Monday, July 12, 2010

A Pirate Princess

My nephew, Reuben, celebrated his birthday a week ago with a costume party (or as they say here "fancy dress" party). Sarah and I went as a cowgirls and Mariah went as a pirate princess. Turns out, the adults weren't supposed to dress up. Oops...(cricket's chirping, awkwardness, etc) But oh well, the kids thought that we were hilarious, so that's good, I guess.

We decided sort of last minute to go, so I was desperately scrounging up this outfit for Mariah. I have to admit, though, that it was rather fun to do. I started with the stripy tights and the red head scarf and went from there. The white jaggy under skirt was from an old tank top that I was going to throw away. I cut up the bottom to make it look pirate-y and ragged. They belt is an old broken one of mine that I had saved (thank you grandma for teaching me to save everything in case I "might need it someday" and yes, I wash plastic "CoolWhip" containers). Anyway, back to the belt...I poked a new hole in it and cut it to fit her pudgy little middle.
The vest is cut from some scrap material and ironed to look like it has a collar. The whole thing required no sewing at all. It's amazing what you can throw together from stuff around the house. I totally thought this was fun...Mariah was wonderfully tolerant of it all.
Such a darling pirate princess. Love her to pieces!


Kristen and Kevin Erickson said...

You are so creative! I think you both look darling!
I, too, save the cool whip containers! We even have some "Applebees carside to go" containers too that are great for cookies! Nothing wrong with being frugal!

♥ Craig & Jessica ♥ said...

Cute Melanie!

The Ericksons said...

That is the most adorable thing ever! You are so creative, Melanie!

Kate said...

That is SO cute! You are very creative!

Heather said...

What an adorable outfit!

Thanks for your sweet words on my blog. It was WONDERFUL to see you and Mariah at the park, and I left with such a sense of peace! Thank you for that, too. :)

Hope you're adjusting well to being back home, including the little Mariah getting back on her routine. :)

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