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Sewing a Ty Lee Costume: Part 2

Last week for Fibre Friday, (Sewing a Ty Lee Costume: Part 1) I promised to show you our finished Ty Lee costume! We finished it this week, before we made the drive to Halifax to enjoy Hal-Con today.

Sewing a Ty Lee Costume: Part 2

To create the Ty Lee blouse pattern, we traced a blouse that fit my daughter well. We had to change the sleeves to make them the bell shaped ones so my daughter drew them out. This was the first time setting in sleeves for both of us and I’m not entirely happy with the seams at the armholes.

We also had to add a Mandarin collar. We used this Mandarin collar tutorial. It was easy! We had already finished the basic collar completely before adding a Mandarin collar though, making a strange seam. I think you have to look closely to notice.

We also cheated a bit because the iron broke. Instead of encasing the elastic for the hem, we ran the elastic on the inside, sewing it while holding it taut (like I did for sewing a cape). It worked quite well.

My daughter cut out and sewed the bracers herself. She also cut out the strips of fabric to wear in her hair.

Here is my daughter wearing the finished Ty Lee costume.

Ty Lee costume

My daughter’s ballet shoes are perfect as Ty Lee slippers. She is a blonde, so we did try dyeing her hair. However, the rinse we used only made her hair a darker blonde. She is currently seeking a brown wig at Hal-Con that she can use in future!

Update: As you can see in the featured photo above, my daughter did find the perfect brown wig.

Are you sewing a cosplay, or Halloween costume for your child? Please let me know in the comments below!

Love, Luck &





Kimberly is a homeschooling mother of two living with her dear husband of over 25 years in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She works from home as a homeschool coach and offers OBM, writing, editing, social media, and tech services. In her free time she likes to hand-spin, knit, read, volunteer in local theatre, and horseback ride.

5 thoughts on “Sewing a Ty Lee Costume: Part 2

  1. Hi, I love this costume, it’s so cool!! I am hoping to make my own one, and I was wondering what type of fabric you used?? This would be a really helpful starting point Xx

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