October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween! {Harry Potter Costumes}

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Tonight C is Harry Potter (glasses he got from THIS awesome party).DSC_1531 1

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D is Ron Weasley:DSC_1499 1DSC_1496 1DSC_1501 1

And Little Miss B is Hermione Granger:DSC_1514 1DSC_1512 1

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With this Harry Potter lego sitting on the top of my sewing machine…DSC_1479 1

… I used Simplicity pattern 5512 as a guide for these 3 costumes.  I greatly altered the pattern pieces, but it was a great starting point for me.  DSC_1480 1

After my kids figured out what they wanted to be, I looked at Harry Potter robes and ties online, only to find that they are pretty pricey.  Buying one wouldn’t be bad, but times it by 3 and it’s too much for me!  I made these costumes for about $15.00 each.  Not as cheap as I had hoped, but the quality is better than what I would pay for online.  If I bought the robe and a tie, I was looking at at least $35.00 per costume for any that were decently reviewed.  DSC_1485 1

I added a lining to the robes, and a pocket for their wands (ordered off Amazon—they make a cool noise and everything). Thanks to Sabra for helping me figure out how to line them! DSC_1481 1

The 3 Gryffindor crests I ordered on ebay for $9.00 total, shipped.  They aren’t official, I’m sure, but they look great and my kids thought they were the coolest.DSC_1477

I really cheated on the ties and didn’t do them any sort of official way.  I learned before when I made ties that they take a long time to sew the correct way.  DSC_1473

So here’s a little short version of how I sewed them.  I traced a tie that fit the kids so there were two pieces.  Not long, just a few inches longer than the top of the tie I traced.  I cut strips for the stripes and made them kind of like single folded bias tape.  Then I sewed the stripes on, placed right sides together and left a space to turn on the side near the top narrow area.  I sewed around the edges minus the hole to turn, clipped the corners, turned, topstitched the hole, and ironed.  tie collage

I made a loop with the top part of the tie and topstitched down, then folded in half and sewed a couple stitches in the back to make it bunch.  October 2011

I made the neck band the same way as I do my bow tie neck bands and looped it through the ties.  Easy and SO cheap with the cheap-o Walmart fabric!  DSC_1474DSC_1475

I sewed on an elastic hair-band to secure the robe closed, with two buttons on either side.  DSC_1478

And for the vests, I just bought a cheap sweatshirt or t-shirt from the thrift store ($1.00 each), cut the necks to a V, and sewed on gray double folded bias tape.  Just a note:  I liked how the sweatshirt looked much better than the t-shirts!DSC_1412

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(Tomorrow I’ll show you what the hubs and I were.  The kids were disappointed we didn’t dress up to go along with them, but we did dress as a “couple”.)


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20 comments:

  1. Haha! Adorable! Great job on the costumes!

    Also, I really hope one of you was Voldemort. That would be funny. :)

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  2. Great job on the costumes! You're kids look adorable and so much cuter than the actors.

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  3. Those came out really fantastic!! I love how your kids got into character, they look great!

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  4. Amazing!!!!!! You did a great job!
    The costumes are soooooo much better than the ones you can buy - your kids look fantastic!
    Happy halloween,
    Kiki

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  5. Your robes look fantastic. We are also potter themed in our home, and I cracked up when I saw you did the same hair treatment. I love it!

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  6. These photos totally made me smile. Your kids look awesome, and the costumes are fantastic. Great job!

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  7. THis is the best set of costumes I have seen on the internet and off. Great job.

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  8. Great Job on the costumes! They look fantastic. The photos are such keepsakes. I hope they have a great time trick or treating!

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  9. LOVE the wand pocket! You're so clever. J informed the that the one with C on the rock is the "coolest of the pictures". It all looks great!

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  10. looooove these! amazing job. and the wand pocket - seriously? wonderful. my classroom is set up in four groups and each is a different house from harry potter.

    and i teach 11th grade. all my kids think i'm quite a dork but i'm okay with it.

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  11. Oh goodness! These are great! I can't believe you made them. They look so professional!

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  12. Those are awesome! How perfect for your three kids! I can't wait to see what you were :).

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  13. Awesome! These are Great!

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  14. These are awesome! Great job Christie. All the details are amazing and for $15 each...that's really good.

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  15. The costumes are great and I love the expression on Little Miss B's face in the first photo!

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  16. Okay, those are probably the cutest group of dressed up kids I've seen this Halloween. I LOVE that they all wanted to be them together. So cute!!

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  17. Oh my word you went all out! I love these costumes! And I love that you went to Etsy for Gryffindor things. You have such talent.

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  18. wow, what amazing HP costumes

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  19. Attention,ladies and gentlemen! Let us find the most cool Harry Potter costume and become the most charming guys!

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