The dilemmas of having strong willed, independent thinking girls. My 4 year old loves Batman, like crazy in love with that show! She can’t get enough of him and his friends…not that he actually has friends, since he doesn’t exactly play well with others, but I digress.
Back on track. The most recent dilemma came when she announced she wanted a Batman dress. She will only wear dresses. This is important because it’s easy to find Batman t-shirts. If you want a pink one you can even find it in the girls section of some stores. Of course my little one was not going to be appeased with an easy to find pink Batman t-shirt because, “Batman DOES NOT wear PINK, Mom!” I think there may have been an exasperated sigh as she explained this very basic concept to me. Alrighty then. No pink Batman. So definitely no going to find a non-pink Batman dress in the boys department! Couldn’t be THAT easy!
Next step, the internet. After a quick search it became clear that finding a reasonably priced Batman dress that wasn’t pink and didn’t look like a hooker’s was going to be a challenge. By reasonably priced I mean $20 or less. My daughter is tough, no way was I spending over $20 on a dress that she’d destroy faster than Robin could say, “Holy rising hemlines, Batman!”
While I hoped that maybe she’d forget about having a Batman Princess dress it became apparent that wasn’t going to happen and I’d be hearing about this for years to come if I didn’t take drastic action. I value the small amount of sanity I have left so I jumped in my Batmobile and sped off to my local big box-o-rama to see what I could come up with. The gods of all that is crafty were smiling upon me that day- for $10 I was able to get a Batman t-shirt and a perfect yellow, sparkly dress…in the right sizes! “Holy bargain basements, Batman!” (Yup, the “holy catchphrase, Batmans” are just going to keep coming in this post. I’m on a roll!)
Hmm…looks like Catwoman sent in the forces for this picture!
Start to finish it probably took me about 1 1/2 hours if you don’t count trying to thread my bleepity bleep serger machine or the breaks I needed to take because an 1 1/2 hours is a really long time to work straight through! “Holy diversionary tactics, Batman, she’s having ANOTHER cup of coffee!” (You were warned!)
No tutorial here, but the basics to making this are pretty easy if you have some rudimentary sewing skills. I used a serger, but you could just as easily use just a sewing machine or even hand stitch it. Skip to the end if you’re not interested in making one…or you’re out of aspirin!
- Have vivacious and adorable child put on Batman t-shirt.
- Once she’s done spinning around in sheer joy for being Batman, measure from the bottom of t-shirt to how far down you want the skirt to go.
- Take a break. I told you, this is exhausting. Don’t be fooled, cute kids will drain your energy. Coffee is needed at this point!
- Put the right side of the shirt with the right side of the skirt. Double check it to make sure that when you’re done the skirt and shirt are looking the way they should…I can’t be the only person who’s every sewn things the wrong way!
- Because my skirt was wider than the shirt I first pinned the side seams of the skirt to the side seams of the shirt. Then I did the same with the middle front of the skirt and shirt, followed by the middle back of skirt and shirt. You now have 4 pins holding it together. With me so far? Kind of?
- You now have 4 sections in the dress. Work between each section and do a manual tuck and pin to ease the fabric to fit. Go from one section to the next. This will help to give somewhat even gather type effect. “Holy pin cushions, Batman!” (You could gather it before pinning it to the t-shirt. Whatever works best for you.)
- Definitely time for another break. Kids not looking? Quick, sneak some chocolate so they don’t see otherwise you’ll have to share and they’ll say something like, “Please, Mom?! Sharing is caring!” Busted! (You may be starting to see why this took me most of the afternoon to make!)
- Finally step, add a cape. I used what was left of the front of the dress for the cape. Sewed it on with a sewing machine. Cheesy, but easy! Hey, I like it! I’m making that a category! You heard it hear first!
- Finally step after the final step. I pom pom flowers that I made from the dress material to where the cape was attached because it looked really awful since I was too
lazycreative to just leave it as is.
Have squirmy, impatient, but still adorable little girl try it on…and leave it on all day…and night…and the next day! I think she liked it! (Rain boots are optional extra, but definitely lend character!)
This was a fun and quick project to do. Simple sewing skills, but mainly just doing pinning and a straight stitch. Most important I have a super happy Batgirl now who wears this almost every day- I’m allowed to wash it occasionally! And she loves telling everyone, “My mommy made it for me. I BATGIRL…ZOOOOOOOMMMMMMMM!!!”
“Holy most awesome Batgirl EVER, Batman!”