Fab '50s Waitress

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'50s Waitress Halloween Costume
Total Time afternoon or evening Ages school-age

No sewing is required for this diner diva's uniform -- all the trimmings are glued in place. And check out our fun idea for an eggs-cellent companion for the waitress.

What you'll need

  • Scissors
  • 1/2 yard of white felt from a 72-inch bolt
  • Hot glue
  • 4 yards of narrow lace trim
  • Plain T-shirt and matching skirt
  • 3 white buttons
  • 9- by 12-inch sheet of colored felt (for hat)
  • Plain white sneakers
  • Black permanent marker
  • Bobby pins
  • Brown shoelace
  • Cotton balls
  • Clear plastic cup
  • 1-inch red pom-pom
  • White cocktail napkins
  • Black plastic dinner plate
  • Duct tape

How to make it

  1. Fab '50s Waitress - Step 1

    UNIFORM: Cut the apron pieces, collar, and cuffs from the white felt (enlarge diagram 1). Using the hot glue, put the apron pieces together and attach lace trim to all the pieces. Glue a cuff on the outside of each T-shirt sleeve, then fold it up. Glue on the collar and the buttons.

  2. Fab '50s Waitress - Step 2

    Fold the colored felt and glue on lace trim to make the hat (open diagram 2).

  3. Turn the sneakers into saddle shoes by coloring them with the marker. Secure the hat to your child's head with the bobby pins. Have her put on the skirt.

  4. TRAY: To make the ice-cream soda, wrap the shoelace around a clump of cotton balls, then slip it into the cup. Glue on the pom-pom and a short snip of shoelace as a cherry stem. Glue the cup and napkins to the plate. Make a hand strap by sticking together 2 lengths of duct tape. Tape the strap to the tray's underside.

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