so easy these days to buy ready made inexpensive fancy dress costumes for children.
Gone are the days when parents struggled for hours with a wire coat hanger
attempting to make 'wings' for a fairy or to make a magic star wand.
I recall many years ago my sister having to sew two striped towels together
with holes for the arms and head to create a biblical costume for a disciple
for an an Easter story play.
My advice is just buy ready made low cost Christmas fancy dress costumes online
from Marks and Spencers, Next, Peacocks, John Lewis, Woolworths or other UK high street stores.
Specialist costuming firms like Recollections and buycostumes.com have
adult re-enactment items plus 'festive' velvet clothes for children too.
The fairy dress right was from Next.
Marks, Woolworths and John Lewis all sell fairy dresses worthy of the finest
John Lewis had this lovely pink Disney Princess outfit of top and skirt
One of the very best selections of dress up, role play or fancy dress
costumes I have seen is on the Woolworths UK website. Some stock is
still arriving. I urge you to check out the broad range of role play
costumes at Woolworths. They have animal costumes such as sheep,
camels and reindeer, plus nativity costumes for the main characters.
addition there is a great Snow White, plus a variety of fairy costumes,
Darth Vadar, Batman, a gorilla, an elf and even a Policeman are typical of
their selection. Most
role play costumes at Woolworths are priced around £10 to £15. You can
check their latest stock by visiting their online website.
They also stock Star Wars Lightsabres. For adults there are Santa suits for
Father Xmas and Mother Xmas.
noticed Marks and Spencer had many different dressing up fancy dress
character outfits for
children online. All the items were ranged between £8 and £20 and were quite
varied including Harry Potter outfits for several male and female characters, a fairy outfit at £10, Batman,
Superman, Mr Incredible, and a pirate suit.
were not neglected and
there was a wonderful baby Santa outfit at £8 and a baby reindeer outfit
You can check the latest stock selection by visiting their online website.
Next.co.uk also has a great toddler reindeer wrap shown left.
This is perfect for a wandering toddler on Xmas morning who just refuses to
dress when engrossed in Xmas toys. The toddler would be safe and
warm and there will be no fuss about getting covered up as the reindeer item
is a fun outfit to wear. The Xmas pudding hat for baby is also from
NEXT - love it.
little ballerinas use this Simplicity Tutu and Ballet dress pattern
and make an outfit exactly as your little prima donna ballerina sees
herself!! It is Simplicity pattern number 5136 and is available from
Simplicity.com . Or you could use this Bella ballerina tutu from Woolworths.
In the UK you can get great low cost ballet wear tutus and
fancy dress at thetutushop.co.uk. In
particular they have variations of net tutus that are perfect for current
looks of visible net petticoats showing beneath skirts. Various lengths and
colour mixes of net are available.
If you need a wand or wings in a hurry this may be a good choice. A hair
ornament I ordered on a Monday over the internet arrived promptly Tuesday
morning. Great service.
If you are seeking theatrical standard custom made costume items for
children, you could check out my page on
You can see more sewing patterns for Christmas fancy dress costumes on
new page. Meanwhile, below are a few styles for all year outfits
you could easily run up if you like sewing. The Harry Potter ensembles
are especially good and you will find Star wars patterns and other fun fancy
dress patterns for children, adults and men at the
You can see more sewing patterns for character fancy dress costumes on
new page. It includes Wizard of Oz costumes and other fancy dress
all suitable for children.
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