Kira the Gelfling by Stylin’ Stacy

Bringing home this guest post I did last month on Craftingcon.com.

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Hello there!  I am Stacy of the blog stylinstacy.com.  I am also an 80’s girl, so I have seen most of the movies of the 80’s.

Going through all of the movies definitely brought back some memories!

In the end I decided to do Kira from the movie, The Dark Crystal (1982).  At the time this movie came out there really wasn’t such a thing as CGI.  It was all puppets and actual costumes, and this was a Jim Henson production.  I loved it.

My daughter sometimes reminds me of a little elf, so I thought this would be the perfect character for her.

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I still wanted her to be able to wear this outfit out and about, so I decided to do some of the costumes accents on it.  Overall, it is a wearable costume that she can still wear to school.

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I made it in two pieces, with a top and leggings.  I decided on long sleeves, since we have a 3 month summer and then is it cool or cold the rest of the year.  This is the first in her back to school wardrobe.

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The top is very comfortable with knit and a stretch lace that I purchased at SR Harris in MN.  If you ever get to the Minneapolis area, it is a destination for fabric lovers.  A huge warehouse full of the fabric!

The top is self drafted, but it is just a basic knit bodice with the circle skirt portion in layers.  To finish the edges of the lace, I serged them and then turned them under and topstitched.  A rolled hem would have worked, as well.

The leaf applique from the costume on the center bodice was replicated by applying Heat n’ Bond to the backside of a cream satin.  I drew out the design, cut it out and ironed it onto the knit.  Then, I satin stitched around the appliqué.  I added the beads, similar to the ones on the costume, but not too large.

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Individual satin leaves were added to the ends of the arms.  HnB really makes this much easier.  I applied it to the back of the satin, drew out my leaves, cut them out and ironed them on.  I just did a straight stitch around the edges and down the middle to make them look like a leaf.  Each leaf is unique, and there are four on one arm and five on another.  I wanted them to be random, so they are even placed differently.

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Underneath are matching leggings, which are Oliver + S Playtime leggings.  The fabric wasn’t very thick, so I am glad the skirt part of the top ended up being a little longer than originally intended.  The knit is very soft and comfortable, so she loved how it felt on her.

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All in all I am very happy in how it turned out, and so is she!

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Hope you liked my Dark Crystal inspired Kira! 🙂