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Fancy Dress Character Sewing Patterns

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Traditions - Christmas, Halloween and Character Dressing Up
Dressing Up - Fancy Dress Party Sewing Patterns from Simplicity

Many of you will be seeking sewing patterns with a character fancy dress theme just for children.  These patterns featured here are all courtesy of Simplicity Sewing Patterns.  Simplicity have a range of dressmaking patterns suitable for occasions that demand fancy dress.  All these character patterns were available at the time of writing this web page in September 2006.  If you prefer check out my web page showing the type of character fancy dress outfits available from many of the high street stores.

Fancy dress parties are often a feature of autumn and can be used for children's parties during Halloween, Christmas and Thanksgiving.  Every little girl at some time wants to be a princess or fairy.  But if your little girl is a tomboy never fear she can still be suited and be attired as a wild westerner, pirate or tin man.  Simplicity sewing patterns have dress patterns to help you make the perfect fancy dress costume for child or adult.

Modern patterns are cut to C21st body measurements and are fairly easy to follow.  You will find a wide selection to choose from at, plus images of the back views and yardage requirements.  Some of the patterns like the Disney inspired patterns can only be bought from a specialist supplier shop.  Many of the other sewing patterns can be bought off the internet. 

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Fancy Dress Sewing Patterns by Simplicity

Pattern 9384 Patterns 4133
Simplicity Pattern 9384Simplicity Pattern 4133

What a great selection of children's fancy dress costumes from Simplicity sewing patterns.  Pattern 9384 is Snow white pattern.  9902 another pattern is also ideal to make a Princess costume.  If your children love the Wizard of Oz story they will also love dressing up as characters from the film.  Simplicity Pattern 4139 features Dorothy, a fairy and a witch pattern whilst Simplicity Pattern 4133 above looks at the Wizard of Oz Scarecrow, the Lion and the Tin Man.

Pattern 4012 Simplicity Pattern 4860
Simplicity Pattern 4012Simplicity Pattern 4860

Children love dressing up and these Simplicity sewing patterns numbers 4012 and 4860, have all the variations you need to achieve a great fairy dress, angel or Queen of Hearts, pirate, wizard, phantom ghost, clown and more. 

Simplicity Pattern 4944 Simplicity Pattern 4486
Simplicity Pattern 4944 Simplicity Pattern 4486

Even little angels like to dress up as Knights in armour or as renaissance fair Ladies. Pattern 4944 also includes a pirate costume.  I love the flower fairies from Simplicity pattern 4486. Just wishing I was 5 or 6 again, those fairy dresses look so cute! 

Harry Potter style of costumes. Pattern 5372
Simplicity Pattern 3998 Simplicity Pattern 5372
Wonder Costumes
Elegant Adult Halloween Costumes and adorable Kids costumes

Especially suitable for Halloween are these two patterns. On the left above, Simplicity 3998 has the edge with this great Harry Potter inspired set of costumes for novice wizards or witches - or try 5372 if you want to make Little House on the Prairie dresses or puritans.  Get ideas from funny Halloween pictures.

Pattern 5488 Simplicity Pattern 3997
Simplicity Pattern 5488 Simplicity Pattern 3997

Finally for a traditional take these cowboy and Indian or pirate outfits are great for dressing up outfits and for children to run around making a whooping noise and burning off energy!

Do visit to see many more excellent sewing patterns.  Each pattern can be given your own individual touch with a personal decorative finish making the finished article a totally individual made to measure costume.  Simplicity have fuller details on fabric yardage and back views.

All are available from

All thumbnail images of patterns here are courtesy of Simplicity.comMy special thanks to Simplicity administrative staff.

Page added 9 September 2006.

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