Saturday, October 19, 2013

Jake & Izzy Neverland Pirates Costumes {DIY No Sew Scalloped Tee Tutorial}

Remember back in the day when Halloween consisted of just one night when you went around your neighborhood and trick or treated your heart out?  Now, Halloween has turned into a month long extravaganza with parties, carnivals, parades, dances, events and a whole lot of candy.  I'm not really complaining since Halloween is one of my favorite holiday's but it does mean that I have to get an early start on the costumes.  Luckily the kids decided on what they wanted to be all the way back in May - Jake and Izzy from the Neverland Pirates.

And today I'm going to show you how I made the Izzy scalloped tee.  I know it seems weird for me to be on top of things and actually put out a holiday tutorial in an appropriate time frame in relation to the holiday but this year I shocked even myself and got 'er done!  Don't be fooled into thinking I have my act completely together though.  Just yesterday I found an uncashed check for my 25th birthday {I'm *ahem* 31.}  Also I went an entire day this summer running errands with my yoga pants on inside out.  There was even a little crotch panel and a tag on the back.  I died.  But I digress...  Let's get back to the costumes-

And just in case you don't know who Jake and Izzy are, it's these guys -
I'm sure you can guess by my lack of crafty posts lately that I have been not quite feelin' it in the creative department so I wanted to keep things as simple as possible and wanted to make these NO SEW!  Each costume consists of clothes they already have and a custom made-by-mom t-shirt. 
Each tee cost me $3.  The bandana was $1.99 and a $1 tube of puffy paint was all I needed.  The rest of the supplies (felt, fabric, buttons & ribbon) were from my stash. 

For Jackson's I mean Jake's tee I just hot glued pieces of felt onto the front.  I then glued on ribbon trim and buttons.  I chopped up the sleeves to give it that authentic tattered pirate look.  Or as Jackson would say, "Mom, I look like a pie-rick!"  If you're wondering about the face this is his "yargh!" face.

Maggie oops, Izzy, got the coveted pixie dust necklace.  I used hot glue to make a little pouch, filled it with a little fluff and tied it off with some ribbon.

But the great little scallops are what this tutorial is all about.

This scallop technique is a great no sew way to add a great detail to any costume.  I can see this working for a knight, or a fairy, a flower, you name it.

Are you ready for the world's easiest tutorial?
Step 1:  Cut off hem of shirt and turn it inside out.
Step 2:  Iron a strip of light weight iron on interfacing to the bottom of the shirt.  This will make sure the scallops on the cut t-shirt don't roll and keep their shape.

Step 3:  Draw scallops onto interfacing.  Tip - Start with a half scallop on the sides and work your way into the middle of the shirt so you have nice even scallops all the way around.

Step 4:  Cut.  I cut both layers at once so that the scallops were even on both sides.

Step 5:  Flip shirt right side out and add details with glitter puffy paint.  The glitter is important because for reasons unknown to man it makes girls feel pretty and fancy and it's just plain cute.

At this point I added my paint scallops to the arms, and neck as well.  After the 4 hours the bottle told me to let it all dry, I flipped it over and added the paint details to the backside of the shirt.

As far as tips for the bandana I would recommend putting it on your child and marking where the ear ends.  Do this for each side. 

Place your paint detail between those spots so that when you tie on the head band you don't get snagged up on paint and so none of the pattern gets lost in the tie.  It just makes for a cleaner look in my opinion.  Plus I didn't want to hear the freak out if the paint started to peel off from the friction of the tie because you know those kinds of things are the end of the world to a 5 year old.

And Booyah!  It was THAT easy! 

Costumes that require little time, little money and little skill and effort always get a big thumbs up from me!  Not to mention the joy they bring your kids.  Mine were so happy and grateful that not only did they hug me but they hugged each other.  It was a Halloween miracle.

So do tell, what are your munchkins going to be this year?? 
Feel free to link up any pics or posts you may have so we can all visit and give a great big collective "awe". 
Did I mention I just love Halloween? 
I love Halloween.


  1. Oh my gosh! So cute! My kids love that show! Actually cutting the scallops into the shirt add so much to the costume! I'm also a little jealous of the fact that your kids will pose for you... I need to learn your secrets :)
    I would love for you to link up to my Costume Party next week on my blog!

    1. Thanks so much! My kids only recently started looking at the camera. And even then just barely. The secret is I took over 300 pics just to miraculously get these! Haha! It's torture to us bloggers when the kids just won't play nice! :)

  2. Awesome! We took the loser way out and bought costumes at Bargain Hunt. And BTW, have you checked that place out?! I love it!

  3. CUTE costumes! Luckily I only have one child to get ready for trick or treating this year. Well....Elsa is trick r treating too, but she is making her own costume with what we have around the house. (I did buy her a t-shirt at the dollar store) and my boys are in charge of their own (if they want to dress up) and decorating the back of our truck to pass out candy at our trunk r treat. Abby is going to be a Rainbow. So far I've spent a total of $1 on her costume, (a t-shirt at the dollar store). She is happy with how it's turning out. Woo Hoo! I love cheap/free, easy costumes! I'll post pictures on my blog shortly!

    1. I would love to see this cute rainbow! I love that idea! I tried to get our shirts at the Dollar Store but they didn't have the right colors. Boo. But I guess $3 at JoAnn's isn't so bad.

  4. Thank you for these ideas! My daughter is not going to be paired up with a jake, and I was looking for ways to make an izzy costume that could stand alone, and that it just didn't look like a little girl in pink begging for candy! A rather plain character costume, and I like how you frugally dressed it up! It is off to check out the new hobby lobby for supplies to make it happen! Love your yoga pant story!!!

    1. Oh yay! I'm so glad I could help you out! I agree, it can be hard costume to spruce up. I was worried about recognition too but when we were at Boo at the Zoo tons of kids would point to the costume and say "Look it's Izzy!" so that was a relief. Good luck! :)

    2. Trick or treat was tonight, and we had costume success! Thanks! That was my first experience with interfacing......thank goodness it was iron on.......but I do think it was necessary to keep the shap of the scallops. I even added a little touch of my the little yellow pixie dust pouch, I put a little battery operated flicker tea light so it glowed!

    3. Oh my goodness that is BRILLIANT! I wish I had thought of it. I'm so glad you had a perfect little Izzy!

  5. What a great Izzy costume! I absolutely LOVE the scallop details. My 5-year old daughter wants to be Izzy and I love that this is no-sew!! Are her boots just regular boots, or did you do something special there?


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