Saturday, November 01, 2008

A Diplomatic Mission

This year V finally decided she wanted to be Princess Leia for Halloween. For a while she wanted to be a vampire, then a werewolf. I began encouraging the Princess Leia idea (she *is* one of the stronger princesses, after all) when I noticed the noise supression headphones on the workbench in the garage and it all came together. We started with a dress from Goodwill for $6.99. Plus some white pleather and silver metallic looking fabric for the belt, and some brown fuzzy material for the "hair" (another $6). I ripped off the purple and silver sequin stuff from the dress, disassembled the chest area, and took off the sleeves. Then I sewed pleats into the neckline to give it a gathered appearance, because this dress material wasn't as billowy as the real dress in the movie. I slimmed down the sleeves and re-attached them. Then cut about 8 inches off the length and hemmed it up. The belt was cardboard covered with white pleather hot-glued on. The "medallions" were also cardboard covered with metallic fabric. We had a problem after hot-gluing the medallions to the pleather, as they had a tendency to pop off with the slightest tug. I ended up Krazy-gluing them on as they fell off.

I made circles of the brown fabric and sewed elastic around the edge to slip them over the headphones, then made a fabric sleeve for the top of the headphones.

V wore a white turtleneck underneath to complete the look, and she was ready to go!

3 comments:

Dirk & Effie Siverts said...

Liana - you rock! V's outfit came together great!!! She looks awesome! Way to go super-mom!

The Real Mother Hen said...

Nice! This is probably the best Halloween costumes I've come across!

Squawkfox said...

You used "The Force" beyond belief in this costume. Sooo creative. Sooo Cute. I love it!