Worst Witch Costume DIY Cape

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I adore how kids love dressing up – but I’m not quite so keen on coming up with costume ideas which appeal and are achievable!!

This years Children in Need led my daughters school to hold a dress up day with a movie theme. She is seriously into her books and has just discovered The Worst Witch by Jill Murphy. We were equally delighted to discover this has been made into a movie – idea sorted. Next for the costume.

First up the dress. My Mum gave me this dress in case I could reuse the fabric, a lovely crushed velvety fabric in teal/green colour.

Dress for upcycling

I made the Uptown Downtown dress for her (see previous version and pattern review here), using a former t shirt of my husbands for the lining. The colour is just gorgeous, I can just imagine her wearing the dress over the coming Christmas period for parties and a trip to the pantomime for her birthday treat.

Uptown Downtown Dress

Next the DIY cape – I bought a long black skirt from a charity shop. This was quickly transformed. First I unpicked the back seam and removed the zip. Secondly I threaded elastic through the waist band, pulled until it fitted her nicely and then hand stitched in place.

Create a cape from a skirt

It was extremely quick, easy and cheap!!!

DIY Skirt to Cape

The outfit was complete with a witches hat and broom stick, a pair of stripey tights and a lacy top underneath the dress. She loved it. She has had a sickness bug this week, she was so pleased to be well enough to go back to school and not miss out on the fun day:)

Worst Witch DIY Costume

It gives me great satisfaction to upcycle/recycle clothing from one item into something new:) Whats your favourite clothing transformation?





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  1. November 16, 2015 / 1:38 pm

    Both pieces turned out wonderful! Too cute! I need to do more upcycling/recycling myself!!!! Great post!

    • FairerThan
      January 25, 2017 / 7:39 am

      I just found this. Did you know the entire TV series is available on YouTube? (I didn’t know there was a TV series!) The cape looks great!

  2. November 19, 2015 / 12:11 pm

    How great is this?! And I love that you upcycled the whole thing – Amazing!

  3. February 7, 2016 / 5:25 pm

    I know it’s not Halloween yet, but since Google brought me here and I loved what I have seen, I must say that the costume is just perfect. And the crushed velvet fabric kills it. Thanks a lot for sharing this and keep up the good work.


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