my own little susan of narnia

1:16 AM

This year, for the carnival festivities, Emma Grace wanted to dress up as Susan from Chronicles of Narnia. As we browsed images online, Susan’s archery dress caught my eye. Inspiration started coming...I could use that oversized velvety looking dress, Jeremy could make a bow and arrow from that tutorial I saw. It all came together beautifully and I only had to invest about $5 into the costume.

too big
before

Several months ago, my friend gave me a handful of size 12 girl’s dresses. They were brand new, but she didn’t have a need for them, so she passed them along to me to do whatever I liked. I’m so glad the pretty green dress was still intact, because it was perfect for my little Susan. I had never re-sized a piece of clothing before, and I have to admit. It was harder than I thought it would be. There was a lot of ripping out seams, trying on, and re-sizing after my re-sizing, but we were both happy with the end result.

sitting on the branch

by the branch

I had seen a tutorial from Imagine Childhood sometime before the summer months, and pinned it. I love her kid friendly arrows. She suggests putting wine corks on the ends instead of making a point. I passed the tutorial onto Jeremy. My project was the dress; his was the bow and arrow. I bought some small wooden pieces at the craft store. After soaking the wood for the bow overnight, Jeremy was able to bend it without breaking. So far it’s still intact!

shooting an arrow

Earlier in the week a package had come in the mail in a tube roll. Jeremy cut it. Emma G painted it. We put some thick yarn through the back, and it served as the perfect quiver for her arrows. She was the cutest and only little Susan I saw!

arrow shot

For the second year in a row, Joshua wasn’t interested in dressing up as anything, whether it be store bought or homemade. Guess those years have passed. Emma Grace said hubs and I made a good team crafting her costume. I think we make a good team in more ways than just that. :)

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23 comments

  1. What a fantastic costume idea and so nicely executed! Emma G is gorgeous. :)

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  2. love the color of the dress and character your daughter chose, she looks beautiful...love the idea of the corks..

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  3. That's an awesome costume! So creative and fun!

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  4. That's a great job and she looks great! You did good, mom!

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  5. Wow I'm impressed! Emma looks so pretty in her costume.

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  6. What a cute costume! You did a great job resizing that dress, and you and Jeremy make a great costume design team - along with Emma G's painting skills!

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  7. SO CUTE! You did an amazing job on re-sizing that dress! I love Narnia :)

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  8. Way to go re-sizing her dress! I did that with one of my hubby's FedEx shirts one year so my DS could be just like daddy. I think re-sizing is actually harder than starting from scratch but it's all so fun! We also used a tube mailer for C's Lego hands this year. Great use for "Susan's" arrows! She looks beautiful!

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  9. Oh, loving this Jen! The dress looks fabulous on her, and your pics of her are the bomb!!

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  10. You did a great job on the dress Jen, very impressive! Very unique costume, nice choice Emma Grace!!

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  11. She makes a beautiful Susan. Love the photo of her shooting the bow!

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  12. what a darling costume.You did an excellent job.... great photos too!

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  13. That is such a unique idea! The costume and bow and arrow turned out great! She made a great Susan :)

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  14. Beautiful portraits. Lovely with that look so interesting. Very sweet that princess.

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  15. So awesome Jen! The picture of her by the tree and the last one are my faves. Great job on the costume...you inspire me to get more crafty. :-)

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  16. You did a great job with the re sizing- she looks so cute! I love it when I can do things like that & it's successful. So satisfying!

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  17. Great job!! She makes a beautiful Susan!

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  18. AH-MAY-ZING!! The dress is adorable. She is so beautiful! What a great job you did Jen! Love it! :)

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  19. P.E.R.F.E.C.T.I.O.N!!! You two make an awesome team, Jen!! Great job!! And, Emma G is as cute as can be!! blessings ~ tanna

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  20. I love the Narnia movies! Your daughter looks adorable in her costume! Great job at resizing the dress Jen!

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  21. such a beautiful project and your girl will for sure remember this year's costume!

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  22. Gosh, what can I say? Your whole family makes a great team for sure! The costume is perfect for your daughter -- and I just love the photos you took.

    Hugs,
    Birgit

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  23. What a great costume! And beautiful photos!

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