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we started talking about carnival a month ago. first my little girl wanted to be a princess, then a fairy, then hello kitty. but in the end i got a nasty tummy bug that kept me out of action for most of this past week…the week that i’d planned on making her costume. luckily, i remembered the costume that i’d sewn her two years ago. so sofia, once again, dressed up as a field of flowers, much to everyone’s happiness!
the costume wasn’t at all hard to make. i made a rectangle from green cotton (the field) with a central opening for the head to fit through. but in order for it to fit through, the slit had to be pretty wide, so i put on a couple of tiny snaps to keep it closed when on. then i sewed on petals and centers of colored fleece. i love sewing with fleece! it’s so easy to use and it doesn’t fray, so you don’t have to bother folding over edges.
i made the head shape with three pieces of cotton. i didn’t put elastic in it, but it really could’ve used it to keep it on better. then i sewed the big petals, turned them and sewed them on top, and covered the edges with the flower center.
two years ago, my little girl was really little (18 months) and she didn’t really like wearing the “field” part of the costume. so i made some leaves to go around her neck or waist so she could be just a flower. the same cotton, sewn with batting inside to make them a bit more puffy. after turning them right side out i sewed in the veins and sewed the raw edges inside the long strip of cotton.
i’ve always liked this costume because it’s totally unique (there are really way too many princesses out there during carnival and halloween!). but another great thing is that it’s not form fitting, so you can use it more than one year! a life saver!