Homemade Girl Scout Costumes

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Maybe you can't be one of founder Juliette Gordon Low's "Golden Eaglets," but you can show off your Girl Scout pride by wearing your own classic uniform. While scouts are known for their camping skills, and cookie sales, it's the uniform that's the real show stopper. The Girl Scout uniform has changed a lot over the last 100 years, but you can be a Girl Scout of any era when you construct a uniform with a few accessories added to garments you already own, or with a few garment modifications.

Historic Girl Scout Uniform

  • The earliest scout costumes were made from blue fabric. They consisted of ankle-length A-line skirts and a long-sleeved pocket dress shirt. These items can be easily accessorized to create a historic Girl Scout uniform. These uniforms were worn with black stockings and black shoes. The hats were flat-brimmed felt. Any flat-brimmed safari hat can be used. Spray paint it dark blue. Create an original style scarf to pull the look together. Cut a large triangle of light blue sateen and hem the edges. Secure it at the neck with a piece of leather.

Early Brownie Uniforms

  • In the 1920s, the Girl Scout program introduced the Brownie level of Girl Scouting for girls between the ages 7 and 9. Between 1928 and 1948, the Brownie uniform was a short dress with a Peter Pan-styled color. The dress had pockets on the front sides. Retro fit a dress by adding pockets to the front. Cut a rectangular piece of fabric a little larger than a standard pocket. Hem the edges and stitch the pocket to the dress. Make sure you leave the top open. Brownies also wore beanie hats. Cut a 10-inch circle in a piece of brown felt. Cut a 2-inch band that measures slightly bigger than your head. Sew the ends of the headband together. Slightly gather the circle, and pin to the band. Sew in place.

Scout Sashes

  • Scout sashes haven't changed much throughout scouting history. The colors have been several variations of green. Cut a sash pattern out of poster board. The sash should cross the right shoulder and cross diagonally to the hip. Place the pattern over a large piece of green felt. Trace around it with a marker. Cut the pattern out twice, to make both sides. Sew the sash at the top and bottom.

Sash Elements

  • Add an Girl Scout trefoil insignia to the top of the sash. Cut a circle from a piece of card stock. Draw the trefoil onto it, and color it green. Decorate the sash with patches. Badges have changed dramatically throughout the years. Depending on the era, badges can be circular, triangular, oval or prism shaped. Girl Scout badges are awarded for camping, hiking, cooking, theater work and much more. Cut badges out of felt and decorate with paint pens. Use small colorful buttons to represent year pins.

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