Upcycled Water Fairy Costume (DailyBuzz Moms 9x9)


Sophia, like every little girl, wishes to be a princess or a fairy. My daughter has already been a princess AND a fairy. This year she wanted to be a water fairy even though she was a flower fairy last year.. She designed the costume. By designed, I mean she drew what she wanted it to look like and I went from there. My costume design background loved that she did that. I love encouraging her creativity.

I wish I had the time to make her costume from scratch, but I never will don't. Instead, I bought garments from the thrift store to upcycle. I like upcycling because half the sewing is done for you. If you cut up the clothing right, you don't have to hem and most inside seams are already finished. I love looking at a t-shirt or dress and figuring out how to transform them.

BEFORE:Thrifted dress

I grabbed this adult blue dress. That's what it looks like before the magic.

BEFORE: body suit?

Then I found this really ugly bodysuit. I grabbed it for the top half. I liked the lace and sparkle. It's still very ugly. I mean, look at that exposed white zipper! I mean how hard is it to find a blue zipper?

Snip Snip Snip #2

I chopped the bottoms off both the dress and the body suit. It sounds scary but it's very satisfying. My fave Gingher shears cut through the cheap polyester like buttah. Ginghers are worth every penny. I've had mine for over 10 years. The waistband was the next to go. I took out the shoulder gathering from the top. It's made of 2 pieces.

Dress is mostly done

I took one of the revealing bodice pieces and turned into a top. Then I sewed the bodice to the skirt I just cut previously. It barely looks like the original and much  more appropriate for a little girl.

Sleeve from weird bodysuit

I took the sparkly sleeves and cut them on the bias to create flutter sleeves. These I sewed on by hand since I wanted to gather it a bit at the top. Then I cut a panel off the lace top and made a sash.

Water Fairy 052

We picked up some sparkly blue sneakers (not in these photos) and purchased blue wings to finish her water fairy. I think she's thrilled with her costume. It only took me about 2 hours to make so I'm thrilled as well!

Next up is Jaxson's costume!

This post is part of Daily Buzz Mom's 9x9 about Halloween costumes. They are providing me with a gift card for my time and supplies. All ideas are 100% Sophia's. I'm merely interpreted her creative vision and brought it to life. YEAH!
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