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Coolest Homemade Child's Queen of Hearts Gown 73

by Jacquie H.
(Cottonwood, AZ, USA)

Homemade Child's Queen of Hearts Gown

Homemade Child's Queen of Hearts Gown

Homemade Child's Queen of Hearts Gown
Homemade Child's Queen of Hearts Gown
Homemade Child's Queen of Hearts Gown
Homemade Child's Queen of Hearts Gown

I made this Homemade Child's Queen of Hearts Gown for my baby sister. She wanted a "poofy" gown with "TONS OF SPARKLES." A typical description from an eight year old girl.

When I was her age, I had a store bought Queen of Hearts costume that I wore until I couldn't get the zipper up anymore. It really made me want to give her something she wouldn't EVER want to outgrow for Halloween.

This was a venture of love. I recently moved 2600 miles away from her, and couldn't get accurate measurements for myself, so when she came to visit this summer, I made a duct-tape duplicate of her so that I could make her costume for the form, since I figured it would be a detailed gown that I didn't want to risk being too small! She hated making the duplicate, but it SAVED MY LIFE with this project!

I drafted the pattern from the dress form, and made the entire gown out of velvet. I lined the entire dress in a yellow cotton that I had WAY too many yards of and made little "pillows" for big side bustles, to give her that regal look. The three-quarter length sleeves open up to look like hearts, too. I like QUIRKY.

The hearts are appliqued down the front of the dress, and the front of the bodice is hand-stitched trim. The standing collar is made with SUPER STRONG iron-on interfacing, which seemed like really heavy felt to me. I put piping in the edges of the collar and on the details on the sleeves. I happened to have pearl beads in my box of tricks, so those made it on the sleeves as well. The belt is velvet with red piping, and the "buckle" is a wood cut shape that you'd find in a craft store for $.50 which I painted gold and embellished with red rhinestones. I suggest a glue like e600 for longevity. Hot glue would definitely work, though.

I also made her crown out of polymer clay (it bakes in the oven, and has solved a great deal of these sorts of situations). It was painted, and embellished with resin gemstones. I also drilled tiny holes along the bottom of the crown to use to stitch the crown to the wig. I got a cheap "Little Orphan Annie" wig and styled it with hairspray and lots of bobby pins. When the wig was set, I stitched the crown onto the top center of the wig.

I also made her a fur-trimmed capelet/robe, which basically has a circular shape. The hand-stitching took a great deal of time. I stitched up a quick bag with the scraps of velvet and an applique test heart. I then boxed it up and sent it back EAST!

My sister did NOT want to take it off, and it was a smash hit with everyone. Not quite as good as trick-or-treating together but I've never endured a "Halloween Countdown" quite like THIS one before.

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Inspiring
by: Anonymous

A truly inspiring outfit. Detailed and queen like. Fit for a little Princess.

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