Friday, 28 September 2012

Dahlicious dress up day

To celebrate Roald Dahl day we decided to dress up as the peach from James and the Giant peach,a delightful story in which my daughter absolutely adores. I wanted to make it a bit more girly than the usual round peach over the head costumes I had seen so we decided on making a tutu and attaching bugs.

'James's little face was glowing with excitement, his eyes were as big and bright as two stars. He could see the peach swelling larger and larger as clearly as if it were a balloon being blown up'

I made a simple tutu using peach material 2 x the size of her waist measurement. I made a pocket along the top to thread a piece of elastic the size of her waist when streched and then stitched the ends together. I did not bother hemming the bottom because we went for a ragedy look. We then used what material was left over and ripped it up and randomly pinned them all over the skirt. I also had some pale pink shimmery net material left over so we added a few pieces of it to add a bit of sparkle. 

'Whoever they meet first, be it bug, insect, animal, or tree, that will be the one who gets the full power of their magic! So hold the bag tight! Don't tear the paper! Off you go! Hurry up! Don't wait! Now's the time! Hurry'

We then made James and the bugs using felt, googly eyes, and fuzzy sticks. We glued them onto scrap pieces of material so they would be easier to sew onto the skirt. I cut all the pieces out and Macey arranged and glued them onto the material and drew on little mouths. I thought it was nice to do the bugs this way so she had involvement in making the costume too. 


'So what would you call it if you saw a grasshopper as large as a dog? As large as a large dog? You could hardly call that an insect, could you?'

"Now comes, the Centipede declared, 'the burden of my speech:
These foods are rare beyond compare - some are right out of reach;
But there's no doubt I'd go without
A million plates of each
For one small mite,
One tiny bite,

To match the tutu we used a plain green tshirt and glued black strips of material on the back in the shape of skyscrapers to represent New York. I then cut out letter using different coloured felt and used them to write James and the Giant Peach on the front and stuck a heart and NY on the back above the skyscrapers. 

'James Henry trotter, who once if you remember had been the saddest and loneliest 
little boy that you could find, now had all the friends and playmates in the world'

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