Halloween Costumes 2011: Mary Poppins

 

Wow.  Some of you actually guessed what I was making from the sneak peek on Monday. 

 

And then many of you guessed Rainbow Brite and several more of you guessed Angry Birds.  Both cute ideas.  However, my 3 year old boy plays Angry Birds better than I do……so Angry Birds and I don’t get along!  And then my gosh, it’s been years since I’ve even thought about Rainbow Brite.  My sister had a big Rainbow Brite doll when we were little girls and I cut her stringy yarn bangs, honestly thinking they would grow right back.  They never did.  And I was a little sister in a lot of trouble.  (Sorry Robin!)

 

Anyway……those who guessed Mary Poppins, wow, good guessers!  One of you even recognized that little piece of blue fabric sitting there as the color of Bert’s bowtie.  I was shocked. Ha.

 

But yes, the Mary Poppins theme won the vote in our house. 

 

Then again, fluffy/twirly dresses are an easy choice for my almost 5 year old daughter who wakes up in the morning, pulls open her drawer of clothes, and pulls everything out until she has found some sort of twirly skirt to slip into.  Bless that girly little girl.  I can certainly remember being that same sort of little girl.

 

 

So of course, I was completely excited to get sewing the “Jolly Holiday” Mary Poppins costumes.

 

 

 

And I considered skipping out on the umbrella……but this little girl insisted she have the umbrella. 

Because Mary Poppins wouldn’t be Mary Poppins without her umbrella, afterall.

 

 

 

Oh, the magic of Mary Poppins. 

 

 

 

 

I wonder if she secretly looks for the right chalk painting to jump into, like I always did at her age.

  

 

 

 

 

Ahhhhh…..making this dress was so satisfying. 

 

It was thrilling to watch her twirl and giggle and wonder. 

And then retell parts from the movie, as if she were Mary Poppins herself. 

 

It was worth every stitch.

 

 

 

 

Today is the dress.

 

Tomorrow I will share the hat, umbrella, boot covers, and pettiskirtNo worries.

 

Update: Here is the Mary Poppins Accessories tutorial here.

 

 

 

 

Would you like to make your own Mary Poppins dress?

 

 

 

Supply List for the dress only (made in size 5T):

  • 3 yards of white “costume satin” (on sale for $2 a yard)
  • 3 yards of white chiffon (on sale for $4.80 a yard)
  • 1/4 yard of red “costume satin” ($0.50)
  • 1 spool (6 yards) of red 3/8 inch satin ribbon ($1.00, I think)
  • 1 spool of 1 inch wide lace (flat not gathered) with holes down the center, used for collar and cuffs ($2.00)
  • white piping (from my stash)
  • velcro (from my stash)
  • 1 inch wide gathered lace (from my stash)
  • zipper (from my stash)

**I bought all of the fabric for this dress at Joann Fabric.  The “costume satin” is just their seasonal satin that is really cheap and is usually only available around Halloween time.  But any satin would work.

 

 

To begin, create your main pattern pieces.  Find a dress or shirt (with sleeves) to pattern after…….something that has a high neck.  For more pictures and explanation on how to do this, visit my Cinderella Dress tutorial here.  Or visit my Blessing Dress tutorial here.  Both are good reference for making your own dress pattern.

 

 Now, I first thought I was going to make a velcro back (just like the Cinderella link above) but decided that because I was using chiffon, a zipper would be better.  So these patterns below are showing an extra wide back piece to allow for fabric to be folded over and used for a velcro closure.  But don’t let that confuse you.  I adjust it later.

 

 

This costume will be made with 2 layers for the bodice.  A really thin chiffon outer layer with a high neck and sleeves and then a minimal satin under layer, to keep things modest.

 

Here are the pattern pieces for the outer chiffon layer.   (Make sure to add seam allowances to your pattern pieces.)  The front piece is on the left, the back piece in the middle, and the sleeve piece is on the right.  (which is longer than the Cinderella sleeves, due to Mary Poppins’ half sleeves)

 

Then I created pattern pieces for the inner satin layer.  I took the seam allowance away for the arm holes (because I use bias tape around the openings later on), gave the neck a bigger scoop, and made the width of the shoulders more narrow.

 

To begin, use the bigger pattern pieces to cut out the chiffon pieces and sew the bodice together and attach the sleeves.  (Remember use tutorials here and here for more help.)

 

But leave the back open.

 

Then sew the satin lining pieces together at the sides and shoulders and then make some bias tape out of the same satin fabric and sew that around the arm holes and neckline.  (More on Bias Tape here.)

 

But leave the back open too. (I also serged the bottom edge to keep the bottom edge from fraying while I was working.  You can zig-zag too.)

 

Then slide the satin lining piece inside of the chiffon layer and match up the shoulder seams, the side seams, and the opening along the back.  Pin in place.  Then turn inside out.

 

While inside out, match up the back opening edges.  Now, like I mentioned above in red, I was going to use this extra fabric to fold over and use velcro for the closure.  But I changed my mind and placed those vertical pins where the seam for the zipper would go. (But if you still want to do velcro, fold over these edges, sew them in place, and add velcro…..just like the tutorial here.)

 

But I trimmed off the extra fabric down to just an extra 1/2 inch for the seam allowance……and then sewed a basting stitch down the back of the bodice.  Then, I finished off those raw edges.

 

Then I added the zipper.  (Zipper tutorial here.)  Be sure to leave at least a 1/2 inch space at the top, with the extra fabric from your zipper.  This will be hidden and sewed into the collar in a few steps.

 

Next, match up the shoulder seams and then sew them together by sewing a seam right along that horizontal shoulder seam.  You can’t really see it….but that’s the point.

 

To create the collar, I cut a strip of fabric that was 3 inches wide (this will vary depending on the size dress you’re making) and an inch longer than the length of the neck line.  Then I folded the strip in half lengthwise, with right sides facing out.  Then I opened each end and folded the raw ends in a 1/2 inch, then re-ironed.

 

 

To attach the collar, open up the strip of fabric and place the right side of the fabric against the right side of the fabric of the dress.  Match up the raw edge of the one layer of the collar with the raw edge of the collar.  Make sure that the ends of the collar match up with the ends of the neckline……right where the zipper ends.  Pin in place.

 

 

Then sew those 2 layers together (taking a few stitches at a time and adjusting the fabric as needed) and then fold up the collar.

 

 

(View from the other side.)

Fold the collar up and over to the inside, using that original fold that you ironed previously.  Then fold the bottom edge of this second half up to the inside of the collar a 1/2 inch.  Hand stitch that edge in place and hand stitch the ends on the collar closed.  (Help with hand stitching here.)

 

 

Now, grab your lace with the holes down the center and thread your red ribbon in and out of those holes until you have a piece long enough for the collar.

 

 

Attach the lace to the collar by sewing it down on both outer edges.  Tuck the ends under and sew them down too.

 

 

Then add 2 “hooks and eyes” to the ends of the collar.

 

 

Then add a bow to the center front of the collar.  (I hand stitched mine in place.)

 

 

 For the cuffs, cut 2 more pieces of fabric that are 3 inches wide (will vary depending on your dress size and lace width).  Be sure the strips are long enough to be sewn around the end of the sleeves.  Fold each strip in half lengthwise, just like you did with the collar and then add more of the lace and ribbon detail to these strips.  Be sure and line up the lace to the edge where the fold is on the fabric.

 

 

Sew each strip into a tube (with right sides together) that is the same size as the arm hole opening.  Slide the tube over the arm hole opening (with right sides together) and pin the raw edges together.

 

 

Sew in place and then serge or zig-zag the raw edges.

 

Iron flat.

 

 

Now, serge or zig-zag the bottom of the bodice layers together, keeping the edges from fraying but also to keep the 2 layers together.

 

Now, make two skirt pieces (tubes) for the bottom of the dress.  One out of the satin and the other layer out of the chiffon.  [Each of my skirt pieces were 19 x 144 inches (that used up 2 yards out of each fabric).]  Lay the chiffon layer on the outside and sew the two layers together along the top edge.  Then make another basting stitch along the top edge and gather the skirt section in.  (Reference the dress tutorials here and here if needed.)

 

 

Then turn the skirt section inside out and slide the bodice (right side out) down into the skirt.  Match up the raw edges and gather the skirt section in to match up with the bottom edge of the bodice.  Pin in place and then sew, using a 1/2 inch seam allowance.  Trim off any extra edges and serge or zig zag to keep from fraying.

 

 

Then either hem the bottom edges or serge them.  Mine are serged…….so if you were using my measurements from above, be sure to add some length if you are going to be hemming the bottom.

 

Then add some red ribbon bows to the outside of the skirt (about half way down) by hand stitching them in place.   (I used 8 bows all the way around.)

 

 

Now, for the cummerbund (I had to look up the spelling because I thought it was “cumberbun”…..did you?)

 

Cut two long strips of fabric…..making one strip several inches longer.  Mine were 5 x 26 inches and 5 x 30 inches.

 

Now cut smaller sections out of the center of the longer strip of fabric.  Each of my smaller sections were 2.5 inches wide.  (I show 5 smaller sections below but you only need 4 smaller pieces to make the 5 lines of piping……oops, sorry!)

 

 

Then sew a piece of white piping in between each of those 4 sections…….and then attach them to the longer sections on both ends too.  (Need more info on sewing in piping?  Click here.)  Iron flat from the right side. 

 

Then cut the bottom edge of the bottom edge of the strip, to create a point.  Make sure that the point is cut right at the center piece of piping.

 

Then place the other strip of fabric on top with right sides together, trim down this piece of fabric to add the point too………then sew the 2 pieces together along both long edges, using a 1/2 inch seam allowance.

 

 

Trim the excess fabric off the point and then turn the strip right side out and iron flat.  Then fold under each end a 1/2 inch, then another 1/2 inch, and then sew in place.

(Okay, this really bothers me so I have to explain about all the puckering.  I changed the tension on my machine while gathering the skirt section in previous steps and then forgot about it.  So when I sewed this up, it really puckered but I just thought the piping and satin together were being finicky.  So I ironed it like crazy to try and flatten out all the puckers but they wouldn’t come out completely.  And then, I realized why it had puckered………but I didn’t have enough of the red satin to make another one.  Bummer.  It’s not as noticeable when it’s on the dress.  Whew.)

 

 

Then add velcro to each end.

 

And then, on the inside of the cummerbund, add two pieces of velcro (the scratchy side) right where the cummerbund would hit the sides of the dress…….

 

And then sew on the other side of the velcro right at the side seam of the dress.  This will help keep the cummerbund in place.

 

Now, cut 2 pieces of satin that are about twice as tall as the area on the bodice that you’re going to put them.  Make one piece a little more narrow than the other one so that when you stack them, you will see both.  Then serge or hem each raw edge.  (My serged pieces are 5.5 x 12 inches and 4 x 12 inches.)  Now, add a piece of ruffled lace to each long edge, allowing the lace to go about a 1/2 inch off the edge of the fabric.

 

Then sew a basting stitch down the center of strip and gather it down.

 

Then sew the larger piece right down the center of the bodice (making sure to include the chiffon and satin layer of the bodice front…….but keeping everything else away from the needle.)  Also, be sure you don’t sew it down too low where the cummerbund goes.

 

Then sew the smaller piece right on top.  I added a few extra seams down the center, just to secure it in place.

 

And that’s it.

 

 

Remember, Mary Poppins accessories (hat, umbrella, boot covers, pettiskirt) will be shared tomorrow.

 

Update: Here is the Mary Poppins Accessories tutorial here.  Enjoy.

 

 

 

 

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134 Responses to “Halloween Costumes 2011: Mary Poppins”
  1. 1
    Eva Scott says:

    Absolutely gorgeous! I love your tutorials!!!

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    Jenny says:

    Absolutely gorgeous! Can’t wait to see all the costumes together :)

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      Jenny says:

      Ha! I wrote my comment without seeing the one above mine! I guess you know that the dress truly is gorgeous! :D

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    Lacey O says:

    I enjoy reading your posts. I am always left thinking how talented and creative you are. After today’s post, I am no less than amazed. Bravo momma, bravo!

  4. 4

    That dress is too cute!!! I need one my size ;)
    I can’t wait to be a mom & make my kids costumes too!

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    Shannon says:

    And I didn’t think you could amaze us anymore!! Fabulous job and such a great tutorial! And you have sucha cutie there!

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    Diana says:

    WOW! This is so beautiful! What a lucky little girl :)

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    Melissa says:

    WOW! This completely blew my mind! Incredibly talented doesn’t even begin to describe you Miss Ashley. I bet your little girl will remember this costume forever, it’s a little girl’s dream come true! So beautiful :)

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    Emily says:

    One of my favorites of your creations! Amazing!!

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    Angie says:

    I am completely speechless!!! This is some of the most awesome sewing I’ve ever seen. The time spent and the attention to detail really says a lot about you as a mom and your love for your girly girl. BRAVO!!

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    Kristen says:

    You are the BEST MOM EVER!!!!! That is gorgeous!!!!!!!

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    Amanda says:

    Incredible! Your costume and your little girl are absolutely beautiful.

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    Angela says:

    Good grief, charlie brown. and here i’ve been complaining about making a ninja (black pants, black tunic) and fireman (yellow pants, yellow coat) costumes. it’s a good thing i have boys. you’re the coolest girl-mom EVER! :)

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    Bonnie says:

    Holy crap–you are so AMAZING!!! I bet your little girl is in heaven. Wish you were my mom ;)

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    Miss Angie says:

    Oh that’s beautiful, you are so awesome!

    I kind of want that dress for myself haha.

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    Alanna says:

    Oh my goodness I love this! Mary Poppins was my absolute favorite when I was a kid. I even used to jump out of the tree with an umbrella. I will have to keep this stashed away for when we have kids (we have one on the way).

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    Kiersten says:

    My daughter would LOVE this! I can’t believe how easy you make it look. In fact, I just told my husband that I really should make this for my daughter because I had actually thought about it before. But then I realized that there’s no WAY I’ll have the time or the patience. At least not this year. Or maybe I should start now for next year! I can’t wait to see the rest, and Bert!

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    AndreaR says:

    I can only dream that I can sew that well! Wow! Amazing! You made a beautiful dress! Thank you for sharing and inspiring me to try and become a better seamstress!

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    Kate says:

    Gee whiz what is it with Mary Poppins this Halloween? So funny! I just sewed up a version of this dress for my little lady (and myself, actually). Yours is much more intricate – I can’t imagine how long it took you!

    http://betweenthetoys.blogspot.com/2011/10/jolly-holiday-mary-poppins-costume.html

    Kate

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    Rachel says:

    Wow! Just wow! I am so in awe. What a fantastic dress and fantastic tutorial. Thank you for taking the time to share your talents!

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    Erin says:

    Oh my stink’n WOW! I think you should start sewing classes for the lucky people that live close to you! I’d pay to learn how to sew whatever I wanted and have it look like that (let alone last years halloween costumes)!

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    Christine says:

    This is incredible! I’m 25 and I really want this dress for Halloween- or any other day of the year! So beautiful!

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    Heidi says:

    Beautiful. The boys and I were just talking about this movie at lunch and I thought about this dress!!! So funny to see it here on your blog. Thanks for the smile!!!

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    Autumn says:

    Wow, this is amazing, and to think you made it all up yourself!! I can barely follow a pattern,lol. Your kiddos are soo lucky, my daughter would love this!! She’s two, and she’s spent the better part of the last week wearing her pettidress, lol. She’s always looking for something to twirl in too! Can’t wait to see what you’ve made for your son!

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    Tristan says:

    Oh my goodness that is amazing!!!! I can’t even think of what else to say but “WOW!” :)

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    Allison says:

    Wow absolutely amazing! I already started my costumes for this year but maybe next year we’ll try to pull this off. It is stunningly beautiful!

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    Kate says:

    Wow! This is my little 6 year old’s favorite movie! I am definitely going to make her this dress. Thank you for your awesome tutorials.

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    Rebecca says:

    Supercalifragilisticexpealidocious!!!!!! She’ll have as much fun playing dress up after Halloween as she does trick-or-treating :-)

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    Sharon says:

    Absolutely lovely!

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    Brenda says:

    I cannot BEGIN to tell you how excited I am for this tutorial!! This is an idea my husband and I have talked about doing for Halloween someday for the two of us…this year I am 8 months preggo, so of course we postponed it, but I’m so glad we did because now I’ll have your tutorial by my side in time for next year’s costumes. Thanks a million for sharing!

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    Megan says:

    Holy smokes. I’m very impressed. Great job on the costume!!

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    Deanna says:

    How much would you charge to sew one for me for this Halloween? I’d love to buy it for my nieces.

    Thanks!

  33. 33

    Completely and Utterly adorable! Can’t wait to see Bert’s suit. Will be so cute with you sewing it. Your potty training story inspired me (or lit a fire under me :)), to get going with my little guy. I was just afraid he wasn’t really ready, but we started last Friday and he’s accident free yesterday and today! He’s loving being a big boy. And we did the candy method with toys at the end, it really inspired him to try. When he finishes he says “look – BOY!!!” because every time he goes we tell him Good job you’re such a big boy. It’s too cute.

    Thanks for taking a break from your crafty-goodness to share and encourage me in my struggles with training my first child.

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    Kristen says:

    Wow I am seriously impressed! You did an amazing job on her dress!

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    Breea says:

    Wow, this costume is amazing. I wish I would have had this a few weeks ago and I would have ventured to make my own. My husband and I are going as Mary Poppins and Bert and our 10 m old daughter as one of the penguins. Really great job.

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    Amber Black says:

    Absolutely beautiful! I want one too! :) Love the theme <3

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    Nancy says:

    Beautiful job!!

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    My 4 year old just saw the picture and said, “look, mama, it’s Mary Poppins. Can I have that dress, too.” Oh, you’re getting me in trouble :)

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    Smriti says:

    WOW! You blew my head off with that dress!!!! You’re so talented!! That dress looks AWESOME! Can’t believe you stitched it!!

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    Carolyn says:

    How adorable! I’m so jealous; my little girl isn’t quite big enough for the twirly dress yet, but I’ll have to keep this in mind for Halloween’s to come!

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    Amy says:

    That is AMAZING! And what a good idea for a costume!!! Such a classic! What a lucky little girl to have you for her mom. If she came to my door on Halloween I’d probably give her all the candy I had for that costume. Seriously, LOVE IT!

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    karomanah says:

    super amazing!! super cute ! can’t wait to see how you made this wonderful white pettiskirt
    beautiful>>>>thanx for sharing

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    Rachel says:

    OH MY GOODNESS! You really need to get some awards or something for this outfit. It’s AMAZING! Really, you did an incredible job. Way to go. Can’t wait to see Bert’s outfit. You have one lucky little girl. :)

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    Haven says:

    This is fantastic! What wonderful memories she will have of this dress, of you, and the fun time in her life! Thank you for the tutorial. This is definitely going on my “When we have children” board on Pinterest!

  46. 46
    Holly says:

    Ok not only am I super impressed with the outcome of this costume, but that you made it a tutorial!!! Oh my goodness tutorials are so hard to do. I always forget to photograph the important steps, and it takes SO long. Thank you!!!

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    Andrea says:

    that is amazing! you have some of the best tutorials and ideas!!

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    Could you be anymore talented?! Wow! I am so impressed. I love this dress and the sweet smile on your daughter’s face is priceless. She’s one lucky girl :)

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    Kimberly says:

    YOU ARE AMAZING! That’s all there is too it! I can’t wait to see the rest of them.

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    Jodi says:

    Really beautiful!!! I too made my daughter (4-years old) a Jolly Holiday Mary Poppins costume this year! I will send you a photo – I just finished it on Sunday! Yours is breathtaking and for some silly reason, i’m hoping your baby gets to be a penguin!

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    Lynette says:

    that is gorgeous! I absolutely love it. I want to be Mary Poppins now. That’s my favorite movie, and when I would take it babysitting, most children had NEVER seen it. I’m glad yours have! :)

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    bethany says:

    What wonderful work!

  53. 53
    becky says:

    This is Wonderful. you did such a wonderful job. Thanks for sharing!

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    Courtney says:

    Thank you so much for sharing your amazing talent with the blogging world! The dress is too cute–just like all of your other projects. Can’t wait to have a little girl of my own someday to make this for. Thanks again for the tutorial. I love your blog!!

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    Megan W. says:

    This is just incredible! Really, really breathtaking. I can’t wait to see the rest of the costumes.

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    That is without a doubt the single coolest halloween costume EVER!

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    Sara says:

    Three letters: W-O-W!

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    Amy says:

    Wow!! I seriously am amazed how FAST you whip things like this up!! And how you create them yourself. This is beautiful!

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    Anonymous says:

    Oh my goodness! Ashley this is amazing and beautiful and stunning! And E looks so proud to wear it. You are AMAZING!! I love it!

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    Jennifer says:

    I love how you say, “That’s it” at the end. Maybe if I started now it would be ready for next year. I sooo wich I had one when I was jumping through chalk pavement pictures.

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    Taylor says:

    “Sew” beautiful and creative!!! Blessings!

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    Maureen M. says:

    Stunning…and picture-perfect!!! Did you just die when you put it on her? And I bet the grandmas will lose their minds when they see all of them together. You rock!!

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    Anonymous says:

    This is my favorite thing you have made. Maybe if I start now I could actually figure out how to make it by next Halloween. Love it. I can’t wait to see what the baby is going to be. Your kids are adorable.

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    That is amazing! You are so talented, I just love seeing your creations! We just found out we’re expecting our first baby this spring, so I’m going through your archives of wonderful baby tutorials. Thanks again so much for your awesome resources! Love it all! :)

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    Kel in Oz says:

    I want one for me!!! It’s beautiful! Thank you for uploading :-)

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    Michele N says:

    I’m glad I haven’t started my daughter’s Glinda the Good Witch dress yet, you’ve given me some better ideas on how to do the layers. I love it! And I’m looking forward to the boot covers, I want to make shoe covers for my costume, I’m being Dorothy and I don’t think I’m finding ruby slippers in a women’s size 12. :)

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    Wira says:

    I luve to be ur daughter and wear all ur amazing, awesome creatiion!..Thumbs up for the Super lovely Momma!

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    Louise says:

    Love this tutorial – your instructions are great. Pictures of your daughter in her Mary Poppins outfit is priceless!
    I remember making halloween costumes for my children and they and their friends would play dress up for hours out of past halloween costume collections.

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    Paula says:

    Gorgeous photographs! Your daughter is so cute and the outfit you made her is priceless, right down to the boots an buttons!

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    Cameron says:

    whoa … that’s almost all I can say… and that someday, when I grow up (I’m getting closer, as my birthday ends in 2 minutes!), I want to be able to sew like you do…

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    Oksana says:

    Incredible! Awesome! Thank you!

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    Jennifer says:

    I love it!!! I so want to be this Mary Poppins too. I’m putting on the books for next year. I can’t wait to see the other costumes.

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    Nicole says:

    omg. This is totally awesome!!! I love it…

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    Jacquelyn says:

    Wow! You are seriously AMAZING! I love your tutorials so much, you make sewing seem so simple. I am actually making your Prince Charming and Cinderella costumes this year (almost done)…. and may just be doing this one next year!

    Kudos to you, this is one of your best!

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    Blanca says:

    WOW!!! Just wow!! So beautiful!

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    Adriana says:

    My daughter desperately wanted to be Mary Poppins a few years ago after seeing the musical (which was amazing). We decided to go with the black coat/gloves/black umbrella Mary though. She would have died for this dress. What a great job.
    http://fromkstopa.blogspot.com/2010/09/what-are-you-going-to-be.html

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    I. Love. It! Ohmygosh, I don’t have a creative bone in my body, you are wonderful! This makes ME want to dress up as Mary Poppins. This is FAB-U-Lous!

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    ira lee says:

    you are AWESOME!!! i love this!

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    jennie says:

    AAAAH so cute! i am in LOVE!! you are AMAZING!

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    Emily P says:

    “That’s Mary Poppins! Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!”…. that’s what my 2 year old kept saying when she saw the picture. Haha. She LOVES the movie Mary Poppins. What a fun costume! You did an AWESOME job!
    I actually really wanted to be Mary Poppins this year, but being a 35 week pregnant Mary Poppins doesn’t really seem right. I’m planning on being her next year, but wearing outfit she wears in her first scene.

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    shaheen says:

    Iam your silent follower . Iam new to sewing . But, your tutorials are so nice and ellaborate that make me confident . After seeing this costume , I couldn’t stop myself from commenting U R AWESOME and THE DRESS IS GORGEOUS. Your kids are lucky to have you .

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    Lori says:

    Absolutely Amazing!!!! Your daughter is very lucky to have such a talented Mother. And what a fantastic choice – you can’t go wrong with a classic like Mary Poppins!! :)

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    Wendy says:

    This is absolutely adorable! If you show us tomorrow that you ‘made’ the umbrella, I’ll just die. I can’t wait to see the kids together for this one. You are so unbelievably talented!

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    Kellie says:

    Amazing! I love it!

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    MJ says:

    OMG this is amazing!!! And looks EXACTLY like the movie costume :) I love it!

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    Holy canoles. Wow. Amazing, and beautiful!

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    Allison says:

    WOW. You are AMAZING. That is just beautiful!!!

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    Ashley says:

    You just made my day! I’m tucking this one away for when I have kids. Mary Poppins is my all time favorite! This makes me so happy! :)

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    Amber says:

    Beautiful job; I love the look on her face. It’s easy to tell how happy she is!

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    Wendy Dull says:

    Wow…breathtaking!!!! AWESOME…you seriously have SO much talent.

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    Chrissy says:

    You are absolutely AMAZING!!! I am in awe. I so wish I could do this! Your daughter is adorable as Mary Poppins. :)

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    Valerie Nelson says:

    WOW!!! Your talent is amazing!!! :)

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    Karin says:

    You are amazing beyond belief, I don’t even know what to say. Thank you for posting all these wonderful tutorials. I am just looking at it with my jaw on the ground. You are what I aspire to be!!!! Well Done. and an extra… WOW.

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    This costume in bananas!!! Absolutely fabulous from head to toe, wow you are wicked talented!

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    Sarah says:

    I don’t even have the words to describe my love for this costume.

    I’m just speechless.

    I adore the Mary Poppins movie, even though I am 22! Any chance you can make a costume in my size? ;)

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    Shelley says:

    NO WAY!!!! You are THE coolest mom ever :D I can’t get over how amazing this costume is. I’ve gotta do this for my little girl next year. I’ll to make up for this years costume that isn’t turning out so great, ha!

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    Megan says:

    My kids decided to be Peter Pan and Wendy a few weeks ago, and I found your tutorial after getting the pattern. And Mary Poppins is one of my favorite movies. I love your blog!

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    louise says:

    Wow! What a wonderful costume! My son asked to be Curious George dressed up like a monster. Gotta get on that…

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    Mara says:

    makes me wish I could be Mary Poppins too! maybe next year… you are so talented can’t wait to see the rest!

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    Helena says:

    Your whole blog is so gorgeous…
    i wish i hava had such costumes :D
    wonderful ♥♥♥

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    nataliekaren says:

    This is adorable. Thank you for sharing all the details.

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    This is seriously AMAZING!! Love, LOVE it!!!! Great work Momma!!

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    Ruth says:

    I recently used this as a guide to make this costume for a friend’s five year old girl. She wore it to Disneyland and got to meet Mary and Bert and they invited her to dance with them in their show! She got hundreds of compliments that day-which was extra special since it was also her birthday. THANK YOU so much for this tutorial! It made my job so much easier and quicker. Your instructions were very well done, easy to understand and the pictures were perfect. Thank you again!!!!

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      Ruth says:

      FYI, I used McCall’s 5033 for the skirts and Simplicity 9497 for the bodice, cutting the organza a few inches higher on the neckline and the sleeves a few inches shorter and narrower. Thought this might be helpful for anyone else making it for someone else since I didn’t have a shirt belonging to the girl to base the bodice pattern off of. :)

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    Jill says:

    Super cute! Thanks a bunch!

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    Cazra says:

    The chiffon is really intimidating to me. I am wondering what it would look like to make the entire top out of the satin instead of satin with chiffon on top. Do you think that will take away from the look too much? It is precious just the way you made it!

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    Tara says:

    Do you know how to make it in any other size? I would love to make one for myself! haha

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    traci reynolds says:

    Your dress is amazing! I have two little girls and we are all huge Mary Poppins fans. Unfortunately, I can’t sew save my life. Do you possibly sale your dresses? If so I would love to get info on prices. Please contact me through my email if you do. Once again, Absolutely Gorgeous!

    Thanks.
    Traci Reynolds

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    meghan says:

    WOW! was googling trying to find a dress for my daughter for halloween, she specifically wants mary poppins, the white dress. she’s 3! how much time did this take you? i’m wondering if i should even bother tackling this while running a girl scout troop and working full time- think its possible for a novice sewer? thanks!

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    tara monday says:

    BREATHTAKING! This is my daughter’s all time favorite movie/ character. I wish I could sew. IS THERE ANYWAY POSSIBLE I could BEG you to please make one for me. PLEASE PLEASE! Name your price!!!!

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    Courtney says:

    You are my hero! Last year I dressed my 1-yr-old as the traditional Marry Poppins. I bought the coat, umbrella, bag and boots, but made the hat and skirt. I couldn’t find a red scarf that I liked that would fit her, plus a scarf on a 1-yr-old is probably a bad idea… But I would have loved to have made the Jolly Holiday outfit for her. She would have been so adorable. However my sewing skills are seriously lacking and it would have not looked anything like yours. So kudos to you!!

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    Amanda says:

    Would you be interested in saling this??

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    Heather says:

    Ok, I need a little help. I have a question about the Mary Poppins skirt. I am working on the dress now. You said the skirt pieces are 19 x 144 inches which would take up 2 yards of your fabric…. That would be more than 3 yards if it was 144 in. Should it actually be 19 x 72 in? 144 seems like an awful lot of material for a kid skirt. I am not a very experienced sewer and your tutorial is getting me through this like a dream. I am just confused about with this one thing. Thank you so much for posting. My 4 year old daughter is just dying to be Mary Poppins this year and I don’t think I could have done it without you!
    Heather

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    May says:

    Oh, My god, that’s amazing! I’ve seen on google looking for pettiskirts, but your costume made me without words! I really loved that dress from mary poppins and how a surprise when i’ve found it! I supose that, whith a little of changes, I can adapte this pattern to an addult person (I supose).
    Again, i’ts really amazing, is a really god job!

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    Carol Forrest says:

    I would like to thank you for you web site showing how to make this Mary Popins dress. I made it fir my 4 year old granddaughter and she loved it. So thank you once again from Carol in England for helping me fulfill my granddaughters wish to have a Mary Popins dress.

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    katie f. says:

    It has taken me many many hours, but I just completed this dress for my daughter’s third birthday present – she’s having a Jolly Holiday party (I love that this was her idea). I have had your tutorial in the back of my mind since you posted it, so thank you SO MUCH. It was wonderful, and I’m a thoroughly intermediate sewer, but this was easy to follow and challenging at the same time — in the best possible way. It was a total labor of love, but I am so proud of myself and my daughter is going to FLIP. Thanks again for sharing all of your wonderful ideas!

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    Crystal says:

    I am planning on making this for my 2 year old to wear to Dapper Day at Disneyland. Thanks so much for the tute! Question. Did you use a poly chiffon? I am assuming yes since I haven’t ever seen nylon chiffon at Jo Ann and it looks like I see a bit of fraying in the unfinished sleeve. I am having a heck of a time finding nylon chiffon by the yard and I just love it so much. Thanks in advance. :)

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    Alma says:

    Thank you for your pictures I used them as inspiration to make a Mary Poppins dress for my 2 year old for Halloween. She has since worn it to Disneyland, the zoo and around the house just because! She sings the songs from the movie when she wears it like your daughter.
    I did try to make the spats but in such a small size the ratios came out funky and I was running out of time. Thankfully the skirt is long on her and I found white T strap Mary Janes in the hand me down bag!
    Thank you again for helping make my toddler’s favorite movie come to life!

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    Anonymous says:

    wow, brilliant!
    i love it !!!

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    Anonymous says:

    Wow!
    I love it!

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