How to Make Swedish Costumes for Children

By Farozan Jivraj
A Swedish costume is easy to customize at home.

Sweden usually reminds us of the countryside and traditional folk customs. Swedish clothes are made out of wool, cotton or silk. A Swedish costume basically consists of a skirt, blouse and an apron. A striped sweater adds a traditional touch. You can add variations and more components based on personal preference. A headdress is worn by married women so you can omit that when making the costume for children.

Use a striped or plain long skirt for the bottom. Green, blue or black are traditional colors worn by women in Sweden. You can also stitch a long skirt from plain or striped fabric by cutting fabric to the appropriate length and waist size and stitching it along the length.

Wear a plain or frilled white blouse for the top. If you do not have a full-sleeved one, wear a short-sleeved white blouse and wear a long sleeved sweater to complete the look.

Wear an apron from the waist down, tying it where you wear the skirt. A long apron was worn by women since they completed household tasks all day and an apron protected their clothes. A striped blue, green or red apron adds a traditional folksy touch.

Tip

A silk neck scarf adds a traditional touch. Wear a bodice or a sleeveless vest to add to the custom look.

About the Author

With more than seven years of combined experience as a newspaper editor and technical writer in the Silicon Valley, Farozan Jivraj brings a unique versatility to her writing. She has been published in the "Deccan Chronicle" and on various websites and volunteers on the Admin Council of the Society for Technical Communication (Silicon Valley chapter).