Getting Ready for Book Week!!

I can feel it looming!  Book week is coming up fast!  August 20th to 26th – week three of next term in fact – that will come before we know it!  So knowing how harrowing a school costume can be (if your mob is like mine you find the note crumpled in the school bag at 8.15 am or you get told late the night before), I thought I would start early this year, getting ready for the amazing Book Week requirements.

Main Mummy deed of the week – one (relatively) content and costumed child.  Extra points if you read the book that pertains to the costume with your kid!

To that end – I’ve started to match up some popular books with their costume – so the game is they get to take the book and the costume together!  Also, I’ve been brainstorming for easy, comfortable costumes for sale and hire.

Every year I love to see what those vibrant imaginations come up with – kids have so much fun bringing their dress-ups to life.  You can certainly tell when they like their costume and when they don’t! (They can be hard bargainers!)

Easy Peasy Knight 

Books:  Chronicles of Narnia,

Shrek,

The Knight and the Dragon by Tomie dePaola.

Cornelia Funke’s The Princess Knight, with illustrations by Kerstin Meye,

Knight L $39

Dinosaur

Books:

Jurassic Park.

I’m a Hungry Dinosaur by

Size 10:12 Godzilla $36

 

Pirates

Books:  

Pirates Don’t Change Diapers by Melinda Long

Peter Pan

Pirates of the Caribbean

Skeleton Girl L $24.95

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Superheros

Books:  

Any book featuring a superhero – this is a bit of a contentious category – lots of teachers have sought to discourage or prohibit children from wearing costumes of their favourite superhero.  While I have heard and understand the reasoning I really believe it is better to err and let them wear a superhero costume if that is what is going to be the most sensible thing.  if you are dealing with a reluctant student it could be the one thing that sparks the interest so that they start to love reading.  Sometimes you just need that spark!

Batman $29.50Kid Hulk

Iron Robot $29.50Superhero

Size 10:12 Mario $25

Witches and Wizards

Books:

Harry Potter books

Quidditch through the Ages

Hogwarts through the Ages

Wickedest Witch in the World

The Worst Witch books

Lord of the Rings

 

Skull witch

Fairy & Nursery Tales

Books:

Red Riding Hood

Snow White

Rapunzel

Sleeping Beauty

Puss in Boots

Size 3-6 Red Riding Hood $30

International Characters:

Books:

We are All Born Free – The Universal Declaration of Human Rights in Pictures

Kid IndianBook week costume

So, this is just a short look at my obsession for the next couple of weeks……….I’ll be sorting costumes and adding photos as we get ready for one of the most hectic weeks in our costume year!  Keep checking back as this site improves and grows along with out little business.  Right now, I need to go and collapse for a while – four days of dress-ups for the local band’s show have just come to an end – phew – while the rest of Port Lincoln is getting primed for the big night down at the yacht club, I will be resting my paint stained, needle pricked hands and checking facebook for photos of the crowd – sleep well all and stay warm!  🙂

PS  Comment and let me know any ideas for great children’s Book Week costumes – love to hear your thoughts!

Avast me hearties!! Rock that pirate wench costume!

“Take what you can – give nothing back!”  Get ready for Halloween with a sexy pirate wench costume!

I’m still feeling the pirate vibe and having heaps of fun hunting, gathering and sewing all sorts of pirate wench outfits together.

I really should get onto the fellas and create some pirates but I am having so much fun with the ladies garb right now!  I love the mix of feminine ruffles and lace with rugged leather and pirate swords.

Red full pirate wench

The first costume is using a saloon girl skirt, gypsy scarf and renaissance velvet bodice/vest.  I’ve accompanied the skirt with a flouncy white blouse, headscarf, two leather belts, steampunk inspired fingerless gloves, pirate cutlass, black ringlet wig, skull and cross bones necklace with a couple of beaded pirate hairpieces………..phew!

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Pirate hair beads!

The pirate hair beads are made by hand from a selection of various beads and coins.   We sell these instore or via email – they can be attached to hair, to dreadlocks or to scarves and clothing.  They are heaps of fun to make if you have the time and patience!

Pirate wenches always manage to flaunt some racy undergarments.  The next costume utilises a gorgeous maroon and black lace bodice with a white cotton undershirt for a bit of modesty!

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I’ve also layered a petticoat with a torn overskirt, plus a couple of scarves, leather belt, necklaces, steampunk style gloves and a pirate sword……

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Here, a ruffled satin shirt combines with an under bust corset and full ruffled skirt.  There is also a leather belt, sword, gloves, scarf headband and necklaces.  Pirate wench costumes are easy to create and heaps of fun!

This fun look is easy to put together, not to mention flattering and super-cute!  Pirate shows are always great fun.   People tend to get naughty when dressed as a ne-er-do-well pirate character!  And breaking into pirate lingo is always a great ice-breaker.   Time to brush up on your pirate speak and practice your “Arrrrrr!”

Drink up me hearties!
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Yo ho, Yo ho….A pirate’s life for me!

Arrrr me hearties………we are all pirate inspired right nowso making lots of breeches, frilling up some shirts and finding all our corsets and fripperies.  We are ready for some good old fashioned, bodice ripping, pirate wench costumes!  Same as for the male version, the secret to a good pirate wench costume is all about the layering.

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Layers of fun!

Lots of gorgeous layers of both functional and purely fashionable clothing are the go.  These ladies lived a mobile life and picked things up on the go.  A pirate lass needs to be able to fasten their tankard to their side and whip out their sword, while stomping the deck in their distressed boots.  A wide hat helps cut out the sea glare.   That coat they stole last time they plundered an English trade ship helps to cut the cold sea wind.

Pirate wench mini

Pirate lassies are an enigma of the exotic, combining flirty with functional.   Many belts and scarves provide plenty of nooks and crannies to hide a stash as well as add pizzazz. The undergarment of a flimsy blouse has a contrast tough leather jerkin or a plundered jacket slung across her shoulders.

Skirts can be ruffled petticoats, full and layered or short and tattered.  Breeches are another option open to our heroines, conventional female attire be damned!

Pirate brocade jacket  Pirate wench red vest

All those little extras…

Great extras are lace up boots, swashbuckling trims, colourful stockings and garters or even leg holsters for that hidden stiletto blade.

Jack Sparrow wench

Pirate shows tend to be loud and boisterous affairs so make sure you dress for fun and stomping.  From Pirate parties to How to Host a Murder shows – pirates tend to talk in lingo and drink heartily with plenty of cliched sayings to assist.

pink pirate wench

We have plenty of various costumes for sale or hire plus all the accessories to complete your pirate look.  Whether it is a full outfit or just wig, hat, scarf, eye-patch or sword, there are so many options for this theme.  You can go all-out or just reference it easily with simple accessories.

Pirate buccaneer $25
Sweet Buccaneer costume $25
Pirate dress $25
Pirate Wench dress, scarf and armbands $25
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Glamour Ringlet Wig $23
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Glamour Ringlet Wig $23
Pirate skull ring $3.90
Skull ring $3.90
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Black and red stripey tights $10.50 One Size

 So Shiver Me Timbers and pass the bottle of rum – Enter if Ye Dare!

More Fab Flappers for a Roaring Twenties night!

1920’s Flapper costumes are always a popular choice!

Roaring Twenties parties, Flapper themed hen’s shows, Twenties themed weddings, this theme is a winner!  It lets the girls stay glamorous and is a great excuse to break out that extra bling and throw on some spangled, sequined sexiness.  I’ve had a look through our photo album for some more of our Twenties costumes and props……..

Black and red fringed 1920's flapper costume
Black and red fringed flapper, red gloves, beads, feathered headband………
Black and gold flapper
Black and gold flapper, gold gloves, black fur stole, black cocktail hat………

 

Black sequin and beads dress
Sequin and beaded dress with black and white boa, gloves, beads and showgirl headpiece…….

Luxurious glamour!

The 1920’s flapper theme is all about luxury and hedonistic decadence………you want an outfit that you can wear for all those hours you will be dancing and prancing the night away.  Gorgeous fabrics with sparkle and tassels or fringing that swing while you move will help your party mood!  Hair can be sleek and simple when you have a flattering headpiece, feathered or beaded.  Gloves mean you can give the manicure a miss, just throw on some beads and bangles are you are good to go!

Take the time to research 1920’s flapper make-up before the night.  A pale face, bee-sting lips in a dark hue and smokey bedroom eyes are perfect.  Don’t forget to get those eye-brows in shape, this is not a low maintenance look!

 

Flappers yellow and white
Yellow satin flapper dress with white fringing, white boa, white gloves, white beads, feather headband……….
Silk silver strapless flapper dress
Grey silk strapless dress, silver long gloves, fur stole, beaded snood headpiece……
Aqua blue frill flapper
Black velvet art deco dress with aqua satin frill, beads, cloche style hat…..
Black and white silver fringed dress 1920's flapper
Black and silver fringed flapper dress, black boa, beads, feathered headband……..

 

So get out there, kick up those heels, don’t let anyone bring your moment down…………”a little party never killed nobody!”