It's much lighter than I was looking for and I didn't really want a sweater vest, but I figured it would be okay considering how hot it still is here in South Louisiana.
I tried to add some stripes using burgundy and gold ribbon around the v-neck to match Hermione's sweater, but that area on the vest is very narrow and it just didn't work out. I did find some red and yellow striped ribbon, but it doesn't quite match with the colors in Serenity's outfit.
While I was looking for a sweater, I came across a cardigan from Target that would've looked great - but they were sold out in Serenity's size.
Then I started looking around Target and found shoes, a skirt that looked a lot like Hermione's, a shirt and socks - everything but the tie. Some of their school uniform pieces aren't available in stores and can only be bought online.
Now for a tie you can find both the skinny and broad striped ones at ties.com. Did y'all know that American and European ties have stripes that run different directions? The stripes on the ties you can purchase at ties.com for a Hermione Granger costume run the European direction.
Amazon has them in sizes small-medium-large that will fit little and big kids.
Make sure to get the nicer robe that says "embroidered Gryffindor emblem" in the description.
The other robe has an emblem that is sewn on and, according to the reviews, isn't as nice.
ClockQuirks has a robe with a pocket for your child's wand!
It's beautifully made and will last a long time. It looks wonderful on Serenity too - I love the v-shaped sleeves! Customer service was excellent.
The robe arrived super fast too!
You can't see it in the picture above because of the way Serenity is standing, but there is a very nice Hogwarts patch on the robe.
I thought about sewing a robe that more closely resembled Hermione's in the first movie (all black), but I really hate store-bought patterns since I'm not all that good at following them! You can find Gryffindor patches here on Ebay if you decide to sew your own robe.
Wand: Alivan's has a big selection of handcrafted wands. If you're looking for a wand like Hermione's vine wood wand, Alivan's has a vine carved wand that is very similar. But if you'd like a wand that is more like her original wand (but darker), you can get the Holly/Ebony wand. You could also try this inexpensive wand or this one, sand it, and then restain or paint it to resemble Hermione's first wand. Below is one that I've sanded down and restained. It's actually Serenity's wand that I got on sale for less than $10 a couple of years ago from Alivan's - it's shape and color was similar to The Apprentice Wand. Serenity's played with it so much (even put little bite marks all over it), that I didn't think about doing this until a friend of hers decided to come with us to the party and needed a wand quick. I wanted it to look like Hermione's first wand. So after I sanded the flaws (bite marks and I think she used it as a drum stick!) out the best I could and removed all the old stain, I used Rust-Oleum in sunbleached and black cherry to restain it. The handle of the wand appears almost white in the cell phone picture below, but it's actually more greyish-brown. Not quite what I was going for, since I wanted a white handle that looked well-worn - maybe a whitewash technique would've looked better. I used Shellac in a spray can (from Lowe's - Amazon's prices are crazy!) to seal it. You have to be very careful to spray a little at a time and not get too close or else it becomes tacky and gummy looking. I think it would've just been easier to paint on the sealer.
I wasn't too sure this would work and hide most of the flaws (bite marks), but I was very surprised and pleased how nice it turned out! I wish I'd gotten a before picture of the wand. I'll try to get a nicer picture of the wand - the colors in this cell picture aren't quite accurate and it was taken before I sealed it with the Shellac. UPDATE: Here's a better picture of the wand:
There are a ton of helpful videos if you want to try to make it yourself.
Serenity's wand came from Violet's Buds on Etsy. Their wands are beautifully made by hand, the perfect size for little kids and very reasonably priced. Shipping was super fast and customer service was excellent. They also have nice handmade stands for wands.
I bought her grey socks from Ebay (shipping was fast).
I just pulled off the black bow.
Amazon has grey socks too - but I only found them in a 6-pack and they aren't as long.
I guess with all my searching I was hoping to come across a blog or something that listed a bunch of helpful links so would be a snap to put together Hermione's outfit for younger kids.
But I never did - so I decided to post one.
I didn't get everything exactly like Hermione's first school uniform - the grey in Serenity's outfit is much lighter, but I don't think I did too bad with the time I had. And she's dressed for our still-Summery weather.
Serenity likes it and that's all that really matters!
I'm still working to get a tutorial for the little lego necklaces together.
Today I'm giving away a Remington Tangle Tamer! It's a rechargeable comb/brush that detangles all hair types. A single charge will last a long time too! The Tangle Tamer comes with a power cord, stand, and cover.
I love this comb/brush and use it everyday.
Yes - it's LOUD! But it's amazing how easily it goes through Serenity's curls while doing an excellent job of detangling those knots! Check out my blog post, Biracial Hare Care for more of my review on the Tangle Tamer.
Here's an older video review Serenity and I did a couple of years ago:
And here's one that we did today!
The Giveaway starts today and ends next Friday. Continental US only please.
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I'm a stay-at-home crafting Mommy. My beautiful daughter Serenity is my Muse and Model for most of what I do on my blog. I love learning how to create new stuff, sew, embroidery, taking (and learning to Photoshop) pictures, doing kid's product reviews, and finding interesting things on the internet other people blog about, create, sell or do all three!
All of my tutorials are for your personal use only!
If you use any of my tutorials, I would appreciate a link back to either my blog or the tutorial please!
Some of my tutorials are pretty simple and can be found elsewhere online, but some of them are my original ideas and techniques.
I have no problem sharing how I did something, but I think it's only fair that I be given full credit for it considering the time and effort it took me to put together a picture tutorial.
Besides, it's just plain dishonest to steal other people's ideas and claim them as your own.
I always try to give full credit to all the creative blogs and people who inspire me - you can see evidence of this all over my blog!
I only ask for the same curtsy in return.
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