume

My daughter’s ballet shoes are perfect as Ty Lee slippers. She is a blonde, so we did try dyeing her hair. However, the rinse we used only made her hair a darker blonde. She is currently seeking a brown wig at Hal-Con that she can use in future!

Update: As you can see in the featured photo above, my daughter did find the perfect brown wig.

Are you sewing a cosplay, or Halloween costume for your child? Please let me know in the comments below!

Love, Luck &

Laughter,

Kimberly

 

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Sewing a Ty Lee Costume: Part 1

It’s Fibre Friday! We have been working on all sorts of sewing and knitting projects. As you know, we like to cosplay (see our Elsa cosplay here). I am going to share the cosplay we are finishing for Hal-Con in Halifax next week! We are big fans of the animated series (not the movie), Avatar: The Last Airbender. Since my daughter is into acrobatics, she decided to dress as Ty Lee.

 

Sewing a Ty Lee Costume: Part 1

My daughter started with a design.
Ty Lee costume

Then my daughter and I went on a shopping trip to the local fabric store and found the perfect colours for Ty Lee’s costume.
Ty Lee costume

Next, my daughter cut out some pattern pieces on her own for the collar and the skirt.
Ty Lee Costume

For the pants, we used a combination of a basic kids’ pattern I had on hand and this harem pant pattern we found on Pinterest.
Ty Lee costume

We cut strips to make cuffs.
Ty Lee costume

Then we cut pieces for the skirt, hemmed them, and attached them to the waistband. If we had it to do over again, we would have doubled each piece, sewn around them, and turned them inside out so they hang better.
Ty Lee costume

Here are the finished pants!
Ty Lee costume

Since we hadn’t finished the top before CaperCon, my daughter wore one of her pink tops with the pants. We will be finishing the Ty Lee top this week and I will share with you! Are you working on any Halloween or Hal-Con costumes? Will we see you at Hal-Con? Please let me know in the comments below!

You can find Sewing a Ty Lee Costume Part 2 here.

Love, Luck &
Laughter,

Kimberly

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Sewing a Frozen Elsa Costume Part 3

Sewing a Frozen Elsa Costume Part 3

The last two Fridays, I shared the making of the dance version of a Frozen Elsa costume for my daughter: Fibre Friday – Sewing a Frozen Elsa Costume Part 1 and Elsa Costume Part 2. It’s dance competition season and my daughter wore it today for her lyrical dance solo!

I completed the arms from fabric recycled from my daughter’s nightgown. I was worried about working with such sheer fabric as I’m a beginner at sewing. An employee at Fabricville had a great tip for me – sew it with a layer of tissue paper. That worked like a charm and the tissue paper tore away easily afterward. Here is the arm pattern I came up with after measuring my daughter:

Elsa Frozen costume

We also wanted to add some sparkle to the skirt and sleeves. My daughter thoroughly enjoyed helping out with the painting and spray painting!

Here is my daughter modelling the finished outfit in the snow we STILL have on the ground! It was a very sunny day though!

Frozen Elsa costume

Her brother was kind enough to carry her back and forth for the photo shoot (unceremoniously):

Frozen Elsa costume

I went back to the drawing board for the capelet part of the coronation cloak and came up with this very simple template:

Frozen Elsa Costume

I did still double the fabric, sew the two pieces together and turn them out. I put in elastic at the top to create the collar. I LOVE working with this beautiful velveteen – it was a lot easier to work with than the stretchy and sheer fabrics I worked with for the rest of the costume.

Then I hemmed a rectangular piece of fabric and attached it to the underside of the capelet. I shopped around and found these earrings and attached one to the cloak. The jewel may not be blue like Elsa’s, but it sparkles nicely:

Frozen Elsa Costume

And here is the finished cloak! This is my daughter after she competed tonight, earning a High Silver medal:

Frozen Elsa costume

Frozen Elsa costume

For the snowflakes in Elsa’s hair, we bought big snowflake sequins and attached then to hair clips with crazy glue:

Frozen Elsa costume

So that’s it – the Frozen Elsa costume (dance version). My daughter loved it and is looking forward to wearing it at Hal-Con in the fall. I think next up in our sewing adventures will be some non-dance cosplays!

What have you been sewing, knitting, crocheting, or making in your home or homeschool this week? Feel free to share!

Love, Luck &
Laughter,

Kimberly