This home sewn ladybug costume sewn for my 3 year old daughter is made out of a very basic dress pattern with some added frills.
The main bodice of the dress is sewn of crushed velvet recycled from last year's costume. Over top of that I added red polka dot taffeta, also recycled (from a goodwill find), along with some ribbon detailing. Beneath the skirt I have 2 layers of black mesh used as a tutu to fluff out the skirt.
The wings were created by reshaping two metal clothes hangers and sewing more of the polka dot fabric over top. I then used black duct tape to join then together in the back... over top of that I added some fiberfill padding and cloth covering sewn onto that in order to keep the ends of the wire from becoming a scratch and poke hazard. I then opted to simply sew the wings onto a fixed point on the back of the dress rather than attach elastic arm straps as is most commonly done.
The headpiece is just a headband with polka dot fabric hot glued over top. I also hot glued black pipe cleaner antennae with small sewn fabric balls glued on top.
She wore the dress over a black turtleneck and pants. This dress took me less than a week to complete, and by using recycled fabrics and thrift store finds I spent less than $10 on it.
I had seen ladybug costumes in the shops for Halloween and wanted to buy one but they were expensive so I decided to get creative. I borrowed the black tutu from a friend. I had the red corset already and I purchased a ladybug set (wings, antanae and wand) in a costume shop. It was only $5.
I then purchased 2 12" squares of both red and black felt and cut them up into small circles of about the size of the top of a juice carton/milk carton and sewed them onto the corset and a black skirt. I purchased the striped gloves in a costume jewelery shop.
To finish off the ladybug costume I had a red garter belt and black stockings. The skirt went on 1st and the tutu under it to give it lift and then the corset and tada - a unique ladybird outfit that everyone thought I had bought. Compliments all night.