Uniqua as Flowergirl

DD is obsessed with the childrens television show Backyardigans. I must admit, I kind of like it too. For those of you who are not familiar with it, there is a character Uniqua who often dresses as different superheroes. These superheres only last one episode. Since the superheroes are so ephemeral, corporate america has not seen fit to offer Uniqua superhero costumes as mass produced items. DD is taken with one particular episode where Uniqua dresses as Flowergirl, and requested a Uniqua-as-Flowergirl costume for Christmas.

It was a lot of fun to make. The white and pink are bamboo knit from Fabricmart. The flower in the front is worked in reverse applique. The lighter pink on the flower is a scrap of silk taffeta, and the green stem is 4-ply silk left over from another project. The pattern is based on a t-shirt pattern from Ottobre.

I had the most fun making the mask. I took a layer of white and a layer of pink and stuck them together with steam-a-seam. Then I cut out the mask shape and quilted the layers together. I cut the petals from the 2 layers stuck together, as well, and sewed them around the eyes. It is surprisingly comfortable to wear.

For the gloves, I took an old pair of white gloves that we had lying about and added some gauntlets.

I am going to try to resist giving this to her right away. After Christmas, I’ll get a photo of her wearing the whole ensemble.

Uniqua as Flowergirl


Mask and Gloves


Me modeling the mask


Detail of Mask Back


Back View. I appliqued a small flower on the back


Applique detail




  1. Posted November 21, 2010 at 6:26 pm | Permalink | Reply

    She will remember this gift forever……. Darling!

  2. shams
    Posted November 21, 2010 at 6:44 pm | Permalink | Reply

    omigosh. so so so so so so so cute!!!

  3. Posted November 21, 2010 at 6:59 pm | Permalink | Reply

    A beautiful and fun costume for your dd. You are always inventive and this one is wonderfully done. Lucky girl!

  4. Posted November 22, 2010 at 8:25 am | Permalink | Reply

    I am familiar with Uniqua and I know your DD will be thrilled!

  5. Posted November 22, 2010 at 2:40 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Okay I can hear that Backyardigans theme song in my head now and won’t lose it for hours! *LOL* This is one of the Little Prince’s favorite shows too…and this is the cutest, most adorablest costume. Boy are you going to be The Mom on Christmas morning! Adorable…simply adorable!

    • Posted November 22, 2010 at 3:14 pm | Permalink | Reply

      The Backyardigans theme song is a permanent fixture in my head.

  6. Posted November 22, 2010 at 3:02 pm | Permalink | Reply

    This looks like it was fun to sew. She is going to love it.

  7. Sue Whelan
    Posted November 23, 2010 at 12:48 pm | Permalink | Reply

    The costume is insanely cute. Your daughter will be thrilled. The mask is gorgeous.

  8. Posted November 24, 2010 at 12:01 am | Permalink | Reply

    Ha, ha…that is too cool. My boys also love the Backyardigans, it used to be the one show they could watch before bedtime, and when they say goodbye and go off for their snack on the show, my boys would say goodnight to their backyardigan friends and head off to bed themselves. Love the songs too, I’m usually waiting for the show to end to put them to bed and always sing along with the kids.

  9. Posted November 30, 2010 at 6:01 am | Permalink | Reply

    Great costume. Ever since my apron I am on a costume kick. Next up Robin Hood I think. Dressing up box must be filled!

  10. Posted November 30, 2010 at 2:17 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Love this costume!!! I think you look hot in the mask too. What a great idea.

  11. Nick
    Posted January 16, 2011 at 10:10 am | Permalink | Reply

    I skipped over here from Sweet Juniper. My daughter has (sadly) gotten too old to appreciate the Backyardigans anymore, but Uniqua has always been my favorite character. And I must say, the costume you designed for her ROCKS.

    And, in agreement with Elizabeth, the mask is quite fetching on you.

    Love this blog!

  12. Charlotte Godwin
    Posted December 8, 2012 at 10:49 am | Permalink | Reply

    You don’t make these to sell you do you? My daughter is obsessed with being flower girl after watching that episode like 6 months ago! Would love to surprise her for Christmas and I am shockingly bad at sewing.

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