Monday, October 20, 2014

Tinkerbell and Periwinkle {Homemade Costumes}

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Lest you should think my girls are giving up their chance to be Elsa and Anna this year... let me start by saying that these are last year's costumes. Ha! Along with every other sister duo out there, my girls are jumping on the Frozen bandwagon for Halloween this year. (Totally their idea, not mine). I LOVE letting my kids pick out their own costumes. Can't say they were super original this year, but even I admit that they will be the perfect Elsa and Anna, with a new baby brother to dress as Olaf!

Enough about that... let's rewind to last Halloween! There I was, two weeks ahead of schedule, sewing my little heart out. I had every last detail of Tinkerbell and and her sister Periwinkle sorted out in my mind. And then, something hit me, hard. I felt sicker than sick. Pregnant!! The good kind of sick. But it certainly put a kink in my Halloween sewing. Then and there, I made a pact with myself to never get that crazy when it comes to homemade Halloween costumes again. I only got half of my sewing done... And literally, just minutes before trick-or-treating began. We didn't have any time for cute pictures. Grrr. And by the time Halloween was over, I never wanted to see those costumes again, (they brought back memories of nausea), so I put them away. But just for the record, they really were the cutest little fairies on the town that night :)

Now fast forward to this year... I realize I never got cute pictures of my girl's in their fairy costumes, and I really did want to share them on the blog. So yesterday I dressed them all up and headed to the park to take photographs. (Throw a little bribery in there- I had to remind the girls how hard I worked on these costumes, and they owed it to me to dress up for pictures. Such little pixies, they are)! The good thing is that now they want to keep them out and play with them! (Why didn't I think of that last year)?

When the Disney movie, "Secret of the Wings" came out two years ago, my girls were enamored. They LOVED that Tinkerbell had a sister. I can't even count how many times they have played "Tink and Peri." It was their wish to dress as these fairies last Halloween, and given how cute they were, I knew I was going to help them make it happen.

My favorite part was designing the costumes. I decided to create Tink and Peri both as winter fairies. We live in a colder climate, and I wanted both of my daughters to be warm and snuggly when we went Trick-or-Treating. I used this picture of Tinkerbell as my inspiration.

How did I do?
My original plan included a hood, green leggings, boots, a pixie dust pouch, and homemade wings.  

But regular white leggings, easy pom poms added to their shoes, and store bought wings had to suffice.

Other elements in the costumes included- earmuffs, belts, and white hair spray for Peri.

I don't have a complete tutorial to share, like I had planned. But it probably doesn't even matter this year, because your daughters are going to be Elsa and Anna too, right? Haha. Anyhow, here are a few details, and if you're interested in making your own, I hope that you will find some pictures of my process helpful! Just a note- these are in NO way flawless! There were several design elements that I could have executed in a better way, or with a pattern. But, it was a great learning process for me, trying to figure it all out on my own. :)

Design Process:
I used a sweater that belonged to my daughter, and created a mock up on muslin. This is just one of several versions. I only created one sleeve, and I'm happy it worked out so well! Don't pay attention to the triangles at the bottom- it was a very loose brainstorm.

All my supplies were found at Joanns.
The costumes are fully lined in a plush soft fabric. 

At this point, I was thinking this would make the perfect Elf costume!!

Here's a few pictures of the sleeves...

Here's a nice picture of the finished jacket:

The "earmuffs" were a cinch to make. I just wrapped a headband in scraps of the jacket fabric, with hot glue, and then glued a very large pom pom to both ends.

And that's all I've got as far as the construction of these costumes. I'm so glad I was able to pull this idea off in the knick of time. The girls had a blast dressing up as their favorite pixie fairies and staying warm at the same time!

Remember... all you need is a little FAITH, TRUST, AND PIXIE DUST!
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  1. Awesome, Rachel! Katrina is looking at these photos with me and just broke into song (singing "Let It Go") haha. She also dreamed out loud of how cool it would be if you attached the girls to strings so they could fly ;)

  2. So cute, reminds me of when I made all of my girls costumes!

  3. They look so cute! I saw a post on FB the other day that said they'd invented a new drinking game that every time Anna and Elsa turn up to trick or treat you take a drink. Sounds like if you played that game you might end up very inebriated. We don't really have Halloween in Australia so I love living through the US blogs/IG at this time of year. Can't wait to see your little munchkins dressed up!


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