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From: Aayla
Date: 09-13-2006, 04:10 PM (1 of 5)
Not sure if I should have put this in the beginners or here.
I have a pattern for a halloween costome for my daughter. She is a 2T but the smallest the pattern comes is a 7. I'm wondering how hard it is to cut it down to her size and any pointers you have to give.
It's a fairly simply design I think, Princess Leia.
Thanks in advance.

User: Aayla
Member since: 09-12-2006
Total posts: 5
From: mommydionne
Date: 09-13-2006, 05:03 PM (2 of 5)
Is it the white robed Leia?? Going from a 7 to a 2T is kinda tough b/c you are moving from a child size to toddler and the body proportions are much different (ie a toddlers head is almost 1/4 of their total height). But on something like a robe it would be ok, perhaps you could find a pattern in her size and just modify the details to make her look like Leia.
Having said that, I cut and slash patterns all the time to make them fit. Perhaps try fitting it with some cheapie fabric or an old sheet to see how it goes.
good luck
User: mommydionne
Member since: 01-08-2004
Total posts: 838
From: Aayla
Date: 09-13-2006, 05:46 PM (3 of 5)
Yes it's the white one. It was on the Simplicity site not long ago but I don't see it now. It's pattern 4426.
I'm not experienced at all. I have made a couple of shirts. I make her costume, the skirt, last year by mostly winging it. I can hem, mend, and make pillows.
So I don't know if I can change a pattern that much. Even a simple one.
User: Aayla
Member since: 09-12-2006
Total posts: 5
From: AndreaSews
Date: 09-13-2006, 09:18 PM (4 of 5)
I know you were thinking of sewing this one, but I have another idea that I really think would work well for a toddler Princess Leia. The white robe costume is very plain, flowy, and loose, with long sleeves and an optional brown belt. The pattern probably calls for a back zipper and a woven fabric, preferably white, right? For a teeny little toddler, I would buy or borrow a men's Large white t-shirt and put a belt around it (some braided brown yarn). The recognition factor for Princess Leia is her hair, wrapped like a skinny sausage in swirls on both sides of her head. You can make a wig using a small (4X4") swatch of brown fabric and use your sewing machine to sew brown yarn strands onto it to make a center part, and then twirling the strands of yarn to make the big "sausages." The wider the yarn you buy, the les time you'll be spending snipping lengths of yarn to make the tresses. You can use bobby pins to hold the swirls intact, and also to hold the wig on her little head. Very Cute! Very fun!
User: AndreaSews
Member since: 02-18-2005
Total posts: 1007
From: Aayla
Date: 09-14-2006, 03:31 PM (5 of 5)
Thank you for your idea. Pretty good.
However I found one to buy online that's a pretty good price and I think I'll do that. My daughter is highly into SW and probably wouldn't be happy with a tee. She knows what it's supposed to look like. LOL
User: Aayla
Member since: 09-12-2006
Total posts: 5
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