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I wanted to make the costume as inexpensively as possible.
What I already had:
White long sleeve uniform shirt from the school wardrobe, red puff paint, yellow bow and jeans.
What I had to buy:
Cow print fabric, yellow felt, white stiff felt, brown and yellow craft foam, black bias tape, stick on velcro, for white buttons and the hat.
I started out making the yellow portion of the shirt. Since she still had to wear the shirt to school, I didn't want to change it permanently. I used three sheets of large yellow felt to make the yoke and cuffs. For the yoke I cut one of the sheets in half and overlapped it a little at the center, then lay it on top of the other sheet. I cut a little curve at the top to be a neck hole, then sewed the pieces together along the shoulder line. Then I cut the entire yoke into the shape I needed. I put the sticky velcro on the overlapping edges at the back so it could be easily taken on and off (see picture of back below and line going down center of yoke). The other piece of yellow felt was used to make cuffs. I just cut the sheet into two strips and wrapped them around her wrist for size. I trimmed it and put velcro on to hold it closed. The white stiff felt were added with glue. I then used puff paint to make the red lines on the yoke and cuffs and added the buttons to the cuffs. I also put two of the white buttons on the cuffs. I glued two buttos to clips and used them on the front of the shirt to be Jessie's two large buttons, but they did not show up well in the picture.
The belt is just a strip of brown craft foam wrapped around and a yellow craft foam buckle held together with velcro.
The chaps were just cut freehand out of half a yard of cow print fabric then lined with black bias tape to cover the raw edge. As I sewed the final layer of bias tape I sewed on fringe using more of the stiff white felt. The chaps are held on with safety pins.
Here is a shot of the back. She has strawberry blond hair and it braided perfectly for the costume.
The cost for the project was:
$30 for the hat (which was her birthday present from us)
$0.50 for the brown and yellow craft foam
$1.00 for the cow print fabric
$3.00 for the bias tape
$1.00 for the three sheets of yellow felt and one white sheet of felt
$4.00 for the stick on strips of velcro
$39.50 for a total, but I think you can buy a foam hat and use white puff paint to make it look like Jessie's hat.
She didn't just wear this in May for her birthday, she also wore it for Halloween. Here she is at a trunk-or-treat at our church. She chose to wear her pink boots this time instead of her tennis shoes.