Friday, May 8, 2015


Howdy! This is a costume I made a couple of months ago to wear to Universal Studios Harry Potter theme park in Florida. (My amazing parents surprised my 14-year-old brother and I with a trip there in January, it was our Christmas present.) And being myself, I absolutely NEEDED to have a costume to bring along and wear one of the days. The problem is, Florida is hot. Well, hot compared to Washington! If we're lucky enough to get an 80-degree day with sunshine, everyone is practically melting. So, I had to be a bit creative with my attire, especially considering I was going to have to walk around in it all day as well.

My mission: create a unique, functional, accurate and comfortable costume in less than two weeks for as little money as possible. I was okay with fudging a bit on the comfortable and cost categories, but I definitely wanted to do something different. After doing some research, I decided on a quidditch practice uniform, shown in one of the films (not entirely sure which). For all of those who haven't seen the films, nor read the books, quidditch is a sport played on broomsticks invented by the marvelous JK Rowling. I decided to use Ginny's uniform as inspiration, mainly because it was the best photographed. Here are the pictures I based my design on:

I'm not a huge Harry Potter fan, but I really enjoyed reading the books, and the movie costumes practically beg to be replicated... They are so unique! For this project, I figured I would start with the overshirt/tunic type thing, and see how far I could get with the rest of it! used a very cheap poly-blend material with a little bit of stretch for the body and lining, with a yellow ribbon for embellishing. If I had wanted to be more accurate, I would've used paint or transfers, but I thought the ribbon would be easier to work with.  It only took about 10 hours to make, including the dreaded eyelet punching! There are at least 50 down the sides, maybe more... I lost track. Nothing else is really movie accurate, and I ran out of time to make the underclothes, so I substituted for things already in my wardrobe. The goggles were a bit of an afterthought, but they have a good story! We shop at Costco a lot. ALOT. and we always buy our salsa from there, and they come in a 2-pack with this plastic ring-thing connecting them. Its bright red, but I've always been bothered by the fact that we thrown them away, I've just never had a project for them! But, they're (roughly) the right size for goggles, or at least they look good perched on my head! So, I added some suede and elastic, hot glue, and distressed them with paint, and Viola! Goggles! All of the pictures are from my phone, so they might be a bit silly... The whole trip was incredible, I had a ton of fun, and I know Zach and my dad did too!
On the airplane, our first flight left around 6am, so we were at the airport by 4...

Me and dad!

Our first day!

I was totally geeking out, they had actually movie costumes and props at this expo thing, and I really want to do this costume in the near future!

Dumbledore's desk!

They had great actors in the park too, this was "Stanley" from the Night Bus, he was really great, and he knew his movie/book terminology!

Part of the park, I took a ton more pictures, but didn't want to bore you all with them!

Zach and I, plus the full glory of the Quidditch uniform!

At 13 Grimmauld Place

So sassy!

Not a great picture, but my dad bought me this GORGEOUS quidditch sweater that goes with the "game day" uniforms in the movies, so I think that might have to be a future project as well!
Thanks for listening~

1 comment:

  1. You two are adorable!
    Love your costume. <3