If you had asked me a couple of months ago, I would have guessed that my evening tonight would have been spent with a Revolutionary War Era lass or even a large rabbit, but this wasn't the case. Instead we spent the night with a gypsy princess. Now, I'm not sure where the gypsy idea came from. I don't actually know if my darling daughter knows much about gypsies other than their fabulous skirts made for twirling and a knack for the tambourine. So, I drew my inspiration from where most of my inspiration seems to be flowing: Mad Men!
I thought I would buy a vintage pattern, but it wasn't necessary for this project. I had my eye on the one below from New Vintage Lady on Etsy- which is still available.
Instead, I took inspiration from it and set to make do with what I had.
The top is white quilting fabric from my stash. It could serve as a future underdress layer this Fall/ Winter. I used the same pattern that I used for her Easter ensemble and beloved green dress that I wrote about here.
I just gathered four tiers of colorful fabric to make the skirt- fast and easy! The bottom tier is over 200 inches and the others decrease to the top tier which was the 45" width of that fabric.
The head scarf is folded in a half triangle and tied in the back. The striped waist scarf is just tied at the hip. We borrowed both of these as well as numerous other options from our local Front Porch Forum. Thanks, neighbor!
Grandma loaned the shawl which was essential as it's dang cold on Halloween in Vermont! She's also wearing a leotard and a long sleeve tee and fleece pants under there!
The necklace and clip on hoop earrings were the only items that I purchased. I got them at Claire's on a rare mall trip.
Thanks to my friends in music and theater, we borrowed the perfect gypsy tambourine from a local high school theater department. I tied ribbon streamers into a jingle-less slot.
Overall, it was deemed a very successful costume.