In addition to cheerleading and dancing, EJ dreams of being a scout (I'm not a bad mom, there just isn't a scout program at her school).  So, Isabella from Phineas and Ferb is a character that she idolizes.  EJ and Livie use bead necklaces (dollar store/mardi gras style) as sashes every time they dress up, so I thought a full Isabella as a Fireside Girl outfit might be a fun birthday gift.  If you aren't forced to watch this cartoon all the time, click here to get a glimpse of the original Isabella.

Most of the outfit was found on ebay and some were sale/closeout items (it is surprisingly hard to find a turtleneck in February).  My favorite part is the hat which I made myself.  I worked from a pattern, but used a much thicker yarn, so had to improvise a little bit.  Luckily, Olivia and EJ have the same size head, so I was able to do lots of fittings with Liv to make sure it would fit EJ.

Pattern - Crochet Dynamite
Yarn - Loops & Threads Cozy Wool in Harvest
           Vanna's Choice in Scarlet

{photo on left from Phineas & Ferb Wiki page}

I found a felt sash on ebay and then cut all the patches in craft felt.  A friend recommended Sobo glue which worked really well although I got kind of impatient about it sticking and kind of flooded the glue a bit.  It does show in some places (mostly due to my using so much), but I know it will stay together as EJ plays with it!

Best part of the process...watching her open it, yell Isabella, and start putting it on immediately!

AEK said...

What a great idea! You are just so clever. Thankfully M has moved on from her overindulgence of all things Phineas and Ferb. We are now on to the next obsession - Harry Potter.
Happiest of birthday wishes to EJ!!

Karri said...

so so so so cute!!!!!!!!

p.s. you know she can join the troop at her n'hood school, right? that's what most kids do :) but daisies doesn't start till k5.

Sheri said...

So cute, Heather!

You know, EJ is more than welcome to join the K5 scout troop at Roosevelt that myself and a few others lead. Most of the Roosevelt troops do have members from other schools. It's not exclusive to Roosvelt. Just let me know. She could join at any time...this year or any future year.

farfromharmfarm said...

Heather, very very cute! Clever and patient mama to pull all that together. very impressive. The one in this house who loves P&F the most is the Daddy! Although, I just love Candice, she's awesome.

You Are So Money said...

Wow, i didn't realize how detailed of a replica you made. i knew you went all out making it. But i didn't know you went ALL OUT!!! Her reaction was awesome. Well done professional gift giver!

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Unknown said...

That is adorable. Such a cute idea too. And, she looks SO excited to wear it!

Emily said...

This is AWESOME!

JamesCraven said...

Hey, so glad you used the P&F Wiki for research on this Isabella costume!

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