Sewing Costumes - Topic Overview and The Princess Tutorial

Hi Everyone! Let's talk about - Sewing Costumes! With Halloween right around the corner, I thought it would be fun to explore the fun and creative ways to make a variety of costumes using basic sewing patterns. Throughout this course, we will touch on sewing with different fabric types and explore a variety of sewing techniques. It will be a hands-on way to learn new things and to put into practice some of the things demonstrated in other SWC topics.

My hope is that we have fun together creating unique and creative costumes! As with all my courses, I also hope that the things taught inspire you to try something new, or simply refine your skills by practicing what's being taught. Together we can inspire and motivate each other!

I'll be demonstrating these techniques while walking you through a variety of video tutorials. This first week we jump right in with a basic Princess Dress Costume. This can be the base of your costume and will really come once paired with all the added accessories and embellishments. 

    There are so many options to explore. It's going to be a fun month!

    Are you ready? Let's go...

    In the videos posted below, I share with you an overview of the month-long topic and then take a deep dive into our first tutorial - The Quick and Easy Princess Dress. I encourage you to follow along and then go check your fabric stash and see what magical ideas you can come up with!





    Pattern Overview (designs that can be used to create a princess dress):

    • Liberty Jane Slip Dress
    • Liberty Jane Summer In Paris (Strappy Tank Top)
    • Liberty Jane Free Tank Top
    • Liberty Jane Free T-Shirt

    Patterns Overview (designs that we will use in the following weeks)

    • Liberty Jane T-Shirt Variations
    • Liberty Jane Leggings



      Video Timeline:

      • 0:00 - 1:25 Overview
      • 1:25 - 6:40 Fabric, Patterns, Design plans
      • 6:40 - 7:40 Slip or Tank Top Modification Note
      • 7:40 - 16:00 Blue Princess Dress
      • 16:00 - End Pink Princess Dress

      Tutorial Notes:

      • Skirt Measurements - Tulle or mesh fabrics 5.5" by 56" or the width of your fabric. Lining fabric (if cut from a knit or heavier weight fabric) 5.5" by 24" wide.
      • Modified cut lines for the Slip Dress pieces (pictured in pink, no center back seam) - Measure down from the CB and CF neckline at the FOLD 3-3/4". This is the length used in the video demonstration.

      Week One task:

      • Get your pattern (or find a tank top or tee to work with), find your fabric and supplies, and follow along with the princess tutorial! I'd love to see the princess or fairy dresses that you create using this simple method.
      • Jump over the SWC Facebook Group for conversation and project sharing.


      Next Tuesday - Week 2: Leggings, Tees, and Accessories - Oh My!


      Elona Namor
      Elona Namor

      September 21, 2018

      Where do I find the course outline? I am missing quite a few of them. Elona


      September 11, 2018

      Love this, thank you. can’t wait till next week.


      September 07, 2018

      Love this topic choice! Thank you

      Caroline Crowley
      Caroline Crowley

      September 06, 2018

      Thanks this tutorial..can’t wait to try it..I can use up my left over tulle and glitter fabric..


      September 05, 2018

      Thank you. So much fun.

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