This Homemade Princess Leia Costume was very inexpensive. My son wanted my husband and I to match his "theme" and I didn't want to spend additional on the costume, since I already had purchased matching-couple costumes for our night out. Every year my husband and I dress up in matching "couples" costumes for the evening, and for trick or treating kid friendly costumes we try and match our son's costume. That's double the price.
So this year I wanted to to make something inexpensive. I had a white dress I could have worn, but I just didn't like it, and it was windy out here. My husband borrowed a cape and the mask we already had, it was a 2year old mask, pants and top he already had "wardrobe". Our son was very excited that I was able to put it together. I was able to get the items way less than the "real costume".
The hair piece was the most I paid from a Halloween store.
Hair Piece $14.00 White lounge pants from Target $7.00 Loop belt was from Walmart $3.00 Topless shirt, and long sleeve shirt, bikers shorts (I already had) The necklace I already had, Lia Sophia. Boots I didn't have any so I posted a wanted ad. on my Yahoo community, and I was able to purchase a pair for $5.00 great shape and it was just for the costume.
My 6 year old daughter was recently introduced to the "Star Wars" saga and she absolutely loved and wanted to be the heroine character of Princess Leia. After scouring the internet, and not coming across anything that wasn't overtly risky (like the slave costume) or goofy, like the fake-looking brown ear muffs intended to be Leia's hair buns, I decided to take a leap of faith and work something up that she would be proud to wear.
I found a size 2x women's white flowing cotton shawl at the thrift store with long sleeves that had no buttons in the front but had a really cool extra layer on the back neck area. I then sewed the front together, and flipped the shawl around so that it would form a slight cowl neck.
I purchased a couple of foam rollers at Sally's beauty supply shop for a couple of dollars and then rolled up my daughter's hair and pinned it with several bobby pins.
I then dug around in her closet for a pair of white snow boots and she wore a pair of white tights. I then took my old 1980's silver chain belt, took out several chains and fastened it around her waist. We bought a cheap machine gun from Wal-Mart and she was all set.
She absolutely loved her Homemade Princess Leia Costume!
My husband and I are HUGE Star Wars fans, so all our kids are stuck being Star Wars characters for their first Halloween. Our first born was Darth Vader. For the twins, I decided to reuse the Vader costume for my son and to make a Princess Leia costume for my baby girl.
I made a very simple white dress out of some white spandex material. I literally took one of her dresses, traced around it, cut the two layers and stitched it together. For the belt, I used a metallic, silver, net ribbon that I just tied on. The hat was a little trickier. I used brown felt and made a bonnet style hat. For the buns I just twisted strips of the same brown felt until it looked like a cinnamon roll then I tacked it on the bonnet by hand.
I wish I would have added some elastic to the hat so it would stay on her head better.