So technically you could just throw a party hat on yourself and call it a costume. But let’s face it, you probably wouldn’t be winning any contests. Buuut if you dressed as a party hat? Well, well hello most fun award.
- Dress with a circle skirt //
- 1/2 yard fabric //
- 1 yard tulle //
- Small hula hoop //
- Hot glue gun/glue //
- Sewing machine
I found this cute aqua dress at H&M just last week for $10 but I found several solid colored circle skirt dresses at every woman’s clothing store I went to on the sale racks so this shouldn’t be too difficult or expensive. Then pick out a fabric and a matching tulle that you think goes well with the dress.
First cut out circles from your fabric. I traced a small plate and cut out six. I ironed them all under about a quarter inch which makes it so you can sew them on without getting puckers or wrinkles in your circles. Pink them to your dress and then sew them on.
Now take your hula hoop and pin your fabric around it to get the dress stretched around your hoop the way you like it. You could sew around this if you wanted but I didn’t like the way it pulled my fabric so I just used it as a guide and unpinned and hot glued the fabric to the hoop. Apply your glue to the fabric and stick that to the hoop instead of the other way around so that the glue doesn’t melt your plastic on the hoop.
Serge the edges of your fabric and then layer the tulle on your fabric and ruffle it down the middle. Probably the greatest thing I’ve learnt in the last…as long as I can remember…is that if you hold the top thread taunt while you sew, you instantly get ruffles!
Now hot glue this to the bottom of your dress!
To make the top of the hat, take your remaining tulle (for me that was about 1/4 yard) and scrunch it up. Like your would with tissue paper you’re going to stuff in a gift bag. Then hot glue this to a headband. There really is no wrong way to go about this, just stick it on and keep messing with it!
Now you’re ready to get your party on!!