First off: At my local Hancock's fabric store I found some of the Crafty Chloe line by Heather Ross on clearance! Two of these were like $2.39/yd, the other was $3.99. Crazy stuff. There were more options, too, I only chose three of them!
The reason we were at the fabric store was for supplies to make a few key costume pieces. An orange bag, a red bow, and a black cat.
She wanted to dress as Kiki from Kiki's Delivery Service for a teen anime convention! I said I'd help her with her costume as long as it would double as Halloween!
Anyway, the bag turned out great. After much hemming and hawing (and waiting till the last minute), I paired my cheap remnant cut of orange cotton with my new grey Heather Ross fabric and used Char's tutorial for a sling bag. I lengthened the straps some and topstitched, but otherwise followed the tutorial and was very pleased with how it came out.
The red bow came from a remnant of red microfiber, a headband, and pipecleaners.
Inside her bag is a funky looking Jiji of black fleece! She likes him, thank goodness.
The bag came in handy for hauling free mangas, too. My geeky girl was happy!
She decided against a wig and a broom, so yay for simplicity!
And her dress and shoes are both from target. Easy peasy!
She had a great time at the "Con" and even had people wanting to take photos with her - that made her day!
Bonus: except for the bow and the cat she will reuse the rest of the pieces for everyday wear. She plans on using the other side of the bag, though.