Prince Costume Tutorial

Prince Costume Tutorial by The Mommy City

Ethan’s school is having a Disney Prince and Princess theme day which means mommy has an excuse to do some sewing. I have been so busy lately I haven’t used my sewing machine in months and after a few hours spent on Pinterest, I have plenty of new projects planned. During my search, I was surprised by how few posts there are for boys dress up costumes. Desert Chica has good no sewing required tutorials for Prince Charming and the Snow White Prince, but besides those, not much else. Like Karen, I chose to make a costume for the Prince in Snow White. He wasn’t given a name in the original book, and apparently since he was so difficult to illustrate, he only had a small part at the beginning and end of the story. He was thought to be later named as Florian or Ferdinand, but I’m just going to call him The Prince. My little prince did enjoy dressing up with his sister for the photos and even though there were no toy fire engines in Snow White, he has to have a car in his hand at all times and I guess it’s better than a sword.

I chose materials for the costume from my stash of fabric and sewing supplies as I really need to start using what I have (and in any event, I couldn’t find anything nicer from a trip to my local fabric store). As I started making the costume, I changed some of what I was going to originally use and you should do the same. See what works and what doesn’t for you. I don’t have a pattern or measurements as I used my son’s T-shirt, but will show how I made it as best as I can below. If you don’t have a sewing machine, you could make the same from felt, hand-sewing where required.

Prince Costume Tutorial by The Mommy City

1. Materials: I used my stash of polycotton blue and red fabrics for the tunic and cape. Brown ribbon for the chest straps, thin gold ribbon for the edging, thick gold ribbon for the belt, tan felt for the buckle and red felt for the neck trim. I secured the belt with blue snaps (or use velcro). You will also need matching thread, scissors and a sewing machine.

2. Tunic: Lay two pieces of blue fabric on top of each other. Fold the fabric in half right sides together and pin to secure. Place your child’s T-shirt on the fold and you it as a guide to generously traced around it to make your tunic. Since I used a thin polycotton, I decided to cut two identical pieces to sew together. This would strengthen the tunic and I wouldn’t need to hem the fabric. If you are using thicker fabric, you can rather use one piece and hem all sides.

Prince Costume Tutorial by The Mommy City

3. Trace around the neck, arms and curve the bottom edges. Even though there are no arm holes, the shaping around the arms sits better on the body. Unfold the fabric, pin the two layers right side together and sew around the edges (except the neck) leaving a 3 inch gap. Turn the fabric right side out through the gap and press with an iron. Tip: pin the edges, trace and cut the one arm hole. Flip over and use this piece of fabric to trace the same shape on the other arm.

4. Cape: Fold the red fabric in half right sides together. Place the folded tunic on the fabric and trace around it to create the shape of the cape, adding 1 inch on all sides and an extra 2 inches of length at the bottom. Pin right sides together and sew around the edges leaving a 3 inch gap. turn the fabric right side out through the gap and press with an iron. Top stitch with red thread around the edges of the cape, closing the gap along the way.

Prince Costume Tutorial by The Mommy City

5. Straps: Pin 2 pieces of brown ribbon (or closest colour, as you can see mine is more tan than brown as that’s what I had) from the middle of the neck to either side under the arms. Stitch in place.

6. Edging: I used gold ribbon, however bias trim would work better. Stitch the ribbon along the front edge of the tunic, except the neck. Instead of pinning the ribbon as it was so narrow, I slowly fed the ribbon in place as I sewed along the edge.

7. Belt: There are a few ways you can make the belt, depending on what materials you have available. I stitched gold ribbon along the front waist of the tunic, leaving 5 inches on each side. I cut a rectangle out of tan felt and stitched in the centre as the buckle.

8. Ties: Fold over the ends of the ribbon twice and stitch. To secure the belt to the back of the tunic, I used matching blue snaps in two positions so it would fit different child sizes. You can use velcro instead of snaps. Alternatively, use a long piece of ribbon which ties at the back in a bow.

Prince Costume Tutorial by The Mommy City

9. Neck: Cut a thin strip of red felt, fold in half and stitch around the neck. You can use bias if you have. I used the colour red as the cape in the illustrations of The Prince, ties to the front of the neck.

10. Cape: Sew the cape to each shoulder of the tunic. I wanted the costume to be in one piece as it had to be easy for my 2 year old to wear, and for safety reasons I didn’t want a loose cape hanging around his neck. The weight of the cape off the shoulders does mean the tunic pulls back a bit. If you want the cape sitting more forward around the neck, spend a little longer in step 4 tracing around the neck hole so the cape comes to the front more.

11. Costume: Now you are done, you can sit back after the 4 hours it took to make it, and admire your work. Match with a white long sleeved top, grey/blue trousers, and boots. What I like most about the tunic (besides being fairly easy to sew) is that it will grow with your child. You didn’t put all that effort in for them to outgrow the costume in a few months. If you ensure the neck hole is generous, the costume will last a few seasons and be handed down to friends and family over the years. Enjoy playtime!

Prince Costume Tutorial by The Mommy City

Poppet Post subscription and once-off boxes

Poppet Post review by The Mommy CityThis is not my first feature of the kids subscription box Poppet Post. There have however been a few changes in the last 2 years which are worth mentioning. Poppet Post now offers two options: a subscription box and a selection of once-off boxes. The subscription box is now sent bi-monthly, filled with items such as above, tailored to your child’s age. Each box has a different theme, and we received a farm yard puzzle, reading book, sticker book, felt animals and mat, paint with stamps and a pig poster to cover with muddy paint spots. Along with the toys, is an explanation of what’s in your box and how to make the best use of the items with your kids. Poppet Post have been sending out boxes for a few years now, which means they are doing something right and have a number of happy customers.

Features:

  • Subscription boxes are tailored with age-appropriate toys and activities for 0-5 years.
  • Subscription boxes are sent every 2 months, with free delivery.
  • Poppet Post Baby Shower Box - The Mommy CityOnce-off boxes are great for sending to family and friends when you are unable to attend a baby shower or party. Poppet Post will select the items and deliver the gift direct, which couldn’t be easier and an affordable option from R249 – R299 a box.
  • Once-off boxes include a baby shower box, gift box, travel box and holiday activities box (perfect for handing to the grandparents when you drop them off for a play date).

Order via their website www.poppetpost.co.za or email Sue at info@poppetpost.co.za for more information. You can take a peek into the latest boxes by browsing the photos on their Facebook page.

The Yellow Plate

The Yellow Plate review by The Mommy CityWhat I enjoy about the school run and driving around town for errands, is listening to Cape Talk radio. It’s my way of keeping current with the news and conversations that are going on at the time. It’s also strangely relaxing too. So I was driving one day, listening to an interview with Nikki Bush all about family rituals. Nikki is an international speaker, best selling author and you will also recognise her as the parenting expert on SABC3’s Expresso show. She was discussing the importance of establishing family rituals and whether big or small, how they become part of the fabric of family life.

Nikki shared an amusing story of how she wanted to make a celebration plate which is used by a family member at dinner time if they have achieved something great that day. The celebration plate could be used by her son after winning a sports match or improving on his spelling test, or by her husband after receiving a promotion. Extended family and friends could also eat off the special plate if they too had achieved something – whether small or big – to celebrate. It’s not to be used everyday, but when the family think it is deserving. She sent her design off to be made at a pottery house, but when it came back, the colour was a funny brown shade that she disliked. She wanted to get rid of it and replace it with a new, prettier version, but her sons protested. Despite its colour, it had already given meaning to their family rituals and could not be replaced. So on special occasions, the family pulls out the not-so-pretty plate, and acknowledges their accomplishments in a small but very meaningful way. Nikki goes on to discuss more ideas for creating family rituals in her blog post on her website.

This story of family rituals stuck with me, and I couldn’t help but smile when Kids Emporium gave me my own tradition plate at a recent blogger event. This family tradition plate is a much prettier yellow and has all the same sentiments of creating family rituals, celebrating a job well done, a birthday or even Mother’s Day. This is such a lovely gift not only for your own family, but for friends and family to create their own traditions too. So whether an ugly brown homemade plate, or The Yellow Plate which is available at Kids Emporium stores, bring more meaning into mealtimes by creating family traditions for your special day.

Four Ingredients Family Meal

4 ingredient family dinner with Mediterranean Delicacies by The Mommy CityLooking for a quick and easy dinner which your husband will love, your kids will eat and is even tastier served with a glass of red wine? This simple pasta dish requires only 4 ingredients, and since the Mediterranean Delicacies Cream Cheese Tricolore is so flavourful, I don’t even have to add seasoning. The great taste comes from the saltiness of the chorizo, with the combination of basil pesto, sundried tomatoes, pine nuts and cream cheese in the Tricolore. For extra flavour, drizzle a glug of olive oil and parmesan style cheese on top. You can make this dish in the same time as it takes to boil pasta, and you can substitute the chorizo and mushrooms, as long as you add the Tricolore as this is where the flavour and sauce comes from. If the kids prefer plain pasta (like mine), set aside some chorizo, mushrooms and pasta, before adding the Tricolore. Try it, and let me know if you really can make a delicious family meal with 4 ingredients.

4 ingredient family dinner with Mediterranean Delicacies by The Mommy City

Ingredients

  • 1 packet pasta, cooked as desired
  • chorizo sausage, sliced
  • punnet brown mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 tub Mediterranean Delicacies Cream CheeseTricolore
  • Mediterranean Delicacies Grated Parmesan Style Cheese (optional)
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil (optional)

Method

Cook the pasta as per packet instructions.
Fry the mushrooms and chorizo in a pan. Once cooked, stir in the Tricolore and heat through. Combine the cooked pasta and sauce, and serve. Sprinkle parmesan style cheese as an optional extra.4 ingredient family dinner with Mediterranean Delicacies by The Mommy City

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Storytime Club

Storytime Club by The Mommy CityWhat is your child’s favourite book at the moment? Ours is The Gruffalo – because “He has knobbly knees, and turned-out toes, And a poisonous wart at the end of his nose.” I have lots of fun reading it aloud for Paige and Ethan, who pretend to get scared and hid away from The Gruffalo. Julia Donaldson is very talented. So, we were especially pleased when we received her other book ‘What the Ladybird Heard’, from Storytime Club, along with other age-appropriate reads for the kids.

What is Storytime? It’s a monthly subscription book club for kids, where they receive 3 story and activity books to enjoy and build up their own library. The books are delivered each month by courier, and the kids have the excitement of opening up their parcel, to see what surprises they have. Look at little Ethan below, chilling out on their reading cushion with his leg resting on his knee! Want to know more? Check out their website www.storytimeclub.co.za and Facebook page for more info.

Storytime Club by The Mommy City

Dress The Part

Whenever I browse a magazine, I look look through all the fashion, handbag choices and jewellery catalogues, and always pick out my favourite item. I ask myself if I have to choose just one, which one would it be? So you can imagine, I was more than a little keen when Superbalist asked if I would take part in their Dress The Part project. The challenge? Pick 5 dresses from their website for 5 different occasions. In some cases it was easy, for others it was a toss up between which dress I liked best. When I shop for clothes, I look for styles that suit my body shape, fabrics, cost, and if it fits within my mommy lifestyle.

Once you become a mom, your style changes. You opt for flats over heels, easy wear items that you don’t mind spit up, snot or finger paint all over, and possibly a nice dress for those odd days when someone has helped you get the kids ready so you have 5 minutes to put some makeup on and choose an outfit. Since we are passed the baby phase of parenting and into the toddler years, I can spend a little more time finding my style again, beyond jeans and a t-shirt. When picking a dress, I do look for longer length though to avoid any flashing of ‘mommy panties’ (not as large and beige as granny panties, but still the sensible cotton variety) as I bend over to pick up the kids.

My ‘mommy fashion’ advice is to stay away from voluminous wear or anything resembling maternity wear unless you are pregnant. From my experience, baggy doesn’t cover up your extra baby weight but accentuates it, and you will get asked when your next baby is due (or was that just me?). Opt for more tailored items and if you are going for loose fitting, ensure the outfit shows off your best features to keep it flattering. Here are my 5 dresses for 5 occasions.

Occasion/Wedding

Dress the Part with Superbalist by The Mommy CityI prefer to avoid black and white for weddings and daytime occasions, and opt for colours and patterns if I can. This Sissa Halterneck Dress in green is my first choice as an elegant and feminine dress. The mesh overlay hides any lumps and bumps, the length shows off the legs without being too short, whilst the beaded frame accentuates the shoulders. Wear with heels to elongate your legs, and take an extra pair of flats for garden events and hitting the dance floor in the evening (that’s if you can stay up that late with the kids).

Office

Dress the Part with Superbalist by The Mommy CityThe black and nude spotted combination works well in this Seal Dress by Vero Moda. The cinched-in waist helps to break up the dress and I especially like the full length arms for an office outfit.

Party

Dress the Part with Superbalist by The Mommy CityYou can’t go wrong with a little black dress (LBD) for a party and girls night out. Love that the light shines through the mesh overlay and the tailored bodice is flattering with chunky straps. The skirt is forgiving on the tummy and thighs, and shows off the legs at a nice knee length. Add in colour with shoes and accessories.

Day Adventure

Dress the Part with Superbalist by The Mommy CityI’m a navy and white stripes kinda gal, and add in leather accessories, and I’ve already bought it. The mid-length sleeves keep the chill off your arms when you are out and about on your kiddie adventures, and the scoop neckline is comfortable too. This is fitted, so chose underwear that helps flatten the tummy and avoid visible panty line (VPL).

Every Day

Dress the Part with Superbalist by The Mommy CityDid I not say I love navy? The Nava Rib Dress has a funky zip detail down the front, and ribbed crewneck detailing. I would wear this tunic dress with takkies for an everyday look. I did receive some good advice from a stylist to never wear plain white takkies – apparently screams ‘mommy look’ and not in a good way. Choose shoes with a funky pattern or colour detailing if you are going white.

So those are my 5 dresses for the Dress The Part challenge from Superbalist. What 5 dresses would you pick?

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