Background and Research
In the 2003 movie Elf, Jovie appears in two different elf costumes. The one she is seen in most the department store elf costume from her job at Gimbel's. This costume is what you would think of as a typical red and green elf outfit. The second costume she wears is only shown in the ending scene where she and Buddy visit Papa Elf with their baby. It is pink, red and white.
Replicating the Dress and Accessories
The Costume Elements
- Pink long-sleeved, skater style dress, likely made of fleece, trimmed with approximately 2 inches of fur at the collar, cuff, and skirt
- Red leather belt with silver buckle
- Cone hat with red trim
- Red embroidery at the collar
- A silver/shimmery organza underskirt
- Red tights/leggings and red leather elf shoes
The crazy thing about this is that I could not find silver or gray organza or trim to make this. There's a lot of white (for wedding dresses) and black (because black) available, but not so much in other colors. While I was searching the internet to find organza, the only thing that was readily available in anything other than black or white was organza gift bags. Hmm. That made me recall that over the years, I've received gifts from Amazon where the giver paid Amazon to do the gift wrapping for them. It used to be that Amazon would actually wrap their gifts in wrapping paper, but nowadays they just throw items into a pre-made gift bag made of....organza.
I cut the organza into about 12" wide strips, folded it in half, and sewed a 1/2" seam at the bottom. After gathering the strip using two rows of machine basting, I finished the top edge by sewing it into a folded-over 2" strip of scrap fabric to make it easier to sew into the hemline.
Jovie's hat is a a cone hat decorated with four strips of red trim. Unlike Buddy's cone hat, there are little gaps between the strips of trim. I could have cut out a simple cone and made a hat from that, but since I the pattern I purchased to make the Buddy Elf coat included an elf hat, I gave that a try instead. I purchased a yard of pink flannel to match the dress color and a yard of heavyweight interfacing to make the hat.
Final Costing and Bill of Materials
|Purchase Price inc. tax (USD)
|Pink knit skater dress
|Red felt (shoes, hat trim, belt)
|Scrap from previous crafts
|Silver adjustable slide buckle (2 pk)
|1 yd pink flannel (hat)
|1 yd heavyweight interfacing (hat)
|DIY from fabric and notions stash
|Silver organza "underskirt"
|Upcycled gift bag
|Glitter Fabric paint (snowflake decor on leggings)
|2 yds Sew-in 3/4" wide velcro (for attaching trim)
|White faux fur (trim)
|Scrap from Buddy costume