Sylvan Sorceress Costume

October 5, 2008

sylvan sorceressTo start off, this IS NOT a giveaway. I made this costume for Lily last Halloween and it has much too much sentimental value to part with it. HOWEVER, I do plan on doing another costume giveaway this week. I guess you could say that this is a taste of what is to come. Although, I've been at a loss as to what that first giveaway should be. So I guess my first query is to you, dear reader- what costume would you like to see? Just leave a comment in this post. I will sort through them and try to find one that speaks to me:) I'm so excited to see what you have to say!

At any rate, let me tell you a little bit about this little piece. It was the first non-fruit related costume I had made for Lily. It represented a departure from babyhood for me. I was a little excited about sewing a 'pretty' costume. I have so many things running through my mind about this costume but I guess I'll start with the material. I used a satiny aqua blue material. In hindsight, I wish I had used a real taffeta material in a midnight blue color. But the lining was exactly what I had wanted. It is gold satin with tiny purple and yellow flowers embroidered into the fabric. It would have looked even better offset by blue taffeta but que sera. I used a gold knotted trim at the mid-sleeves, around the collar and the waist.

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Last year, Lily's hair was painfully short. I always wanted her to have long hair but it just refuses to grow so I made this cute little wreath of flowers with brown extensions hot glued onto a round wire. Surprisingly it worked like a charm! Looks real.... enough. I also found the star wand for $1 at Michaels Craft store. I painted it gold and added the rickrack and striped ribbons. Lily didn't even mind wearing the fake hair....much.

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The cut of the dress begins with an empire waist that billows out underneath. The arms cinch above the elbows then flare out to give the dress a 'wizardy' look. I only wish I had some fake pointy ears to match! The best part about this costume was that it was conducive for cold weather. Last year Lily was easily able to wear a sweater, jeans and sneakers without having a stitch of contemporary clothing peaking out.

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Of course, as I had mentioned earlier this is not a giveaway. However, if you like the dress feel free to link:) I like to get the Grosgrain word out whenever possible:)

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Ali said... Best Blogger Tips

I vote for something little girl...pumpkin, ballerina, hot dog...

Cynthia said... Best Blogger Tips
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Andrea J said... Best Blogger Tips

Mermaid? You've reinspired me to make my girls costumes. Thanks

Sharon said... Best Blogger Tips

this dress is sooo cute!! i don't even know what else to say:) i bet lily is going to love all the pictures you took of her when she is older, and she can tell all her friends how you went on adventures to get the perfect shot!

Samye said... Best Blogger Tips

That dress is so cute- I too would love to see something girlly. Big, princessy dress...

Superdumb Supervillain said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow! So pretty. Ethereal, even. Roo would go nuts for something like this...

Stephanie said... Best Blogger Tips

That is a great costume. Nice detail and very beautiful on your daughter.

Brittany said... Best Blogger Tips

So beautiful, I can see why you don't want to part with it.

Mary said... Best Blogger Tips

Absolutely gorgeous ensemble. You have such great talent. I can't think of anything to suggest for Halloween. My little girl will just be a month old when Halloween comes, so we're dressing her as a bumblebee (store bought since I'm not crafty with the sewing machine). But I'd like to see something girly - I like the ballerina idea but perhaps you can be inspired by a real ballet for the piece. I'm really into medieval styles - but perhaps the costume you made last year falls very closely into that category. Either way, whatever you make I'm sure will be absolutely gorgeous.

emi. said... Best Blogger Tips

i love making costumes. when i was younger, my mom made me a banana split costume. my two friends and i were all ice cream scoops (with cherry hats) and then we made a cardboard banana. but these are my top 3 suggestions:
1. witch (nothing like an awesome witch costume and an apple accessory)
2. gypsy
3. butterfly/dragon fly

heather said... Best Blogger Tips

I would love to see an animal costume. You know like a cat or something cute like that.

undefined said... Best Blogger Tips

I came across your blog while surfing the blogsphere, and I have to say that I am super impressed by your talent. I've barely started learning to sew, but I already know I could never accomplish half of the things you do! And I particularly love this costume.

I also love bug costumes. Like a ladybug or a lightning bug.

Double Blink said... Best Blogger Tips

The key to any good witch costume is the hat.

I also like the last idea of a lightning bug. Especially if it's sort of an abstract "lightning bug" inspired costume.

Also, maybe the blue fairy from Pinocchio, she's not very well known, so very mysterious.

Heather Bell said... Best Blogger Tips

I love it!!! How fun.

Pam said... Best Blogger Tips

This costume is beautiful! The sleeves remind me of a costume I would LOVE to see you make. A traditional Japanese/geisha girl costume! It would be absolutely beautiful, without a doubt!

Tammy (Mom to this crazy bunch) said... Best Blogger Tips

I just wanted to say that those photos are to die for... They are so etherial and...well... perfect!

Kara said... Best Blogger Tips

I would love to see something little girly... maybe a butterfly or a flower. Whatever you do, I'm sure it will inspire me for my daughters costume. You have great ideas!

kathy with a k said... Best Blogger Tips

You are wonderfully creative! and I don't know which I enjoy more, your designs or the way you photograph them!

I'm gonna suggest a woodland fairy, or maybe a cupcake costume.

noreen said... Best Blogger Tips

frankly I love this one. My girls love dressing up and would love this costume. It love it in this color, a rich green or mauve-pink color (like sleeping beauty pink). I wish I could sew. Maybe I should ask for a sewing machine for my birthday at the end of the month

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

I'd like to see a naughty fairy outfit, maybe in black or dark purple, with tattered wings & skirt hem :)

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

How about a princess Leia costume? I'm "inventing" one for my 2 yr old daughter (her brother is Luke Skywalker) and I'd love to see what you would come up with! Love this site!!

Anja said... Best Blogger Tips

This is a gorgeus dress. I love the sleeves.
I wote for fairy. Always :o)

Cass said... Best Blogger Tips

That dress is absolutely gorgeous and so are your photos

Danielle said... Best Blogger Tips

I would love to see a mermaid. It would still have the charm like Ariel for a little girl but could also be beautiful.

Amanda C. said... Best Blogger Tips

What a beautiful little dress! Wish I had something like that when I was a little girl. I have a son, so I can't really suggest anything costume-wise for Halloween that's girly. Maybe a Wizard outfit or King Arthur/Robin Hood outfit to go along with the sorceress dress (since it looks very medieval and Maid Marian-ish)?

Mel said... Best Blogger Tips

My mother could sew, but I think I only ever got one costume made for me...Wendy Witch. You make one glorious garment after another for your daughter. I hope she will ALWAYS appreciate your talent,and will perhaps join you in your sewing one day. Lovely post.

Liz Wilcken said... Best Blogger Tips

oh, I was so excited when I saw the picture because it's gorgeous! I want the same costume in MY size, fake hair and all!

Tiffany Winters said... Best Blogger Tips

I love it... at first I thought it was another giveaway. I had to laugh. my little blond girl would look pretty funny with the brown hair coming off the crown. lol. I am glad you are keeping something for yourself. You work too hard to give everything away. I got Bailey's costume for $11 on amazon. A butterfly. My hubby is in Law school, and we don't have a whole lot to spend. :) It comes today so we'll see if it looks janky. I would love a butterfly for her if you are willing! That's all she wants to be.

None said... Best Blogger Tips

Another GORGEOUS creation!! And yes, I can see why you dont want to let that one go!!

Now...what do I think you should make? ALICE IN WONDERLAND!! Why? Because My oldest is being a modern day Mad Hatter (girly dress) and I CAN'T find the perfect Alice costume for my almost 3-year-old!!! Actually maybe not...then I would cry if I didn't win

Terra said... Best Blogger Tips

This is an absolutely beautiful costume! I can see why you don't want to give it away. Your backdrops remind me of the Bridge to Terabithia.

Kara said... Best Blogger Tips

A few more ideas for you from my 3 year old herself. When I asked her what she wanted to be for Halloween, she came up with three ideas: a pirate, a fairy, or Santa Clause! (She is obsessed with Santa :-)).

Lucie said... Best Blogger Tips

You are amazing. What lucky children you have! Keep up the wonderful work!

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

I love all your creations. This is a gorgeous dress and last year my little girl was all princess. However this year it's Super Heros. I'd like to see your take on a Super Heroine costume. Keep sewing, it's inspiring.

Monique said... Best Blogger Tips

I love this type of costume, would love to see another one perhaps a different design?

jenny said... Best Blogger Tips

wow how cute and pretty you always have the most cutes l-fits and things realy grate work even my fair god mother would fall in love with this its too cute

Sarah-Jo said... Best Blogger Tips

Absolutely stunning!
thankyou so much Kathleen for donating a post to this creation its truly beautiful
The hair extensions make it, ingenius idea

your such an inspiration, I even made my daughter a dress like your Icecream social frock see here
I just loved it so much, doesnt look as good on a toddler hahaha but I couldnt help it I loved it so much

Im in the process of making my son and daughter wizard of Oz costumes (my sons request) he wants to be the scarecrow and insists his lil sister can pull off Dorothy

I like the idea of the kids going as characters from the same book/film etc

cant wait to see your next creation :)

btw still waiting by the mailbox for the pinata hopeful the postman will find it and deliever it one day!

Angela Yosten said... Best Blogger Tips

OMG... my daughter is going nuts over this costume! She loves to dress up in pretty princess type dresses and she just keeps telling me that "Paige habbat" (translation... Paige, have that.) This one is too cute! Once again... adorable. Great work!

McDonald Army Brats*** said... Best Blogger Tips

wow always inspiring! :)

Aubrey said... Best Blogger Tips

girly animal costumes, like a dragon (from the eragon series). My husband and I are going to be Phantom and Christine from Phantom of the Opera, I'm thinking about having my daughter go as the monkey music box. Is there anything she could go as that's more 'girly'? perhaps that can inspire you.

Tiercy said... Best Blogger Tips

I think your talent is amazing! Thanks for sharing it with us. I think you should do something Renaissance, mermaid, or lady bug.

Raena and Sebastian Tellez said... Best Blogger Tips

That is so pretty on her. She looks like an angel. I saw something the other day that gave me an idea but I could never do it myself. It was like a ladybug princess out fit. so fariy like just a little cuter. Anyways that is my two bits. But your daughter looks so beautiful!

icicle said... Best Blogger Tips

Beautiful. The setting of the first photo is picture perfect, though I love the pose in the field.

The Okrasinski's said... Best Blogger Tips

I am in for Cleopatra for my girl and my husband has always wanted me to make a bagpipe costume for our little one - he would be the Scot in the kilt holding his little bag of wind! I always thought it was funny but haven't figured out how to make it! The kilt is the easy part (and he has the legs for it) but I haven't figured out how to dothe bagpipe baby :)


Sherry said... Best Blogger Tips

I used that same pattern for a dress for my daughter when she was in pre-K. It is so beautiful isn't it!!! Yours is really pretty, my daughter picked a cotton fabric out. It was pretty, but not quite as elegant!

Have a great day!

Lory said... Best Blogger Tips

She is just too cute!!! The costume is adorable. :):):):)


Monica-FC said... Best Blogger Tips

something from the 30's thru 60's something from those time period. I love those.

Thalita Dol said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh, the dress is so cute and girly!

I'd love to see something also girly... like a ballerina cat! :)

kisses from Brazil!

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

Stunning costume! I'm not surprised you can't part with it, Lily looks lovely in it.

dominique said... Best Blogger Tips

I'd love to see your take on Little Bo daughter really wants to be that for Halloween and she wants her baby brother to be Little Boy Blue, and Mom and Dad the sheep. Everything out there is too prissy and not farmish enough!

•´.¸¸.•¨¯`♥.Erin.♥´¯¨•.¸¸.´• said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh. So. Pretty.

vfernandez said... Best Blogger Tips

I love your pictures of this costume. It is beautiful. And I would like to see a costume of a butterfly, gypsy or pirate.

Mama G said... Best Blogger Tips

This costume is beautiful!! My little girl loves to be a princess most of the time but is looking for something different for Halloween. She wants to be a pink skeleton or something girlie but scary?? I can't wait for what ever you make I'm sure it will be the best!

gillar girl said... Best Blogger Tips

I love coming to your site for inspiration! You never disappoint! As for a costume, hmmmm. How about an owl? That's what my little girl wants to be and I'm at a loss :)

Megan said... Best Blogger Tips

Gorgeous! Your photography is amazing, too.

I'd love to see what you'd come up with for Raggedy Anne or Little Bo Peep.

Cindy said... Best Blogger Tips

How about a chef costume. :)

Trish said... Best Blogger Tips

Maybe a flower fairy? I'm sure you'll come up with something fantastic, as always.

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

So pretty! And such great pictures. I love costumes that make the wearer believe they are what they are dressed as.

I've got to get to making a kitty cat tail.

Cammi said... Best Blogger Tips

well, who wouldn't want to be a fairy/princess/sorceress!

you are soo stinkin' talented!!

koala brains said... Best Blogger Tips

So pretty! Can I just tell you - I'm so impressed that your daughter poses as she does. My 3 year old daughter runs the other way so I have to act like we're bug hunting to get her outside to take pics - and she's usually wearing binoculars which has nothing to do w/ her outfit!

Dover Fam said... Best Blogger Tips

I love it of course!! Maybe this time I will be lucky.

LiEr said... Best Blogger Tips

Ballerina! And for cold weather! That's what my little girl wants. And I'm going to TRY to make it. Out of fleece, even if it is the weirdest fabric for a tutu ensemble. Your costume, though, is gorgeous and lucky Lily is so beautiful in it.

Mrs. S said... Best Blogger Tips

How about a sandwich. You could use different types of materials to create fleece for the bread, felt for lettuce, etc. Maybe Molly could coordinate and be a pickle. I love matching my kids/themes. Off course anything girly is cute too....I bet a mermaid would be beautiful. Do you remember seewees as a child? The babies had cute little swim caps over their hair. But it would be tricky if it was cold. Everything you create is beautiful. I can't wait to see what you decide.

Wendy said... Best Blogger Tips

So beautiful!!! No wonder you don't want to give it away. I wouldn't either.

Brittney said... Best Blogger Tips

i was bummed it wasn't a giveaway... i was out of town last week with no internet connection and i couldn't comment on the adorable red riding hood sweater... i'm bummed... but i;m excited to see what is to come... i check more than once a day, i'm quite obsessed. haha. Anyhow... i'd like to suggest a girl super heor costume, like cat woman, wonder woman, so a made up super hero... but i know whatever you make will blow everyone away! Thanks for sharing your talent!

RobinBirdsNest said... Best Blogger Tips

How beautiful!!

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

I am totally ripping off your idea. My daughter wanted to be a princess and I had something completely different planned, but this is soo perfect!

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

I love all the clothes you make and the giveaway idea. When I saw this dress, I immediately thought about Princess Lily from the Ridley Scott's movie, Legend.
I would love to see a mermaid costume since this is what I wanted to make for my own daughter, Elora. She is also a movie princess: from Willow.
Keep your great work!

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

Flower fairy! I meant to say flower fairy, not fairy princess! I am a little more creative than that, I think--I'd just forgotten what it was I wanted to write by the time I'd got through reading all of your readers' marvelous comments. I also would like to see what you'd do with the bo peep idea.

Crunchy Green Mom - Suzanne said... Best Blogger Tips

Costume ideas huh?... Some original.. something no one has seen...

How about.... a Tree Fairy costume, or even one for a Swan Fairy type, white, feathers, etc

Rachel said... Best Blogger Tips

incredible! i made my daughter's costume when she was 2 (she's now 4), and vowed never to do it again. i just don't have the skills.

i'm sort of dying that I missed out on the sarsaparilla skirt and vest. is there any way i could commission you to make one for my daughter???

bec said... Best Blogger Tips

very cute. makes me want to take the plunge and make my kids' costume. too bad they already have them. as for costume ideas, how about ladybug, butterfly, mosquito?

Rebecca Ramsey said... Best Blogger Tips

Lily makes the cutest sorceress ever!
It's a beautiful costume!

Sara said... Best Blogger Tips

Glinda the good witch from The Wizard of Oz. Pink is fun.
Your work is beautiful; your site very inspiring.

Rose and Ivy said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow!!!! I stumbled across your blog today-- you are so talented! I am not sure if anyone has suggested this yet, but maybe the classic "fairy princess?"

A really cute one is always a little red lady bird too.

SewsCute said... Best Blogger Tips

I really want my 18month old to be Minnie Mouse....the old school one in the red dress with the white poka dots. So I guess that would be my vote as to what costume you should make!

I think this dress is just beautiful!! I like the aqua! The fake hair was such a good idea!

Melanie @ Whimsical Creations said... Best Blogger Tips

How beautiful! I would love to see something girly. =) melanie

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

Make another one, you've done one before and we all like this costume! would mean putting up pictures of the costume twice. Make a period peice, open a costume book and pick a period you like, I personally love the early 1800s. Make sure that whatever it is, it's warm enough. Open up the dictionary and look at some random nouns for inspiration--maybe an autumn empress?

Sugarcoma said... Best Blogger Tips

When I looked on here and saw the costume my mouth dropped. It's beautiful! My 8 year old has been looking at Renaissance princess dresses for Halloween and I'm sure she'd love this.

My vote is for a Renaissance princess/maiden/queen costume...if it's not too late.

mo said... Best Blogger Tips

This is incredible! I am in awe of your skills and creative insight. The photos are so beautiful too.

crochetdlane said... Best Blogger Tips

O how GORGEOUS! Your talent is truly AMAZING, and I just LOVE looking at your pictures! I vote for Alice in Wonderland! My 4 year old daughter is in LOVE with Alice right now! Also maybe a butterfly, or mermaid, or a Disney princess?


BabyPop said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow I love the dress. The head peice is genius. I would love to see a dress inspired by a exotic flower, or nature a tree.

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

How about something that could work for a boy or a girl? I robe that could be for a wizard or sorceress would be my pick! I am so sick of the commercial choices for boys Halloween costumes!

brittany said... Best Blogger Tips

beautiful costume, i can see why you would want to keep it! well, for all the mothers of little boys who read your blog and love your clothes, halloween is a great chance to make something that a boy or a girl could wear. i am going to attempt to make my son a garden gnome costume... would love to see your take on that...

Mommyof2girlz/StephD said... Best Blogger Tips

This is gorgeous, I love the sleeves and detail.. and the colors are killer. My vote is for a garden fairy, lots of greens/golds/maybe a splash of burgundy and lots of glitter and sparkle :)

Gina said... Best Blogger Tips

This is just beautiful! You are so talented. I think I am going to try to make something. You really inspire me.

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

wouhaouuuuuuuuuuuuuuu !!!!

Tricia said... Best Blogger Tips

Your daughter is so adorable! I am new to your blog and I think it's fantastic. I was wondering were you get your patterns. I don't think I've seen the pattern for this particular dress, but I would LOVE to make one for my daughter!

stefndawniy said... Best Blogger Tips

wow that is really beautiful :-)

Novak Nonsense said... Best Blogger Tips

wow, ur amazing, this is beautiful

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

So cool! You shoul've applied for the Toddler Project Runway:

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