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Halloween Edition: Star Wars

Cassie Banks


Blogger: Cassie Thorsen Banks

Star Wars Costumes

One of my favorite things about sewing is that every year at Halloween I get to create costumes for my kids!  In past years, we've had characters such as Mary Poppins and Bert, Tinkerbelle and Captain Hook and Thing 1 and Thing 2.  This year, we added a member to our family so we needed to brainstorm a creative theme using three characters and one that is appropriate for even the littlest of people!  My kids are OBSESSED with Star Wars, so I wasn't shocked when they suggested that they would like to be characters from Star Wars this year.  I wanted to create their costumes using only Little Lizard King patterns and I really enjoy making them as true to the original characters as possible!  So today I'm sharing with you how I've created Star Wars costumes for my three kids using only Little Lizard King patterns . . . I hope you enjoy!



Rey is my 8 year old daughter's favorite Star Wars character and I secretly think she's pretty awesome too!  I love a good Disney heroine and Rey is really the picture of a strong, independent woman!  Rey is a desert scavenger and her costume features some culotte length pants, a flutter sleeve top and arm warmers. 

To create the pants, I utilized the Free to Be Me Pants pattern.  The only modification that I made was to shorten them and add a bit of length to the elastic because her legs just under the knee are a little bigger than her ankles where the pants would have normally hit. 

For the top, I utilized the Harbor pattern but used a sturdy cream colored knit.  I thought that the general shape of Harbor looked true to the original costume.  First, I needed to add a bit of length to the original pattern.  I order to do this, I used a really scientific method and held it up to my daughter to determine where I wanted the hem to sit and added a bit of blank paper to the bottom of the original pattern pieces.  I did this for both the front and back so they were the same length.


I did this for both the front and back so they were the same length.


The original Harbor back piece is created for buttons, so to eliminate this I trimmed off the center back pattern piece where it juts out and then cut it on the fold.  This made a low sweeping back but the width of the bodice worked out perfectly and is comfortable to pull over her head!

To construct the top, I used the same construction technique as the Kailua Town dress.  First, I sewed the shoulder seams together and then the side seams and repeated for the main and lining.


Next, I sewed the main and lining together at the neck seam.  Trimmed the seam and then flipped the top right side out and pressed it.


For the sleeves, I used the cap sleeve piece from the Merry dress pattern and left it unhemmed for a more ragged and rough look.  Then I attached the sleeves using the usual method and hemmed the bottom of the top.

Next, I needed to create the arm wraps that are characteristic of Rey's appearance.  To make these I took several scraps of the same knit I used for the bodice.  The more ragged looking and rough the better.  I laid them all out next two each other and began sewing them together one on top of the next to create a large ragged square.


Next, I measured the circumference of my daughter's arm and determined the length I desired.  I used the same circumference measurement because this knit did not have a great deal of stretch.  If using a stretchy knit, you may want to subtract 1/2 inch or so.  I cut the arm warmers length and width and then sewed the piece lengthwise using 1/2 inch seam allowance.  These ended up being the perfect accessory. 

The last thing I did was dye the top and arm warmers in tea to make them appear dirty, just as a desert scavenger's clothing would be!

Han Solo


My 5 year old son asked to be Han Solo this year.  This costume was also easily created using some of my favorite LLK patterns. 

For the top, I used the Lacey Layering Tee pattern.  I really just needed a simple top and this one fit the bill.  I used the same cream colored sturdy knit and followed the pattern exactly.

For the vest, I used the Madison vest pattern and added a couple of faux pocket flaps for a more realistic appearance.  To create these, I simply cut two rectangular pieces, sewed them together leaving an opening to flip and then top stitched and sewed them to the vest.

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For the pants, I used the Cambridge Skinnies which were oh so perfect for this look!  The only modification I made was to add a strip of wide red bias tape to the outside seam on both sides. 


In order to do this, you will need to reverse the pattern assembly steps on page 20 and page 22 of the pattern so that the outer leg seam is sewn first, the bias tape sewn to the outside and then the inner leg seam completed. 

And there you have it . . . Han Solo!

Baby 8 (or BB-8)


The last character I created was BB8.  BB8 is a round droid that rolls about.  I had to think for a while to determine the best way to recreate this look.  In the end, I decided the Shortcake romper would give just the round bubbled appearance I was after. 

I used plain white cotton to construct the bodice and romper, but added embroidery detail to make it appear more true to the character.  I purchased the embroidery file from MyLittleAppleTree on Etsy.  I cut out the front and back romper pieces and embroidered the design in three different places on the romper pieces. 


Other than the embroidery detail, the BB8 Romper was assembled just a written in the Shortcake pattern. 

In summary, I used the following patterns to created these Star Wars Costumes:

For Rey:

For Han Solo:

For BB-8:


Halloween Edition: Baby Rapunzel

Cassie Banks


Blogger: Cassie Thorsen Banks

Baby Rapunzel Costume

With Halloween just around the corner, many of us moms are scrambling to come up with Halloween costumes for our kids!  Some of the most challenging costumes are for the littlest among us.  This year my son felt strongly about being Flynn Rider for Halloween, so naturally his baby sister needed a Rapunzel costume.  It turns out the the Shortcake Romper is the perfect fit for a Rapunzel dress, so I thought I would share with all of you how I created it!

First, I picked some fabrics that I felt were similar to Rapunzel's dress in the movie "Tangled." 


First, we had to make the flutter straps.  I wanted to emulate the striped pink and purple of Rapunzel's sleeves in the "Tangled" movie.  To do this I used pink bias tape and sewed it on to the flutter pieces as pictured below.


From here I proceeded with the pattern as written for construction of the flutter straps until I reached the section in which the bodice is assembled. 

First, I wanted to create a faux lace up bodice, similar to Rapunzel's dress.  In order to create this look, I actually cut three front bodice pieces rather than the two that the pattern calls for.  This way I could create an underlayer and over layer for the bodice main.  


For the next step, I created the layered appearance of the bodice main.  I took the second bodice piece (the top layer) and marked the center.  Then I measured about an inch and half from the center and cut the bodice to create the opening.  Your measurement here would depend on how large you would like the opening for your "laces" to be. 


Here you can visualize the opening I created for the lace up front bodice.

Next, I created a a faux lace up front.   For this I used some thin pink ribbon.  I used a small scale for this dress because my baby is only 2 months old and I wanted the details to appear proportionate with her.  I started on one side of the center bodice and crossed over and back.  I used glue (sewline glue stick) to hold the ribbon in place and then sewed it down.

Next, I wanted to hem the sides of the top layer so no raw edges were visible.  To do this I turned the center edges in 1/4 " and then again 1/4 " and topstitched. 

Next, I wanted to hem the sides of the top layer so no raw edges were visible.  To do this I turned the center edges in 1/4 " and then again 1/4 " and topstitched. 


After the bodice overlay was topstiched, I proceeded with the pattern as written for bodice construction and flutter strap attachment.  You can see the assembled bodice below.


Once the bodice was fully assembled, I needed to create the romper portion with skirt.  For this part, I wanted to add some special details that would make the skirt look like Rapunzel's dress from the movie.  I found an embroidery file on Etsy that has the same design as the skirt in the film.  I also wanted the skirt split in the center with a bit of underskirt (or in this case romper piece) peeking through.  I cut the skirt using the measurements on the cut chart and added the embroidery.  I knew that I would need to hem the edges closest to the center so I placed the embroidery design accordingly. 


Next, I attached the front skirt pieces to the back skirt piece as directed in the pattern and hemmed the center edges so that no raw edges were visible. 

In the next step, the skirt piece is gathered slightly and attached to the top of the romper.  Since my front skirt piece was split, I wanted to make sure that is was gathered evenly and placed so that the designs were offset evenly from the center front.  I measured an inch on each side of the center front and used this as a guide for the skirt placement.


From here, I completed the pattern as written.  You can see the finished Rapunzel Romper below.  As you can see, the Shortcake Romper has lots of possibilities as a Halloween costume. 


To make my son a matching "Flynn Rider" costume, I used the Daydreamer button-up shirt pattern to create the vest and shirt and the Free to Be Me Pants pattern for the pants.  We accessorized with a satchel and frying pan! 


Halloween Edition: Disney Princesses

Niina Kivelä

Guest Blogger: Sara Lindsay

Disney Princesses

Growing up, my mom used her fabulous seamstress skills to make me dress-up clothes.   My costumes were magic and I played in them for hours.  Every year at Halloween, I had the BEST costumes.  I wanted to give my daughter that same magic and sew outfits for her to wear for her adventures.  To start, I asked my daughter which characters she would like for me to sew, and she chose Belle, Ariel, Jasmine, and Cinderella.  I thought a lot about which Little Lizard King patterns, or pieces of patterns, would give me the silhouette that was consistent with the desired character.  I used the Trendsetter, Amsterdam, & Ruchie (all while singing these are a few of my favorite things!).


I wanted to make costumes that would survive hot summer days, be made of 100% cotton fabric, and be super comfy.  I wanted costumes that were simplified versions of character dresses, and yet still really cute.   To get started, I chose my FAVORITE pattern … the Little Lizard King Amsterdam.   I wanted to make sure I liked the fit, and it was PERFECTION!!!!  I made the dress following the instructions out of some character fabric.  My daughter wears this dress all the time, and it is always a crowd favorite. Then, the fun really began!  I am so happy with how each piece turned out, and the dresses are great for fun events… or grocery shopping… or whenever.  Friends have even borrowed them for their Disney trips.  



For Ariel, I thought the Ruchie would be a perfect Ariel top.  I made it per the instructions.  The only modification I made, was to iron the pieces ½ inch up along the bottom, so that when I completed the bodice, it was easy to just sew a ¼ seam all across the bottom.  I confess, I bought the mermaid skirt. The Take 5 Skirt would give a very similar look.  



For Jasmine, I used the Trendsetter bodice and lengthened it 2 inches.  Again, I pre-ironed the bottom of the pieces to make the finishing easy.   I ordered fabulous and reasonable trim, from India for this costume and Cinderella and followed the pattern instructions.   I did add extra width for the ruched bodice, and I would not do that again.  Live and learn, and follow instructions.  I finished the back like the Ruchie back.  


For Jasmine’s bottoms, I knew the Ruchie shorts would be perfect.  I made an 8 length and a 6 width, but ended up taking the volume of the shorts in a little more.  When I make these again, I would make an 8 length and a 4 width.   Of all the costumes I made, Jasmine is my favorite.


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For Belle, I used the Amsterdam to get an “inspired by Belle” look.  I found tiny gold trim that my daughter though looked like roses.  For the skirt, I cut the skirt as normal, and then I cut an additional piece, about 2 inches shorter. I layered the shorter piece on top of the skirt pieces.  I measured the shorter skirt piece into 3 sections, and I used 5 inches of ¼ inch elastic stretched to create Belle’s dress’s pickups.  Voile!  



Cinderella is my daughter’s favorite.   Using the Amsterdam, I embellished the bodice with trim from India.  I free handed the peplums and trimmed the edge.  I attached the peplum to the bodice and then I attached the skirt over the peplum.

Thanks to LLK and some creativity, I have a very happy little girl with lots of new pretties in which to play princess.  This Halloween and always, I cannot wait to see what Little Lizard King inspires you to make.

Blog post Text and Dresses by Sara Lindsay

Blog post Photography by Andrea MacFarland