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« on: November 07, 2012 03:14:02 PM »

Ok, so my 5 year old is in love with Disney's Tarzan. So, she wanted to be Jane for Halloween. Not Jungle Jane. City Jane. In the enormous, poufy yellow dress. So, great! What was the problem? There is no costume like that to be found ANYWHERE! There is not even a pattern for that costume! So, I basically had to Frankenstein the whole thing. But here it is!


The main body of the dress (remove collar, neck tie, front swoop, and bustle) began life as Butterick B5705 - a kids flower girl dress. I began with the petticoat. Now let me just say that I hate scratchy tule against my legs. My kiddos don't like it either, but that was what this pattern called for - an attached tule petticoat. Well, I decided to make mine with muslin fabric and gather the crap out of the thing and do two layers (piecing, sewing, hemming and gathering took a combined 5 hours of work. Yikes!) And I wanted the petticoat separate so that she could wear it underother dresses. So, I did not stitch it to the dress, put some elastic in the waiste and then gave her attached elastic "suspenders" since the underskirt was just plain too heavy to keep on without the extra support.

After that, i began work on the actual dress. The original pattern didn't have a front swoop (drape) or bustle at all so I needed to draft my own. The front swoop was easy enough and I basted it to the top of the pleated skirt, pleating the sides as I went along. The bustle was a little more complicated. It needed height which it couldn't get if I put it below the back zipper so I made it an attachable one with a velcro edged belt that could go on over the zipper and be removed easily. The Jane dress had a dark colored yellow belt anyway, so this totally fit the bill.



The sleeves I needed to be longer than the pattern called for, so I just added an extra 4 inches and made sure the bottom was reversable in case my daughter wanted the "rolled up" look that Jane sports frequently.



The collar and necktie, I drafted myself and made them completely removable for comfort sake (my kiddo doesn't like constricting clothing like turtle necks or anything). It wasn't too hard - had to make the collar a few times, but it's so small that it didn't take very long.



And I think that's about it!  Here's one last picture so you can see the width and pouf of the dress (I think I used a combined total of 10 yards of fabric for it):



Thanks for having a look!!
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« Reply #1 on: November 07, 2012 03:20:56 PM »

That's fantastic!  I love how you worked the bustle and belt into an accurate detail!  You obviously put a lot of time and thought into this, and I bet your daughter loves it!
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« Reply #2 on: November 07, 2012 03:35:09 PM »

Thanks Aislynn! She does love it Smiley.  I would say it probably took about 40 hours start to finish  Shocked but I'm totally glad I made it. She said it's her favorite costume ever and that totally gives me warm fuzzies  Grin .
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« Reply #3 on: November 07, 2012 06:45:43 PM »

What a gorgeous dress! You did an amazing job. I'm in total awe of your skills.
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« Reply #4 on: November 07, 2012 07:44:18 PM »

Thanks Cankle! Cheesy I loved doing it!
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« Reply #5 on: November 08, 2012 09:34:57 AM »

Wow! That's amazing!  Grin
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« Reply #6 on: November 08, 2012 12:57:12 PM »

I think it's pretty cool that your daughter wanted to be Jane...Tarzan is not one of your block-buster Disney films.

Wonderful adjustments and crafting with the whole thing: especially the removable collar.
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« Reply #7 on: November 09, 2012 07:24:35 PM »

Thanks a lot guys.  Smiley
I also love that she wanted to be something out of the mainstream. Last year she was Ariel and I made that one, too, but it is a very common costue. The year before, though, she was Ponyo and I loved it! I really just love that she's not very "typical". And I love that she wants me to make her costumes Cheesy.

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« Reply #8 on: November 09, 2012 07:27:51 PM »

What an adorable little Jane! You did a fantastic job.
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« Reply #9 on: November 10, 2012 07:30:37 PM »

This is so great. It looks perfect and the hours you put into it really show.
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