Date: 09-03-2006, 05:30 PM (1 of 3)
I'm looking for advice, any advice, I can get about making my SD a cheerleader costume for halloween. I've made her some shirts and shorts before so I have an idea of the alterations I will need to make, but I'd love any and all advice I can get. I'm a relatively new sewer.
What's a good fabric? Is there a particular fabric that is better for doing pleats? Is there a particular pattern you would recommend? Any pitfalls to try and avoid? You should know that my only fabric store choices are a small Joann's and Walmart.
We live in Maine and it is pretty chilly by Halloween so I thought I should make a sleeveless design with enough ease to be able to wear a turtle neck under it. My SD is very very tall for her age (5'4" and just turns 11 tomorrow) so I know I want a 2 peice pattern, not a one peice dress.
Are pleats really tricky? I've never done them before but I love the look of the pleats with the contrasting color poking out from behind. Are those complicated to learn?
Thank you so much for your help. I'm a little panicy at the thought of doing this, but hopefully, if I start now, I will be okay.
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Date: 09-05-2006, 10:11 AM (2 of 3)
I don't think it will be too difficult at all.
Halloween costumes are the very first "garment" type things I ever made.
And they are so much fun!!!! I think giving yourself plenty of time is a good idea, just take it slow and steady, and I am sure you will make a terrific cheerleading outfit.
What about this Simplicity pattern? (S4040)
It goes all the way up to size 12 and the top looks perfect for wearing a turtleneck under.
Jen (who is busy making Halloween costumes for all 5 of the members of her family!!!)
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Date: 09-05-2006, 11:28 AM (3 of 3)
When I've made cheerleader outfits for squads up through Jr high we have used knit gabradine. It is not terribly expensive, comes in a lot of sizes and stretches which is a big help getting it on and off. I don't know about your school loyalties but if you have a local high school where your daughter may attend, I might suggest making it up in their colors (always a hit). Sometimes little ones with local colors end up getting adopted by the school cheerleaders as a tag a long. I've also made Halloween cheerleader outfits for my own daughter out of simple poplin. It is a little cheaper and works well. It wouldn't be as warm as the knit fabric. If you use the non-knit fabric you'll be sure that there is a zipper as they are harder to get on.
The two-color kick pleat skirts look sharper but the round skirts are easy to make. Here is a pattern that doesn't have as many pleats and also has the round skirt (if you'd like to try that).
This one has a knife pleated skirt that you might find easier too.
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