In typical brown family fashion the costume ideas changed on a daily basis from Secret Princesses, to the white rabbit in Alice in Wonderland. My tactic is to wrack my brain for what we have that can be used, I would rather spend our time creating something that can be taken apart and re used or made up of what we already have than creating or buying something totally perfect that is a one trick pony. I was also concerned that she would be warm enough, the days leading up to World Book Day this year were the days of the Beast from the East. She is not a child who likes layers under a costume and to cover it up with something warm would cause her major problems.
So Wednesday night, we finally pinned it down to Lucy from Narnia. We looked through some googled images and then perused what we had, in terms of fabric and existing clothes. I then narrowed it down to this costume
I found a couple of linen skirts; an old favourite skirt of mine that had a rip near the top (originally destined for some visible mending) and another small adults skirt that was in the fabric pile (it was Boden :\, felt a little bit bad about this one but it wasn’t being used, it was this style, different colour though).
We also pulled out a red cardigan and a vest top. She wore the cardigan under the vest top for warmth and the sleeves, the vest top then functioned nicely on top as the bodice (layers, comfort and warmth win win win).
Heres how we put together the rest of it….
The top of the costume was great as is, so we looked at the skirts and checked the length, the natural linen coloured underskirt was cut just bellow the tear and elastic added to the top. I measured the elastic to fit comfortably on Mias waist the zig zagged it to the outside of top edge of the underskirt. The Boden skirt had a floppy contact hem which we cut off, cut up the middle of it till a couple of inches from the waistband then hemmed the slash and bottom. It was only slightly big for her so I attatched both skirts together just bellow its waistband with straight stitch, easing the waistbands together by pining and matching each quarter. The boden skirt fastened with a button, loop and zip, but there was enough give in the elastic of the underskirt to make this work.
The ruffle at the hem matched her cardigan quite well so we turned it into two cuffs. I measured some elastic to fit comfortably round her wrist and then cut the ruffle slightly larger than the elastic, big enough to go easily over her hands. I gently stretched the elastic to fit the short end of the ruffle and stitched it on then sewed up the sides.
That evening as I was sewing the skirt to the costume as my phone pinged, a message to say school and therefore World Book Day one was cancelled because of snow. I finished it up and called it a night. She was pleased with it when she woke up in the morning then it got put on one side, snow fun was waiting to be had. She looked more like the white witch that day with icicles in her hair….
Monday night, the news came that World Book Day was on the next day. Mia and I got it into our heads that “Lucy” needed her dagger and medicine for her belt, I’m pleased I did it I think it helps complete the look.
We had an old belt and added some gold tape to make cover the cut end. We cut a dagger from cardboard, with a vague lion head shape for the handle, covered the tip with metallic silver 3M tape, some masking tape in the middle and the handle with gold tape.
Then we needed a holder for it. I had some white pleather left over from her rock star outfit. After a little bit of experimenting I discovered that a brown sharpie marker worked well to colour it. I cut around the dagger with a 1cm seam allowance, added a long band on each side to fix it to the belt and stitched the sides together and bands together.
For Lucy’s medicine we found a bottle of coloured sand so I made a small pouch, it was basically a long rectangle for the back which folded over to thread on to her belt and a square for the front so the medicine could be easily taken in and out.
I’m assured that the medicine was used to heal and the dagger used to cut someone free, so it was definitely worth making them.
Heres Mia being Mia dressed as Lucy.