This year me and Sofia had a little fun "momstorm"( brainstorming with mommy about her Halloween costume) and when we got to the final decision we were pleased, as we knew we had made a nice choice. Very very "us". Well, I am from Rio, Sofia loves Brazil AND Rio (the place AND the movie) so the cute little blue girl birdie Jewel turned out to be a perfect choice.
Now, after that brainstorm I had to set out to make the thing ! and quick!
All I knew was that my blue bird would be...blue, and have wings, so I went from there.
First, I designed a pattern on paper.
I found this perfect shade of blue fabric ( cotton) at my local fabric store for $ 2.99 the meter, yay!!
I decided to make pointy feathers out of felt. I think I used 20 + felt rectangles from the dollar store to make those...lots of them,
Afterwards, I laid them down on the cut fabric...pinned and stitched...at first, I used my sewing machine, but this process was very hard to do somehow ( I AM NOT A SEWER!), with all the layers and rows..so, crazy me, I decided to stitch one by one, by hand. Took me "FOREVA", but I got the job done!
Love the tail haha
Now to the front..I bought a T-Shirt at Michael's and used the same felt feathers I had cut beforehand.
But now, I will be honest, no stitches involved. I used my very reliable and loved fabric glue.
Same "feathers" for the socks. This time, I used elastic thread to stitch them.This waythe socks did not loose the elasticity, wink wink:)
The head cover is a sensitive subject around here, as Sofia does not want to use it :)
She only used for the photos below, oh well...
Anyways, I had this hat I bought at the thrift store last year for the viking costume I made for her, but never used it in the end.
I used hot glue to attach the feathers (no more felt, got tired of cutting it, haha) I bought real ones at the dollar store. The perfect shade of blue, again!
and OF COURSE, the pink flower ( from thrift store) that "Jewel" uses on her lovely birdie head.
At this point, while I write this post, I am getting to the realization of how crazy and non sense I am, but I love it!
Birdie face: Funky plastic eye glasses form Value Village (Savers), tape and black spray paint...Sofia is SURE that I am nuts by now, giggling when she sees it. BUT, she has a blast with my excitement !lol
I love how she embraces my craziness ! hahaha
Did I tell you that I put monster feet ( Savers/Value Village) on my princess cute feet?
And because Jewel loves Carnival, there sure will be a bling here and there!
THIS is my "Girl from Ipanema", Canadian/birdie version!
Ready for trick or treat!
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