I love creating costumes for the kids and what I do is nothing fancy or professional, I do it all by hand and it’s rough around the edges at time but the kids are always happy and their smiles make all the time and effort worth it. This Indian Princess costume was by far my favorite to do, this one was created a couple years back and my daughter came up with the idea, I then just had to figure out to make it happen.
I like the challenge and this one was no exception, took my a couple of days just working on it in my free time but it could have been done in one day if you had the time to devote just to that. Finding the right thing to make it out of and not break the bank took me several shopping trips. We took a simple ladies cape that i found at Goodwill, being that is was to big for a child we had to cut it down to size and I began sewing it together on the sides to make it look more like a dress.
I then added a decorative border down the front, which came from a bag of scrap material I had gotten from my mother in law at some point. Fringes I had to cut along the sides and along the bottom then added beads and used leather laces to lace up the front. Using the leather laces and a decorative “medalion” I printed on card stock off the computer, we created a necklace.
Then, I made a head band out of the same scrap material we used to make the decorative border and added feathers. I finished it off with some simple slip on shoes also purchased at Goodwill, braids in her hair and a leather pouch to put over her shoulder that held a water canteen that she already owned.
All total we had about $10.00 in whole costume. Most things we already had from previous craft projects and we just incorporated what we had. She loved it and we got many compliments while out trick or treating. Even had someone offer to buy it from us once we were done with it. We did not sell it, it is still hanging in the closet and it remains one of our favorites.