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« on: July 20, 2008 09:55:00 AM »

I want to make a Ghoul Scout costume for my Girl Scout Daughter for Halloween.
She wanted something not too kiddish because she is starting middle school this year.

Do you think I could buy a girl scout sash (the green one) and dye it black?  They are only $5 or $6 then I could make the patches.

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« Reply #1 on: July 20, 2008 10:32:51 AM »

I think you'd have better results with fabric paint. It's difficult to get a good black out of dye, especially overdyeing fabric that already has a color, and especially when the fiber content of such fabric is unknown. You could also just make one out of scrap fabric. The ends don't need to be hemmed or serged just for a halloween costume, especially if you get a knit (like tshirt fabric, so the ends will just curl when cut) instead of a woven fabric (which will fray.)
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« Reply #2 on: July 20, 2008 01:06:59 PM »

Thanks.  I could make one out of black fabric.  I was trying to save some time.
Hadn't really dyed anything black before.  Maybe I can get a used one I could take apart as a pattern.
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« Reply #3 on: July 20, 2008 06:38:32 PM »

It's true getting a good deep dark black is a problem and even more so with a cotton/poly blend fabric which I'm pretty sure the scout uniforms are made out of.

If you can't get a used one for a pattern you could get a new one, trace it, then return it. You could just wing it without a pattern. As I recall they are just a strip of fabric with a fold at the shoulder and a diagonal cut at the side. Simply decide on a width (I couldn't find that online but I really only looked at the first 3 or 4 google hits), cut a strip long enuf to drape across her body (regulation ones are 52" or 62"), pin the side at an angle that looks good, sew the sideseam and finsh edges as desired. Here is a site that showes what patches go where in case you're interested.
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« Reply #4 on: July 21, 2008 09:15:49 AM »

Thanks.  My Daughter is a Girl Scout but her troop doesn't require her to wear the sash.  They just have to wear the vest.

I think I will make one myself. 

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