Last year, on Halloween, I made my daughter a dress similar to those in the 15th century because she wanted a princess costume. The only fabric where I had enough was the green broadcloth and white (dyed pink with pink dye found in the kitchen).
That year, I didn't have any money at all. I used a pattern but altered it for her shape and size, as well as style. I had to dye the white broadcloth pink because, well, green and white is too blah and she likes pink a lot anyway.
After sewing the whole thing together, I took out some leather string I have, braided it, sewed the ends so it didn't un-braid, trimmed it up and put snaps on it, as well as the sleeves of the dress- so it would have a little border. The braided borders are leather, so for washing purposes, I put it on snaps to allow the dress to be washed normally. (In other words, you could remove the braided bands, wash the dress, dry it and place them back on easily.)
The entire back where the pattern called for a zipper, I had to improvise. I had no zipper and no money, so I used hook and eye enclosures. There was this wonderful gold and frosted glass-looking button in my button collection that got used at the top of the back closure for asthetic reasons, as well. She wanted me to draw vine-like motifs on her face, I say it's reminiscent of some of the lettering of medieval years.
Everyone loved this princess costume and she still likes to wear it!
While my young daughter was thinking a "princess" I had something more along the lines of a medieval "Lady" in mind. This Medieval Lady Princess Costume was fabricated entirely with findings and fabric scraps I had already so the cost was $0 for me. I had a green satin and a gold silk fabric, and the ornate bodice was rebuilt from an adult sized "made in India" beaded summer top (taking it in in the back to preserve the buttons in the front). I hand beaded a few more beads to the bodice once it was finished to fancy it up even more. The slashed sleeves and "snow white" style puffs were the main design focus for me.
I turned to my art history book for inspiration on how to construct the hat and wimple and a vintage table napkin topped it off. The structure of the hat is plastic cross stitch mesh. I find the plastic mesh to be wonderful for quick construction because it cuts with scissors, is inexpensive and you can hand sew through it to attach it to itself- or to attach the covering material. Her brother was a knight, so although this costume stands alone, it was part of a pair.
To make the Prince Charming Costume all I had to do was get him a grey pair of tights. Buy a baggy blue T-Shirt, cut off his sleeves, cut the neck larger, and cut the sides off the shirt. Then wear a white long sleeve shirt underneath.
With the red material I glue gunned on a cape. With yellow paper I made the emblem, and just used a brown belt. The entire costume was made in under 30 minutes, and only cost under $20.
The Snow White costume was just a child's costume taken apart and then glue gunned to fit an adult.
Coolest Homemade Prince and Princess Couple Costume Idea 5
(Powell River, BC)
Homemade Prince and Princess Couple Costume Idea
This homemade Prince and Princess couple costume idea was inspired by Disneyland Cinderella and Prince Charming. I used Simplicity patterns for Cinderella and the Prince. Bought material to suite. I enjoy sewing and thought it would be fun for my husband and I to wear at the next Halloween dance. Always wanted to be a princess. Enjoy