Believe it or not folks but I already have one Halloween costume done! Say what?!! It isn’t even October yet! I made this costume for my 7 year old daughter. She still likes to dress up and be fancy but she didn’t want to be a Disney Princess like in years past. Instead we opted for a snow princess. Handmade costumes can easily become time consuming and expensive. I played to my strengths to keep it easy and inexpensive. The total cost out of pocket for this costume was only $9!!! I still can’t even believe it. I used things that I already had at home and got the rest of the materials with either a coupon or thrifting. I made everything pretty much from scratch aside from the shirt which I refashioned. There are 4 components to this costume. A snowflake crown, a hooded cloak, a sparkly shirt and a long tiered ruffle skirt. Let’s start with the top shall we?
The snowflake crown is made out of Christmas ornaments!
I picked up this package of silver sparkly snowflake ornaments last year at the super after Christmas clearance sale. I dug them out of the Christmas box to make this DIY snowflake crown. I started by taking a piece of elastic and measuring it to fit my daughter’s head. I sewed a piece of silver fabric (leftover from my skirt lining) into a tube that would become the casing for the elastic. Make sure your fabric tube is longer than your elastic so that the elastic can still stretch. I put the elastic inside the tube and then sewed the ends of the elastic together to make the crown. I pulled the silver fabric all the way around the elastic crown and sewed the ends by the elastic seam. I didn’t worry too much about it being perfect because I was planning on covering it with a snowflake ornament. Then I just glued the snowflake ornaments around the crown with hot glue.
Next was the hooded cloak. I made this cloak from a silky tablecloth that I got at a thrift store for $2. I have a tutorial on how I made it that I will share later. I wanted the hood of the cloak to be oversized and I am so happy with how it turned out.
Update: You can find the tutorial for the Oversized Hooded Cloak here!
Because the hood was so large, it has the added benefit of being worn on the head or around the shoulders! Score!! My daughter likes it around her shoulders better and I like it as a hood better. It is nice that she can wear it on her shoulders while she wears her crown and it doesn’t get in the way. P.s. look at that cold stare in the picture on the left! I guess she was channeling ice princess instead of snow princess.
You can’t tell to well from the pictures but the shirt is actually pretty neat. I looked around for a white sparkly or silver sparkly fabric to make a shirt out of but I just never found what I was envisioning. I was resolved to simply take in a women’s size white stretchy shirt that I had. When all of the sudden my gaze was directed to some of my old prom dresses hanging in a downstairs closet. One of the dresses had a sparkly silver mesh-like shawl. Ummm… PERFECT!!!! I first adjusted the size of the shirt to fit my daughter and then I unpicked it.
I took the shawl and laid it over the front of the shirt. I used the shirt as a pattern and cut. I sewed the sparkly bodice onto the front of the white shirt. I folded under the edge of the sparkly fabric around the collar and at the sleeves before I sewed it on. Then I sewed the shirt back together.
The skirt is basically a long tiered ruffled circle skirt. I made a circle skirt using a silvery grey velvet like fabric. I got about 7 yards of it for only $3 at a yard sale! How lucky is that! I used the circle skirt pattern from Made and I added a lining. I sewed two tiered ruffles onto the the lining to make it a long skirt.
Put them all together and you have one extremely darling snow princess!