How to make a Pixie Hood from a Standard Hood
Earlier this month I shared Nut-Nut’s Halloween Costume. Go check it out if you missed it. I’m pretty happy with how it turned out. She became convinced she needed to be the Tooth Fairy from the Rise of the Guardians so I had to figure out how to make a costume and not drive myself crazy. One of the defining elements of the Tooth Fairy is all the feathers on her head. They remind me of a bird and form a pixie hood shape. Lots of patterns have pixie hoods, but I don’t own any. So here is a quick how-to on changing the shape of hood from a standard round hood to a pointed pixie hood.
I don’t love dress ups. Mostly because they are constantly strewn all over the floor hiding important things like shoes, pajamas (which should have been put away…) and dirty underwear. So even though my girls look absolutely adorable in their dress ups with their happy little faces that have transformed into princesses, fairies, and ballerinas, I am trying very hard to limit our dress ups.
Make ‘dress ups’ that can be used as regular clothing. Last year it was Pokemon Pajamas. It worked so well I decided to do it again! Especially because the Tooth Fairy is an odd character to wear during the day. Not at all a stereotypical costume. Which is one reason I love my Nut-Nut. She’s a bit quirky and consistently does the unexpected.
Select your hood pattern
I started out with the hood from the Pollywoggles Autumn Grace Add-on. It has a smooth front instead of an overlapping front. A cowl hood like the Summit Peak Hoodie would have been perfect, but the pattern wasn’t in testing at the time I started this costume. But I wanted a hood that would be as close to Nut-Nut’s face as possible and the Autumn Grace hood was the closest I had in my patterns.
Lay out your fabric and pattern
You fabric should have two layers on top of each other so you can cut out two pieces at the same time. Since my fabric is cotton Lycra instead of the fleece (what my pattern is drafted for) I opted to size down the hood.
Cut your fabric
Note: My hood pattern also has a third piece that goes down the middle of the hood. I eliminated this piece by adding 1.5 inches to the outer edge of my hood. I used my seam gauge and measured out 1.5 from the pattern as I was cutting. So although it appears I am not cutting along the edge of my pattern, it is only because I am eliminating the center piece.
Starting at the back neck of the hood, cut along the pattern piece until it starts to curve towards the front. Cut in a line that is approximately the same angle as you were cutting from the back neck of the hood. Then move to the front edge of the hood (where the face will be) and do the same thing. Begin cutting at the patter piece edge until the pattern begins to curve down to the back neck. Cut in a line the same angle as you were cutting from the front edge. Extend those two lines (from front edge and from back neck) until they meet in a point.
Sew hood as usual
From this point, you can assemble the hood as your pattern instructs. The Autumn Grace finished the front edge of the hood with a band. I chose to make that band pointy but cutting two piece (with the point in the middle) sewing along the pointed edge (right sides together), then turning it right side out. And then attaching it to the front of the hood just like a regular band or binding.
Enjoy your cute little Pixie Hood!
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