Part 2 of my Kapa Haka costume is the Pari Bodice. This goes with Homemade Girl’s Piupiu Skirt.
You will need:
- 1 black t-shirt($3.99 on sale at the Michael’s)
- 2 – 9 in x 12 in stick-it felt sheets in red & white( $1.29 per sheet at Michael’s)
- Hot Glue Gun w/ extra glue sticks($1 for a mini-gun & $1 for a pack of glue sticks at the Dollar Tree)
- Turn -t-shirt inside out and then fold the t-shirt in half so that the arms are lined up perfectly. Lay on a flat surface.
- Starting under the on arm, mark an “L” shape from under the arm up the shoulder and then mark another “L” shape on the collar side so that the “L” markings line up. There should be about 2 inches between the 2. (I used a silver sharpie to mark it but you can also use chalk.)
- Using sharp scissors, cut the arms and collar off of the t-shirt using the “L” shapes. By having the shirt folded in half, you can cut both sides at once so they are symmetrical. (Save the pieces you cut off for use later and for your Tipare.)
- Using the hot glue gun, fold over a small seam on the areas you cut to give the bodice a clean edge and glue down. You now have a basic bodice. (If you are sensitive to the feel of the glue like my daughter, a small bit of cloth tape from the first aid aisle taped over the inside makes the fabric feel completely smooth.)
- Now plan out the geometric pattern you plan to have on your bodice and cut out pieces of the felt accordingly. (I needed some black so I used the left over material from one of the sleeves. Be sure to save the other sleeve and any left over felt for the Tipare.)
- Using the hot glue gun, glue your pattern to the front of your bodice.
- If your bodice’s neckline is too low, cut the tops and shorten the shoulder straps using the hot glue gun.