Monday, October 29, 2012

DIY Starfish Costume

Somehow Ivy got it in her head that she was going to be a Starfish for Halloween. I have no idea how she came up with this. Why couldn't she be a Super Hero? (I made a cape for her already, see post here). Or Rapunzel? Or Cinderella? We have those costumes... (see post here). But no, a Starfish. I have to admit, I thought it was a great idea, (super creative) but I didn't want to get it wrong, because I knew my decisive child had some type of vision of what her costume would look like. After a little prying and convincing, we decided it would be a Starfish Princess costume. (That was my vision, and what I knew I could pull off). I went to Sew Special and Ben Franklin and got some fabric and accessories. Ivy had a hacking cough, so we couldn't go to church the next day, so I had a whole Sunday to put this together.
DIY Starfish Costume girl smiling beach
-white leotard (Ivy had a white leotard already)
-white tutu (I got one from Icing for $6.25)
-1/2 yard of orange seashell fabric ($2)
-1/2 yard of white star fabric ($2)
-1 yard of green star fabric (had this)
-faux fishing net ($6.99)
-starfish ($4.99)
-yellow mesh netting (had this)
-orange bias tape (had this)
-green leaf ribbon ($2.99)
-glittery gold Christmas leaf decor ($4.99)
-headband ($1.50)
-small piece of felt
-sewing machine
-glue gun
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DIY Starfish Costume star cut-out1. I cut out 4 large stars for the skirt, and 4 smaller stars for the bodice. (Green was the underneath color. I just layer the fabric over the tutu and made it a little wider than the tutu. Same for the leotard. I wanted it to slightly wrap around the tutu.) 

DIY Starfish Costume skirt2. I sewed the stars together right side in, (orange w/green, white w/green) but left a little seam open so I could flip it right side out.  

3. After flipping it right side out, I re-sewed the edges so that they would lay flat.

4. I layer the stars over the tutu, and sketched a hole over the waist band, then cut out a circle. This was a very ghetto way of doing this. I tacked net and "seaweed" (the green leaf ribbon) to the orange star and glue gunned starfish to the edge of the orange star. Then I sewed orange bias tape around the waist. I wish I thought through this part a little better. Luckily Ivy is a skinny-mini and can just slip this on over her non-existent booty, but in all honesty, I needed to put some type of elastic waistband here. Oh well... 

DIY Starfish Costume skirtDIY Starfish Costume skirt
DIY Starfish Costume leotardDIY Starfish Costume skirt leotard

DIY Starfish Costume skirt5. I tacked a few piece of the yellow mesh netting onto the tutu, to give it some "life & depth" under the starfish.
6. Since all the Christmas decor was out at Ben Franklin, I picked up this gold Christmas leaf decor thing. I think you're supposed to put them in a vase? (I'm not really all about putting fake plants in vases.) I made sure to choose one that looked like seaweed. I cut off some pieces and sewed them under the orange stars on both the bodice and the skirt portion, so they would "peek out" from under.
7. I got a yellow headband from Icing for $1.50 on clearance. I cut a circle out of white felt and glue gunned the mesh, the leaf ribbon, the gold Christmas seaweed and a starfish onto the felt. When it dried, I glue gunned the felt to the yellow headband.

DIY Starfish Costume girl on beachDIY Starfish Costume headband

Of course, as is the case in every Ivy/Becca project, it results in an informal photo shoot. No children were harmed in this shoot. All pure fun! For this particular shoot, I chose the beach in front of my late grandma's condo, where she lived for at least 15+ years before she passed away last year. It's 2 blocks from my house, and I hadn't been to the condo or the beach since July 20, 2011, (the day before it sold.) My, Ivy and my dad (it was his birthday) had gone there for one last swim in the pool. My grandma taught kids to swim for much of her life, and being the fact that Ivy just finished her first round of swimming lessons, I'm a little sentimental and wish my grandma were here to teach her. My grandma also had lived on a boat in Florida and had such a love for the ocean. She definitely passed that on to her family. Maybe that's why Ivy chose to be a starfish?!
DIY Starfish Costume girl on beach

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DIY Starfish Costume Hawaii

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 So for $31.71 plus tax, this is a custom-made Starfish Princess Costume! Not bad. And to think I almost gave in and picked up a Wal-mart costume for $19.99...

Be safe this Halloween!

DIY Starfish Costume girl on beach


  1. So. Stinking. Precious. I LOVE this!!
    Thanks so much for stopping by my blog earlier! And the "Card Catalog Reveal" is finally posted! You need to restore yours now!!
    Also, I have another very dear friend in HI so I am very glad that Tsunami was just a warning - however our family is getting hammered in Boston with this Sandy storm right now :(
    Going to check out your other posts.
    Love these pictures!!

    1. Thanks for the well wishes, Claire! Heading over to see your card catalog. Excited!

  2. I love it! Awesome costume, great job. She looks too cute.

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    1. Thanks Julia! Missed celebrating Halloween with you guys this year :(

  4. Love it! Super cute both the costume and Ivy.

  5. Precious! Love the costume and little Ivy looks great! Thanks for sharing on Super Sweet Saturday!

  6. Very sweet and love the colors. Thanks for linking to Craftastic Monday at Sew Can Do:)

  7. I love this starfish costume! I featured these tonight at Simply Creation's Link Party!

    1. Thank you for the feature, Jacqueline! I so appreciate it!

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    1. Thank you! Your blog was one of the first ones I started following, a little over a year ago, before I even had a blog of my own. It was bookmarked on my computer and I would check for new posts almost every night! So excited you've visited mine now! Your furniture posts are perfection. Aloha, Rebecca.

  9. This is fabulous! Such a clever way to use the leaf trim and it looks so freakin' good with the starfish. And you're 100% right - SO much better than a mass produced costume. Thanks for sharing it (I hope you'll link it up to the Craftastic party too).


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