13 Days of Halloween: The Frizz

“Take chances, make mistakes, GET MESSY!”

Welcome to day 1 of our 13 days of Halloween segment! I am so excited to share with you some amazing things we have been working on behind the scenes here at SLPco. Today, I get to introduce you to our autumn blog segment we like to call “13 Days of Halloween”! Throughout September and October, we will be showing you many ways to use Simple Life Patterns to create your own Halloween costumes!

Day 1: Ms. Frizzle (The Frizz)

Our first costume in this series is Ms. Frizzle from “The Magic School Bus”! Not only would this costume be appropriate for Halloween, but also for the first day of school, or book/character day. I’ve had the fabric to make this dress for years, and now that my daughter is school-aged I thought it would be a perfect time to use it. Let me walk you through how I achieved this look:

Fabric Selection

Since Ms. Frizzle has a different dress in each episode she appears in, you could use any kind of science type print you have on hand.
I used Cotton Lycra for this dress because I love the structure it provides in the sleeves and collar, but anything with about a 50% stretch will work fine. For the collar pieces, be sure to choose a fabric with a good amount of structure to prevent a floppy collar.

The Pattern Pieces

For this costume, I combined Trixie and Jasmine.

From Jasmine, cut:

  • 2 sleeves
  • 2 cuffs
  • 1 circle skirt

From Trixie, cut:

  • 1 front bodice graded to jasmines width (see photo below)
  • 1 back bodice graded to jasmines width (use Jasmine’s front bodice to grade)
  • 2 collar stand pieces
  • 2 collar pieces
  • 1placket piece (found in cut chart)

Extra Piece: Cut 2 waistband pieces 1.5 to 2.5” tall, and the width of the bottom of your bodice pieces.

Putting The Dress Together

The first thing to do is attach the front waistband piece to the bottom of your front bodice, and the back waistband piece to the back bodice piece. Next, follow the bodice instructions included in the Trixie PDF tutorial, and the sleeve instructions included in the Jasmine PDF tutorial, attaching Jasmines sleeves to the graded Trixie bodice when the Trixie tutorial suggests adding the sleeves. Next, attach the skirt onto the bodice, and finish the hem. And there you have it! A perfect Ms. Frizzle costume!

Thank you so much for reading this post on how to make your own Ms. Frizzle Costume. I hope you’ll come back all fall long for more amazing costume ideas using Simple Life Patterns!


Victoria Strong.


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