Intro: Pippi Longstocking Costume
I've always wanted to be her! Who doesn't want to be able to lift a horse above their head and have a bag full of gold coins that can be used to buy all the candy from the candy store?
This is my interpretation of the Pippi I used to watch when I was little.
Step 1: Jumper
If you can find a jumper that looks like hers, you are already one step ahead. I couldn't find one that matched what I wanted so I found a cute, old pattern that worked out great. It was my first time following a patterns directions so it was a bit difficult, especially since it involved attaching a zipper.
I didn't do any lining or interfacing since it was just for Halloween. So the pattern consisted of five pieces to work with. The front, two straps, and the back in two pieces. For fun, I used orange thread on one side of the jumper and green on the other, to correspond to the leggings.
So follow the directions that come with your jumper and you'll be done with this step.
Step 2: Leggings
If you can find awesome, thigh high orange and green socks. You're set. I couldn't find anything exactly right. So I made my own. I am very unconventional in my sewing, so to measure the leggings, I took the fabric, wrapped it around my leg and pinned where it overlapped.
Note: The fabric I used reached from the top of my thigh to past my foot. It is good to have it long because you are going to hem the top and bottom to fit anyway and you don't want it too short.
When doing this method, turn the fabric inside out. It will make it easier for pinning and being ready to sew.
After pinning it, take it off while being careful of the pins, they will get you. Once you take it off, straightened out the fabric so you can pin it and sew it properly. The fabric will probably be twisted a bit, since legs go from fatter to skinnier, so just take the pins out one at a time and carefully let it adjust straight, and repin it. Now, cut off some of the excess fabric. I left about an inch or two to work with, you don't want to cut too much, you can always cut more, but it is a pain to add more.
Since the fabric is inside out, just flip the end of the fabric so it lays on top of the main piece. Once you've readjusted the pins on the fabric, try it on again and make any adjustments (for example the back of the knee was baggy so I moved the pin to adjust.
Once the pins are in the right spot, sew. I used thread to correspond with the fabric color, but it won't show so it doesn't matter for this seam.
After sewing the long edges together, trim the excess fabric so it won't be uncomfortable against your legs. Now hem the top and bottom. I did the top first and then looked at how long the leggings were at that point and hemmed them so they reached the top of my feet.
Do this for both colors of fabric and you are done with your leggings.
Step 3: Hair
You will need a green shirt for the outfit. Any green shirt will do, I used one of my husbands because it was plan and baggy, like Pippi's. PUT IT ON BEFORE DOING YOUR HAIR. It is difficult to put on after. I tried, I know.
Pippi's hair is what really makes the costume work.
Take a hanger and straighten it out. Cut off one of the twisted ends. I used a dremel. Take your hanger and bend it around your head. I had my husband help. Mostly try to put a curve in it so it will rest on top of your head and stick out to the sides at about where the braids start. (you might have to get your hair tied up and braided to tell this part) I guessed about how much I would need sticking out to each side by measuring it up to the braids once I had my hair done and then cut the excess off. I think it is better to have it a bit too short than have it stick out the end of your braids. I put some masking tap around the end of the hanger so it wouldn't stab me when I put it in later.
After it is cut, put it aside and work on your hair. Make two pigtails on the sides of your head so they are fairly even with each other. Then braid.
Putting the coat hanger in your hair isn't very fun. I tried to braid around the hanger, but I just couldn't get my hair to braid around it. If you can, I would suggest doing that, if not, read on.
Stick it in through the hair binder next to your head. It isn't fun or feel very nice, but next slide it down the inside of the braid. It isn't going to cooperate entirely, but just try to keep it as hidden in your hair as you can get it.
Getting it in the other braid is even worse, but totally doable. You are going to bend the hanger out of shape a bit, but it just bends back. So now do the same for the other braid.
The hanger will show in the back, but it is a sacrifice for hair support.
Your hair is done.
Step 4: Finish Off the Costume
So now you have your jumper, your leggings, a green shirt, and your hair. Throw them all on and find some black boots. Mine had a bit of a heel, but they were still clunky, like Pippi's.
And you are done! You are now Pippi! Doesn't it feel great? I love the leggings the best and plan on finding a time to wear them again.