A good friend of mine has a 5 year old daughter who is crazy about She-Ra-Princess of Power. Do you remember She-Ra? I confess, even though I remembered the name, I couldn't really remember the show. Not to worry, because Samantha was able to tell me all about it, and I went home and watched an episode. Purely for research purposes of course.
Anyway, Samantha asked if I could make her a She-Ra costume for Halloween, and of course, I said yes.
As you can see from my research photo, She-Ra's outfit is not particularly suited for a 5 year old, or even a 25 year old--what the heck is that cape attached to, anyway?? So, I went home and looked through my dress patterns and it didn't take long to come up with the answer.
Yep, McCalls Princess 0626 to the rescue! (Also used for the Dancing Princess costume)
It has the right bodice shape, can be made sleeveless, and shortened to the right length. I found some great stretch charmeuse fabric that is washable, big plus as this costume is white and some lightweight gold satin (also washable) for the embellishments on the dress.
The cape I made separately using half of a circle skirt pattern.
For the crown, armbands, and the boots, I used a stretch metallic bright gold fabric.
I used felt to make the shapes of the armbands, wings, and crown and sewed the gold fabric on top. I stitched velcro onto the outer edges of the armbands so they can be easily taken on and off.
For the base of the crown I used a child-sized headband and hot glued the pieces on to it. After the glue had set, I took some strong upholstery thread and tacked the edges in place.
Last, but not least, I purchased a pair of tall suede boots at a thrift store and covered them with the same bright gold fabric as the crown and armbands.
Doesn't she look awesome?
Happy Halloween, She-Ra--Princess of Power!!
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