Do you have old-fashioned clothes lying around that you don’t know what to do with? Those lacy gowns and dresses would make wonderful dress-up costumes for your little girl. Here are several ideas to get you started.
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You can use pieces of old-fashioned dresses and gowns to create a beautiful dress for your little girl. Cut the dress down to size and hem where needed. Add some extra tulle and lace to make even fancier. Dress it up with some costume jewelry and maybe a pretty bonnet.
For your little Tomboy, you can create a cute pantsuit from old-fashioned lace gowns too. Take in the seams of a long dress or skirt, and create pantaloons out of them. Use the top part of the dress to create a matching shirt. She’ll still be in a pantsuit rather than a dress, but she’ll be as fancy as the other little girls in lacey dresses.
If you’re looking for a creative way to dress up a pair of your daughter’s favorite jeans, use old-fashioned clothes to make pretty shirts and sweaters. Simply cut the top part off of a lace dress or even a nightgown, trim the sleeves to fit, and then add accents such as lace, tulle, and even bells.
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Daytime wear is not the only dress-up costume you can make for your little girl. Why not use an old-fashioned lace dress as a nightgown? You can add ribbons and lace to make it fancier, then complete the ensemble with a little robe and slippers. She’ll be the belle of the slumber party.
Playing Dress Up
You can create a wide variety of dress-up costumes out of old lace clothes too. Have fun and come up with some cute ideas for your little girl, such as cowgirl outfits, country music star outfits, or even french maid outfits. You can be as conservative or eccentric as you’d like.
Add a Splash of Color
You don’t have to keep all of your little girl’s new clothes white or ivory. Add a hint of her favorite color by washing the clothes on a gentle cycle with a safe dye. You can select from several different shades and even mix and match outfits.
Don’t Forget the Accessories
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Hold on to old-fashioned gloves, bags, and jewelry too. When your little girl is dressing up in her new gown, she’ll have an array of accessories she can choose from to complete her new outfit. Put everything out for her to see her choices, and let her select her favorites.
Shoes are a Must
For the perfect finishing touch to your little girl’s new dress-up costume, find a pair of old-fashioned shoes, or create some by gluing lace fabric pieces onto slip on shoes, or even sneakers.
These wonderful dress-up costumes will add a touch of glamour to any little girl’s wardrobe, and allow her to have plenty of play clothes to enjoy. When she has enough, you can invite her friends over for a special dress-up tea party.