About five years ago I made a superhero cape for the boy child, and then put a tutorial up on this blog (here!) It's been downloaded by lots of different people since then but, I'm ashamed to say, I haven't made another one and the poor second child has been dressing up in a cape with an A on the back for some time. It was Superhero Day at preschool last week, so definitely time to make her her own version.
Being nearly four, not nearly two like her brother was when I made his cape, she had a very clear Superhero Vision. It included a rainbow cape, a "forehead crown", wrist bands and a skirt. And between work, study and house guests I knew I wouldn't be able to fit in a trip to the fabric shop this week. Luckily I have a (cough) reasonable stash of fabric to work with.
I started off with the skirt. Also about five years ago I made a gold shift dress. I've only worn it a couple of times because I don't have much call for gold spangly dresses, and I have other cocktail-type dresses I prefer (something about the formal fabric and casual shape of the dress has never seemed quite right), so I was happy to sacrifice it for the superhero cause. I just measured the length I wanted the skirt to be on her, added a couple of inches, and cut off the dress that distance from the bottom. I kept the bottom hem, and folded the top edge (where I had cut it off the dress) over twice to make a casing for 1" elastic, and stitched it down with elastic inside. Easy!
I made the cape as described in the tutorial. This one is made out of a rainbow striped quilting cotton (from the "Around the World" collection - I bought it online, maybe from Hawthorn Threads, but I've since seen it at Spotlight), more of the gold fabric recycled from the dress for the outer collar and star, and a hot pink cotton lawn for the collar lining and to bind the bottom edge. I used a scrap of purple felt for the M initial.
The crown and wrist bands were improvised - just simple shapes with stars appliqued and elastic at the back. The crown is felt with a gold star, and the wrist bands are gold with felt stars (I was running out of purple felt).
This costume was so quick and easy, and very satifying to make it all from materials that I had on hand. It's already had a second outing at a tree planting this weekend. I can see the gold skirt being worn separately for a disco or something in the future too. This is "costume season" at our house - we have Book Week and Halloween and a couple of dress up birthday parties coming up, so next up are a Viking and Princess Leia...