March 18, 2016

Sewing: World Book Day - How to Train Your Dragon

World Book Day was a Viking inspired affair... due to a friend having a Horrible History party a little while back and I knew our costumes were going to double up for WBD.  My favourite thing to sew was Josiah's tunic and Anya's shrug!  Josiah had a linen longer tunic to go under the pleather top pictured below, but his classroom is hot and it restricted his running around.
I made a tube for the bodice out of the pleather reversed, then cut rows of scallops and sewed them on for the 'skirt' and a small rectangle to go over the shoulders too.  Josiah's costume was inspired by the outfits on Horrible Histories classic, We Sell Any Monk!

My 'Astrid' is never short for a pose!   I followed this tutorial for her shrug, just free-styled the skirt out of Josiah's leftover fabric.  The sleeve's were also leftovers from Josiah's under tunic, as the first set were too tight for him but worked perfectly for her forearms.  We bought tiny skull buttons and faux suede cord from Amazon.
Anya also had a stone age dress up the following week!  Fabric is sourced from Simply Fabrics in Brixton, London - it is excellent for dress up fabric at great prices.  Anya's costume cost me six pound, we had everything else at home.  We cut the toes out of an old pair of hubby's socks and sewed the fur trim around the top, the leopard print covering the boot was badly hacked and sewn under the fur - I'd run out of steam by then! ha ha    Last year's Book Week Costumes.