I have three children, ages 6-8, so I am always looking for inexpensive costume ideas. This year, we decided a theme that enabled us to build on things we already owned would be the best way to go. We received a costume catalog in the mail, and my youngest daughter said "Mommy, I want to be a poodle skirt girl!" So, after talking it over, we chose to dress in Homemade 50's Sock Hop Costumes!
I looked at costumes online, in stores, and in catalogs. After seeing that each costume would cost at least $20, I decided that it couldn't be too hard to make one myself. I made the poodle skirts from felt, which I found on sale at a local fabric store. The total cost for both skirts was only $9! I cut a circle pattern out, sewed an easy hem, and added elastic to the waist band. The poodles were iron-on patches, so no sewing was involved.
I cut letters out of the leftover felt and pinned them on their shirts, similar to what was worn on 'Laverne & Shirley'. I thought it made a nice finishing touch! The scarves were borrowed from a friend. It was an incredibly easy costume, and I believe that it could be done without sewing as well. My girls talked my son into being a 'greaser', which was great. We already had everything we needed for that costume, so there was no cost involved.
It turned out so cute, and they have gotten so many compliments. This will be hard to beat next year!
We had my mom a 60th birthday party where everyone dressed up in the rock-n-roll era. I made my daughter Sofie, who was 3 at the time, a pink and black polka dot poodle skirt with her own Mary-Janes, socks and sweater. I got a half yard of fabric, cut it in a circle and cut out the center. Since I don't sew I folded the edge of the waist over a rope and hot glued the edge down.
Leaving the ends of the rope hanging out I pulled the skirt on her and tied it in the back. I also cut out a strip of the fabric for the scarf and tied it around her neck. I found a print out of a poodle, traced it on white felt, traced the outline in black marker and glued a white pom pom on the tail and glued it to the skirt.
I still get compliments on the rock and roll costume and it has been borrowed many times since then for friends to wear. Cost $3 fabric from clearance bin and items we already had.